Art Van Furniture Announces Emergency Flood Damage Relief Program for Michigan

Art Van FurnitureWARREN, Mich. (August 12, 2014) — Yesterday’s torrential rains and widespread flooding have impacted homeowners across Southeastern Michigan, destroying and damaging furnishings, flooring and other contents in their homes. Beginning today, Art Van Furniture is offering to help families with the “Art Van Furniture, Mattress and Flooring Flood Damage Relief Program” for Michigan.

Art Van Furniture will extend its best pricing, the Employee Family Purchase program pricing, to flood victims. Guests simply bring photos of damaged furniture, mattresses and flooring or an insurance check into any Art Van Furniture store inMichigan. It’s good for a one time purchase and will need to be approved by a store manager or sales manager.

In addition, the Art Van Clean Team is offering aid as well. Those homeowners who need help can call the Art Van Clean Team which will waive the deductible for insurance claims and offer a 30% discount for other cleaning needs.

“It is important for everyone in the community to come together during these types of emergencies that cause such huge unexpected hardships for so many of families,” said Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman of Art Van Furniture. “Art Van Furniture plans to do whatever we can to help alleviate the financial burden on families, and give back to our neighbors who have supported us for 55 years.”

While the metro Detroit area was hardest hit by the storms, the program is valid statewide, offering assistance to all Michigan homeowners who were impacted by this season’s severe weather conditions. The “Art Van Furniture, Mattress and Flooring Flood Damage Relief Program” for Michigan expires in six months.

About Art Van Furniture
Art Van Furniture is the Midwest’s largest furniture retailer and America’s largest independent furniture retailer. The company operates 37 stores throughout Michigan, six stores in Chicagoland, one store in Toledo, Ohio, one store in Fort Wayne, a full service e-commerce website, plus 45 freestanding Art Van PureSleep bedding stores in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Founded in 1959, the company is family-owned and headquartered in Warren, Michigan. Visit artvan.com for more information. 

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For more information, contact:
Diane Charles
Director of Corporate Communications
Art Van Furniture
dcharles@artvan.com
(586) 983-3022 – office
(586) 850-7332 – cell

Mac Hoak of Mecox to Receive ARTS Awards Academy of Achievement Honor

Mac HoakDALLAS – August 13, 2014 – Dallas Market Center today announced that Mac Hoak, founder and owner of Mecox, will receive the prestigious Academy of Achievement honor at the 26th annual International ARTS Awards.

“Under the guidance and vision of Mac, Mecox energized the home industry with its style and quality,” said Bill Winsor, president and CEO, Dallas Market Center. “Mecox has been instrumental in setting precedent for retail excellence for the past 18 years, and we look forward to honoring Mac.”

The ARTS Awards, presented each January during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, recognizes top manufacturers, retailers, product designers, interior designers and sales representatives from across the world in 25 different categories. The winners will be revealed during a gala event on Friday, January 16, 2015 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. The Academy of Achievement honor is awarded each year to recognize companies and/or individuals that have made significant contributions to the industry.

Mecox boasts a unique selection of home and garden furnishings unmatched in quality, texture and form, and is dedicated to providing the tools necessary to achieving an overall balance between the indoor and outdoor living environment.

Hoak and his team of buyers make multiple trips each year to venues around the world from which they source many of their antiques, home furnishings, art and other products. In addition to these one-of-a-kind items, Mecox has its own private label of furniture known for its usage of indoor-outdoor materials such as stone, zinc, concrete and teak. Mecox partners with local craftsman to allow customers to create their own designs or redesign any Mecox product. Items from the store are continually featured in industry publications such as Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, Veranda, and House Beautiful.

Hoak received an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of North Carolina and an MBA from the University of Virginia. In 1984, Hoak moved to New York City and worked in finance for 10 years. In 1995, he moved to Southampton to follow his passion for antiques, design and furniture and in 1996, the flagship Mecox Gardens opened in Southampton, New York.

