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11 – Sue Moss: Designing Hawaii

Sue Moss: Designing Hawaii

Sue Moss owns Trans-Pacific Design in Kamuela, located on the big Island of Hawaii, and executes residential and commercial design. Growing up in Wisconsin, Sue took the opportunity to move to Hawaii after college, and has lived there ever since.  Sue is a past president of ASID, continues to be an active member of ASID, and looks to her contacts and resources from the organization to build her design business.

Working in Hawaii has a lot of challenges due to the fact that they are very remote, and have limited access to resources and vendors. Thinking long term, and ordering samples early is required. Sue works with a lot of resort clients as well as second home clients, ranging from new construction to remodel and everything in between.

Sue shares how she got into the industry by working for a few different design firms, and encourages emerging designers to do the same. She explains that it is good to get a broad understanding of design prior to starting an independent business. Sue explained that keeping an eye on cash flow and work-load is her biggest challenge.

To get in touch with Sue, contact her through her website at transpacificdesign.com