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.




Steve Elton and Larry Smith Receive ICFA Lifetime Achievement Awards

2018 Lifetime Achievement Awards Winners




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: Lane Venture Jewel Chaise by Fred Spector
  • Complementary Casual Products: Gloster Deco Bird Feeder by Mark Gabbertas
  • Dining Bar Chair: Barlow Tyrie Titan High Dining Chair by Mark Tyrie
  • Dining Bar Table: IndoSoul USA Montage Dining Table by the IndoSoul Design Team
  • Fabric: Elaine Smith Birds & Cages by Elaine Smith
  • Heating/Firepit: Lloyd Flanders Round Teak Fire Table with Faux Concrete Top by the Lloyd Flanders Design Team
  • Lounge Seating with Cushion: Lane Venture Jewel Lounge Chair by Fred Spector
  • Lounge Seating without Cushion: Gloster Sway by Henrick Pedersen
  • Rugs and Flooring: Jaipur Living Polaris Collection Stowe Rug by the Jaipur Living Design Team
  • Outdoor Lighting: Klaussner Outdoor Slant Table Lamp by the Klaussner Outdoor Design Team
  • Shade Products: TUUCI Automated Max Cantilever Umbrella by Dougan Clarke

Lillian B. Winchester "Best of Show" Award
TUUCI's Automated Max Cantilever Umbrella

"Lilly" Award for Outdoor Furniture
IndoSoul USA's Montage Dining Table

"Lilly Award for Outdoor Accents
TUUCI's Automated Max Cantilever Umbrella

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.


Great Gatherings Honored for Its Retail Creativity

Visual merchandising that inspires customers to imagine their outdoor living spaces in a fresh (and fully accessorized) way is among the creative talents Great Gatherings brings to its Virginia and Maryland markets.

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