Mecox Gardens grew a loyal following of home owners, collectors and designers quickly. At the request of many, Hoak began expansion to additional locations. Hoak opened his second store on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and his third store in West Palm Beach, FL. Today, Mecox can be found in eight locations: Chicago, Dallas, East Hampton, Houston, Los Angeles New York City, Palm Beach and Southampton. For more information, visit Mecox.com 

The 26th annual ARTS Awards are sponsored by enLIGHTenment, FANDECKGifts & Decorative Accessories, Giftware News, HFN, Home Accents Today, Home Fashion Forecast, Residential Lighting and the Sustainable Furnishings Council. Follow along with the ARTS Awards process using the #ARTSawards hashtag.

About Dallas Market Center
Founded in 1957, Dallas Market Center is the world’s most complete wholesale marketplace. Within its marketplace of more than five million square feet, retailers from around the globe source products ranging from home furnishings, gifts, decorative accessories and lighting to textiles, fashion accessories and men’s, western, women’s and children’s apparel. With more than 50 markets each year attended by more than 200,000 retail buyers from all 50 states and 85 countries, Dallas Market Center offers hundreds of events and seminars geared toward helping retailers expand business and increase profits. The Dallas Market Center website is available at dallasmarketcenter.com.

About ART
ART is the creative home furnishings network representing manufacturers, retailers, representatives and other individuals and companies interested in promoting and enhancing the market position of the home furnishings industry. Each year ART sponsors programs such as the ART conference, regional educational seminars, the ART card and the ARTS Awards. The ART website is available at accessoriesresourceteam.org.

About the ARTS Awards
The ARTS Awards is the premier awards program dedicated to the home industry. Up to 25 categories exist under the headings Manufacturer, Retailer, Product Designer, Interior Designer, Sales Representative, Rising Star, Green and Academy of Achievement. Anyone in the industry can nominate including manufacturers, retailers, sales representatives, designers, suppliers, consultants and other industry officials. Academy of Achievement, Rising Star and Visionary honorees are selected by an ARTS Awards committee each year. Companies that have won an ARTS Award five times are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame members are: BJ’s Home Accents, C.S. Wo & Sons, Distinctive Designs International Inc., Feizy Rugs, Fine Art Lamps, Global Views, Montaage, Natural Decorations Inc., Palecek, Paragon, Robb & Stucky and Schonbek Worldwide Lighting. Visit dallasmarketcenter.com/artsawards for more information.

Groovystuff Announces Led Zeppelin Prize Pack Winner

August 13, 2014—

DALLAS – Groovystuff teamed up with Warner Music Group (WMG) to promote the launch of the re-mastered first three Led Zeppelin albums by awarding a Zeppelin Prize Pack to a lucky participating Groovystuff buyer at the Summer Las Vegas World Market, July 27-31, 2014.  Congratulations to Andy Jarski from Mountain Comfort Furnishings in Frisco, Colorado for submitting the winning entry.

The 2014 Las Vegas World Market hosts more than 1,500 world-class manufacturers showing the latest industry trends at one state-of-the-art campus.

Mr. Jarski will receive a musical prize package from a band that was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  His WMG Prize Pack includes:

  • Led Zeppelin Lithographs of each Album Cover
  • Led Zeppelin Poster & Hanging Mobile
  • Led Zeppelin Button & Coaster Set
  • Led Zeppelin Turntable Mat
  • Led Zeppelin Tote Bag & T-Shirt

When Mr. Jarski was informed of his winning ticket status he replied saying, “I’m beyond thrilled to win such a groovy prize!  What an iconic combination, rock on Groovystuff!!”

In 1968 Led Zeppelin came together as a group, and over the next decade, the band would become one of the most influential, innovative and successful groups in modern music.  Chris Bruning, Groovystuff company founder and co-sponsor of the promotion added, “Groovystuff specializes in furniture, lighting, and home décor designed to meet the demographic of customers in the Led Zeppelin audience so it’s really cool to have a sponsorship with WMG that gives us the opportunity to share some legacy music with the Las Vegas Market Buyers.”

August 19, 2014: The original press release identified the winner Andy Jarski was with Mountain Timber Furniture. An update provided by Groovystuff announced this is incorrect. Andy Jarski is with Mountain Comfort Furnishings in Frisco, Colorado. The post has been corrected to reflect this.

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About the company:  Founded in 1998 by Chris Bruning, based in Dallas, Texas, Groovystuff designs, produces, and distributes unique, eco-friendly, reclaimed teakwood home furnishings at upper-medium and high-end price points.

