Archived Emerging Professional Profiles: 2014

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August 2014

 

Aldo Boldi, Allied ASID

Aldo Boldi Interior Design - Sarasota, FL

 

www.linkedin.com/in/aldoboldidesign

"Everything is possible, all I need is to work hard to make it happen."

 

What's your story?

I am a problem solver, a person that needs to find solutions even when these do not exist. I am a creator, I a person that make things happen. I am from the group of people that is always pushing to evolutionary process to the extreme. Since I left Argentina and arrived in the United States, I had to re-invent myself multiple times. I went from not speaking English to an exceptional student graduating with summa cum laude honor. From construction labor to a certified building contractor; from a guy with good interior design ideas to the owner of my interior design firm. In other words, I think I am very lucky guy…who only sleeps five hours a day.

How has your ASID membership influenced your career?

Becoming an ASID member during my first year of college was definitely a smart decision.  I feel that being an ASID member provided me with a world of opportunities and connections that are one of the pillars of my interior design business. Today, a year after finishing college, I am still connected and doing business with professional designers and industry partners that I met back when I was president of my college ASID student chapter. 

What is the best career advice you have received?

The best career advice I received was from my wife, "Trust your knowledge and instincts, and do everything with excellence. That way, if you fail, you will have no regrets." 

Where do you hope to be in five years?

In 5 years, I hope to have a well-established interior design firm and be able to expand nationally as well as internationally. Also, I am working on an new interior design idea that will revolutionize the present concept of interiors. I think a half decade will be enough time to have fully developed this idea and get the financial resources to implement it.

 


 

July 2014

Elizabeth Wetherall, Allied ASID, LEED GA

Manhattan, Kansas

 

www.linkedin.com/pub/elizabeth-wetherall

"Don't be afraid to try something new!"

 

What's your story?

I graduated from Virginia Tech's Interior Design program in the spring of 2013. I loved my major, my fellow classmates, my professors, and the overall experience in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. A week after graduation I married my best friend, Neale, and he and I were immediately whisked off into the life of a military couple, living in 4 states last year alone. After finally settling down in Kansas, I was able to focus on finding a job in my field. Eight months later, after chasing down, interviewing, emailing, and getting lunch with any professional I found in our little Kansas town, I was still without a job. Finally, I applied at Starbucks on a whim, and a week later I had the position! I have dreams to one day return to the field of interior design, and I have no idea how the road I am taking will lead me there. Right now, I am happy to be making your white chocolate mocha while you are headed to your architecture office.

How has your ASID membership influenced your career?

ASID has given me many tools to succeed. Whether it be leadership opportunities, social and networking events, and endless connections within the design field, ASID has it all! I have thoroughly enjoyed my ASID experience in Virginia and Kansas. 

What is the best career advice you have received?

When I was struggling with not being able to find an interior design position, a retired interior architecture professor told me that experience in something is better than no experience at all. And that maybe the job you think you are humbling yourself for will turn out to be something wonderful.

Where do you hope to be in five years?

In five years, I hope that I will have learned how to be patient and how to balance my time between family, work, and friends, no matter what type of work it is.

 

 

 

June 2014

Shavonne Maclin, Allied ASID

Dewberry Architects, Inc. – Arlington, V.A. 

www.behance.net/shamac

www.linkedin.com/in/shamac

 

What's Your Story?

I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio. In college, I studied graphic design, product design and art at the University of Michigan. I worked as a graphic designer for a few years then moved to Georgia to attend Savannah College of Art and Design where I received an MFA in interior design. Currently, I live in the Washington DC area and have just transitioned from residential to commercial design. I just started working at Dewberry as an interior designer and am so excited to be apart of a large successful firm. Other interesting things about me: I am a former collegiate track athlete, I lived in Milan Italy for 7 months and I love travel, nature and food!

How has your ASID membership influenced your career?

ASID has influenced my career greatly! From being a student member at SCAD to my current position as Co-Chair of Emerging Professionals for the ASID Washington Metro Chapter - ASID has put me in the position to meet all the right people and also given me the opportunity to help students and other emerging professionals as well. 

What is the best career advice you have received?

After recently graduating school, I attended a portfolio review at Neocon East. After giving me advice on my design work and resume, the reviewer, Kia Weatherspoon, asked if I was involved in any professional organizations...to which I said sort of...not really. She challenged me to get more involved in ASID and to go to as many networking events as possible. I would have never gotten to where I am now without that push to put myself out there and meet all of the wonderful people I've met in the DC design community since then.

Where do you hope to be in five years?

The only thing I know for sure is that in 5 years, I plan to be NCIDQ and LEED AP certified. Otherwise I hope to be a contributing player in the design realm and in the local community where I can make an impact on the health, welfare and safety of others.

 


 

May 2014

Darlene Molnar, Allied ASID

Darlene Molnar, LLC – Washington, D.C.

www.darlenemolnar.com

http://www.pinterest.com/darlenemolnar/ 

 

“The harder I work, the luckier I get." - Sam Goldwyn

 

What's Your Story?

