Surya President Among Award Finalists

Surya President Satya Tiwari has been selected as a finalist in the Family Business Category for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 Award in the Southeast region, marking the second consecutive year that he has been recognized with this prestigious honor. Finalists were evaluated and selected by an independent panel of judges based on their business vision, financial performance, demonstrated leadership in driving innovation and commitment to social responsibility. Under Satya’s direction, Surya has grown organically from $2.7M in sales in 2004 to $100M during the most recent fiscal year and has been named by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s fastest growing privately held companies for four years running. In late 2015, Surya will open a one-million-square-foot state-of-the-art corporate headquarters and distribution center – bringing an additional 200 jobs to the North Georgia region. “When my father, Surya Tiwari, started Surya in 1976, he had a vision to not only provide consumers with beautifully hand-crafted rugs but also to always put his customers first,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “When I joined Surya, I was excited by the challenge of taking the company to the next level. Like my father, I knew that the key was to really listen to customers’ pain points and then find creative ways to help them succeed.” Since assuming the role of company president in 2004, Satya has systematically extended the Surya line across multiple product categories, quickly bringing to market the latest and most relevant designs backed by substantial inventory. Today, Surya has one of the fastest fulfillment rates in the industry and ships to more than 19,000 U.S. zip codes and 50 countries. Satya continues to invest heavily in marketing, technology and innovative new merchandising programs, all with the goal of providing best-in-class service and solutions that make it possible for independent furniture retailers and designers to compete effectively in the home accessories market. Added Tiwari, “As consumers become more design savvy and more companies enter the home accessories space, it has become increasingly important for our customers to find ways to differentiate themselves. We will continue to push the envelope to give them all of the tools needed to build a successful home accessories business. It is an honor to be named a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of the Year Award and I share this recognition with our customers as well as with the entire Surya team.” Winners from the Southeast region, which encompasses Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, will be announced at a black-tie awards gala on Wednesday, June 24 at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in Nashville. The EY Entrepreneur Of...

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Surya Donates To Nepal Relief Efforts

Surya has made a donation of $20,000 to the American Red Cross in support of the organization’s relief efforts in Nepal in the wake of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the country last week. Donations were collected from Surya employees and sales reps and matched by Surya. An estimated eight million people in Nepal have been impact by the earthquake, with more than 5,500 reported fatalities to date and thousands of families still living out in the open due to loss of their homes or fear of additional damage. “Our hearts go out to the people of Nepal as they work to rebuild their communities after this devastating event,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “We can only imagine the challenges and uncertainty that lie ahead and wanted to reach out in some small way to help those affected begin the road to recovery. We hope that our customers and vendor partners will also consider donating or helping in any way that they can.” The American Red Cross has committed $1,000,000 to help provide emergency humanitarian assistance in Nepal and is mobilizing disaster specialists as part of a larger global Red Cross relief response being led by the Nepal Red Cross. In addition to providing recovery planning and telecommunications support, the American Red Cross is providing remote mapping and information management support to help reconnect separated families. Supplies, including non-food items such as tarps, buckets, kitchen sets and blankets, are also being sent to Nepal to aid families. While Surya doesn’t employ weavers in Nepal, the company employs several Nepalese citizens in its Calhoun, Ga., offices. “We are very thankful to Surya and our fellow employees, as well as the Surya sales reps, for their kind generosity,” said Sunil Gurung, staff accountant, Surya. “It means a lot to us and, more importantly, to the millions of people in Nepal who have had their lives forever changed by this unexpected event.” To find out more about American Red Cross relief efforts in Nepal and to donate, visit To learn more about Surya’s commitment to social responsibility, visit...

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Broad Product & Exciting Events Highlight January Show

The area rug industry comes together at one time and in one place for its largest and most important event with new product introductions and an unmatched merchandise selection setting the stage for the January 2013 Atlanta International Area Rug Market® featuring the National Oriental Rug Show.  The must-attend market runs Jan. 10-13 (Jan. 10 hours from 4-8 p.m.) and promises to deliver an even more dynamic array of area rugs and carpets as new companies join the mix and established showrooms introduce even more extensive collections in refreshed, expanded showrooms. Highlighting the Market’s rich and growing product mix will be the celebrated America’s Magnificent Carpets® Awards, which stand as the industry’s most anticipated event. Presented by AmericasMart® in partnership with sponsors Sandow Media and the Oriental Rug Importers Association (ORIA), the Awards celebrate the triumph of design achievement and overall excellence. The 2013 Awards promise new features, elements and staging, all designed to showcase the 13 select rug awards and three Retailer of the Year recognitions. The Friday, January 11 event at the Georgia Aquarium is open to all Market attendees. The celebration begins at 6:00 p.m. with shuttle services providing convenient access from AmericasMart Building 1. Rug and home buyers attending the January market will discover a new experience in sourcing product. AmericasMart is integrating home furnishings and home accents with area rugs in Building 1 to facilitate buyers’ changing needs. Four Hands, a leader in lifestyle home furnishings, will be on Floor 4 of Building 1 – a floor formerly exclusively dedicated to area rugs. The shift is part of a move to 

create product collections and destination resources better suited to fit the way retailers shop. Throughout Floor 4, new and existing showrooms are expanding to be able to present more complete collections of rugs and complementary furniture and home accents. Safavieh has added a 3,000-square-foot space across the aisle from its current 13,000-square-foot Floor 5 showroom to present its line of home furnishings. On the same floor, Amer has more than doubled to 6,000 square feet. Surya, the renowned area rug and home furnishings company, shifted space to Floor 12 in Building 1, which was classically a home furnishings floor. The move enables Surya to show its entire line of home accents in addition to its area rug lines. “We are excited about the dynamics of Building 1,” says Dave Savula, executive vice president of leasing, AmericasMart. “These changes are designed to help buyers. We understand retailers present integrated home and rug products in their stores, and designers need to source complete collections, so we’re creating destination locations to easily see as much merchandise as possible.” As the...

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