Lou Switzer, founder of New York City interior architecture firm The Switzer Group, was recently inducted into the Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum. 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. Switzer serves as chair and CEO of The Switzer Group, which he established in 1975. The company has since designed interiors for Columbia University, Weill Cornell Medical College, St. John’s University, IBM and Wells Fargo Bank, among others. Switzer was also awarded the 1994 Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations in New York and was 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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