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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

Here’s your chance to nominate a retailer for our industry’s most prestigious awards. Whether you’re a manufacturer, industry rep, or employee – we want to hear from you. Retailers are judged by a panel of industry leaders, industry media, retired professionals, and past winners.
Customer Experience
5/5
Company Culture
5/5
Social Responsibility
5/5
Innovation
5/5
Adaptability
5/5
Industry Contribution
5/5
Marketing
5/5
Achievements
5/5

2023 Categories

Retailer of the Year

50 Employees & Above

Retailer of the Year

Below 50 Employees

Emerging Star

Under 40 Years of Age & Rising in the Industry

Trailblazer

20+ Years Exemplary Business

Partner of the Year

HFA Solution Partner with outstanding service to members

Manufacturer of the Year

Furniture manufacturer with outstanding service to retailers
Nominations are now closed.

2022 Winners

Retailer of the Year - CITY Furniture

50 and Above Employees
“We are so excited to hear our CITY team won this prestigious Retailer of the Year Award,” said CITY’s president Andrew Koenig. “We’d like to thank the HFA, its members, and all the judges for their consideration and appreciate their vote of confidence in our CITY Family. I’m beyond proud of the work the team does and am so happy to see them honored with this recognition. Thank you!”

CITY Furniture, a South-Florida based, family-owned American furniture and mattress retailer and fine upholstery manufacturer and one of America’s Top 100 furniture retailers, operates over twenty-one showrooms from Miami through Vero Beach, and in Southwest and Central Florida, as well as fourteen Ashley Home Store showrooms as the brand’s Southeast and Southwest Florida licensee.

Retailer of the Year - Room to Room Furniture

Below 50 Employees
Lisa Hawkins, a relative newcomer to furniture retailing, said that she and her team are humbled and overwhelmed to have been recognized as the HFA 2022 Retailer of the Year. “To be recognized by leaders in our industry is a high honor. At Room to Room, we are blessed to have an amazing team of people who enjoy working together to help individuals and families create homes they love. Being a relative newcomer to furniture retailing, I am grateful to the many mentors who have helped teach us best practices, especially the many Furniture 1st members. Thank you again for this wonderful honor.” Room to Room Furniture store team_web Room to Room Furniture is a 100,000 square-foot family-operated furniture warehouse and design gallery located in Tupelo, Mississippi. It features a unique collection of home furnishings, accessories, rugs, and art at affordable prices. Room to Room offers free design consultations as well as completely customizable furniture pieces to help you create the home of your dreams.

HFA Emerging Star - Eric Beiter

“I am honored to be The HFA Emerging Star of the Year. When I started working in our warehouse as a teenager, I never pictured this being my career. As I became more involved in the business and realized just how important what we are doing is to our community, I knew I was in the right place. I cannot thank my father and grandfather enough for allowing me to find my own path within the business and for all the support they have given me because without them none of this would be possible.” Eric Beiter 2022 award presentation Family locally owned and operated since 1966, Beiter’s has been meeting the needs of the North Central Pennsylvania for Furniture, Mattresses, and Appliances. We strive to be the place where generations of customers come to fill every room in their home. We pride ourselves on the family environment we’ve created for our employees, customers, and the communities in which we reside.

HFA Trailblazer Award - Irv Blumkin

The HFA Trailblazer Award recognizes lifetime achievement in the retail furniture business. “I am humbled, honored, and grateful to receive the HFA 2022 Trailblazer of the Year Award,” commented Irv Blumkin upon hearing the news. “The home furnishings industry has been so rewarding for me and our company, and this award is one of the highlights of my career. Thank you for the tremendous recognition and honor, it belongs to our entire team at NFM.” Irv Blumkin and store team photo_web Nebraska Furniture Mart was founded by Rose Blumkin in 1937 in the basement of her husband’s pawn shop in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1983, investor Warren Buffett purchased a majority interest in NFM and made it part of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies. Today, NFM is one of the nation’s largest home furnishings retailers, selling furniture, flooring, appliances, and electronics. NFM currently has locations in Omaha, Des Moines, Iowa, Kansas City, Kansas and Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.

HFA Partner of the Year - Podium

The Partner of the Year award recognizes the HFA Solution Partner contributing to our members’ success as a partner with HFA.

Podium exists to help local businesses thrive, so they can focus on what matters most: their customers. Today, more than 100,000 local businesses are powered by Podium, helping to facilitate millions of customer interactions and payment transactions. From customer-generated reviews, to more seamless communication offerings and contactless payment tools, Podium is modernizing the way local businesses operate and grow their businesses. Podium is headquartered in Lehi, Utah, and was founded in 2014.

Past Winners

2022

Retailer of the Year - CITY Furniture

Retailer of the Year - Room to Room Furniture

Emerging Star - Eric Beiter, Beiter's Furniture

Trailbazer - Irv Blumkin, Nebraska Furniture Mart (NFM)

Partner of the Year - Podium

2020

Retailer of the Year - Interiors Home

Retailer of the Year - PerLora

Emerging Star - Sydney Harris, Furnitureland South

Trailbazer - Dave Koehler, Johnny Janosik

Partner of the Year - Synchrony

2019

Retailer of the Year - Brakenridge Furniture Co.

Retailer of the Year - Howell Furniture

Emerging Star - Joe Bright, Dunk & Bright Furniture

Trailbazer - Greg Crowley, Crowley Furniture & Mattress

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