Jeffrey Alan Marks is a California-based interior designer and furniture designer who is best known for starring on Bravo TV’s hit show Million Dollar Decorators. Named one of “the town’s most-wanted decorators” by The Hollywood Reporter, Marks believes in fun and creativity, influences of which can be found in both his work and his own personal style. Marks originally started his career as a model while studying design at the Inchbald School of Design in England. He later lived in Milan and Paris, where he still draws inspiration today. Marks started his own firm, JAM, Inc., based in Santa Monica, focusing on both luxury homes and commercial projects. Marks is celebrated internationally by his devoted clientele.
Candice Olson is one of North America’s leading designers and most recognized media personalities. As designer and host of Divine Design and Candice Tells All, she is a favorite with viewers, clients and fans. After earning her degree from the School of Interior Design at Ryerson University in Toronto, Candice launched a successful commercial and residential design business, Candice Olson Design. Considered “the one to watch” by The New York Times, Candice received accolades and media attention for her distinctive work. Candice’s foray into television began when a local TV station profiled one of her award-winning design projects. Her unique approach to residential design and engaging personality led to a weekly stint on the show. Viewer demand for “more Candice!” led to the creation of the hit series Divine Design, which quickly won a huge and loyal audience and went on to achieve a milestone of more than 200 episodes after eight seasons. In 2005, Candice launched The Candice Olson Collection, her own successful brand of licensed product lines that includes upholstered furniture for Highland House, fabrics for Kravet, wallpaper for York Wallcoverings, lighting for AF Lighting, bedding for Dillards, and more.
Chris Vaughn is Director of Marketing for DigitalSherpa. Chris has served as Director of Marketing for DigitalSherpa since 2012. Chris directs and executes DigitalSherpa’s online marketing strategy, and is responsible for leading DigitalSherpa’s lead generation program and branding strategy. Chris drinks our company’s content marketing Kool Aid each day by providing content to help DigitalSherpa customers and prospects learn more about small business marketing. Before DigitalSherpa, Chris was the Managing Editor at Bluff Media LLC after graduating from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta in 2005 studying Marketing and Philosophy.
Lynda Simonton is a Client Experience Manager at DigitalSherpa. In this role she is responsible for the satisfaction and program results of over 400 clients. Lynda specializes in creating content marketing and social media programs designed to increase website traffic, build customer engagement and drive sales.
Lynda began working at DigitalSherpa as it launched the DesignSherpa program targeted to design professionals. Lynda and her roles have continued to evolve along with the company. She now manages a team supporting a variety of small businesses from apartment communities to landscape architects. Prior to DigitalSherpa, Lynda worked in media planning at several Boston advertising agencies.
Lynda lives in small town outside of Boston where she loves to spend time walking her dogs with friends, watching her children on the playing fields and enjoying the spoils of her husband’s hard work in their organic garden.
Jed Williams manages BIA/Kelsey’s strategic consulting practice and empowers clients to build and execute successful digital media business strategies. He has expertise in market research and segmentation, forecasting, strategic planning, new product development, partnerships and competitive intelligence. His domain specialties include social media, mobile platforms, digital advertising and ecommerce.
Williams has led strategic consulting projects for AOL, Associated Press, Deseret Media, Google and Time-Warner Cable, among others. He is also a frequent speaker at industry events whose insights have been cited in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Financial Times, Bloomberg, Ad Age and the BBC.
Williams received his master’s in media business from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was named the Outstanding M.A. Graduate by the school. He has written extensively on creative destruction and disruptive media. His work has been published by the Columbia Journalism School and the Yale School of Management.
Paloma Contreras is an interior decorator, tastemaker, and design blogger based in Houston, Texas. Paloma launched her widely read blog, La Dolce Vita in 2007 and her interior design business followed as her readers’ interest in her style grew. Paloma has been featured in multiple publications and websites including the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, ELLE DECOR, House Beautiful, The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes & Gardens, 002 Houston, Apartment Therapy, Rue Magazine, Adore Magazine, Style Me Pretty, and Casa Sugar. Paloma has also worked on special projects with top brands such as One Kings Lane, Bravo Television, American Express, and Hilton Luxury Brands. Recently, Paloma became an online contributor for beloved shelter magazine, Domino.
Paloma has honed her distinct eye for style through her work as a blogger, editor, and decorator resulting in an aesthetic that is polished and refined, yet maintains an effortless ease. Paloma’s design sensibility is a modern take on traditional style– gravitating towards classic silhouettes and timeless pieces paired with a touch of glamour and an infusion of color. Through her design approach, Paloma is able to create comfortable, luxurious spaces reflective of her clients’ tastes, interests, and lifestyles. Paloma believes that the most beautiful interiors are also the most personal.