Groovystuff is also a founding sponsor of “The University Hall of Innovation & Job Creation,” an industry co-operative founded by Chris Bruning that bridges the gap between education and the residential home furnishings industry. The University Hall of Innovation & Job Creation provides an invaluable opportunity for students and professors to network with retailers, designers, manufacturers, suppliers, journalists, and industry professionals at the residential home furnishings trade events here in the US.

Duraflame™ by Twin-Star International™ Receives Women’s Choice Award®

Delray Beach, Florida, Aug. 7, 2014 — Twin-Star International, an award-winning home furnishings manufacturer of quality furniture, thermoelectric wine coolers and electric heaters and the manufacturer of Duraflame heaters which has been named a recipient of the 2014 Women’s Choice Award. Women across America have identified the company’s Duraflame brand of indoor fireplace heaters as one most recommended to other female consumers.

This designation is based on surveys of tens of thousands of women sent to WomenCertified Inc., the leading advocate for female consumers, assisting women when leveraging their buying power as they make decisions choosing a brand or service to purchase for herself or her family.
Duraflame Powerheat indoor fireplace heaters, available in a variety of styles and finishes, utilize up to six quartz InfraRed heating elements that provide efficient heat distribution and can quickly warm rooms up to 1,000 square feet. With a lifetime operation of over 20,000 hours, they produce a healthier heat by retaining higher levels of oxygen and moisture in the air over standard heating elements. The heating elements stay cool to the touch so they are safe to use around children and pets.

Twin-Star International has manufactured Duraflame products since 2009. The complete range of electrical heating products include more than 30 styles of ceramic desktop heaters, ceramic oscillating tower heaters, dual quartz tower heaters, milk house heaters, oil filled heaters, parabolic heaters, micathermic heaters, electric stoves, in-fireplace inserts and infra-quartz radiant heaters. They are available for purchase at home furnishings and electronics retailers across the country.

Robert Cohen, president and chief executive officer of Twin-Star International stated, “We are proud to accept the 2014 Women’s Choice Award for our Indoor Fireplaces. We appreciate the confidence of women trusting our Duraflame products and recommending them to others. We continue to strive to enrich and enhance lives by providing products that are safe, efficient, and durable.”

Connect with Twin-Star via social media by visiting their website at www.twinstarhome.com; Facebook page www.facebook.com/TwinStarInternational; Twitter page at www.twitter.com/twinstarhome; Flickr www.flickr.com/photos/twinstarhome; YouTube www.youtube.com/user/TwinStarClassicFlame; Pinterest www.pinterest.com/twinstarintl; Blogspot http://www.twinstarinternational.blogspot.com.

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About Twin-Star
Founded in 1996, Twin-Star International, Inc. of Delray Beach, Fl., is changing the way people entertain. Twin-Star, an award-winning home furnishings manufacturer of quality furniture, combines the latest trends with function and style to create unique pieces that enhance the lives of their customers. They use the finest hardwoods, wood veneers and finishes available, chosen specifically to match the character and need of each individual piece. Known for their ClassicFlame® Fireplaces, the finest furniture in the electric fireplace industry, their line-up also includes Duraflame®, Chimney-free® and Pro Electric Fireplaces, Tresanti® Media Consoles; Tresanti® Refrigerated Wine Cabinets; Tresanti® Kitchen Islands and Beverage Curios; Black & Decker and Luxe™ Bathroom furniture. Find out more at www.twinstarhome.com.

About Women’s Choice Award®
The Women’s Choice Award sets the standard for helping women make smarter purchasing choices. The Award identifies the brands, products and services that are most recommended and trusted by women. Awards are based on surveys of thousands of women, as well as research conducted in partnership with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Visit WomensChoiceAward.com/Join-the-Million to share the brands you recommend the most.

NGN Spotlight: El Dorado Furniture Family

Andres Capó, left is the distributions center operations leader for El Dorado Furniture. His cousin Suen is a buyer for upholstery and outdoor furniture. Andres’ brother Luis is the visual display leader.

