Industry voting takes place during the second phase of the Industry Awards. During this time, the following groups will be able to vote for nominees in selected categories:

Industry professionals AND consumers may vote to select finalists in:

• Top 12 Retailers

• Top 12 Installers

• Top Salesperson Finalist

Industry professionals ONLY may vote to select:

• Trusted Tech Finalist

• Expeditor Finalist

• Distributor Finalist

• Representative of the Year Finalist

• Rep Firm of the Year Finalist

• Top Vendor Finalists

Voting rules are as follows:

  1. Participants may make one vote for each selection field. Votes may be carried out over multiple sessions.
  2. Voting takes place online through an approved submission platform. Emailed votes or votes placed in any of other way than the approved platform will not be accepted.
  3. Each voter must provide contact information and employment information to determine eligibility.
  4. Industry votes count as one vote per person. Consumer votes are weighted based on the number of industry notes received as follows:
    • If a candidate gets fewer than 5 industry votes, the consumer votes do not count.
    • If a candidate gets 6 to 9 industry votes, the consumer votes are worth 1/5 of one industry vote each.
    • If a candidate gets 10 to 19 industry votes, the consumer votes are worth 1/4 of one industry vote each.
    • If a candidate gets 20 to 29 industry votes, the consumer votes are worth 1/3 of one industry vote each.
    • If a candidate gets 30 to 39 industry votes, the consumer votes are worth 1/2 of one industry vote each.
    • If a candidate gets 40 or more industry votes, the consumer votes are worth 3/4 of one industry vote each.
  5. For contest accuracy, IP addresses for each vote are captured and compared to deter fraud. Voting by several members of a single location using a single computer / IP address is allowed. Samples of fraud include:
    • Voting for others outside your location: The same IP address used for votes by more than one person with different listed locations
    • Voting from home and work: Using different email addresses or other information to place two votes from the same person
    • Non-professionals voting as industry professionals: Votes marked “Industry Professional” without a recognized industry affiliation
    • Votes by any person under the age of 14
    • Duplicate voting sessions
    • Insufficient contact information to verify a vote