Vietri Inc. announced that WithIt, the women’s leadership development network serving the home furnishings industry, presented its Legacy Award to Susan Gravely, founder and CEO of Vietri, during the 2014 WOW Awards dinner and ceremony on Sunday, the opening night of the Winter Las Vegas Market, with International Market Centers (IMC) serving as lead sponsor.
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, according to a press release. WithIt has presented the honors since 1999.
“It is an unbelievable honor to be recognized among some of the most talented leaders in the industry,” said Susan Gravely. “I have always been impressed by WithIt’s mission of encouraging and developing leadership for professional women. It is something I strive to achieve in my business every day. I think it is incredibly important to mentor the next generation of leaders — after all that is where the future of our industry lies.”
A connoisseur of Italian culture and tabletop style, Gravely, with her sister, Frances, and mother, Lee, founded Vietri in 1983. Vietri has grown from a small company representing one Italian factory to the largest Italian importing company in the American tabletop industry, according to the company. Vietri now serves a customer base of more than 2,000 top specialty stores in all 50 states, plus Canada, England, Mexico, Europe, South America, Asia, and Australia. Today, Vietri works with over 30 manufacturers throughout Italy.