Is it weird that Nick May, your host, is not an interior designer? Well, it shouldn’t be. Nick has been in and around businesses and interior spaces for over 18 years, and has worked with a few good designers as well as lots of bad ones. Don’t get us wrong, most of them were great people, but many were a mess when it came to running a business. Nick admits that he may not have all the answers for design, but his success as a trail-blazing entrepreneur have taught him what you need when growing a business: building systems, marketing, employee management, and sales. These are all strategies that many interior designers need help with, and this is why he started The Chaise Lounge.
Becca Blaustein – Marketing and Communications
Here in The Lounge, Becca is in charge of ‘all things podcast’ from marketing, production, branding, graphic design, social media, all the way to managing our interns. Her background is in art and design but that didn’t stop her from diving headfirst into the unfamiliar worlds of business, marketing, interiors, and podcasting. Her creative mind and desire to learn, keep her pushing forward through the many challenges that come her way. Growing up in a small, coastal, New England town, Becca has now been in Denver for five years and doesn’t plan to leave the mountains and sunshine anytime soon! On the weekends you can catch Becca hiking, skiing, dreaming about the beach or enjoying the local food, art, and shopping. If you have any questions about the show, Becca is your girl. Contact Becca here.
Grant Stringer – Digital Content Developer
Grant is diving into the world of podcasting and interior design as an audio editor, blogger, copy editor and marketing content creator. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Grant has lived on the Front Range for five years and is a political scientist by training but journalist by craft, contributing to newspapers and media outlets in Boulder and Denver. He’s written on a wide range of subjects, including street racing in Denver, animal rights activists that steal chickens slated for slaughter and a mailman who is terrified of dogs. When not spreading the word about the world of interior design, Grant writes fiction and non-fiction, plays music in bars across Denver, and hikes Colorado’s toughest mountains.
Jared Vigil is a Swiss army knife of video and audio production skills, with an impressive background in digital film production and broadcasting. He’s comfortable in any shooting environment and across multiple cameras and editing systems. He has experience filming commercials, promo & music videos, documentaries, narratives, live events and more. Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Jared is a (rare) native to the Mile High City. In his free time, he loves to take his kids on adventures, create short films and animations, and expand his knowledge of all things video and audio related.
Catherine Hersacher – Recruiter
“Bespoke: Custom by Definition.” In 2012, after 14 years in the industry, Catherine Hersacher opened her own firm with this concept of truly custom work in mind. A project completed by Bespoke Fine Interiors should reflect the clients as much as their clothing and personal accessories do. Catherine believes it would be easier to be a designer known for a specific design “look”. However, her interest is in discovering the unique tastes each client has to find a style that makes them feel the most comfortable and happy in their own spaces. She brings this philosophy to all of her projects; Residential, Commercial and Hospitality. With an undergraduate degree in architecture, Catherine is able to knowledgeably take on projects from the ground up and shepherd them through successful completion! Here in The Lounge, Catherine seeks out spectacular designers each week to provide YOU unique and engaging content.
Dayna Hairston – Writer
Dayna Hairston holds a Master’s Degree in Interior Design from Florida International University in Miami, FL. She is an NCIDQ Certified Designer and LEED Accredited Professional with 8 years of professional experience in commercial and residential projects. Dayna helps write our show notes each week to ensure the best resources for our fans and listeners! Coming SOON, she will also be a featured writer for our blog! For more information or to connect with Dayna, visit her website www.dayziner.com.
Originally from Morocco, Trish moved to the states mid-way through her youth and has maintained a passion for all things cultural. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, she discovered her true passion: design! Trish is currently pursuing her degree in Interior Design at Georgia Southern University, and when she’s not studying or working, Trish likes to travel and try new activities with her son. She’ll be spearheading the upcoming Student Lounge podcast, which will provide resources and wisdom to jump-start the careers of student interior designers. Stay tuned!
Phyllis Harbinger – Guest Speaker
Phyllis Harbinger is a monthly guest speaker in The Lounge to talk: Industry. Phyllis is NCIDQ certified, a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and served as president of the NY Metro Chapter. She is currently serving on the national level as Chair-Elect of the Chapter Support Team and is also a tenured Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City. Additionally, Phyllis is a Certified Feng Shui Practitioner, which enables her to integrate Eastern methods and theories of design and balance into her practice. Phyllis opened her firm, Design Concepts/Interiors, LLC, in 1993 servicing both commercial and residential clients worldwide. She is as comfortable working on a suburban residence, as on a sleek, modern city apartment dwelling, condo lobby or jewelry boutique. In fact, the combination of commercial and residential projects, along with the variety of locales and clients’ styles, creates a spark that fuels her creativity and passion. As a direct result of the success of her book, The Interior Design Productivity Toolbox Phyllis and her team launched Harbinger Design Consulting, to further her work with the design community, consulting with entrepreneurs and providing a unique set of tools with which they can grow and manage their firms.