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.

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.



ICFA Honors Family Business Leaders

2019 Lifetime Achievement Awards Recipients.











Apollo Awards

The most prestigious in our industry, the Apollo Awards have been presented for more than 50 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.



2018 Apollo Award Finalists Named

HIGH POINT, N.C. – The International Casual Furnishings Association announces the finalists for the 2018 Apollo Awards. The program recognizes retail excellence in the sales and marketing of outdoor furnishings.

Bowman's Stove & Patio, Ephrata, Pa., was the winner in the single-store category.

Porch & Patio Casual Living, Warwick, R.I., and Mystic, Conn., was the multi-store category winner.

Finalists in the 2018 competition include:

Single-Store Category

Outdoor Elegance, La Verne, Calif.
Patios Plus, Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Bowman’s Stove & Patio, Ephrata, Pa.
Sunnyland Furniture, Dallas
Village Green Home and Garden, Rockford, Ill.

Multi-Store Category

Daylight Home, Lighting & Patio, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Great Gatherings, Gainesville, Va.
Porch & Patio Casual Living, Warwick, R.I.
Today’s Patio, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Yard Art Patio & Fireplace, Irving, Texas

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.





Category Winners:

  • Chaise Lounge: Brown Jordan Oscar Chaise – Ann Marie Vering
  • Complementary Casual Products: Brown Jordan Still Mobile Console Table and Serving Cart – Richard Frinier
  • Dining Bar Chair: Janus et Cie Anatra Armchair – Patricia Urquiola
  • Dining Bar Table: Kannoa Santorini Dining Table – Luis Blasini
  • Fabric: Glen Raven's Richard Frinier Collection for Sunbrella Algorithm – Richard Frinier
  • Heating/Firepit: Mamagreen Ercole Firepit – Ak47 Design
  • Lounge Seating with Cushion: Brown Jordan Oscar Lounge Chair – Ann Marie Vering
  • Lounge Seating without Cushion: Sunset West Milano Armless Club Chair – Wes Stewart
  • Rugs and Flooring: Jaipur Living Indie Collection Farra Rug – Jaipur Living Design Team
  • Outdoor Lighting: TUUCI Ocean Master MAX with Ambria Lighting and Heat – Dougan Clarke
  • Shade: TUUCI Plantation Teak Parasol – Dougan Clarke

Manufacturing Leadership and Manufacturer of the Year Awards

Each year, ICFA members select 10 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.


2018 Manufacturer Leadership Award

Manufacturer of the Year Award:
Lloyd Flanders


  • Brown Jordan
  • Gloster
  • O.W. Lee
  • Telescope Casual Furniture

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.



Sales Representative of the Year Award 2018

The 2018 winner was Billy Markowitz.


  • Andy Hamilton
  • Ed Hatton
  • Dave Hunt
  • Carmen Squadrito

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.


Glen Raven-Sunbrella Receives Industry Partner Award

Glen Raven-Sunbrella received ICFA’s 2019 Industry Partner Award during the February Educational Conference in San Antonio.

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 2020 Call for Nominations

In late 2017, 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 entry form and sending supporting documents on or before the deadline of Tuesday, December 3, 2019.

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