Winners Announced at Lightovation for 2017 Showroom of the Year Awards


-- Six leading lighting retailers honored at eighth annual event --

DALLAS – June 22, 2017 – Dallas Market Center and Lighting & Décor magazine announced the winners of the eighth annual Showroom of the Year Awards during June Lightovation – Dallas International Lighting Show, June 21-24. The announcement was made during a special evening reception on June 21, the show’s opening day.

One Showroom of the Year was named in each of three dollar-volume categories: annual Revenue Under $2 Million, Revenue Under $5 Million, and Revenue $5 Million and Over. All Showroom of the Year finalists were also eligible for three specialty awards: Outstanding Merchandising Display, Exceptional Community Involvement, and Social Media Star.

“It was an exciting evening, peers congratulating each other and celebrating another year of award-winning creativity and innovation” said Nicole Bowling, editor-in-chief of Lighting & Decor, who presented awards along with Managing Editor Alison Martin, Dallas Market Center president and CEO Cindy Morris, and Vice President of Lighting Technology Development & Marketing Laura Van Zeyl.
A range of design, retail, and industry experts judged and selected the 2017 finalists and winners. This year’s judges were Pamela N. Danziger, columnist, market researcher, and author of seven books, including Shops That POP! 7 Steps to Extraordinary Retail Success; Mary Mazzeffi, retail visual display designer and two-time Christmas decorator for the White House; and Linley Paske and Lauren Pasqualone, social media “entertrainers” and co-owners of the marketing firm LP2 Boutique Agency.

The 2017 Showroom of the Year winners are:

Revenue Under $2 Million: Lighting Design Center at Warshauer Electric, Tinton Falls, New Jersey

Revenue Under $5 Million: Ferguson Enterprises, Clive, Iowa

Revenue $5 Million and Over: Lightology, Chicago, Illinois

Outstanding Merchandising Display: WaterPlace, Crown Point, Indiana

Exceptional Community Involvement: Crest Lighting, New Lenox, Illinois

Social Media Star: Montreal Lighting & Hardware, Montreal, Quebec

“It is an honor to recognize these world-class retailers inside a marketplace devoted to inspiring the industry and driving business success,” said Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center. “The dedication of these showrooms elevates the entire industry.”

Winners will be profiled online at www.lightinganddecormag.com and in the August issue of Lighting & Decor. The website also includes details about all 2017 Showroom of the Year finalists and will have information about the 2018 call for entries and nominations in November.

To learn more about Lightovation, download the free Lightovation app or visit the Lightovation market page on the Dallas Market Center website. Keep abreast of the latest developments by following the #Lightovation hashtag on social media or via Dallas Market Center’s Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, Instagram, and official blog, the DMC Daily Dose.

About Lightovation
Lightovation is the largest residential lighting trade event in North America and unites the leading global lighting manufacturers with thousands of lighting retailers and other businesses devoted to the sale of lighting fixtures and systems, portable lamps, ceiling fans, lighting controls and home automation products. The twice annual event is hosted at Dallas Market Center, home to more lighting manufacturers than any other marketplace and a catalyst for wholesale trade, business education and networking.

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 near downtown Dallas, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek industry trends, business education and new products via open-daily showrooms and from exhibitors participating in trade events held throughout the year. The Dallas Market Center website is available at dallasmarketcenter.com.

About Lighting & Décor
The only one-stop information resource covering the lighting and home decor markets, Scranton Gillette Communications' Lighting & Decor brand includes a monthly magazine, weekly eNewsletters, robust social media platforms and website. Distributed at major lighting and home decor markets, Lighting & Decor also has a combined print and digital audience of 40,000 lighting and interior decor retailers and designers, plus builders, architects, electrical distributors and more. Visit lightinganddecormag.com for additional information.