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Home Furnishings Association (HFA) Announces 2023 Retailer of the Year Winners

Furniture World News Desk on 1/25/2023


The Home Furnishing’s Association (HFA) recently annouced its 2023 Retailer of the Year winners, recognizing Old Brick Furniture & Mattress Co., BiltRite Furniture, Matt Pridemore of Badcock Home Furniture and More, Howard Haimsohn of Lawrance Furniture and Esquire Advertising. The official announcement was made during the HFA annual membership meeting held virtually on Tuesday, January 17, 2023. 2023. The winners are:

  • Old Brick Furniture & Mattress Co in Albany, NY., headed by Michael Fiacco—HFA Retailer of the Year with 50 or more employees.
  • BiltRite Furniture in Greenfield, WI., led by the Komisar family—HFA Retailer of the Year for fewer than 50 employees.
  •  Howard Haimsohn, President of Lawrance Furniture, located in San Diego, CA—HFA Trailblazer 
  •  Matt Pridemore, Owner of Badcock Home Furniture with stores headquartered in Valdosta, GA—HFA Emerging Star
  •  Esquire Advertising, Eric Grindley, Founder/CEO—HFA Partner of the Year

“Our Retailers of the Year all reflect a high level of excellence in the work they do. The judges felt this group exemplifies innovation, determination and stability in the face of a difficult year for all retailers. I can’t wiat to celebrate with them at their stores in the coming weeks,” said Mark Schumacher, HFA CEO.

The Retailer of the Year Award recognizes retailers large and small, that show excellence in the following areas:

  • Value to customers
  • Achievements
  • Recruitment and development of staff
  • Social Responsibility
  • Company Culture
  • Innovation

The Trailblazer award recognizes lifetime achievement in the retail furniture business. Haimsohn was selected based on several factors including:

  • Contributions to the industry
  • Social responsibility
  • Philanthropy
  • Challenges overcome
  • Mentoring

The Emerging Star award recognizes an exceptional young talent in the home furnishings industry. Pridemore was chosen for his accomplishments in several categories, including:

  • Overcoming challenges
  • Social responsibility
  • Company culture
  • Innovation
  • Achievements

The Partner of the Year award recognizes the HFA Solution Partner contributing to our members’ success as a partner with HFA. The judging criteria were based on:

  • HFA member value
  • Social responsibility
  • Company culture
  • Future initiatives
  • Marketing
  • Innovation

Recipients will receive their awards in their stores or headquarters so HFA can celebrate with winners and their teams. For more information about HFA’s Retailer of the Year awards and the 2023 winners visit myhfa.org/roty.

About the Home Furnishings Association: The Home Furnishings Association (HFA), with roots dating back to 1920, is North America's largest non-profit, trade organization devoted specifically to the needs and interests of home furnishings retailers, with more than 1,500 members representing more than 10,000 storefronts across all 50 states and several countries. HFA provides members with programs, resources, services, and a unified voice in government relations by collaborating with home furnishings industry suppliers, vendors, affiliates, and other organizations. For more information on the HFA, visit www.myhfa.org.