In her free time, Paloma loves traveling with her husband, Fabian and spending time with their sweet dog, Tate.
Jan Bills owns and operates Two Women and a Hoe®, a full-service indoor/outdoor sustainable landscape design, installation and green garden management company in Royal Oak, Michigan.
In 2006, she developed her business plan and strategy to exit corporate America to start her boutique landscape and garden business. For two year she juggled her corporate responsibilities while growing her business.
In 2008, she replaced her corporate high heels with Wellies and never looked back! Today she is living her dream and mixing business with pleasure!
Last year Jan launched a new business venture in her off-season, Social Media Millionaire Makers. Her passion for social media afforded her the opportunity to consult and train small business owners. With over 173,000+ Fans on her business Facebook page and a robust social media presence, she is anxious to share her strategies with others.
Jan holds a Masters of Art in Organizational Management and a Bachelor of Science in Business & Management. She is an Advanced Master Gardener and Certified Landscape Designer.
Amy Flurry is author of the new guide to DIY publicity, “Recipe for Press,” supporting her popular DIY PR workshops and consultancy designed to strengthen relationships between entrepreneurs and editors. Amy’s twenty years as a contributor to some of the biggest publications on the newsstand and online, including InStyle, Conde Nast Traveler, Country Living, Design Sponge and Lucky magazine, brings fresh perspective to the conversation and implementation of communications and publicity development.
In addition to Recipe for Press, Amy co-founded Paper-Cut-Project, a company that conceives art direction and highly crafted installations with clients including Kate Spade, Hermes, Valentino, Cartier and the Victoria & Albert museum. Paper-Cut-Project’s work has been featured in the NYT, Italian Vogue, Nylon, Selvedge and Marie Claire Taiwan. She lives in Athens, Georgia with her husband, Alan, and their two children.
In 2007, food and wine historian, Italian translator, and rock musician Jeremy Parzen Ph.D. created his blog “Do Bianchi” to offer readers a humanist perspective into the world of Italian wine and food. Since its creation, he has expanded its coverage to include a wide range of food and wine experiences – from a Mexican food tour in the southwestern United States to impromptu dining and wine pairing at the bar at Le Bernardin.
Although much has been written about Italian gastronomy in this country over the last two decades, the great misunderstanding known as the Atlantic Ocean continues to dilute much of the information that makes the crossing.
Do Bianchi’s mission is to offer non-Italian speakers otherwise inaccessible insights into Italian gastronomic culture. For Italophiles and Italians, Do Bianchi provides cogent historical perspective into wines and foods whose cultural value is often taken for granted.
Named after a common Venetian expression (often overheard by the blog’s creator in the taverns of Venice, “Two White Wines”), Do Bianchi is considered a leading resource for information on Italian food and wine in this country and has been cited by some of North America’s leading food and wine bloggers, including Eric Asimov and Alice Feiring, among others. In Italy, Do Bianchi has been recognized as one of North America’s leading blogs devoted to Italian gastronomic culture by the country’s leading wine blogger Franco Ziliani (Vino al Vino) and Veronelli Editore.
Raised in La Jolla, California, Jeremy Parzen is a widely published author and translator. His feature articles on food, wine and food history have appeared in nationally distributed cooking magazines, cookery books and academic journals. He lived, traveled, worked, and studied in Italy as a graduate student and resided in New York from 1997 to 2008. He now lives in Austin, Texas, traveling frequently to La Jolla, New York, and Europe.
He has translated numerous literary works, scholarly essays and books, including The Gallery of Memory by Lina Bolzoni (UTP) and F.T. Marinetti’s The Untameables (Sun and Moon).
During the Italian Presidency of the European Union (2003), he worked as a writer, interpreter and translator for the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations where he interpreted (simultaneous and consecutive) for the Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini and translated, edited and wrote diplomatic correspondence and speeches.
As a doctoral candidate at U.C.L.A., he was an instructor of Italian language, cinema, and literature from 1990 through 1993, and he also worked as a bibliographer in the Marinetti and Bontempelli archives for the Getty Research Institute before completing his graduate studies.
Awarded a Fulbright research fellowship in 1994, he spent a year at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. He was also the recipient of the Dissertation Year Fellowship from U.C.L.A. (1996-97).
For two years he was the chief wine writer and Associate Editor of La Cucina Italiana (1998-2000), New York. His translation of the first modern cookery book by fifteenth-century Italian cook Maestro Martino was published in January 2005 by the University of California Press.
