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ORIA elects 2014 officers

Momeni selected as president

The Oriental Rug Importers Assn. elected its 2014 officers at Ravagh Restaurant in New York on Dec. 18.

Reza Momeni, president of Momeni, was elected president after previously serving as vice president of ORIA.

"I am pleased and honored to have been elected president," Momeni said. "With the assistance of the ORIA membership and participation from the industry at large, I am certain we will accomplish much in the coming year as the economy continues its recovery."

Kami Navid of Jaunty was elected vice-president; Behrooz Hakimian of Woven Concepts was voted as treasurer; and Ramin Kalaty of Kalaty was elected secretary.

Additionally, outgoing ORIA president Jeff DeSantis was awarded the ORIA Presidents Plaque in recognitions of contributions he made during his three-year term.

"It has been a privilege to lead this venerable organization," DeSantis said. "I know that I am turning over reins to an excellent group of leaders and have confidence that Reza Momeni and the other elected ORIA officers and executive board members will continue to strengthen and expand the Association's important role in the home furnishings industry."

The new officers will assume their new positions on January 1.

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