ICFA Awards

The ICFA membership includes the most influential and forward-thinking individuals and companies in the casual furnishings field. As your trade organization we honor excellence and achievement every year through a comprehensive awards program acknowledging successes in each segment of our membership.

Apollo Awards

The 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.


The International Casual Furnishings Association announces the finalists for the 2024 Apollo Awards. The program recognizes retail excellence in the sales and marketing of outdoor furnishings.

Design Excellence Awards

Co-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

Category Winners:

  • 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 Award

Dudley 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 Award

Eligible suppliers are required to have served on a board, council or committee and demonstrated an elevated level of participation in association work.

International Market Centers Honored As Industry Partner

Award Recognizes Industry Leadership in Advancing the Business of Outdoor Furnishings

Lifetime Achievement Awards

The 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

Kathy Juckett Receives 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award

2023 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Manufacturing Leadership and Manufacturer of the Year Awards

Each 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

2023 Manufacturer Leadership Award





Lloyd Flanders



Ebel Inc.


Treasure Garden

Mary Fruehauf Retail Genius Award

This 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 Year

This 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 Award

This 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

2023 Unsung Hero Award

The 2023 Unsung Hero Award Winner is Ana Hartman of Treasure Garden.

If you have questions about any of the awards, please contact Jackie Hirschhaut at Jackie@ICFAnet.org or (336) 881-1016.