I never intended to have my own business.  I worked for an architectural firm during graduate school and was laid off in 2009 when the economy wasn’t doing well.  I took on freelance work which began to multiply and before I knew it I had a sustainable business.  While it’s not the path I originally had in mind, I am so glad it turned out as it did.  I think it’s important to have an open mind when it comes to a career path because it can turn out better than you ever meant it to.  

How has your ASID membership influenced your career?

ASID has been a source for me to network and gain reliable industry insight.  I read ASID’s Eye on Design newsletter weekly and find it a great way of getting quick but valuable bits of information from what’s trending in design to business best practices.  I was exposed to so much industry knowledge first as a student member; now as an Allied member and National Media Spokesperson I am continuing to grow my career with ASID’s support.  

What is the best career advice you have received?

This is more of an observation than spoken advice, but as I’ve grown into this career and built a business, I’ve noticed how some of my most successful counterparts are business people first, designers second.  I’ve heard about the 80/20 rule – spending 80 percent of your time on the business side and 20 percent on design and I think those ratios are an accurate representation of my work week.  For anyone setting out to create their own design business, I think being aware of how important it is to spend time on the business side is just as important as the time you spend designing.

Where do you hope to be in five years?

This is a difficult question to answer because for as much as I will talk about being business minded, I’ve never had a formal business plan.  My career has been an evolution that has surprised me in many ways so far, so I imagine I will be similarly surprised with where I am in five years.  I’m sure I will be NCIDQ certified, which is something I am working toward right now.  I love my small business but I hope to grow it it through collaborations and expanding the services offered.   But really, five years is a long time and so much can happen so I have no idea but I sure am looking forward to it!

 


April 2014

Kimberly Costner, Allied ASID

Kmpact Design, LLC – Brentwood, TN

www.kmpactdesign.com; http://www.pinterest.com/kim_costner/

Always treat others better than yourself; be kind, authentic and respectful.

What's Your Story?

After having children, I decided to go back to school for my second degree. I graduated in 2010 and officially started my own business.  Being an older student, I was fortunate to have an architect I worked for while in school who trusted me with his home remodel.  That experience jump-started my career and has opened doors for marketing and advertising, as well as being a reference for other clients.  Since graduation my business has continually grown, which has included a steady stream of clients, speaking engagements, and publications.

 

How has your ASID membership influenced your career?

ASID has been integral to my success.  After graduaton I immediately immersed myself into our local ASID chapter, which brought me several valuable mentors.  ASID gave me a place to grow my business, network with more experienced Interior Designers and gain mentorship in all aspects of the Interior Design field, from writing contracts to pricing services and finding product.  I have held several positions in ASID, and I am currently serving as the District Co-Chair. ASID has provided CEUs, webinars, speakers, documents. and mentors that have been instrumental in my success.

What is the best career advice you have received?

Good is the enemy of great; know your skill set; sell the experience and make them go "wow!".

Where do you hope to be in five years?

In the next five years, I will have my CAPS and ReGreen certifications as well as grow my business into a sought-after, boutique firm specializing in Kitchen & Bath remodels with an emphasis on aging in place, energy-efficiency, and Smart technology.  I enjoy speaking at local venues, teaching others about Interior Design and Hospitality/Entertaining. In the near future, I plan to write a book entitled, Let Your House Speak, teaching homeowners about the power of space and what their Interior space "says" to those who enter, and how they can control what their Interior space makes them and others feel.

 


March 2014

Ashley Fruits, Allied ASID

WrightWorks, LLC – Indianapolis, IN

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ashley-fruits/9/84a/881

Don't demand change. Inspire it.

What's Your Story?

After graduating from Purdue University in 2007 with a Bachelor's Degree in Interior Design, I began my career with Case Design/Remodeling, Inc. in DC.  Case is one of the largest and most successful residential design/build companies in the world.  I quickly gained a lot of knowledge and experience and was able to push myself new to limits.  Although I loved everything about my job and DC, I wanted to narrow my focus to high-end, custom, residential design.  From there I accepted a position with WrightWorks, LLC in Indianapolis, Indiana.  I am currently with WrightWorks working on multiple, large scale, whole house renovations.

I am very passionate about design and I want every client to have a personalized design that is as unique as they are.  At least once a week someone asks me, "How did you choose Interior Design?"  My honest response is "I didn't."  Growing up, if a copy of Nancy Drew wasn't in my hand then I was crafting, creating, sketching, or drawing floor plans of my different dream homes.  I'm a dreamer, a creator, a puzzle lover, a problem solver, a people person, and I have a love for history and architecture.  Being an Interior Designer, I get to do all of these on a daily basis…some days, you can add counselor to that list.  It's a beautiful career that allows me to take a mundane house and transform it in to a place where dreams become a reality.  Where everyday presents a new project and I get to meet amazing people from many different careers, cultures, religions, disabilities and backgrounds.

How has your ASID membership influenced your career?

