PLANO, Texas, June 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- At Home Group Inc. (NYSE: HOME), the home décor superstore, today announced Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Lewis L. (Lee) Bird III winner of the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of The Year® 2017 Retail and Hospitality Award for the Southwest Region. The award is in recognition of his commitment to excellence and extraordinary success in areas such as innovation and financial performance. Lee Bird was selected as the award recipient by a panel of independent judges and was presented the award at a special gala event at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas on June 24, 2017.
"This is a huge honor for me personally and I would like to thank the entire At Home team for our accomplishments to date," said Bird. "I've always known this company had the potential to reach great heights and this is only the beginning. We've consistently achieved impressive quarterly growth and will continue to challenge the retail industry with our differentiated approach and look forward to building on our success."
A veteran in the industry who has held leadership roles at companies like Gap and Nike, Bird's strategic guidance has been a driving force behind At Home's success, which includes a comprehensive transformation of the brand in just four years. In August 2016, the transformation culminated in a successful initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange. Today, At Home is one of the fastest growing retailers in America with over 130 stores across the United States. Recognized for its differentiated and highly efficient operating model, At Home was recently named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award for Retail Company of the Year and Bird was awarded a Silver Stevie® Award for Retail Executive of the Year in The 15th Annual American Business Awards.
The Entrepreneur Of The Year program honors and supports leaders of U.S. companies that have demonstrably outperformed the market in terms of innovation, financial performance, market or niche leadership, managing risk and commitment to the community.
As a Southwest award winner, Bird will be considered for the Entrepreneur Of The Year national program, which will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California in November.
About At Home Group Inc.
At Home, the home décor superstore, is focused on providing customers with the broadest assortment of home décor products for every room, every style and every budget. With a wide assortment of over 50,000 items throughout our stores, At Home enables customers to express themselves and create a home that reflects their personality and style. Our differentiated merchandising strategy allows us to identify trends and then value engineer products to provide the aesthetics our customers want at attractive price points. Our highly efficient operating model seeks to drive growth and profitability while minimizing operating risk, ultimately allowing us to deliver exceptional value to our customers. We utilize a flexible and disciplined real estate strategy that enables us to successfully open and operate stores across a wide range of formats and markets. We believe that our broad and comprehensive offering and compelling value proposition combine to create a leading destination for home décor. As of June 8, 2017, At Home operated 133 stores in 32 states and is headquartered in Plano, Texas. For more information, visit investor.athome.com.
About Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world's most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries. ey.com/eoy.
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