Patios Plus, Sunshine Furniture win Apollo Awards
September 24, 2012,
Sunshine Furniture President Gail Williams celebrates winning her store’s first Apollo Award along with staff members, who are attending their first Casual Market.
Patios Plus, based in Rancho Mirage, Calif., won the Apollo Award in the multi-store category while Sunshine Furniture, of Vero Beach, Fla., won the Apollo Award in the single store category. All 10 retail finalists were selected because they demonstrate outstanding accomplishments and commitment to customer service.
Amanda Schultz, her father Jim Schultz and aunt Kristin Schultz Hutchinson after Apollo Award ceremony.
Williams recognized great manufacturers, customers and her sales staff "that comes in to work even when they don't feel good. The best reward of all is having a son that loves the business as much as I love the business. The cool thing about this industry is that it's multi-generational."
Jim Schultz, who owns Patios Plus with his sister Kristine Schultz Hutchinson, also spoke of family being important within the industry. "I'm proud my daughter Amanda has been working with us for five years," he said. "We just love this industry."
Schultz thanked his employees who he said are "so hard-working in servicing all of our customers." He welcomed all of the manufacturers and retailers who are new to the casual furnishings industry and challenged them to continue to raise the bar of standards higher.
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