HFA LogoLas Vegas, NV July 31, 2016 — The Home Furnishings Association (HFA) is accepting nominations for its 2017 Retailer of the Year award. Nominations are due byDecember 5, 2016 and awards will be presented on Monday, June 5, 2017 at the HFA’s annual Networking Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

“We’re always looking for ways to recognize outstanding HFA members,” said Sharron Bradley, the HFA’s CEO. “For 2017 we’re expanding the criteria for the Retailer of the Year awards and we’re adding three separate opportunities for recognition. It’s going to be an exciting evening!”

The industry is invited to nominate HFA members in good standing who represent exceptional examples of the following criteria: philanthropy, technology, customer experience, mentoring, sustainability and store design/merchandising for the Retailer of the Year. There will be a winner in two categories—under $10 million and over $10 million in sales.

Nominations are also open for the Emerging Star award, a retailer who’s been in business for 3-5 years that stands out in one or more of the six criteria, and the Trailblazer award, a retailer who’s been in business for 20+ years that stands out in one or more of the six criteria.

Any member of the home furnishings industry may nominate one or more HFA members for Retailer of the Year, Emerging Star or Trailblazer awards. Nominees will be contacted to confirm eligibility and interest prior to the selection process. A representative from varies sections of the industry will be included on the selection committee.

Nominations can be submitted via email to [email protected], online at myhfa.org, or by stopping by HFA’s Retailer Resource Center in Las Vegas (B1050) or High Point (1st floor Plaza Suites) during markets and dropping your nominations in the box in the Membership Booth.

During the 2017 gala, the HFA Board will also recognize an Outstanding Representative of the Year to celebrate its partnership with the International Home Furnishings Representatives Association.

About the Home Furnishings Association:
The Home Furnishings Association (HFA), with roots dating back to 1920, is North America’s largest organization devoted specifically to the needs and interests of home furnishings retailers, with more than 1,800 members representing more than 7,000 storefronts across all 50 states and several countries. Association offices in the East, West, and Central United States provide members with programs, resources, services, and a unified voice in government relations by partnering with home furnishings industry suppliers, vendors, affiliates, and other organizations. For more information on the HFA visit www.myhfa.org.