Lou Switzer Inducted into
Minority Business Hall of Fame
New York, May 24, 2016 ------ Lou Switzer, 67, founder of the renowned New York City interior architecture firm The Switzer Group, has been inducted into the Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum. The ceremony was held May 10th at the BNY Mellon headquarters in downtown Manhattan. In addition to Switzer, honorees at the organization's 12th annual induction ceremony were the Billion Dollar Roundtable Organization, Rosa Santana of Integrated Human Capital, Claire P. Scanlon of BNY Mellon, and Nina Vaca of Pinnacle Group. Tracey Pinson Dennis of the Office of Secretary of the Army was inducted posthumously.
 
Founded in 2004, the Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum recognizes the contributions of individuals and institutions that are pioneers in the development and growth of minority businesses globally. The organization celebrates the  work of the  people policies and programs that have made minority business growth possible . Numerous leaders in government, corporate institutions, academia, media, and prominent entrepreneurs and business owners have been recognized for their achievements.

(l-r) Lou Switzer; Darryl Dennis; Maya Dennis, accepting for the late Tracey L. Pinson; Rosa Santana; Jessica Narvaez, accepting for Nina Vaca; Don McKneey and Sharon Patterson representing the Billion Dollar Roundtable 
Photos by  Adjua Mantebea 

Switzer, founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Switzer Group, is an acclaimed interior designer, successful business leader and cultural trailblazer. Since establishing The Switzer Group in 1975-----then among the few minority-owned design entities-----he has steered the firm's growth and created one of the most prestigious interior architecture companies in the nation, consistently ranked among America's 100 Design Giants in annual revenues. The Switzer Group creates interiors for many prominent institutions and Fortune 500 companies, including IBM, Wells Fargo Bank, JP Morgan Chase, MasterCard, Columbia University, Weill Cornell Medical College, St. John's University, AMC Networks and Vice Media. Switzer's 41-year relationship with IBM extends back to the firm's inception and continues today with ongoing design projects throughout the U.S., including the 2014 completion of the IBM Watson headquarters at 51 Astor Place in New York.
 
Switzer is an Interior Design Magazine Hall of Fame inductee (1993), and is the recipient of numerous community and industry honors. He was awarded the 1994 Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations in New York and the National Association of Black Accountants' 1987 Entrepreneur of the Year. In 1995, he was named the ACE Mentor Program's Man of the Year for distinguished achievement and support for the organization, of which he was a trustee and founding member. 

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Founded in 1975,  The Switzer Group   is a nationally ranked, award-winning interior architecture firm headquartered in Manhattan. A strategic space planning and design organization, The Switzer Group specializes in creating interiors that promote and achieve higher business performance.

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