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2018 Genius Exchange Showcases Multiple Award Winners

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Pictured Clockwise from top left: Glenna Stone, LeeAnn Baker, Bria Hammel, Becky Charton, Nancy Charbonneau, Cheryl Stauffer, and Kim Harrison.

Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting, the business transformation coaching company for professional interior designers, recently presented numerous awards at the company’s flagship event, the Genius Exchange, held July 12-14 in Denver.

“The Genius Exchange is the only conference of its kind, a multi-day mastermind program specifically focused on business success strategies for interior designers and design firms” says Doby, chief visionary officer and co-founder of the consultancy. “Transforming your business is real, and it happens when you have the proper support, tools and experts that genuinely and openly guide you through the process.”

Companies and individuals tributed with awards during the Genius Exchange exhibit exceptional business acumen or have made other significant strides in their business throughout the last year.

Presented by Doby and her co-founder, Erin Weir, the 2018 winners are:

Entrepreneur of the Year: Bria Hammel, Bria Hammel Interiors, Mendota Heights, Minnesota. Hammel has been in business for six years. Her 12-member team specializes in new construction and interior design. In addition, Hammel is a successful real estate developer. Hammel is launching a product line named after her children, Brooke & Lou. Known as one of the design world’s key influencers, she has more than 50,000 Instagram followers, and she was named a 2018 Style Spotter by High Point Market.

Charter Boardroom Chairman’s Award: Crimson Design Group, Columbus, Ohio. Cheryl Beachy Stauffer and Luis Stauffer founded Crimson Design Group in 2003. Crimson Design Group has grown its business with philanthropy as a core value. It gives a percentage of its client fees to a non-profit organization of its clients’ choosing, or, if they prefer, to one of CDG’s choosing. The company’s three key essential values are these: To live among people, not apart from people. To be a small part in changing the world. To play a part in empowering someone else to experience more.

Boardroom II Chairman’s Award: Charbonneau Interiors, Woodlands, Texas. Nancy Charbonneau founded Woodlands Fabrics & Interiors in 1999. Today, she has a staff of 15 members. Last year, Nancy reinvented and renamed her business to Charbonneau Interiors. By changing the focus from retail sales and design to interior design, she more than doubled her revenue and profits in one year while serving a luxury residential clientele across Texas and the southwest.

Alliance Circle of Excellence Award: Becky Charton, Table Setters, Inc. North Little Rock, Arkansas. In the past four years, Charton has had a quadruple-digit increase in net profit. Her business results significantly exceed industry standards, with her net profit almost triple the industry average. Table Setters specializes in full-scale design-build projects, residential interior design services, and commercial design projects.

Boardroom Business Breakthrough Award: LeeAnn Baker, LeeAnn Baker Interiors Ltd., Seattle, Washington. Within 3 1/2 months of instituting the business transformation strategies she acquired through an intensive VIP business program, Baker increased her net profit by triple digits over 2016. During that same VIP session, her husband was motivated to open his own successful law firm.

Alliance Business Breakthrough Award: Glenna Stone, Glenna Stone Interior Design, Philadelphia. Over the past five years, Stone has posted triple-digit revenue and net profit increases while providing her residential and commercial clients with exceptional service. Stone graduated with an engineering degree from Lehigh University, and eventually followed her passion for design with a master’s degree in Interior Architecture and Design from Drexel University.

VIP Rising Star Award: Kimberley Harrison, Kimberley Harrison Interiors, San Francisco. Harrison garnered the VIP Rising Star Award for posting impressive increases in annual revenue and net profit and instituting continuous business improvement processes to secure similar success in the future. As principal designer for her eponymous firm, Harrison is known for crafting contemporary, family-friendly spaces imbued with a timeless sensibility for homeowners throughout the San Francisco Bay region.

All winners attained triple-digit growth — or more — from their baseline years, ranging from 2012 to 2016. Of equal importance, during the same timeframe each firm added services, staff or capabilities to more fully serve their clientele and communities.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to present these awards, and we wish all our recipients the very best in the coming year,” Doby says.

More about Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting: Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting offers one-on-one VIP coaching and consulting services to professional designers and firms, mastermind groups for CEOs and seconds-in-command, online courses and programming, business tools and documents, and live events across the U.S and internationally. Firms from start-ups to those with seven-figure-plus revenues have realized transformational growth in sales, profitability and professional and personal satisfaction. Utilizing highly developed and strategic financial, marketing, organizational and human resources evaluations, Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting clears the path for clients to radically improve their businesses, achieve financial success, attain business and personal goals, and work more efficiently. Doby’s background in both interior design and business finance provide the foundation for how many of the top design firms and practitioners now approach the business of doing business. For more information, visit GailDoby.com.

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