Celebrating 30 years of ingenuity in America
LOS ANGELES, July 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — President of 9to5 Seating, Dara Mir, received the EY
Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in the Manufacturing and Distribution category in Greater Los
In a heartfelt acceptance speech at the black-tie Awards Gala held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills,
California on Tuesday, June 21, Mir thanked his family and shared a quote from Sidney Franks that
continues to inspire him. “Don’t ever be afraid to put your money into something you believe in,” Mir
shares, “because fear will stop you from achieving success.”
Celebrating the 30th year of the awards program, EY recognizes entrepreneurs from more than 145 cities
in 60 different countries who display extraordinary success in fields such as innovation, financial
performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Mir was selected as the
award winner from an independent panel of judges at the event with more than 700 founders, CEOs, and
other business leaders in attendance.
Mir is the epitome of the American dream. After his parents made the tough decision to uproot their family
and move to America in the wake of the Iranian Revolution, Mir witnessed first-hand what hard work and
dedication can achieve as his parents built a manufacturing company. Unfortunately with stiff competition
in the manufacturing industry, the business was forced to close its doors. However, Mir set out to revive
the family business by arming himself with an Industrial and Systems Engineering degree from USC.
With more than 12 years of outstanding business acumen, Mir is a passionate and performance-based
global leader currently serving as a board member of the USC Emerging Leaders Board and is an active
member of Young Presidents’ Organization of Los Angeles.
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. With many
years of experience in the manufacturing of office seating, 9to5 Seating differentiates itself from its
competitors through its vertical integration. Unlike many competing companies, the vertical integration of
9to5 Seating paired with the highest quality raw materials and state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment
results in 9to5 Seating building with quality rather than checking for quality.
In a major reshoring effort to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States, 9to5 Seating recently
opened its 3rd manufacturing facility in Union City, Tenn. The know how and the hard work ethic of the
American work force brings the products closer to their point of use in the United States and can rival the
competition imported from overseas.
Companies today demand the most for their money and 9to5 Seating is prepared to deliver the highest
quality product without sacrificing selection or speed of delivery.
About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®
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.