“Sell to the masses and eat with the classes, appeal to mainstream instead of a niche market” says Sam Zavary, recalling the words of an early mentor that set him on a trajectory to success as the owner and CEO of Exclusive Furniture.
In 1998, at the age of 21, he opened the doors to his Houston-based furniture and mattress store inside the Almeda Mall, following in the footsteps of his entrepreneur uncle in Southern California. Initially, his primary motive was financial gain, but after nearly two dozen years of developing a strong presence throughout the city, Sam finds his daily source of inspiration in watching his business turn into a brand.
With seven locations spanning over 335,000 square feet of showroom space, Exclusive Furniture continues to increase market share through its vast array of quality products and services offered at affordable prices in addition to its clean shop promise and dedication to customer satisfaction. Nurturing a community-oriented culture, Sam and his team often donate furniture, money and time to help the cause of many charitable organizations, including Rebuilding Together Houston, Independence Heights Redevelopment Council, Lakewood Church and Global Empowerment Mission. “We love to give back to those in need,” Sam says. “I feel that everyone has a purpose in life, and I believe that it’s not just my duty but also my purpose in this world to be a helping hand.”
In the future, Sam – who is also a public speaker, author and podcast host – hopes to expand into new markets in Texas to broaden his reach and provide more customers with the shopping experience they deserve.