CALHOUN, Ga. — May 6, 2015 —
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. This marks 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 The Year National Overall Award winner will be selected from the pool of regional winners and announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Desert, Calif., on Nov. 11, 2015.
About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries. For more information, visit www.ey.com/US/en/About-us/