ICFA Confers First Industry
Partner Award to theMART
Friday, January 19, 2018
The International Casual Furnishings Association (ICFA) presented its first annual Industry Partner Award to theMART, Chicago, during its annual Educational Conference here.
“Our supplier partners are key to ICFA’s success and instrumental in helping all members achieve success on the leading edge of a growing market,” said ICFA chair Terri Rogers, president of OW Lee, in presenting the award Wednesday, January 17. “theMART has been key to ICFA’s growth. Their sponsorship of our annual awards gala, annual educational conference, and more, contributes significantly to ICFA’s success.”
Owned by Vornado Realty Trust, theMART (previously known as the Merchandise Mart) has hosted the annual Casual Market for more than four decades. Today, approximately 250 manufacturers fill more than 350,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, offering the most complete collection of furniture and accessories for outdoor living. It is the only trade show in North America dedicated exclusively to the casual and outdoor furnishings industry.
Eligible suppliers for the ICFA Industry Partner Award were required to have served on a board, council or committee and demonstrated an elevated level of participation in association work. In addition, candidates needed to demonstrate a commitment to advancing the organization’s strategic plans and goals through contributions to fundraisers and industry activities. The judges also looked for a company that has made or is likely to make a significant contribution to the advancement of ICFA.
The International Casual Furnishings Association, based in High Point, North Carolina, represents manufacturers, retailers, sales representatives and designers of outdoor furnishings plus suppliers to the industry.