Press Release

ADL to Honor Michel Smith Boyd, Irwin Novack and Rachel Tronstein Stewart at ADL 2023 National Home Furnishings Tribute

New York, NY, October 31, 2022 … ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) will honor three home furnishings industry executives for their individual contributions to their respective communities and their unflagging support of ADL’s mission to fight antisemitism and secure justice and fair treatment to all.

“At a time of rising antisemitism and hate, we are so pleased to honor these three furniture industry executives who are leaders in their own right and who have been incredible supporters of our mission to fight hate and extremism,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “Time and again these executives have modeled responsible leadership and we are so pleased to be able to commend them publicly and celebrate their achievements.”

The 2023 honorees announced today are:

  • Michel Smith Boyd, Principal Designer and CEO, Michel Smith Boyd LLC. Based in Atlanta, Michel is an American interior designer and star of the hit shows “Luxe for Less” and “Rock the Block” on HGTV and “Buying it Blind” on Bravo. He has been recognized as one of the Top 10 African American designers in the country.
  • Irwin Novack, President and CEO Kane’s Furniture. With headquarters in St. Petersburg, Florida, he presides over the 42nd largest furniture chain in the U.S. and one of Florida’s oldest and most successful businesses, with 18 stories in eight major Central Florida markets and an employee team comprised of 800 people companywide.
  • Rachel Tronstein Stewart, President of Gardner White Furniture, Michigan’s largest furniture retailer. Rachel is a fourth-generation retailer who works alongside both of her parents, having returned to Michigan in 2012 after serving roles in clean energy with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Clinton Global Initiative.

Each year, the furniture industry joins ADL to support the National Home Furnishings Tribute Dinner and highlight the work of business leaders who embody the organizations core mission and values. This year’s honorees will be recognized at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City on June 22, 2023.

The National Home Furnishings Industry Tribute Dinner is held annually to raise funds in support of the ADL’s mission to fight antisemitism and hate. The event is being organized with generous support from ADL Home Furnishings Industry Chair Neil Goldberg of Raymour & Flanigan, along with Marketing and Education Committee Chairs Ellen Gefen of The Gefen Company and Larry Klaben of Morris Furniture Company.

The ADL Furniture Division seeks new partners (organizations and individuals) to join efforts to eliminate hate and bias through increasing inclusion, diversity and understanding within the entire Home Furnishing Industry. Please contact Larry Klaben for more information.

ADL is the leading anti-hate organization in the world. Founded in 1913, its timeless mission is “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of antisemitism and bias, using innovation and partnerships to drive impact. A global leader in combating antisemitism, countering extremism and battling bigotry wherever and whenever it happens, ADL works to protect democracy and ensure a just and inclusive society for all. More at