WithIt to honor Susan Gravely with Legacy Award
January 10, 2014-- Furniture Today,
Jenny Heinzen York
HIGH POINT — WithIt will present its Legacy Award to Susan Gravely, founder and chief executive of lifestyle brand Vietri,
at the 2014 WOW Awards dinner and ceremony, set for the opening night of the Las Vegas Market.
WithIt, the women's leadership development network serving the home furnishings industry, will present the awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, in the World Market Center's World View on 16. WMC owner International Market Centers is once again the lead sponsor of the event, with additional sponsorship support from Restonic Mattress.
The annual awards recognize business leaders nominated by their peers who have contributed to the success of the home furnishings industries and have demonstrated significant impact on their companies, the industry or both.
Gravely is being honored as a woman of achievement who has made significant lifetime contributions to the industry. She founded Vietri, a brand of Italian artisan-crafted dinnerware and home and garden accessories, with her mother, Lee Gravely, and sister Frances, in 1983, after a family trip to Italy. Vietri is now America's largest Italian ceramics importing company, according to WithIt.
WithIt also will present WOW Awards in the Education, Mentoring, Leadership and Future Leader categories.
Nominees include Maxwell Ryan of Apartment Therapy and Russell Bienenstock of Furniture World, Education; Mary Knackstedt of Mary Knackstedt Interiors, Sharon Davis of ART and Bonnie Berry of Haverty's, Mentoring; Shelly Burd of Furniture First, Karel Czanderna of Flexsteel and Karrie Forbes of Mattress Firm, Leadership; and Jenny Heinzen York of Home Accents Today, Leah Kirkland of MicroD and Christy Almond of Robert Allen Design, Future Leader.
"The WOW Awards are an opportunity to honor executives of significant achievement, at a glamorous event unlike any other in our industry," said Sara Lyke, executive director of WithIt. "We invite everyone attending the Las Vegas Market to join us in this important celebration."