The Synchrony Pillars Project set out to celebrate 10 individuals who define what it means to be from a particular place, help elevate their local economies, and foster community pride. Cynthia Katz Sigadel struck a chord with her devotion and loyalty to her family's tradition of service.
CYNTHIA KATZ SIGADEL | "THE VISIONARY"
HARRY KATZ CARPET ONE FLOOR & HOME | MINEOLA, NY
The name Harry Katz carries enormous weight in Mineola, New York.
The furniture business Katz built 62 years ago, Harry Katz Carpet One Floor & Home, is at the height of popularity and success today. Besides serving customers well, the store has a long and impressive history of giving back to the community.
Harry was a founding member of Mineola's Chamber of Commerce and helped build the village's first synagogue.
Harry's tradition of quality products, excellent service, and community involvement continues today under the leadership of his granddaughter, Cynthia Katz Sigadel. She has combined imagination, technology, determination, and a whole lot of guts to transform the store into a one-stop design destination. The store's offerings now include kitchen and bath, bedding, closets, and window treatments.
"Our customers can find all their interior design needs under one roof and work with a company that they and their families have trusted for years," she says. "Our goal is to enhance the lives of our customers by helping them create the home of their dreams, while at the same time earning their trust."
Under Sigadel's leadership, Harry's tradition of community support also continues. Sigadel donated and installed materials for a local homeless shelter, Family and Children's Association, which was founded by her father, Harry's son. Each year Harry Katz Carpet One sponsors Little League teams, the local fire department, military causes, and various local charities.
After Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of New York and New Jersey in 2012, Harry Katz Carpet One donated carpeting to families that were hit hard. "Our motto has always been 'quality plus service equals value,'" she says. "Our reputation for integrity and taking great care of people is our most valuable asset."