August 7, 2014—

Andres, Suen and Luis Capó are the latest family members leading El Dorado Furniture. They’re smart enough to rely on the experience of their fathers, but they’ve also got a few ideas of their own.

 

RetailerNOW: How did you get involved in the furniture business?
Capo BoysAndres: I was maybe 13 or 14 years old and didn’t have an Xbox or games like that to play with so when Dad (Luis Capó) went to one of his stores we asked if we could go with him just to get out of the house.

Luis: Yeah, we’d do anything there, sweep the floors, vacuum, or clean the bathrooms—anything at all.

Andres: Little by little we got the passion and we grew into the business. A lot of second- or third-generation kids might feel like they had no other choice but to join the family business, but we had an open menu of things to choose from. We all had different choices available to us and we chose to be here.

RetailerNOW: Your family is originally from Cuba and your stores are in South Florida, an extremely heavy Hispanic area. Do you market heavily to Hispanics?

Luis: Surprisingly not much because we’re already known to them. The challenge for us is to get to the Anglo community and let them know were not the old-style, wood-only (cheap) stuff we were 47 years ago.

Suen: We’ve got the largest selection of contemporary furniture around.  That’s the message were trying to get out there. We’re trying to target that message to younger buyers.

RetailerNOW: That’s what every retailer is trying to do. How do you connect with younger buyers?
Luis: It starts with the uniqueness of the pieces we offer. We think we’re different from your average retailer.

Andres: We’re changing up the website, too. We’re making it a little more modern and easier for younger buyers. These days people want to shop without getting out of bed.

Suen: We want to show you every piece of furniture with a 15-second video. If our ottoman can turn into a single bed, you should be able see how that happens without having to come into the store.

RetailerNOW: How much do your parents respect your opinions on the direction of the business?
Suen Capo

Suen: Oh, a lot. My father (Carlos) is the head buyer. I get to travel all over the world with him. I’ve learned a lot from him. He’s very fashion forward. Back in the 1970s our store was completely contemporary so he was ahead of his time. I think I’ve learned so much from him that he’s learned to trust what I tell him.

RetailerNOW: What do you guys do when you’re not working?

Andres: I love boating, fishing, going to a movie or a mall.

Luis: I’ve got three kids so we’re big into cruise ships. I love the southern Caribbean, but anywhere in the Caribbean really.

Suen: I go on vacations and go to furniture stores.

RetailerNOW: Really? Furniture stores on vacation? I thought vacations were to get away from work.

Suen: I know, I know, but the business gets inside you and it starts running through your veins. You might get a lot of creative ideas from another store’s display or lighting.

RetailerNOW: What does your family or loved ones think about a vacation that includes a stop at a furniture store.

Suen: Oh, they don’t like it at all. Our significant others shake their heads and say ‘Stop it. That’s not natural.’

RetailerNOW: Why NextGen?

Andres: No matter how big or small your company is, there’s always going to be someone out there with a better idea for you. We want to take advantage of that.

Luis: The older generation is moving on and the younger generation is taking control. To all these furniture stores passing on being a (NextGen) member, I’d tell them to open your mind to see what the next generation can do. You made it work for your business, why can’t we?

Next Generation-NOW

Next Generation NOW (NGN or Next Gen NOW) is a community of young, passionate and engaged home furnishings professionals. Next Gen NOW seeks to give a voice to the unique needs of future generations entering the workforce to educate the industry on how to attract and keep young talent. Connect with members online at social.ngnow.org or on Twitter @ngnow.

Surya expansion expected to bring more than 200 jobs to North Georgia over next several years

CALHOUN, Ga. — August 6, 2014Surya broke ground yesterday on its new one million square foot warehouse and office headquarters in Cartersville, Ga. Attendees at the groundbreaking ceremony included Surya Founder Surya Tiwari, Surya President Satya Tiwari, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor and Consul General of India Ajit Kumar, along with Surya employees and members of the Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development. Work at the building site was scheduled to start today, and the facility is expected to be completed by August 2015 with a target move in date of late 2015.

