Progressive Business Media creates Impact Awards program

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Progressive Business Media has announced the creation of a new Impact Awards program that will take place at the company’s upcoming Next Conference, Sept. 25-27 at Nationals Park in Washington.

The Impact Awards will include three Innovator Awards that honor forward-thinking and community-minded retailers across the home furnishings industry as well as an industry-first Mentor Award that recognizes an industry leader who has made supporting, coaching and advancing the careers of promising furniture industry professionals a guiding principle of his professional life.

Ashley Furniture’s Kerry Lebensburger will be the recipient of the inaugural Mentor Award, reflecting the more than 20 years he has spent mentoring individuals within that organization and throughout the furniture industry.

“We feel that it is essential to highlight key industry leaders who have served as mentors and examples of excellence,” said Matt Slaine, CEO of Progressive Business Media. “Kerry Lebensburger is the personification of all this award represents.”

PBM’s Next Conference, now in its fourth year, provides educational and networking opportunities as well as actionable ideas designed to help the next wave of home furnishing leaders and early adaptors advance their businesses and careers.

Three retailers will receive Innovator Awards at the event. These will be presented to innovative retailers that have not only set new standards for their business, but also have made a significant impact within their local community.

“We will reveal Innovator Award recipients over the next several weeks, in our publications and online leading up to the September conference,” said Slaine. “We are excited to honor individuals who have helped advance the industry through their example and have positively impacted the lives of people in their communities.”

The Impact Awards ceremony is sponsored by bedding accessories specialist Malouf.

“As a company, from the very beginning, one of our big goals was to give back,” said Jake Neeley, marketing and communications director at Malouf. “Sponsoring the Impact Awards allows us to do that while honoring and encouraging others.”

The ceremony will be held from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26, in the Norfolk Southern Club at Nationals Park. For a complete agenda and registration details go to

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