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SURYA ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF #SPOTTEDWITHSURYA CONTEST 7.30.14


CALHOUN, Ga. — July 30, 2014
— Home accessories brand Surya has announced the winners of its #SpottedwithSurya Instagram contest, which ran from May 28 – July 15, 2014. Chosen by Surya’s leadership team, the lucky winners include:

  • 1st Place: Whitney Reed // Gum Wall in Seattle, Wash. – $1,000 worth of Surya products
  • 2nd Place: Ingrid Brown // Amazon Jungle in Manaus, Brazil – $500 worth of Surya products
  • 3rd Place: Ashley Martin // Wedding in Hickory, N. C. – $250 worth of Surya products

To enter the contest, designers and retailers were asked to post to Instagram a photo of a Surya tote bag in an interesting or unusual location. Entries were judged on creativity and originality, with winning entrants receiving free Surya products. All of the entries can be viewed here.

“Each year, we distribute thousands of colorful and eco-friendly jute tote bags at markets and other events,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “The bags continue to be very popular and we are pleased to be able to offer market attendees a versatile and fashion-forward way to carry items both at market and in their daily lives. We were impressed with the creativity shown by all of the entrants and with the variety of places – both near and far – that people take our bags. We congratulate the winners.”

Launched in 2013, Surya’s Instagram page has more than 4,300 followers. Designers and retailers are invited to continue to post to Instagram images of Surya tote bags in interesting locations using the hashtag #SpottedwithSurya.
 

JIM LEVINE NAMED VICE PRESIDENT OF SURYA OUTDOOR 7.24.14


CALHOUN, Ga. — July 24, 2014 — Surya has appointed Jim Levine to the newly created role of vice president of Surya Outdoor. Levine is a veteran of the casual furniture industry where he has spent the last 32 years overseeing business operations, sales and marketing, supply chain management and product design for a variety of outdoor product lines.

In his new role, Levine will be responsible for expanding Surya’s outdoor product offerings while also building and overseeing a sales force focused specifically on retailers in the outdoor products category. Surya’s outdoor lines currently include rugs, pillows and poufs, with ceramics, hurricane lamps, tabletop products and outdoor mirror and lighting categories set to debut at the 2014 International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market in September.

Levine was previously owner and CEO of Porch & Patio, a casual furniture store that he grew from a single retail location to a seven-store chain, and also served as vice president at Robb & Stucky Patio, where he managed retail operations. He most recently headed up importing and manufacturing for a startup outdoor furnishings company. Levine has received and/or been nominated for the Apollo Award, the highest award given to a casual furniture retailer, five times.

“Under Jim’s leadership, we look forward to significantly growing our range of fashion-forward outdoor offerings to support our goal of becoming the premier provider of coordinating accessories for the outdoor living segment,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “Jim’s wealth of experience in the outdoor industry combined with our ability to quickly bring to market products for a variety of lifestyles and budgets, and strong focus on service will be instrumental in expanding our presence in this valuable segment moving forward. We are excited to welcome Jim to the Surya team.”

Levine will be based in Florida and report to Seth King, vice president of Sales.
 

SURYA GARNERS ICON HONORS AWARD FOR TECHNOLOGY INNOVATIONS 7.16.14

Home accessories brand also earns Best Visual Display recognition for Atlanta Market showroom

CALHOUN, Ga. — July 16, 2014
— Surya 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 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.
 

SURYA EMPLOYEES STEP UP TO HELP LOCAL COMMUNITY DURING HABITAT FOR HUMANITY "BUILD DAY" 7.10.14


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.

“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 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.