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AMIny i. audi

Aminy I. Audi, CEO and chairman of L. & J.G. Stickley, with her late husband, Alfred, purchased a struggling company with only 25 employees in 1974 and turned it into a thriving enterprise known throughout the world for its quality Arts & Crafts designs.

Today, Stickley employs more than 1,500 people with three manufacturing plants and 14 company-owned stores. An accomplished leader in an industry traditionally led by men, Mrs. Audi has grown Stickley by leveraging the company’s revered brand name, modernizing operations and sparking a resurgence of interest in high-end Arts & Crafts styling. Throughout her career, Mrs. Audi also has made a major impact on manufacturing operations, helping to direct the state-of-the-art construction and seven expansions of the company’s facility in Manlius, N.Y. The factory now covers more than 400,000 square feet, runs two full shifts and has never had a layoff. A workplace innovator, Mrs. Audi established an employee wellness initiative at Stickley, which includes a registered nurse onsite and one of the industry’s first smoking cessation programs.

On the retail side, Mrs. Audi oversees planning, staffing and merchandising of each companyowned store. Stickley’s distribution policy is designed to nurture cooperation, enabling its strong network of independent dealers and company stores to work together as partners. In addition, Mrs. Audi’s dedication to preserving historic brands led to Stickley’s purchase of Nichols & Stone, John Widdicomb, Heirloom Upholstery, Cibola Leather and Madison Square.

An active mentor and industry champion, Mrs. Audi has received the Legacy Award and the Woman of the Year in Manufacturing Award from WithIt (Women in the Home Industries Today) and the Laurel Award for excellence from the International Furnishings and Design Association’s New York Chapter. Other honors include the Small Business Administration Entrepreneurial Success Award, the American Red Cross Women Who Mean Business Award and The Syracuse Post Standard Woman of Achievement in Business Award. She has served on the boards of the American Home Furnishings Alliance, Fine Furnishings International and the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation.

Early in her career, Mrs. Audi was a freelance writer and reporter for Voice of America. She served as a non-governmental delegate to the United Nations Conference on Human Rights in 1993 and to the U.N. Conference on Women in 1995. She participated in the 1996 Women Leaders Summit and has served as a trustee for the State University of New York. She received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Colgate University in 2006. Mrs. Audi personifies her personal and business philosophy: Live with integrity, work hard and be passionate, positive and persistent.