Emerging Professional of the Month

Emerging Professional Profile - April

What’s your story?

When I moved to Manhattan in 2008 everything in the city was new to me. I was newly wed and had just been accepted to study at the New York School of Interior Design, which had always been my dream college. At the time I was facing one of the biggest challenges of my life, studying in a new country and yet to make friends. How could I meet and socialize with people who shared the same interests and passion as me? So I started to research about which associations could benefit me and further my professional career. That’s when I discovered and subsequently became a member of ASID. I felt like I had done something right. I found myself going to a lot of incredible events and networking like never before, and I was surprised how welcoming everybody was to new members. I liked the experience so much that I decided to start volunteering for ASID. These volunteering opportunities allowed me to meet many new designers, and I knew I was m

 

 

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.