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HFA Announces Its 2022 Award Winners

The Home Furnishing’s Association announced that City Furniture, Room to Room Furniture, Irv Blumkin, Chairman of Nebraska Furniture Mart, Eric Beiter of Beiter’s Furniture, and Podium have won the Home Furnishings Association’s top awards of 2022.


The official announcement was made during the HFA annual membership meeting held virtually on Tuesday, February 8, 2022. HFA will be working with each winner to plan appropriate celebrations to honor each recipient in the coming months.


2022 HFA Award winners:


  1. CITY Furniture in Tamarac, Fla., headed by Andrew Koenig, is the HFA’s Retailer of the Year with 50 or more employees.
  2. Room to Room Furniture in Tupelo, Ms., owned by Lisa Hawkins, is the Retailer of the Year for fewer than 50 employees.
  3. Irv Blumkin, Chairman of Nebraska Furniture Mart, located in Omaha, Neb., is the winner of the HFA Trailblazer award. 
  4. Eric Beiter, General Manager of Beiter’s Home Center in Williamsport, Pa., is the Emerging Star award recipient.
  5. Podium is the award winner in the newest award category, HFA Partner of the Year, for its outstanding value to HFA members.

“The Retailer of the Year Awards were unbelievably competitive this year as we had more nominees than in recent memory. The numbers reflect just how much incredible work is being done by retailers even in the face of COVID related challenges. Those receiving a 2022 award stood out in this deep pool of talent for their exemplary level of agility, innovation, and excellence. Their stories are inspiring,” says Mark Schumacher, HFA CEO.


Retailers of the Year, criteria include:


  • Recruitment and development of staff





The Trailblazer award recognizes lifetime achievement in the retail furniture business. Bumkin was selected based on several factors, including:

  • Contributions to the industry




The Emerging Star award recognizes an outstanding professional who has been in the retail furniture business for less than five years. Beiter was chosen for his accomplishments in several categories, including:



The Partner of the Year award recognizes the HFA Solution Partner contributing to our members’ success as a partner with HFA. The judging criteria were based on:


For more information about HFA’s Retailer of the Year awards and the 2022 winners, visit



About the Home Furnishings Association:

The Home Furnishings Association (HFA), with roots dating back to 1920, is North America’s largest organization explicitly devoted to home furnishings retailers’ needs and interests, with more than 1,200 members representing more than 7,000 storefronts across all 50 states and several countries. Association offices in the East, West, and Central United States provide members with programs, resources, services, and a unified voice in government relations by collaborating with home furnishings industry suppliers, vendors, affiliates, and other organizations. For more information on the HFA, visit



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