HFA Announces 2017 ROTY Winners

April 24, 2017—

The Home Furnishings Association’s (HFA) president, Steve Kidder, Vermont Furniture Galleries, announced the winners of HFA’s 2017 Retailer of the Year awards Saturday, the opening day of High Point Market.

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Father and son duo, David and Brad Schweig, of Sunnyland Outdoor Furniture in Dallas are the HFA Retailers of the Year in the category of businesses with a sales volume under $10 million. David and Brad couldn’t attend Market so they watched the event via Facebook Live with their staff in the store.

“We’re honored to be named HFA’s Retailer of the Year,” Brad said. “We’ve been nominated and recognized by the International Casual Furnishings Association before, but to be recognized by our peers with this award is a great privilege. We’re excited to represent the casual furniture industry and proud to be the first patio store to win this award. We look forward to the HFA conference in June in San Antonio.”

Sunnyland is the first casual furniture retailer to win HFA’s Retailer of the Year award. This 47-year-old company is the largest outdoor and casual furniture store in Texas with a 37,000-square-foot showroom, clearance center and on-site distribution center.

Josh Hudson, CEO of Hudson’s Furniture, a family-owned business founded in 1981 is the HFA Retailer of the Year in the category of businesses with a sales volume of more than $10 million. Hudson’s operates 14 Hudson’s Furniture showrooms and three outlet centers and offers promotional to high end furniture to its Central Florida customers. Joshua said, “We’re incredibly grateful for this award. It means a lot to me, my brother Adam and my mom and dad.”

David and Brad Schweig and Joshua Hudson will receive their awards and be celebrated at the HFA’s 2017 Retailer of the Year awards event, June 5 at the annual Home Furnishings Networking Conference in San Antonio. The recognition celebrates retailers who exhibit exceptional examples of philanthropy, technology, customer experience, mentoring, sustainability and store design/merchandising.

Steve also announced the winners of the Association’s new awards— the Emerging Star and Trailblazer, which recognize retailers who’ve successfully jumped into the industry with both feet and those who’ve made a career of forging new roads, respectively.

Cynthia Heathcoe, owner of Contemporary Living in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. is this year’s Emerging Star. Cynthia said, “I’m just blown away by all this. To think how far we’ve come in such a short time is amazing to Robert (husband) and I. Thank you to the HFA for all you’ve done for us to get this far.”

Jake Jabs, founder of American Furniture Warehouse in Englewood, Colo. is the Trailblazer. Jake said, “I’ve gotten a lot of awards in my life. Some maybe because I’ve paid for them with donations and such. But to get an award like this from your peers means a lot to me so thank you. Thank you very much.”

Cynthia and Jake will be recognized during the Retailer of the Year celebration at the HFA Networking Conference in June as well.

HFA members were nominated by members of the home furnishings industry based on their exceptional examples of philanthropy, technology, customer experience, mentoring, sustainability and store design/merchandising. A panel of judges comprised of members of HFA’s Board of Directors; HFA members; manufacturers; service providers/suppliers; and members of the industry media, voted on the nominations.