Mary Fruehauf Retail Genius Award

Recognizes retailers whose creativity invokes the spirit of the late industry's unique approach to igniting excitement and emphasizing the fun in outdoor living.

Earlier this year, the ICFA Retail Council created the Mary Fruehauf Retail Genius Award to recognize retailers whose creativity invokes the spirt of the late industry leader’s unique approach to igniting excitement and emphasizing the fun in outdoor living. I’m writing to invite you to compete for the award by completing the form attached and sending supporting documents on or before the deadline of Friday, December 15.

According to Mariah Maydew, who succeeded Mary as president and CEO of Fruehauf’s in Boulder, Colorado, after her death from cancer in 2015, “Mary was a dedicated and passionate person whose creativity of expression sparked a sense of enjoyment and discovery in her customers, community and the national casual furniture industry for over two decades.”

All ICFA retail members are eligible to compete for the award. Competitors for the Mary Fruehauf Retail Genius Award will submit up to three original and creative displays, events, promotions, or concepts that captures the special extra element that makes your company’s retail formula successful while closely channeling Mary’s spirit to create a unique and fun shopping experience.

The winner of the 2018 Mary Fruehauf Retail Genius Award will be announced at the ICFA Educational Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at lunch on Thursday, January 18, and honored with a distinctive trophy befitting the whimsical style of its namesake. The competition will be judged by industry veterans and close personal friends and colleagues of Mary: Mariah Maydew, Cathy Galbreath- Buzbee, owner of ABSCO Fireplace & Patio, Birmingham, Ala., and Brian Lawrence, president of Emigh’s Casual Living, Sacramento, Calif. 

Eligible retailers are invited to submit descriptions and supporting documentation for up to three related or individual displays, events, promotions, or concepts in the form of photos, videos, screenshots and other downloadable media. Competition details and entry information are available here.