Surya Groundbreaking Ceremony_Aug 5 2014

“To optimally serve our customers, we need to not only have the best infrastructure possible for our warehousing operations and logistics but also a central location where our sales and marketing, design, creative, customer service and other teams can easily collaborate,” said Satya Tiwari, president. “Our location is ideal because we are able to support economic development in the community by bringing new jobs to the area while making our company more attractive to Atlanta talent due to the shorter commute time. This expansion is beneficial on many levels and we look forward to what the future will bring as we execute on our goal to become a $1 billion company within the next ten years.”

The new facility is located 15 minutes south of Surya’s current U.S. headquarters in Calhoun, Ga., which will continue to be used for warehousing some of the company’s more than 30,000 products.

Surya Founder Surya Tiwari_Georgia Governor Nathan Deal_Surya President Satya Tiwari_Consul General of India Ajit Kumar_Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor

(left to right) Surya Founder Surya Tiwari; Georgia Governor Nathan Deal; Surya President Satya Tiwari; Consul General to India Ajit Kumar; Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor

About Surya
Surya is the premier one-stop source for coordinating home accessories for a broad range of lifestyles and budgets. An expert at translating the latest apparel and interior design trends, Surya artfully combines color, pattern and texture to offer more than 30,000 fashion-forward products, including rugs, pillows, throws, wall decor, accent furniture, lighting, decorative accents and bedding. The brand also provides innovative display, merchandising and training solutions to support retailers in successfully promoting and selling home accessories. Surya currently exhibits in Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, High Point, Las Vegas, New Delhi, New York, Toronto and Tupelo. To learn more, visit www.surya.com.

Surya Honored During Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market

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Satya Tiwari, president of Surya, holds the ICON HONORS Award for Innovation in Technology and the AmericasMart Visual Display Award.

CALHOUN, Ga. — July 16, 2014Surya received two noteworthy awards during the recent Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market®, including an ICON HONORS Award for Technology Innovations in recognition of the home accessories brand’s comprehensive social media presence and strategy. Surya’s broad-reaching social media program includes regular postings of relevant content across multiple platforms, which can be shared by customers to generate brand awareness, showcase thought leadership and drive rug and accessory sales. The brand, which uses the “suryasocial” moniker on all of its social media sites, achieved several key milestones in 2013, including reaching 100K likes on Facebook, 5K followers on Pinterest and the launch of an Instagram page.

Surya was also recognized by AmericasMart® for outstanding visual presentation in a permanent showroom. Surya won a Best of Floor Award for its themed showroom, which artfully showcased a range of trends, including Modern Craft, Botanical, Heirloom and Metallic – unifying the vignettes, window displays and building lobby through use of an eye-catching bright pink color with orange and tan accents. This marks the third time that Surya has won the Best of Floor award.

“We are very honored to receive these esteemed awards,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “The Surya team works tirelessly to thoughtfully represent the depth and breadth of the Surya brand across all promotional mediums, whether that’s our social media platforms, showrooms and exhibit spaces or trade advertising. Our aim is not only to simplify the design and merchandising process for our designer and retailer customers but also to educate them on the power of social media and inspire them with fresh and innovative ideas that can be easily replicated.”

The ICON HONORS are sponsored by AmericasMart Atlanta, along with the Gift & Home Trade Association and Progressive Business Media. Honorees are selected by experts from the world of design, manufacturing and product development. AmericasMart Visual Display Award winners are determined by a distinguished panel of independent design and visual merchandising experts.

Connect with suryasocial on: Facebook, Pinterest, Houzz, Instagram , Twitter, YouTube, Google+

About Surya
With more than 35 years in the home fashion industry, Surya is the premier one-stop source for coordinating home accessories for a broad range of lifestyles and budgets. An expert at translating the latest apparel and interior design trends, Surya artfully combines color, pattern and texture to offer more than 30,000 fashion-forward products, including rugs, pillows, throws, wall decor, accent furniture, lighting, decorative accents and bedding. The company also provides a number of innovative display, merchandising and training solutions to support retailers in successfully promoting and selling home accessories. Surya currently exhibits in Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, High Point, Las Vegas, New Delhi, New York, Toronto and Tupelo. To learn more, visit www.surya.com.

About ICON HONORS
With a stable of more than 50 honorees selected through rigorous judging from among thousands of submissions and nominations recorded over its first four years, ICON HONORS recognizes the highest levels of professional and personal accomplishment. Submissions and nominations are fielded across an array of categories. ICON HONORS are conferred annually in July in conjunction with The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market. For more information, visit www.americasmarticonhonors.com.

