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 2023 Apollo Award Finalists
The International Casual Furnishings Association announces the finalists for the 2023 Apollo Awards. The program recognizes retail excellence in the sales and marketing of outdoor furnishings.
Winner in the single-store category was, Village Green Home & Garden of Rockford, Ill.
Winner in the multi-store category was, Gasper Home & Garden Showplace, based in Furlong, Pa.
Finalists in the 2023 competition include:
Island Living & Patio, West Palm Beach, Fla.
O’Malia’s Living, Carmel, Ind.
Outdoor Elegance, La Verne, Calif.
Villa Terrazza, Sonoma, Calif.
Village Green Home and Garden, Rockford, Ill.
Gasper Home & Garden Showplace, Furlong, Pa.
Kolo Collection, Atlanta
Sunnyland Outdoor Living, Dallas
Today’s Patio, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Viriden (formerly Fire House Casual Living), Charlotte, N.C.
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.
Design Excellence Awards 2023
- Chaise Lounge: Brown Jordan – Oliver Adjustable Chaise – Ann Marie Vering
- Complementary Casual Products – Accents: TUUCI – Highland Planters – Dougan Clarke
- Complementary Casual Products – Furnishings: Bernhardt Exteriors – Milos Cyprus Table Group – Bernhardt Exteriors Design Team
- Dining Bar Chair – Bernhardt Exteriors – Rhodes Armchair – Bernhardt Exteriors Design Team
- Dining Bar Table: Castelle Furniture – Tulip Dining Table with Faux Marble Top – Curtis Bulleman
- Fabric: Sunbrella – Strada Sky – Richard Frinier
- Heating/Firepit: Ocean Rock USA – Carrara Marble Porcelain Fire Table – Ocean Rock USA Design Team
- Lounge Seating with Cushion: Foremost Home – Ming Lounge Chair – Jim Sica
- Lounge Seating without Cushion: Jensen Outdoor – Trellis Lounge Chair – Edi and Paolo Ciani
- Shade: Sunvilla – Powered Market Umbrella – Sunvilla Design Team
Dudley K. Flanders Leadership AwardDudley Flanders guided the establishment of the International Casual Furnishings Association in 2008 and served as the organization’s volunteer leader in its formative years. A man of quiet strength and extraordinary vision, he led by example in his everyday life with an openness for new ideas, a reflective quality to manage change and a zeal for empowering associates and colleagues to reach their highest potential.
2023 Dudley K. Flanders Leadership Award Recipient
The first recipient of the Dudley K. Flanders Leadership Award is Jessica Salisbury of Village Green in Rockford, Ill. Salisbury stepped into the CEO’s role with the passing of founder, Larry Smith. She is active both in ICFA and in her company. Her integrity is top-notch, and her personal style is an excellent example of effective leadership.
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.
Lifetime Achievement Awards Nomination Form
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.
Mary Fruehauf Retail Genius Award 2024 Call for Nominations
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.
2023 Sales Representative of the Year Award
The 2023 winner was Charlie Smith.
John Balch, Nashville, Tenn
Tim Baldwin, Richmond, Va.
Douglas Becht, Geneva, Ill.
Joe Crandall, Marietta, Ga.
Phil Fowler, Philadelphia
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.