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.





Gary McCray Receives 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award

2020 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Gary McCray


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.

Apollo Winners and Finalists - 2020


2020 Apollo Award Finalists Named

The International Casual Furnishings Association announces the finalists for the 2020 Apollo Awards. The program recognizes retail excellence in the sales and marketing of outdoor furnishings.





Gasper Home and Garden Showplace, Richboro, Pa., was the winner in the single-store category.





The Fire House Casual Living Store, Charlotte, N.C., was the multi-store category winner.

Finalists in the 2020 competition include:

Single-Store Category

Outdoor Elegance, La Verne, Calif.
Patios Plus, Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Villa Terrazza, Sonoma, Calif.
Village Green Home & Garden, Rockford, Ill.

Multi-Store Category

Daylight Home, Lighting & Patio, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Kolo Collection, Atlanta, Ga.
Today’s Patio, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Yard Art Patio & Fireplace, Coppell, Texas

Design Excellence Awards

Co-sponsored by the ICFA and Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc., the Design Excellence Awards honor the year’s best in 12 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.

2021 Design Excellence Rules and Deadlines

2020 Design Excellence Product Showcase


Design Excellence Awards 2020

Category Winners:

  • Chaise Lounge: Pavilion Carlyle Chaise – John Caldwell
  • Complementary Casual Products – Accents: Elaine Smith Tavarua Pillow – Elaine Smith Design Team
  • Complementary Casual Products – Furnishings: Summer Classics Brant Coffee Table – Summer Classics Design Team
  • Dining Bar Chair: Summer Classics Havana 30” Barstool – Summer Classics Design Team
  • Dining Bar Table: Mamagreen Maxximus Extension Dining Table – Vincent Cantaert
  • Fabric: Glen Raven’s Richard Frinier Collection for Sunbrella Tweeds – Richard Frinier
  • Heating/Firepit: Plank & Hide Functional Top Fire Pit – Plank & Hide Design Team
  • Lounge Seating with Cushion: Castelle by Tropitone Berkeley Lounge Chair – Castelle Design Team
  • Lounge Seating without Cushion: Lloyd Flanders Reflections Padded Lounge Chair – Lloyd Flanders Design Team
  • Rugs and Flooring: Treasure Garden Reflections – Ocean Blue – Treasure Garden Design Team
  • Shade: TUUCI Northstar Mast – Dougan Clarke

Lillian B. Winchester "Best of Show" Award
Mamagreen Maxximus Extension Dining Table by Vincent Cantaert

"Lilly" Award for Outdoor Furniture
Mamagreen Maxximus Extension Dining Table by Vincent Cantaert

"Lilly Award for Outdoor Accents
TUUCI Northstar Mast by 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.


2020 Manufacturer Leadership Award

Manufacturer of the Year Award: 
OW Lee  


Lloyd Flanders
OW Lee
Telescope Casual Furniture
Treasure Garden

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.



2020 Sales Representative of the Year Award

The 2020 winner was Dave Digirolamo. 


  • Joe Crandall
  • Dave Digirolamo
  • Phil Fowler
  • Ed Joseph
  • 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.


Richard Frinier Honored As Industry Partner

Industry icon Richard Frinier received ICFA's 2020 Industry Partner Award.

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.


Fire House Casual Living Store Selected for 2020 Mary Fruehauf Retail Genius Award

The Fire House Casual Living Store is the recipient of the 2020 Mary Fruehauf Retail Genius Award.

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.


2020 Unsung Hero Award

The 2020 Unsung Hero winner was the late Mia Nault of Ebel, Inc.








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