Couristan Appoints Michael J. Riley as New President

George G. Couri, Chairman and Ronald J. Couri, CEO of Couristan, Inc. proudly announce the appointment of Michael J. Riley as President of Couristan.
March 3, 2017Andrea Lillo

Mike Riley CouristanMike Riley
FORT LEE, NJ – March 2, 2017 – George G. Couri, Chairman and Ronald J. Couri, CEO of Couristan, Inc. proudly announce the appointment of Michael J. Riley as President of Couristan. Mr. Riley was most recently President of Oriental Weavers USA.

Couristan, established in 1926, is a leading global manufacturer, importer and distributor of fine rugs, broadloom and custom carpets for the residential and hospitality markets. Couristan is privately owned and has been managed by the Couri family for two generations. To support the continued growth of their Company, the Couri’s sought an industry leader with the expertise to direct Couristan’s sales and merchandising growth in today’s rapidly changing retail and e-commerce channels and to further expand Couristan’s distribution strategy.

“In order to accelerate the transformation of Couristan to respond to the changes in the marketplace for the coming decades, Mike is the perfect fit to join my brother Ron and me in leading those efforts,” said George, “with his expertise across Couristan’s Residential and Hospitality divisions, he will be an asset to the company.” Ron added, “Mike is someone we have known for many years and will be a great addition to lead our Company’s growth.”

As President, Mike will be overseeing the Residential and Hospitality sales teams. Under his leadership, Steve Codella, will now be heading sales of the Broadloom and Roll Runner Divisions and Mark Ferullo, who recently joined Couristan, will be in charge of Area Rug sales. Niall Coree will continue to oversee the sales and operations of the Contract/Hospitality division, reporting to Mike as well. Mike started with OW USA in 1995 and became President in 2003 in addition to being CEO of their hospitality division for the past 7 years.

Mike Riley stated, “I made the decision to join Couristan based on an alignment of visions with George and Ron as to the future of the industry as well as their decision and commitment to respond to the rapidly changing distribution landscape. It is essential for companies to be nimble in this rapidly changing climate. Together with the talented Couristan team and the full support of the ownership, I am committed to achieving dramatic growth for Couristan in the US markets.”

Mike will be based in the company’s Ft. Lee, NJ Global Headquarters.

About Couristan, Inc.

Established by the Couri family in 1926, Couristan is the most trusted name in the floor covering industry, offering a vast assortment of exclusively designed power-loomed and handmade area rugs, as well as quality residential broadloom and custom contract carpeting. Couristan is also known throughout the industry as the pioneer in new construction and color techniques, which are used to create exquisitely, designed area rugs and residential broadloom products that are crafted from all over the world. Couristan products are available through department stores, home furnishings catalogs, specialty floor covering and furniture retail stores. Couristan’s global headquarters with full showroom is located in Fort Lee, New Jersey, at Two Executive Drive, 800.223.6186, or visit our website at

Andrea LilloAndrea Lillo | Fashion Editor

Andrea Lillo has written about a variety of topics, from beer gardens in Queens to kitchen design trends to residential caves. Having joined Home Furnishings News in 2006, she serves as Fashion Editor.


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