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Ethan Allen Announces Golden Kite Awardees for 2011

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Ethan Allen announced the recipients of the company’s highest recognition, the Golden Kite Award. Established in 1997 and presented annually, the Golden Kite Award program recognizes those who embody the highest standards of excellence from Ethan Allen’s network of more than 7,000 associates.

Historically, the Golden Kite has been awarded to one individual per year, but this year the award was given to three outstanding individuals, as well as a family who have been Ethan Allen retailers for more than 40 years. The recipients were surprised with the awards during the company’s International Conference in Danbury on October 19th.

"With the theme of our Conference focusing on the Power of People, it was only fitting that we took the time to honor a few exceptional associates who epitomize what our company stands     for – pride, innovation, and exceptional service,” said Farooq Kathwari, Chairman, President and CEO of Ethan Allen. “Running our business is like flying a kite. If you focus on doing what is right, success follows." 

This year’s Golden Kite honorees are: Amy Franks, District Design Manager - Boston, Massachusetts; Jeff Baker, Manager of Operations and Logistics - Danbury, Connecticut;   Mike Worth, Regional Operations Manager - Orleans, Vermont; and the Chesnick Family, independent Ethan Allen retailers who operate six Ethan Allen Design Centers in Houston, Austin, and San Antonio, Texas.

“We believe that the heart of the kite is made up of our people, and its tail represents our business success,” Mr. Kathwari added. “The dedication of our associates, Amy, Jeff, Mike, and the entire Chesnick family, have earned them all the respect and loyalty of their many friends and colleagues at Ethan Allen and in the communities they serve.”

About Ethan Allen: Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. (NYSE:ETH) is a leading interior design company and manufacturer and retailer of quality home furnishings. The company offers free interior design service to its clients and sells a full range of furniture products and decorative accessories through ethanallen.com and a network of approximately 280 Design Centers in the United States and abroad. Ethan Allen owns and operates seven manufacturing facilities in North America, including five manufacturing plants and one sawmill in the United States and one manufacturing plant in Mexico. Approximately seventy percent of its products are made in its United States plants. For more information on Ethan Allen's products and services, visit ethanallen.com.


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