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Satya Tiwari, CEO of Surya To Be Honored At GMFA Dinner & Dance Event

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The Greater Metropolitan Home Furnishings Association (GMFA) announced that Satya Tiwari has been chosen as the recipient of the 2013 Jerry Gans Memorial Award.

Retailers, manufacturers, representatives and industry suppliers will gather for this annual event, a festive kick-off to the holiday season.

Satya has been instrumental to the growth of Surya, a leading manufacturer of area rugs and home accessories. Under his leadership, the company has grown to $64 million in annual revenues from 2004 through 2012. Satya served as an associate at Compass Partners International in New York from 2002 to 2004 and engaged in several large deals within the Oil & Gas sector. Prior to that, he was an investment-banking analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston, where he focused on the technology sector.

He holds a B.A. in Economics and B.S. in Computer Engineering from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Satya, along with Surya, actively supports Akshaya Patra Foundation, the world’s largest NGO-run meal program, in its mission to fight hunger, promote education and eradicate poverty for underprivileged children in rural India. He also supports the East Meets West Foundation’s Scholarship Program to Enhance Literacy and Learning (SPELL), an education program that provides funding for school fees, books, uniforms and other expenses for impoverished students in India and Vietnam.

“We are so pleased that Satya will be accepting the Gans award this year,” notes Andy Gans, for whose father the Award is named. “He is widely respected in the home furnishings community, not only for his ability to run a profitable business, but also for being a good friend to his suppliers, and a role model to his employees. His leadership is reflected in the way Surya is perceived in the industry and by its customers.”

“Satya is truly one of the great success stories in our industry,” adds Russell Bienenstock a GMFA Board Member and Editor-in-Chief of Furniture World Magazine. Putting aside enviable leadership abilities that have contributed to Surya’s success, he cultivates partnerships throughout the industry, champions important causes and has earned a reputation that makes him a worthy recipient of the Gans Award.”

When asked about this year’s event, Patrick Cory, Managing Partner of Cory First Home Delivery and President of the Greater Metropolitan Furnishings Association noted, “In 2013 we will honor two individuals with major awards. Pat Luthy of Suburban Furniture with the Howard Liveright Award, and Satya Tiwari of Surya with the Jerry Gans Memorial Award. These companies represent the best of what the furniture industry has to offer in terms of customer service and overall value. And, it’s always gratifying to honor individuals who have given back so much.”

The GMFA (black tie optional) Dinner and Dance presents an opportunity for retailers, reps, manufacturers and suppliers to network with industry friends while enjoying great food, an open bar, music and dancing.

Reservations and Souvenir Journal: To get more information on attending this event, or to participate in a souvenir journal being prepared to honor Satya Tiwari and Pat Luthy, please contact Alan Granetz, Executive Director, MFA, (908) 725-3460, email greatermfa@gmail.com.

About GMFA: The Greater Metropolitan Furnishings Association is a not-for-profit organization designed to foster, promote and protect the interests of retailers, representatives, designers, manufacturers, and service related industries in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. An affiliate of the representatives’ association IHFRA, GMFA works to foster a spirit of mutual respect and esteem among members in the home furnishings industry, hosts networking and social events, educational seminars, provides valuable discounts and is a voice for industry interests on national, regional and local levels.

About the Jerry Gans Memorial Award: The Jerry Gans Memorial Award is given in recognition of an individual who has distinguished himself/herself with deeds and service to the industry. This award was established in the name of Jerry Gans who gave honor and dignity to his profession.

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