About AmericasMart
AmericasMart Atlanta is the nation’s only global wholesale marketplace housing the world’s single-largest collection of home, gift, area rug and apparel merchandise. The largest of AmericasMart’s 14 annual Markets and shows, The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and The Atlanta International Area Rug Market in January and July are the ignition switch for global retailing with buyers from every U.S. state and more than 90 countries discovering product in more than 1,400 showrooms and more than 2,500 temporary exhibiting companies. Located in downtown Atlanta, the AmericasMart complex contains more than seven million square feet of space. For more information, visit www.AmericasMart.com.

Groovystuff Offers Led Zeppelin Prize Pack to Las Vegas Market Shoppers

July 16, 2014

DALLAS – Groovystuff is teaming up with Warner Music Group (WMG) to promote the launch of the re-mastered first three Led Zeppelin albums by giving away a Zeppelin Prize Pack to a participating Groovystuff buyer at the Summer Las Vegas World Market, July 27-31, 2014. The Las Vegas World Market is host to more than 1,500 world-class manufacturers showing the latest industry trends at one state-of-the-art campus. Groovystuff exhibits on the Ground Floor of Building B, Showroom Number B-0146.

Buyers at the Las Vegas Market will not only be the first to view the extensive new line up of product introductions by Groovystuff, they will also have an exclusive opportunity to win a musical prize pack from a band that was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With over 300 million albums sold worldwide, Led Zeppelin resonates with fans young and old. Groovystuff is celebrating this rock-n-roll dynasty at the Las Vegas Market by giving away a musical prize package from WMG to include:

  • Led Zeppelin Re-mastered CD Collection (1 of each CD) [click to see Re-mastered CD cover art]
  • Led Zeppelin Lithographs of each Album Cover
  • Led Zeppelin Poster & Hanging Mobile
  • Led Zeppelin Button & Coaster Set
  • Led Zeppelin Turntable Mat
  • Led Zeppelin Tote Bag & T-Shirt

In 1968 Led Zeppelin came together as a group, and over the next decade, the band would become one of the most influential, innovative and successful groups in modern music. Chris Bruning, company founder and co-sponsor of the promotion added, “Groovystuff is a manufacturer that specializes in furniture, lighting and home décor designed to meet the demographic of buyers in the Led Zeppelin audience so this promotion is something that our buyers can relate to.”

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Founded in 1998 by Chris Bruning, Dallas-based Groovystuff designs, produces, and distributes unique, eco-friendly, reclaimed teakwood home furnishings at upper-medium and high-end price points.

Surya Employees Do Habitat for Humanity “Build Day” in Calhoun

CALHOUN, Ga. — July 10, 2014 — Twenty Surya employees and their family members recently participated in a Habitat for Humanity home build in the Calhoun, Georgia area. The Surya team rolled up their sleeves, volunteering their time and energy on a Saturday to help landscape the new home, which is scheduled to be completed by early fall. The project is part of an initiative by Habitat for Humanity of Gordon County, Georgia.

Surya employees gave generously of their time at the Habitat for Humanity homesite in Calhoun, Ga.Surya employees gave generously of their time at the Habitat for Humanity homesite in Calhoun, Ga.

“At Surya, we are unified in our commitment to serving the communities in which we live, work and serve each day,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “Participating in the Habitat for Humanity project not only provides us with the opportunity to support our neighbors in Calhoun but also builds our team spirit through a shared undertaking that will make a lasting difference.”

Tiwari, who grew up in a small village in Northeastern India understands the importance of helping local communities. Each year, Surya sponsors a number of initiatives in the villages where its weavers reside, including providing 7,300 schoolchildren in rural India with nutritious lunches via Akshaya Patra and donating high school scholarships for 200 Indian girls through East Meets West. The company also sponsors educational and vocational training for 160 students through Project Mala.

Surya looks forward to participating in a local Habitat for Humanity project again in the near future, with plans to volunteer on an ongoing basis.

To learn more about Surya’s commitment to social responsibility, visit www.surya.com/social-responsibility.

