Contemporary and sleek, Sklar Furnishings has long been known for its modern, high-end furniture and lighting. But it was not just the trendy furnishings that earned the husband/wife team of Rick and Pat Howard, co-founders and owners of Sklar, the coveted Small Business Leaders of the Year award for 2014 by the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce.
Standing: Rick Howard, Troy McLellan
Sitting: Pat Howard
According to Boca Chamber CEO and President Troy McLellan, the Howards earned top billing, not only for the one-of-a-kind home and office showroom and design center they created in Boca Raton where they direct a “diversified team of credentialed home and office designers and space planners, collaborating with hundreds of custom vendors and suppliers from around the globe,” but also their “robust industry leadership roles, long-standing commitment to community and sustainable live/work philosophy, they set the standard extremely high for others who work, live, and play in Boca Raton and Palm Beach County.”
As members of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, Sklar and the select custom furniture lines it carries is dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of its operations and use of reclaimed natural materials. What’s more, Sklar has teamed with the National Forest Initiative, donating a tree to one of Florida’s four national forests for each purchase of a wood product.
Beyond business, the Howards and Sklar are active in the community, working with Habitat for Humanity, Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, Junior League of Boca Raton and Rotary International.