ICFA awards top efforts in design, manufacturing and sales
ICFA members and their guests gathered to spotlight Design Excellence winners, recognize the industry's best manufacturing partners and honor an outstanding sales representative
Cinde W. Ingram -- Casual Living, 10/26/2011 6:50:25 AM
THE COMPETITION RECOGNIZES PRODUCTS FOR their overall design, as well as their marketability, innovation, color, construction and imaginative use of materials. Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. co-sponsors the awards. Category winners included:
Lillian B. Winchester
|Cast Metal: Atlanta Lounge Chair by
Scott Coogan for Woodard Landgrave|
|Tubular Materials: Azore 34-inch
Square Table by Povl Eskildsen for Gloster
|Complementary Casual Products: Apple Martini Stone Table
Top by Veneman Collection|
|Wrought Iron/Wrought Aluminum:
Jax Stationary Lounge Chair by
Scott Coogan for Woodard|
|Rattan/Wicker/Woven Materials: Amari High Back Lounge
Chair by Janus et Cie|
|Outdoor Rugs/Carpeting/Flooring: Ravella Disco Orange by
Liora Manne for Trans-Ocean Imports
|Outdoor Lighting: Joi Powered by
Thermologi by Caframo Ltd.|
|Resin/Fiberglass: Ineo Extension
Table by Grosfi llex|
|Shade Products: Plantation MAX
Cantilever by Dougan Clarke for TUUCI|
|Fabric: Heritage by Sunbrella Performance
Fabric, Glen Raven Custom Fabrics|
Sales Representative of the Year
One manufacturer was honored in each of nine categories for the design and quality of its products, along with its merchandising, customer service, ethics, communications and trade relations. Winners were:
+ Tropitone - Tubular Materials Furniture
+ OW Lee - Wrought Iron/Aluminum
+ Lane Venture - Rattan/Wicker/Woven Materials
+ Jensen Leisure - Wood Casual
+ Treasure Garden - Shade Products
+ Alfresco Home - Complementary Casual Products
+ Pride Family Brands - Cast Metal
+ Trans Ocean - Outdoor Carpeting/Rugs/Flooring
+ Seaside Casual - Resin/Fiberglass
Manufacturer of the Year
From among the nine category winners listed here, Tropitone was named Manufacturer of the Year. Both the category winners and the Manufacturer of the Year were selected in online voting.
ICFA presents Apollo Awards, Lifetime Achievement Award
The International Casual Furnishings Association celebrated its brightest stars in retailing and paid tribute to the year's Lifetime Achievement honoree last month at the 52nd annual Apollo Awards banquet and Al Fresco fashion show. For a second year, the event took place inside the historic Field Museum.
The Apollo Awards recognize retail excellence in the sales and marketing of outdoor furnishings.
Finalists must demonstrate outstanding accomplishments and commitment to customer service. Winners in two categories, single store and multi-store, were selected through an online ballot.
Summer House of Tukwila, Wash., was named the multi-store category winner. President Todd Patterson recognized the four other nominated retailers as well as hundreds of other casual furniture stores as he accepted the award for the family-owned business. Being a first-time nominee brought back memories of many dedicated employees and great friendships developed at the stores over more than 30 years, Patterson said. "It's nice to stop the day-to-day and go back to think about it," he said, speaking for his Seattle-area stores and his sisters Kim Benford and Diane Patterson. "Our dad passed away a little over a year ago but he loved this event and the combined relationships that make this go." Fruehauf's Patio & Garden Center of Boulder, Colo., was named the single store winner. Mary Fruehauf, president and owner of
Fruehauf's, thanked all her manufacturer, suppliers and other retail friends as she accepted the award. "Many of the other retailers in the industry we now consider our very best friends," she said.
Finalists in the multi-story category were: ABSCO Fireplace & Patio, Birmingham, Ala.; Carls Patio, Boca Raton, Fla.; Season's Leisure Inc., Atherton, Calif.; and Greenhouse Mall, Austin, Texas.
Finalists in the single store category were: AuthenTeak Outdoor Furniture, Atlanta; Ken Rash's of Arkansas, Little Rock; Sunnyland Furniture, Dallas; and Leisure Living Inc., Salt Lake City.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Robert "Bob" Vanderminden Sr. of Telescope Casual Furniture received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, reserved for individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the casual furniture industry and to their individual communities.
Born in Brooklyn in 1927 and still designing products for Telescope Casual Furniture, Vanderminden was characteristically humble as he accepted the award. "I want to thank you all for what you've done for me and my company," he said. "I've always kind of stayed in the background all my life. My greatest achievement is my family."
His daughter, current Telescope CEO Kathy Juckett, described her father as "very intense, very creative and always looking for a better mousetrap." His son Bill Vanderminden, now executive VP, has continued his father's direction with innovative designs. Another son, Robert Vanderminden Jr., is senior VP, information systems. His nephew, Henry Vanderminden IV, is president.
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