How to Nominate


Each year, Foundation Members are asked to provide names of potential nominees for election into the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame. Candidates may include home furnishings manufacturers, retailers, sales representatives, furniture designers, suppliers, association management, and others who have made notable contributions to the development and growth of the American home furnishings industry. Candidates may be nominated and elected posthumously, but may not have died in the 12 months prior to the date of the nomination. Candidates who have been nominated previously may be re-nominated up to three times.

Foundation Members may nominate one qualified individual, who also must be seconded in writing by another Foundation Member. To nominate a candidate, please download and print out these PDF forms:

      1.   Nomination Form

      2.  2017/2018 Foundation Member List

      3.   Inductees List

A print or digital 300 dpi high resolution photo of the candidate must be enclosed with the above Nomination Form.

Please carefully review the Candidate Qualifications and Requirements in consideration of candidates who have made notable contributions to the development and growth of the American home furnishings industry. Each nominee must conduct business in the United States; have served in the industry for at least 15 years, and have created a legacy as a positive influence and champion of the industry. Candidates should have achieved the pinnacle of their careers and are at least 60 years old. New Hall of Fame Members will be honored at the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Induction Celebration during the October High Point Market.

The completed nomination package must be postmarked no later than February 10, 2019 and sent to:

American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc.
202 Neal Place, Suite 101
High Point, NC 27262
(336) 882-5900

We encourage you to nominate a member of the industry and play a vital role in honoring and preserving the record of accomplishment of our industry's finest leaders. It is one of our greatest responsibilities to future generations as well as a great privilege afforded to you as a member of the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc.


An Industry-Wide Induction Celebration

Each year, three to five individuals whose leadership and outstanding achievements have contributed to the innovation and development of the U.S. home furnishings industry are awarded the industry’s highest honor: induction into the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame.  The world-class, industry-wide celebration is held during the High Point Market, starting with the Pinning Ceremony when Hall of Fame members present a gold, black enamel and diamond lapel pin to the new inductees.  The ceremony also includes the unveiling of their new entry onto the Wall of Fame display, “The Innovation of Our Leaders”, as well as the placement of a permanent brick in the Walk of Fame.

The selection process

Members of the Hall of Fame are selected by a seven-member committee who meticulously search for the most outstanding leaders of our industry, based on four foundations: Enduring Excellence, Superior Accomplishments, Innovation and Creativity, and Philanthropic Generosity. The committee members spend hours researching and vetting the nominations before voting independently on a points-based system via a secure web-based ballot. The committee members are heads of companies and organizations, representing various aspects of our industry. The results are received by our accounting firm, Sharrard, McGee & Co., PA.

There are four foundations that describe the Members of the Hall of Fame.  Each represents:

  • ENDURING EXCELLENCE in their personal and business affairs, who is considered an inspiration, role model and mentor to others.

  • SUPERIOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS as an enduring and visionary leader in their field, and their organizations exemplify the highest standards for their customers and for their employees.

  • INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY whose ideas have greatly influenced and impacted the industry and produced changes in design, retailing, merchandising, marketing, manufacturing, importing, supply chain or support services to the industry.

  • PHILANTHROPIC GENEROSITY of their time, talents and resources to others, whether that may be the industry, professional associations, service enterprises, civic endeavors, charitable and religious organizations, or educational institutions.