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This one time award will be presented to the CEO of City Furniture for his philanthropic contributions through the years MIAMI, FL—September 25, 2008—Fort Lauderdale resident Keith Koenig will be the Jubilee Honoree at the Jubilee Gala on November 8, 2008. The event celebrates the landmark 50th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Miami. It will be the first gala to be held in the newly renovated Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach. The Jubilee Gala will benefit two vital institutions of the church, Catholic Charities and Catholic Health Services, which a variety of programs that help people of all ages, all religions, and all walks of life. The goal at this year’s gala is to raise monies for Catholic Charities and Catholic Health Services. The announcement was made by Emilio Alonso-Mendoza, president of Catholic Community Foundation and the Archdiocese Development Corporation. He says, “Keith is a man not only recognized as a strong leader and manager in business but as someone who is deeply committed to helping his community and his church. This is the only time that this honor will be bestowed since it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Miami. We could not be giving it to a more deserving individual.” Koenig and his brother Keven co-founded City Furniture which evolved from a predecessor, Waterbed City, and grew to a $300 million full line furniture Retail Company. Together they developed the best team in the home furnishings industry with #1 furniture market share in South Florida and innovated the competitive advantage of “Same Day Delivery 7 Days A Week.” City Furniture is well-renowned for its innovative human resource policies that celebrate the dignity of each employee and their families, a philosophy Koenig lives each day. He and his wife, Doreen, have two children.

Questions for Blacktie

Going back to when you first started with your organization to now, what has been your proudest personal accomplishment?

I can still remember the summer of 1972, working with my brother soon after he started Waterbed City. I sold over $1,000 in a day and first tasted success.

What do you enjoy the most about your work?

Clearly, the people I work with. The City Furniture/Ashley Furniture HomeStores team is truly outstanding

You are out in the public arena quite often; who is the most interesting person you have ever met?

My wife. I’ve been crazy for her for over 30 years.

What program with your organization do you get the most excited about?

We are going through a LEAN conversion, where our associates work to improve all aspects of our business through the elimination of waste. It is very exciting to see associates cooperate to improve and the results have been dramatic.

Is there a charitable event(s) you really look forward to attending each year?

We have our 13th Annual Kevin Koenig Memorial Covenant House Cup Tournament coming up November 6th. It is a golf and fishing tournament we host and invite our suppliers and friends to sponsor. We raise about $75,000 per year and have a lot of fun.

How have things changed for you through the years?

I’m older, hopefully a bit wiser, and definitely more gray. But, I still love what I do, and I’m proud of how we run our business.

What is your greatest challenge at this time?

Clearly, the economy. We have had to restructure there times in this downturn. But, this is a cycle, and we have great faith in the future of Florida.

What is the most important thing you have learned through the years?

Seek God’s kingship over you, and He will show you His way.

Do you have a favorite vacation spot?

Diamond Creek Golf Club in Banner Elk, North Carolina. It’s my favorite combination of great friends, world class golf and nature’s beauty.

What do you think is the biggest problem we are facing in this country today?

I am most concerned over what I see as declining family values/decreased personal responsibility.

What is your proudest achievement?

Clearly my kids. Daughter, Daren, and son, Andrew, are great people that my wife and I are very, very proud of.

What is something your parents taught you that you will never forget?

I saw my Mom work lots of hours in her retail career. She ran the dress department at Jordan Marsh, and she was very proud of what she did. She was a great example I learned from.