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.