Apollo Awards Entry Information

Each year, the ICFA bestows its prestigious Apollo Award to a single-store and a multi-store retail business that represents the highest qualities of character and success among retailers of casual home furnishings. As you consider potential nominees, please review the criteria for selection:

  • Is an active partner with their manufacturers and suppliers.
  • Is recognized as an exceptional retailer in their geographical area by industry retailer peers, manufacturers/importers, designers, sales representatives and suppliers.
  • Serves as an inspiration or role model for others within the casual furnishings industry.
  • Is an innovative marketer and merchandiser within their marketplace.
  • Maintains an outstanding credit rating with their suppliers.
  • Exemplifies exceptional customer service in their retail operations.
  • Is considered an outstanding retail model in the industry and shares their expertise with others in the casual furniture industry.
  • Encourages professional development for their staff and maintains an outstanding work environment for their employees.
  • Maintains outstanding interior and exterior presentations in their store operations.
  • Offers a wide variety of high quality product offerings in their marketplace.

In a move initiated by the ICFA Awards Committee in October 2016 and approved by the Board of Directors, nominations for the 2017 Apollo Awards are open to ICFA members and non-members. In keeping with the Board of Directors decision in November 2015, every ICFA member company in good standing is eligible to place one vote for the honorees. (Yes, all ICFA retailers can both nominate and vote!) Please utilize the online links here for your nominations:

To cast your nomination vote in the 2017 Apollo Award single-store category, please click on the link below:

Apollo Award Nomination Form for Single-Store Category

To cast your nomination vote in the 2017 Apollo Award multi-store category, please click on the link below:

Apollo Award Nomination Form for Multi-Store Category

If you do not have a personal user name and password to access the members-only section of the ICFA website, please contact Brenda Grubb (bgrubb@ahfa.us) and she will provide you with credentials.

Please complete and submit your ballots no later than Friday, June 23. 

We look forward to receiving your votes on the top retailers whose outstanding accomplishments and commitment to customer service distinguish them from their peers. From your nominations, five finalists will be selected in both the single-store and multi-store categories. An open call for voting will take place prior to the International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market, and winners will be announced at the ICFA Awards Gala on September 14 at The Field Museum.

For a list of stores previously honored as finalists and Apollo Award winners, please click on the link below:

http://icfanet.org/documents/apollofinalists.pdf