Satya Tiwari, president of Surya, has been selected as a finalist in the Family Business Category for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Southeast region.
Marking the second consecutive year that Tiwari has been recognized with this award, finalists were selected based on their business vision, financial performance, demonstrated leadership in driving innovation and commitment to social responsibility.
Under Tiwari's direction, Surya has grown organically from $2.7 million in sales in 2004 to $100 million during the most recent fiscal year, according to the company, and has been named by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s fastest growing privately held companies for four years running. According to Tiwari, Surya will open a one-million-square-foot corporate headquarters and distribution center this year—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 Tiwari. “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, Tiwari 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 ships to more than 19,000 U.S. ZIP codes and 50 countries.
“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," added Tiwari. "We will continue to push the envelope to give them all of the tools needed to build a successful home accessories business."