His articles on food and wine have appeared in Wine & Spirits Magazine, Gastronomica, Men’s Vogue, La Cucina Italiana, and The Tasting Panel among others.
On his own and as one of the songwriters of Les Sans Culottes and Nous Non Plus, Jeremy has penned songs that have appeared in motion pictures, major television advertising campaigns, and have charted on college radio.
Jeremy resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Tracie P and daughters Georgia P and Lila Jane.
Michael Bruno is the founder and chairman of 1stdibs, the world’s largest online luxury marketplace for antiques and vintage design.
Bruno, whose motto is “decide what you want, believe in it and then get ready for the ride of your life,” launched the company in 2001 from his Paris apartment armed with just a clipboard, translator, web programmer and photographer. Today, over twelve years later, 1stdibs, based in New York hosts the finest dealers in furniture, fashion, jewelry and watches and fine art from the US, Canada, Mexico, the UK, and Europe and has revolutionized how rare and desirable objects are purchased online.
Bruno began his professional career as a luxury real estate broker in La Jolla, CA and in the mid-1980’s moved to San Francisco where he continued to sell high-end properties. During this time Bruno, developed a passion for buying and restoring old homes, culminating in the restoration and successful sale of a magnificent Pacific Heights mansion in 1998. That same year, at the height of the dot com boom, Bruno began to search for his next venture. Keen to be part of this web revolution, he bought the domain name 1stdibs.com.
Today with Bruno at the helm of the company, in 2013 1stdibs is on target to achieve $1 billion in sales as reported by 1stdibs dealers with nearly 11,000 items reported sold monthly.
Toma Clark Haines is The Antiques Diva® – Chief Executive Diva of The Antiques Diva® & Co European Tours http://antiquesdiva.com/. An American who has lived abroad more than a dozen years, it has been said that Clark Haines is conquering countries faster than Napoleon. Working with a team of locally-based agents, The Antiques Diva® & Co has become Europe’s largest antiques touring company, offering customized antiques buying tours in 10 countries to both tourists (mere shopping mortals) and the trade (antique dealers and interior designers). Her favorite part of her job is stocking client’s stores across the pond and creating new trends in home fashion. When this stylemaker is not on a buying tour Clark Haines is also a freelance travel and design writer, an international public speaker, an interior decorator and social media guru. She is a champagne connoisseur, a vintage Chanel addict and her hobbies include driving fast cars and gourmet cooking. Traveling extensively for work, she divides her time between her home in Berlin, Germany with her husband and cat and traveling in each of her company’s tour countries. Her greatest challenge in life is remembering when she wakes up each morning whether to greet the day with a Buongiorno, Bonjour, Guten Tag or simply Good Day! You can follow her antiquing abroad travels on Facebook at The Antiques Diva® & Co or on Twitter @TheAntiquesDiva. Her blog The Antiques Diva was recently voted Top 100 Interior Design blogs by Modenus.
After 17 years as an art director at Simon & Schuster, Stacey Bewkes left the corporate world to raise her four children in Connecticut. Her continuing love of design led to the creation of Quintessence, an award winning online guide to the best in style and substance. From interiors and fashion, to art and architecture, books, film, travel and more, Quintessence has become a trusted source for well researched original content and imagery. Stacey has been a sponsored blogger at design events from Las Vegas to London and Quintessence has been featured in a multitude of shelter magazines both in print and online. Stacey is also the co-creator, with author/design expert Susanna Salk, of the popular Stylish Shopping video series, now including “At Home” and “In the Studio” visits. She can also be found out and about on all major social media platforms.
Susanna Salk helped launch Elle Decor magazine as Interior Design Manager and later became a Contributing Editor there before ultimately going on to become Special Projects Editor at House and Garden magazine until its closing.
Today, Salk appears regularly on NBC’s “Today Show” to discuss design style for the home. She is also a Contributing Editor to 1stdibs.com, and ivillage.com.
Salk is the author of Assouline’s “A Privileged Life, Celebrating WASP Style,” as well as “Weekend Retreats” and the bestselling “Room for Children: Stylish Spaces for Sleep and Play,” (both by Rizzoli.) She also collaborated on the book—“Home Sweet Home” (Rizzoli, Fall 2011) celebrating the international interiors shot by renowned photographer Oberto Gili.
Her book, “Be Your Own Decorator: Taking Cues and Confidence from Today’s Leading Designers” (March 2012, Rizzoli) is a unique compilation of favorite rooms from the world’s top designers and tastemakers, aimed to inspire and inform readers, no matter their budget.
Salk’s following book (out April 2013 from Rizzoli) was “C.Z. Guest: American Style Icon,” the first pictorial book celebrating the iconic style of C.Z. Guest, the American author, columnist, horsewoman, fashion designer, muse and socialite.
