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Call for Entries Opens for 2020 Showroom of the Year Awards

Through Feb. 28, 2020, lighting stores may enter and anyone in the lighting industry may nominate for these awards, presented at June Lightovation.

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2019 SOTY

Entries and nominations are now open for the 2020 Lighting Showroom of the Year Awards! Now in its 11th year, the Showroom of the Year Awards are a collaborative program between Furniture, Lighting & Decor and Dallas Market Center, home to Lightovation - Dallas International Lighting Show. Open to all independent lighting retailers, this awards program honors these stores for overall excellence, plus specialty awards for specific outstanding areas.

“As the retail landscape continues to change, the exemplary dedication to their stores, communities and customers shines through in our Showroom of the Year entries,” says Diane Falvey, Editor-in-Chief of Furniture, Lighting & Decor. “Each year, we see creative and insightful approaches to success in these businesses. The Showroom of the Year Awards recognizes the creativity and effort that these retailers undertake as forward-thinking leaders in the lighting retail industry.” 

One Showroom of the Year winner will be named in each of three dollar-volume categories (annual revenue under $2 million, revenue under $5 million, and revenue $5 million and over) from a field of five finalists from that category. All 15 finalists are eligible for three specialty awards, including Outstanding Merchandising Display, Exceptional Community Involvement and Social Media Star. 

“We are proud to host the Showroom of the Year Awards in Dallas for the 11th year, honoring retailing excellence in the lighting industry,” says Cindy Morris, President and CEO of Dallas Market Center. “This allows peers and partners to share in the celebration while they are already gathered together for Lightovation.”

A panel of expert judges will evaluate entries on factors that include merchandising displays, marketing and advertising, customer service and engagement, employee education and motivation, and community involvement. Award finalists will be profiled in the May 2019 issue of Furniture, Lighting & Decor and online at furniturelightingdecor.com. Winners will be announced at a reception in the Dallas Trade Mart during Lightovation on June 24, 2020. 

Showrooms can enter online at www.SOTYAwards.com. Anyone in the lighting industry is also able to nominate a store for consideration. Entries and nominations are due by Feb. 28, 2020.  

Winners of the 10th annual Showroom of the Year Awards, presented June 2019 in Dallas, were Coventry Lighting & Design Center, B.A. Robinson Co. Ltd., Lights Fantastic Pro, Idlewood Electric and Springhaus.

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