Furniture First Buying Group honored three of their supplier partners with Vendor of the Year Awards, presented June 1, 2015 during the group’s Symposium in Nashville, TN. Awards were presented in three categories – Accents & Accessories, Advertising & Marketing, and Retail Services. Winners were calculated through survey responses from Furniture First members. The survey encompassed a popular vote and member evaluations of the vendors’ performance in several “Areas of Excellence” including service and quality. Only vendors with active programs with Furniture First in 2014 qualified for the awards.
Furniture First staff members Amanda Daubert, VP of Administration, and Lark Shirley-Stevens, VP of Communications, presented the trophies and expressed appreciation to the winners. The “Accents & Accessories Vendor of the Year” award was won by Surya; it was received by Eric Nyman, National Sales Manager.
The “Advertising & Marketing Vendor of the Year” award went to MicroD; Hayley Leocha, Marketing & Communications Specialist, accepted the award.
The “Retail Services Vendor of the Year” award was presented to DispatchTrack; KB Madan, Director of Sales, accepted the award.
All three companies participated as sponsors of Furniture First’s Symposium which had a record turnout of over 365 people in attendance.
The Board of Directors authorized the creation of the awards several years ago in order to recognize quality relationships between the cooperative’s retailers and suppliers. The honor acknowledges that it’s the partnerships that lead to the success of the entire group.