I'm Dara Mir

President of 9 to 5 Seating

  • Age 37
  • Address 3211 Jack Northrop Ave. Hawthorne, CA 90250
  • Phone 310-220-2500
  • Award EY Entrepreneur Of The Year

Dara Mir’s entrepreneurial journey first began in the wake of the Iranian Revolution, with his parents’ decision to uproot the family in pursuit of the American dream. Through hard work and dedication, they were able to build a manufacturing company with a young Dara closely watching, spending much of his free time sweeping the warehouse floors.Dara hoped to one day work alongside his parents, although they were uncertain the company could withstand the increasing competition within the manufacturing industry and were eventually forced to close their doors.

Armed with a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from USC, Dara set out to reimagine and revive the family business. He recognized the increasing demand for custom office furniture and the need for quick production turnaround. He believed if he could satisfy the needs of the changing marketplace, he could take his parents’ original vision and make it thrive. This belief became reality with 9to5 Seating.

He initially rented a 5000-square-foot space with a janitor’s closet for his office. Building the company from the ground up, he personally filled every position and maintains to this day that “the best asset of a company is its people.” As the company continued to grow and necessitated more space, Dara embarked on a project to create facilities that were not only environmentally friendly, but also created efficiencies in the process. The result was a 300,000-square-foot company headquarters equipped with solar panels, which enables it to produce all of the energy it consumes and has earned state-of-the-art LEED Gold certification.

Dara believes in giving back to the country and communities that have given him so much opportunity and is personally invested in creating manufacturing jobs for a skilled American workforce. When asked about the best advice he has ever received, he answered that when he was a boy, “My father told me, ‘It’s only failure if you quit.’ ” It’s safe to say, Dara took his father’s advice to heart and failure is far from sight.

Work Experience

2002 - Present

9 to 5 Seating


Founded in 1982, 9to5 Seating specializes in the design and production of ergonomic and aesthetically pleasing office seating to accommodate the rigorous demands of today’s office environment.

2014 - Present

USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Board Member - Emerging Leaders Board


1998 - 2002

B.S., Industrial & Systems Engineering

University of Southern California

Honors & Awards

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in the Manufacturing and Distribution – Greater Los Angeles

EY refers to the global organization and may refer to one or more of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited


EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award 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 award 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 more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

Contact Us

Feel free to contact me

  • Phone 310-220-2500
  • Fax 310.220.2521
  • Skype dara.mir
  • Address 3211 Jack Northrop Ave.
    Hawthorne, CA 90250