She is currently working on her next book, “Decorate Fearlessly: Using whimsy, confidence and a dash of surprise to create personal spaces,” out April 2014 from Rizzoli.
She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two boys.
Tobi Fairley has redesigned her life and her brand, launching Tobi Fairley & Associates as a full-service consulting and design company. The company provides custom-tailored education, enlightened mentoring, and common-sense tools to help companies and design firms improve their business.
Tobi’s vision for her new brand is to empower others to cultivate their strengths and create inspired solutions for business, design, and life. Her unique combination of degrees in interior design and accounting, and an MBA from the prestigious Sam M. Walton College of Business, gives her a competitive advantage in the design industry, and offers a creative approach to the world of business.
Since establishing her design firm more than a decade ago, Tobi’s projects have spanned the nation, and her award-winning designs for high-profile and celebrity clients have been featured on television, and in top-shelf shelter publications around the globe.
Tobi’s design blog, created in September 2008, is currently read in more than 124 countries worldwide. In 2010, Tobi introduced her DIY design service, InBox Interiors, and launched her popular intensive courses and programs, including Design A-to-Z, Designer MBA, and her MasterMind mentoring program. Designers, business pros, and design enthusiasts alike have attended these programs from across the United States and Canada with rave reviews.
The most recent addition to the stable of businesses under the new brand is Tobi Fairley Home, which includes a collection of fabrics, pillows, and lighting in Tobi’s signature style – bright, bold, and tailored.
Jennifer Boles was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. Upon obtaining her bachelor’s degree in history from University of the South (Sewanee, TN), Jennifer returned to Atlanta to pursue a career in business and finance. After ten years spent in the business sector, Jennifer decided to pursue her passion for interior design and the decorative arts. With an intense interest in design history and a love of writing, Jennifer started her design blog “The Peak of Chic” in the Fall of 2006. Her website-read by design devotees from around the world- focuses on design trends, historical homes, history of design, and all things design related. Recently named “blogosphere darling” by Departures magazine, Jennifer has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, Town & Country, Elle Décor, and Array. In 2007, Jennifer became a contributing editor to House Beautiful. Additionally, her first book, House Beautiful Fabrics for Your Home, was published in 2010. As the inaugural winner of the Best Writing on a Design Blog award, Jennifer was inducted into the Design Blogger’s Hall of Fame in early 2012. Jennifer’s second book, In with the Old: Classic Décor from A to Z, will be published by Clarkson Potter in October 2013.
When she’s not writing, reading, or thinking about design, Jennifer spends her time traveling, collecting antique and vintage ceramics, and buying far too many books.
Adam Japko is the President of DesignSherpa, a revolutionary internet marketing service for the home design and remodeling industry from Network Communications, Inc., the parent company of the country’s largest group of regional home design media brands includingNew England Home, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, At Home in Arkansas, Kansas City Home & Garden, Mountain Living, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles and more. DesignSherpa provides a turn key solution to building and managing a social media marketing program for design professionals, retailers, showrooms, and luxury home service providers. DesignSherpa takes the risk and complexity out of social media marketing, creating a new kind of Internet Marketing presence for your home design business. We will improve your visibility on Google, increase your web traffic, enhance your connection with consumers and other design professionals, and turbo-charge your referral network.
The explosion of social media tools and networks, like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, create a unique opportunity for design professionals, retailers, showrooms, and other luxury home design businesses to get active on the web, by providing interesting content relevant to consumers and the trade who are seeking ideas or resources while they plan enhanced residential living environments. Social media tools help you get involved in the process that starts with inspiration and culminates in selecting products and resources, creating an active and engaged online community around your business when your prospects are most active.
Network Communications and its home design media brands recognize the incredible potential of social media marketing to improve your bottom line. We also understand the time and technology challenges that social media marketing presents to busy design professionals.
Kyle Hoepner’s engagement with architecture and interiors began at age twelve, when he sketched his first notebook of house plans—a series of suburban ranch designs that would now embarrass him greatly. Presently editor-in-chief of New England Home magazine, Kyle has worked in magazine publishing for over twenty-five years, starting as a typesetter for high-end publications such as The Atlantic Monthly and later as a designer and art director for numerous business, financial, and computing titles such as Fidelity Focus, Inc. Technology, MIT Sloan Management Review, and Better Software. An invitation to join the founding team of New England Home in 2005 provided a welcome opportunity to reconnect professionally with his long-held passions for home and product design. For the past five years he has helped guide the magazine as it rapidly became the preeminent home-design title in the Northeast.