The Allman Award is the most distinguished honor in the wallcoverings industry. The award is named after Justin P. Allman, the founder and first president of the Wallcoverings Wholesalers Association, the predecessor of WA. WA bestows the award to an individual in the industry who has made a lasting contribution(s) to the industry over a significant period of time. The award is customarily bestowed annually; however WA is not obligated to bestow the award every year.
Each year WA sends a request to all member companies for nominations for the award. Individuals may be nominated to acknowledge and celebrate outstanding contributions in the form of personal, corporate, technical, product or marketing achievements that have benefited the wallcoverings industry. The award is designed to recognize individuals who have demonstrated the ability to be true leaders of the industry. The award is not designed to recognize companies. While consideration will be given to participation in the activities of the Wallcoverings Association as an active member, participating as either a member of the board of directors, or project team member, it is not an established criterion to measure a candidate’s contributions to the industry. Candidates may be selected from all industry segments including, but not limited to manufacturers, distributors and suppliers to the wallcoverings industry. Those nominating a candidate must clearly outline the contribution(s) made by the individual on the nomination form.
A committee consisting of the current WA Officers and three most recent Allman Award recipients will review the candidates and finalize the selection from the list of candidates received. Current members of the WA Executive Committee are not eligible to receive the award. Click here to view the past Allman Award Recipients.
Once a winner has been selected, a member of the committee will contact the individual. WA staff will contact the recipient to prepare an official announcement for the membership and the press. The award will be presented to the recipient at the Annual Meeting.