About Surya
With more than 35 years in the home fashion industry, Surya is the premier one-stop source for area rugs and coordinating home accessories for a broad range of lifestyles and budgets. An expert at translating the latest apparel and interior design trends, Surya artfully combines color, pattern and texture to offer more than 30,000 fashion-forward products, including rugs, pillows, throws, wall decor, accent furniture, lighting, decorative accents and bedding. The company also provides a number of innovative display, merchandising and training solutions to support retailers in successfully promoting and selling home accessories. Surya currently exhibits in Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, High Point, Las Vegas, New Delhi, New York, Toronto and Tupelo. To learn more, visit www.surya.com.

About Habitat for Humanity of Gordon County
Habitat for Humanity of Gordon County is a nonprofit housing ministry that builds affordable, structurally sound homes for low income families in the community. Partner families are selected based on their need, ability to repay a no-interest mortgage, and willingness to partner with Habitat. They invest hundreds of hours of labor—sweat equity—into building their own homes and the homes of others. Because the houses are built with volunteer labor and some donated materials, mortgage payments are very affordable for partner families. Their mortgage payments provide the funds to build even more houses in the community. For more information, visit www.gordonhabitat.org.

Home Depot Executive to Headline WithIt Professional Conference

July 8, 2014

GREENSBORO, N.C. — After five years at the marketing helm for The Home Depot, one of the world’s largest retailers with more than 2,000 stores, the leadership trait Trish Mueller says she values most – in herself and others – is political acumen.

It’s really about understanding your audience, “which is probably more of an art than a science,” she explains.  “If you lack political acumen, you won’t be successful.”

Mueller will deliver the keynote address, “The Art & Science of Leadership,” for the 2014 WithIt Professional Conference August 11-13 at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel and Conference Center.

As the senior vice president and chief marketing officer for The Home Depot, Mueller is responsible for the company’s strategic marketing vision, as well as brand development. Her journey to senior leadership at the home improvement retail giant has included senior marketing management roles at The Sports Authority and American Signature – the $1 billion furniture retailer based in Columbus, Ohio – as well as 15 years at Montgomery Ward.

In recent years, as she has worked to develop her team at The Home Depot, Mueller says she has come to appreciate the value and importance of political acumen.  She describes it as understanding the power structure within an organization and being able to maneuver through that structure to frame and sell your ideas.

“It’s not about manipulating people,” she cautions. “It’s about understanding their motivation and creating win/win situations.” The result is more adept communications that produce desired results.

The WithIt Professional Conference is open to all industry professionals. Registration is available online at www.withit.org. For a special group rate at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead, which is centrally located in the heart of the Buckhead business, shopping and entertainment district, call 404-261-9250 and request the WithIt Conference rate of $159.

A complete conference agenda also is available on the WithIt website conference page. Highlights include:

  • The Art of Empowerment: Straight Talk on Confidence and Courage, presented by Becky Blalock, managing partner at Advisory Capital, and author of the 2013 book, “DARE: Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage and Career for Women in Charge.”
  •  The Art of Networking: Essential Relationship-Building Inside and Outside Your Company, presented by Helen Lollis, partner and president of Pathbuilders, Atlanta.
  • The Science of Advancement: What’s Choking the Pipeline of Women to the C-Suite, presented by Paula Scott Fogarty, who served as president of Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Kindel Furniture from 2000-2006, and is now researching and writing a book on the role of women in the furniture industry.
  • The Art of Living a Life of Purpose: How to Volunteer, Give Back and Make an Impact, presented by Lisa Robison and Kim Turner, founders of the Dallas-based non-profit Dwell With Dignity.
  • The Science of Harnessing Technology: Tools That Pump Up Productivity, presented by Krisstina Wise, founder and CEO of Good Life Companies.

The program also includes the Art of a Good Time, as WithIt members and guests gather for their annual silent auction, appreciation dinner and entertainment from Atlanta folk singer Amy Andrews on Tuesday evening, August 12.

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 WithIt is a non-profit organization founded to encourage mentoring, education, networking and leadership development for professional women in the home and furnishings industries. It is based in High Point, N.C.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Sara Lyke
336-880-2188
director@withit.org