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IHFRA Awards Kuo and O’Connor Top Honors

Shan Huei “Samuel” Kuo and Kevin O’Connor, both with Samson Holding Ltd., will receive top awards from The International Home Furnishings Representatives Association (IHFRA) at its 25th Annual FIAG set for April 24 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, N.C.

Kuo, cofounder and chairman of the Dongguan, China-based Samson Holding, Ltd., a global leader in furniture, founded in 1995 with his wife, Yi-Mei “Grace” Liu, will receive IHFRA’s Pillar of The Industry Award.

“This award is presented to an industry leader who has distinguished him or herself with creative work and effort to improve, enhance and benefit relationships among representatives and other segments of the industry,” said Ray Allegrezza, executive director, IHFRA. “This person’s actions and deeds have shown their commitment to the home furnishings industry, their community and to mankind.

O’Connor, also an industry veteran who currently serves as a consultant to Samson Holding Ltd, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award, bestowed on an individual who had demonstrated outstanding and ongoing leadership and contributions to the industry. 

This award, IHFRA’s highest honor to an individual, also salutes a lifetime of dedication, innovation and  charitable efforts which have enriched and bettered the home furnishings sector. 

“Through their hard work and passion for the home furnishings sector, both of these fine gentlemen have been instrumental in taking our sector not only to the next level, but have directly elevated each portion of the business,” Allegrezza added. “It will be IHFRA’s honor to recognize the innovations, inroads and enhancements each has made to make our business better.”







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