Where do I begin?  ASID has opened the door to so many lifelong friendships (a large extended family) and to many job opportunities, provided me with industry resources, and leadership training that has helped me become a better professional.  I started as a student taking on many different student chapter positions leading to me accept Indiana's Student Representative to the Board position.  Once I graduated, I continued my involvement with ASID taking on different various national and local board positions. All of these different positions provided me resources and knowledge that helped put my experience way beyond 6 years.  In an industry that changes so much every day, ASID has helped keep me informed on new products through continuing education and sponsors, legislation activites, and has given me the opportunity to make numerous contacts all over the country.  Everyone has their own career goals and their own resume, both personal and professional, that drive us everyday.  For me, ASID not only helps drive me to pursue my dreams but continuously inspires me to be the very best I can be.

What is the best career advice you have received?

It's a tie...

During my sophomore year internship in college, my boss asked me if I had heard of ASID.  At that time, I had not.  Then he said something to me that my parents had raised me to believe.  The gist of it was..."You're only going to get out of something, what you're willing to put in to it." He told me to look up ASID and join as soon as possible, get involved and emphasized to stay an active member. I could tell that there was so much passion and experience in his voice that if there was one major thing I needed to take away from this experience, this was it.

The 2nd is…

My family has owned and operated our business for 46 years.  My Dad is the smartest, most patient, well respected, and hardest working man I've ever known.  As a little girl, I use to sit (spinning) in his office chair listening to him talk to customers, vendors, and network with people from all over the country.  I didn't know how he managed everything but I knew I wanted to be just like him.  He had a newspaper clipping from the Wall Street Journal on his desk.  It was the "Ten Commandments of Leadership".  As I got older, this became more and more relevant. I keep it on my desk as a positive reminder. 

Where do you hope to be in five years?

As a residential Interior Designer, I've been fortunate enough to work for residential design/build companies that have the same respect for quality, craftsmanship, and design. I want to continue building on the knowledge and experience that I've gained over the past 6 years.  In the past year, I've also had the great fortune to have been published with Better Homes & Garden's and contributed to numerous print and online resources.  I hope to continue this trend and am currently discussing different ways to contribute on a national level on a more consistent basis.  As always, I look forward to the different leadership opportunities that ASID presents and I am excited to continue taking my ASID membership to the next level.

On a more personal note, I started the 2013 year trying to learn Spanish on my own time.  Then on February 6th, my nephew Oliver was born and diagnosed with CHARGE Syndrome.  There are a lot of studies and design related research I want to dive in to as well as adding Braille and American Sign Language to my post-work studies.  In 5 years, I hope to have added all three languages to my repertoire.

 


February 2014

Katherine Magee, Allied ASID

Katherine Magee, Allied ASID

Perkins+ Will – Washington, DC

http://www.perkinswill.com/offices/washington-dc.html

Joy. Design. Run. Laugh. Repeat

What’s your story?

After graduating from William & Mary in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English, it took me a few years to realize my passion for design. I returned to school at Virginia Commonwealth University, whose Professional Entry Level graduate program was perfectly suited toward second-degree seekers like me interested in pursuing creative careers in interior design. I earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Design with a concentration in Interior Environments in 2011, and began working at Perkins+Will’s Washington, DC office later that year. In just over two years at Perkins+Willl, I have had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of rewarding projects, from law firms and corporate lobbies to community health clinics and government buildings. I am committed to professional development and making sure young designers have a voice that is both heard and valued. After starting a committee for designers within their first five years of practice here at Perkins+Will, I was approached to get involved in ASID’s Emerging Professionals Advisory Council (EPAC), and was elected to the Council in October.   In what little free time I have, I enjoy running (I’m currently training for my 11th marathon – Boston Strong!), traveling, and saving money on wedding presents by designing friends’ invitations and paper products.  

How has your ASID membership influenced your career?

My involvement with ASID and serving on the EPAC has introduced me to an incredible network of talented designers and industry representatives all around the country. Through ASID, I have made a number of vital career contacts as well as lasting friendships. I am dedicated to representing both myself and my firm to the larger design community, and because of my involvement with ASID, am seen as a leader at my office and a champion of young designers.

What is the best career advice you have received?

When I went back to school, I sometimes doubted my abilities as a designer, having not come from a traditional art or architecture background. One of my favorite professors told me to flaunt my skills in other areas, and to embrace the non-linear path that led me to a career in interiors. He ascertained that good designers are most powerful when their skills intersect with multiple disciplines and encouraged us to get away from the design scene and cultivate other interests, skills, and experiences. These outside experiences both inspire and distinguish me from the rest of the pack.

Where do you hope to be in five years?

In five years, I hope to have established myself as a pillar of our practice here at Perkins+Will. I hope to have added several more award-winning and/or published spaces to my design resumé (Schiff Hardin LLP won NAIOP Maryland/DC’s 2013 Award of Merit, Best Interiors Professional Service/Institutional Tenant Space 10,001 – 25,000 SF), and to be even more invested in my involvement with ASID as I am today.