2019 Showroom of the Year Finalists Announced

—Program honors leading lighting retailers across North America—

DALLAS – March 12, 2019 – Finalists for the 2019 Showroom of the Year Awards, honoring outstanding lighting retailers across North America, have been announced. The annual awards, now celebrating its 10th year, is co-sponsored by Furniture, Lighting & Decor magazine and Lightovation: Dallas International Lighting Show. Each year, showrooms are judged on a number of criteria, including merchandising display, marketing and advertising, customer service and engagement, employee education and motivation, and community involvement.

The finalists in all three categories — Revenue Under $2 Million, Revenue Under $5 Million and Revenue $5 Million and Over — will be profiled in Furniture, Lighting & Decor’s May issue. The winners will be announced at an evening reception during Lightovation at Dallas Market Center on June 19, 2019. More details will follow.

Finalists in the Revenue Under $2 Million category are:

- Alcott & Bentley, Louisville, KY
- Coventry Lighting & Design Center, Canfield, OH
- Denney Electric, Ambler, PA
- Village Home Stores, Geneseo, IL
- Waterplace, Crown Point, IN

Finalists in the Revenue Under $5 Million category are:

- B.A. Robinson Co. Ltd., Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
- Illuminating Interiors, San Diego, CA
- Joseph's Electrical Center, Lake Charles, LA
- NorthWest Lighting and Accents, Mt. Prospect, IL
- Passion Lighting, Grapevine, TX

Finalists in the Revenue $5 Million and Over category are:

- Idlewood Electric, Highland Park, IL
- Lightology, Chicago, IL
- Lights Fantastic Pro, Lewisville, TX
- Springhaus, Timnath, CO
- Wabash Lighting, Fort Wayne, IN

“This is the 10th anniversary of the Showroom of the Year Awards, and we have been so impressed with the entrants in this year’s competition,” says Diane Falvey, Editor-in-Chief of Furniture, Lighting & Decor. The creativity, dedication and enthusiasm lighting retailers have for their businesses and communities is so inspiring.”

“This edition of the awards is ten years in the making, so we take pride that we can help honor a special group of retail leaders this summer,” said Cindy Morris, President and CEO of Dallas Market Center. “Congratulations to the finalists, and we look forward to seeing everyone in Dallas for the celebration.”

Awards will be presented in the three dollar-volume categories at the June 19 reception. All finalists will also be eligible for three specialty awards: Outstanding Merchandising Display, Exceptional Community Involvement and Social Media Star, an award that industry members help select on the Furniture, Lighting & Décor Facebook page.

Once again, 50 percent of the scoring for the Social Media Star Award will be determined by “likes” posted to finalist profiles within the Showroom of the Year Social Media Star Event on Furniture, Lighting & Decor’s Facebook page. Official judges’ scores complete the remaining 50 percent of scoring for that category. This voting event details are to come.

An accomplished panel of judges has been selected to judge the 10th year of this esteemed competition. David Avrin, the Visibility Coach, is an expert in marketing and the customer experience. He delivers a profoundly insightful and hard-hitting message to business audiences across North America and around the world. Brand and business strategist Jacqui Genow specializes in how the many pieces of the marketing puzzle fit together. She takes an unbiased approach to pinpointing the right mix of tools and tactics for businesses and their goals. Randall Whitehead, the Lighting Doctor known for his informational blogs and videos at Furniture, Lighting & Decor, is a professional lighting designer and author. He has worked on projects worldwide and appeared on the Discovery Channel, HGTV and CNN.

Lightovation: Dallas International Lighting Show, the largest residential lighting trade event in North America, offers decision makers from around the world the unmatched opportunity to discover more new products and best-selling ceiling fans and lighting in all interior and exterior categories, along with home décor, gifts, holiday and floral, housewares and gourmet, and artisan products.

The marketplace serves retailers and interior designers from all 50 states and 85 countries and is located in the strongest economic zone in the country. In addition, more than 80 percent of Dallas Market Center buyers report that they do not shop other market centers.

To make plans for upcoming shows, visit the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center and Lightovation Apps. Also, keep up-to-date on all information by visiting the Lightovation Facebook page as well as Lightovation Industry Discussion Group.

About Dallas Market Center

Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers and interior designers with top manufacturers in home décor, furniture, gifts, lighting and fashion. Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek industry trends, business education and new products from exhibitors throughout the year via dominant trade events for gift, home décor, holiday and floral; the nation’s most comprehensive apparel and accessories markets featuring the latest styles from East Coast and West Coast designers; the largest residential lighting trade event in North America; and the largest and most successful open-daily design center. The marketplace is located in the strongest economic zone in the country. In addition, more than 80 percent of Dallas Market Center buyers report that they do not shop other market centers. To make plans for upcoming markets, visit the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center and Lightovation Apps. Also, keep up-to-date on all information by visiting Dallas Market Center on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the Dallas Market Center blog.

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