The sixth annual SHOWROOM OF THE YEAR Awards, sponsored by Residential Lighting magazine and the Dallas Market Center, will once again honor three retailers as Showrooms of the Year in categories based on sales volume, with three additional specialty awards recognizing Outstanding Merchandising Display, Exceptional Community Involvement and Social Media Star.
Finalists will be featured in the May 2015 issue of Residential Lighting. The awards will be presented at an opening night reception during the summer 2015 Dallas International Lighting Market at the Dallas Market Center.
For retailers, this is an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of loyal staff and give your business some well-deserved industry recognition. For vendors and sales representatives, you are welcome to nominate your most worthy customers. Anyone in the lighting industry may nominate a store.
Any lighting showroom with a brick-and-mortar retail location may enter or be nominated for the SHOWROOM OF THE YEAR Awards. Each entry or nomination must encompass a single store location. Showrooms with multiple locations have the option of entering each location individually as a separate entry.
It is important to note that most of the entry questions require qualitative, open-ended responses. While it's fine to be concise, the more detailed and descriptive these responses, the clearer picture judges will have for each entrant's strengths. It is recommended that you review the entry form completely prior to filling it out rather than trying to compose responses in one sitting as you are not able to return to your entry and complete it later.
All fields for both entry and nomination forms are mandatory, meaning nothing can be left blank. However, if a question does not apply or you do not know the answer, you may simply indicate that in the field.
The form requires a security code at its conclusion. If your code is not going through, simply print your entry/nomination form and fax to (847) 390-0408. If you have any questions, you may contact Laura Van Zeyl  at (847) 391-1026.
Stores are also strongly encouraged to submit high-resolution images showcasing their location's merchandising displays, storefront and other special features. This can be done anytime before the final deadline after completing the entry form. Upload images to: http://www.scrantongillette.com/PR/index.cfm . Select Residential Lighting from the drop-down, Company field should be the name of the store and mention Showroom of the Year in the Notes. Two files (individual or zipped) may be uploaded with each transmission.
Hurry - deadline for all entries is March 2, 2015. Good luck!