Satya Tiwari, president of Surya, has been selected as a finalist for the 2017 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the southeast region. The award honors outstanding business leaders who excel in innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Under Tiwari’s leadership, Surya has grown organically from $2.7 million in sales in 2004 to $116 million in 2016. He has also added new product categories each year since 2010, branching from rugs to pillows, throws, bedding, wall decor, accent furniture, and decorative accents. Last year, the company moved into its one-million-square-foot corporate headquarters and distribution center, which currently houses more than 500 employees and stocks over 60,000 products.

“It is truly an honor to be selected as a finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award and to be considered in the ranks of the Southeast’s most visionary business leaders,” said Tiwari. “The Surya team’s passion and commitment to our customers has been a driving factor for all the decisions that have contributed to Surya’s growth and success, and I attribute this achievement to them.”

Chosen by a panel of independent judges, regional award winners will be announced at a gala on June 8 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. The overall winners will be announced on November 18 at the Entrepreneur of the Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif.

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