Retailer of the Year Awards
What are the Retailer of the Year Awards?
Presented by the Home Furnishings Association, Retailer of the Year Awards are an annual recognition of the home furnishings industry’s highest achievers. Nominated by the industry, and judged by a panel, these awards honor industry professionals in several distinct categories: Retailer of the Year, Trailblazer, Emerging Star, Partner of the Year, and Manufacturer of the Year.
Nominated by the industry
Retailer of the Year - Old Brick Furniture
Old Brick Furniture and Mattress Co. was a clear winner by our judges to receive the HFA Retailer of the Year Award not only for the growth made over the past year, but because of the future outlook of Old Brick due in part to the foundational strides made in 2021. With Michael Fiacco’s leadership, competitive tenacity, and relentless pursuit of the next challenge, Old Brick Furniture is well positioned for natural growth and the establishment of the Old Brick brand as a strong regional player in the northeast.
Retailer of the Year - BILTRITE Furniture
For 95 years, BILTRITE Furniture has sought to improve and elevate how they do business. Whether from insights gathered from webinars, in person networking events, or furniture markets, they always come away with new ways to up their game. So, it’s no surprise that their attention to their customers and their community has garnered BILTRITE Furniture this honor.
HFA Emerging Star - Matt Pridemore
“I’m absolutely over the moon to receive this award. To me, this is a reflection of our organization. The team has bought in to the culture that we are driving home and building each day. We have all worked hard to create an amazing customer experience. To know that the furniture industry recognizes our organization as being a leader is very special and very much appreciated.”
Matt began his career in furniture with Badcock in 2000 in warehouse and delivery. In 2008, he began a journey in sales with Ashley Furniture Homestore in Rochester, NY. In 2009, he moved back south and began a journey with the corporate arm of Badcock, joining their Manager in Training Program. In this capacity, Matt worked in several stores in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina before taking over as store manager in Starkville, Mississippi in January of 2010. The following year, he was promoted to a regional role with Badcock for 5 years. In January of 2016 Matt purchased his first Badcock Furniture Store in Douglas, GA. and soon added on stores around south Georgia in Valdosta, Lake Park, Quitman, Baxley, Glennville. Continuing to expand operations, Matt now owns 16 Furniture stores across 4 states in the southeast.
HFA Trailblazer Award - Howard Haimsohn
“I am both honored and humbled to be receiving the 2023 HFA Trailblazer Award. Throughout my career I have had the privilege of meeting, working with, and becoming friends with some of the best and brightest in our industry. My time serving on our retail industry association boards, WHFA, NHFA & HFA, along with my 40 years of leading and working with the Contemporary Design Group has enabled me to learn and grow. My family and our incredible team at Lawrance Furniture, have always supported my efforts and helped me immensely to get to where I am today. This award is something I will truly cherish. Thank you HFA for this recognition and honor”.
HFA Partner of the Year - Esquire Advertising
“I always wanted us to grow, but I wanted to do it in a way where we could always provide the highest level of service to our clients. I didn’t want our client’s needs to ever be overlooked and at times we took on projects for our clients that fell outside our normal service offerings. We did that so the industry would know that if they needed help, we were the ones they could turn to, no matter the ask. That has not always made things easy, but I can tell you today that it certainly has paid off. We are deeply honored to be recognized by such an important organization.”