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Design Trust Ltd. Spring 2017 Symposium


Kravet
ADAC
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles
Circa
Casa Italia
Shaw Carpet
Foxglove Antiques


WORK/LIFE BALANCE OF A HIGH-PROFILE INTERIOR DESIGNER                                
Gary Searle, Vice President, Sales, Kravet Canada moderated a panel focusing on the challenge of balancing the pressures of leading a high-profile with one’s personal life. Designers Beth Webb of Beth Webb Interiors and Bill Peace of Peace Design participated, and  spoke candidly about their experiences and techniques that have led to their success, as well as how they make time for themselves.   

LUXURY DESIGN WEB: SIMPLE SUMMARY FOR DIGITAL MARKETING SUCCESS
Adam Japko, CEO of Esteem Media and founder of the Design Blogger’s Conference, presented “Luxury Design Web: Simple Summary for Digital Marketing Success”. Adam’s presentation focused on the increasing role that digital and social media in the interior design industry.  Adam stressed the importance of creating a clearly focused brand as well as linking digital media venues together, and presented new strategies and emerging techniques to increase exposure and brand recognition.

STAFF CHALLENGES
Design Trust Ltd. member, Skip Sroka moderated a panel that included Design Trust Ltd. Members Scott Ageloff and Mickey Bufalini.  Skip posed questions to the panel on recruiting staff, and a wide range of issues related to staff development and retention, and possible ways of compensating a staff member who brings a project to the firm. The overall consensus was that finding good candidates is difficult and that retention is important but not an easy goal to achieve.

PROJECT PROFILE - SOUP TO NUTS
Design Trust Ltd. member, Kristin Peake presented one of her recently completed projects to the group.  Kristin’s presentation included details from initial inquiry, concept development, construction, procurement, installation and final results.  Kristin detailed her work flow and process along with insight into the challenges and solutions to problems encountered on this job.

DESIGN THERAPY: SHARE A CHALLENGE 
Design Trust Ltd. President, Sarah Eilers led the group in a lively discussion related to member scenarios that have arisen in their firms.

SHARE 3 RESOURCES
Design Trust Ltd. members presented images and information about three favorite resources that they consider "go-to" sources.