Apollo AwardsThe most prestigious in our industry, the Apollo Awards have been presented for more than 60 years during the ICFA Awards Gala. Members nominate retailers in the single- and multi-store categories based upon innovative merchandising and marketing, sales management, annual growth, sales training program, credit history and achievement of goals.
ICFA Announces 2022 Apollo Award Finalists
Finalists must demonstrate outstanding accomplishments plus active partnership and excellent credit rating with manufacturers and industry suppliers. The finalist is recognized as an exceptional dealer of a wide variety of quality products in their trading area and a role model for others within the industry, as well as characterized by superior customer service plus innovative marketing and merchandising strategies.
In 2021, ICFA modified the selection process to prioritize five regional finalists in both the single-store and multi-store categories. Each region was defined by state lines, with the exception of California which was divided horizontally at Santa Maria.
The ICFA membership will vote via an online ballot for a winner in each of two categories later this summer. The winners will be announced on July 20 during the ICFA Awards Gala.
Finalists in the 2022 competition include:
Midwest Region – Village Green Home and Garden, Rockford, Ill.
Northeast Region – Gasper Home & Garden Showplace, Richboro, Pa.
Northwest Region – Daylight Home, Lighting & Patio, Paso Robles, Calif.
Southeast Region – American Casual Living, Buford, Ga.
Southwest Region – Patio Productions, San Diego, Calif.
Midwest Region – Watson’s, Cincinnati, Ohio
Northeast Region – Patio Place at Ski Haus, Salem, N.H.
Northwest Region – Rich’s for the Home, Lynnwood, Wash.
Southeast Region – Elegant Outdoor Living, Bonita Springs, Fla.
Southwest Region – Sunnyland Outdoor Living, Dallas, Texas
Design Excellence AwardsCo-sponsored by the ICFA and Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc., the Design Excellence Awards honor the year’s best in 11 product categories based upon innovative design, marketability, color, construction and imaginative use of materials as determined by a distinguished panel of industry experts.
Two products selected from the 11 category winners are selected for Lilly Awards for Outdoor Furniture and Outdoor Accents, with one receiving top honors with the Lillian B. Winchester “Best of Show” Award.
2021 Design Excellence Product Showcase
Design Excellence Awards 2022
- Chaise Lounge: Windward Design Group Waters Edge Chaise – Windward Design Group Design Team
- Complementary Casual Products – Accents: TUUCI Ocean Master Mega Max – Dougan Clarke
- Complementary Casual Products – Furnishings: Ratana Roca Stool – Ratana Design Team
- Dining Bar Chair: Castelle Furniture Berkeley Sling Dining Chair – Curtis Bulleman
- Dining Bar Table: Hi Teak Cambria Rectangular Dining Table – Hi Teak Design Team
- Fabric: Sattler/Outdura Sherwood Taupe/Bark Taupe – Mariia Elizrova
- Heating/Firepit: The Outdoor GreatRoom Company Uptown Fire Table – Outdoor GreatRoom Design Team
- Lounge Seating with Cushion: Jensen Outdoor Tempo All Weather Lounge Chair – Edi and Paolo Ciani
- Lounge Seating without Cushion: Alfresco Home Luc Lounge – Sako Wijma
- Rugs and Flooring: Trans-Ocean Import Company Orly Stripe Natural – Liora Mann
Industry Partner AwardEligible suppliers are required to have served on a board, council or committee and demonstrated an elevated level of participation in association work.
Lifetime Achievement AwardsThe prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award is reserved for individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the casual furniture industry and to their individual communities.
Bew White to Receive 2021 Award
Manufacturing Leadership and Manufacturer of the Year AwardsEach year, ICFA members select five companies to receive the Manufacturer Leadership Awards. Nominations are judged upon quality of manufactured goods, design, merchandising, customer service, ethics/trade relations and communications. The Manufacturer of the Year Award is given to the company receiving the most votes
Mary Fruehauf Retail Genius AwardThis award recognizes those retailers whose creativity invokes the spirit of the late industry leader's unique approach to igniting excitement and emphasizing the fun in outdoor living.
Village Green Recognized by ICFA for Innovation and Creativity
Village Green Home and Garden is the recipient of the 2022 Mary Fruehauf Retail Genius Award.
Sales Representative of the YearThis award recognizes an outstanding sales representative within the casual furnishing industry. Candidates were selected based on leadership, professionalism, exceptional service, communication skills, knowledge and product training expertise. The winner is selected from five finalists and determined through online voting.
2021 Sales Rep of the Year Finalists Named
Paul Bentley, Birmingham, Ala.
Joe Crandall, Marietta, Ga.,
Billy Markowitz, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.,
Courtney Randolph, Irvine, Calif.
Richie Weyershausen, Houston
Unsung Hero AwardThis award pays tribute to the manufacturers’ employees who serve as company liaisons with dealers and sales representatives. Nominations are based on tactics for innovative problem solving, excellent communications, professionalism and actions befitting a brand ambassador. ICFA retail and sales representative members invited to complete and submit this form
If you have questions about any of the awards, please contact Jackie Hirschhaut at Jackie@ICFAnet.org or (336) 881-1016.