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Diane Smith

Diane Smith

Louisville, KY, US

 

About 

I am a seasoned Interior Designer with concentrations in Hospitality and Senior Living Design. My strengths include but not limited to:

Implementing best design practices

Advanced customer service skills

Executive presentations to CEO and investors

Project Management of large scale projects

Strong FF&E Skills

Developing corporate identity driven projects while maintaining company standards

Bidding, estimating and contract negotiations with vendors

Elsewhere:

Employment 

The Flooring Gallery, Louisville, KY, US, Interior Designer/ Sales

Top sales in commercial and residential flooring. Work with Builders, residential clients as well as commercial clients in selections, measurements and installation application of flooring. Building a client base with of Interior Designers, residential clients, etc. for repeat and growing business. Assist in training of new employees as well as support to existing employees with clients. Continue on a daily basis to learn about product and its installation.

Apr 2013 - current
 

The Goodman Group, Chaska, MN, US, Senior Interior Designer

Oversaw Design Projects for the Southern and Western Regions. Closely worked with CEO and Upper Management in Design process and selections. Develop Design Concept from implementation to installation, including purchasing, follow up and installation. Design process included sketches, CAD drawings and design boards for presentations. Managed Design specification book for each project including processing FF&E specification sheets. Worked closely with Project Managers and Contractors to make sure design concepts were met and company standards and code requirements were met. Projects included AL, LG, IL, Skilled Nursing and Pediatric units at Communities.

Mar 2012 - Aug 2012
 

Atria Senior Living, Louisville, KY, US, Redev. Design Project Coordinator

Lead and direct interior design projects from conceptual design to final execution for Senior Living Projects in New England, Central Region and Southern California. Projects varied from capital projects on various scales to new build. Responsible for vendor/product selection, contract negotiation and overall management of projects. Worked on Atria furniture standards with Design Director. Closely worked with senior corporate managers in order to assess Community needs—Senior management through theme selection, project planning and management of the initiative from start to finish. Work directly with Executive Directors at Communities regarding furniture, carpet, paint, artwork, etc. Involved in purchasing, pricing negotiations, follow up and installation. Work consists of designs for both AL and LG Units at Communities. On larger scale projects worked with Senior Management in interviewing, hiring and working with Outside Design Firms on Community design and function Collaborate with Atria Project Managers, contractors and vendors ensuring timely completion of projects. Managed Design specification book for each project including processing FF&E specification sheets

Jun 2010 - Dec 2011
 

Cherry House, Louisville, KY, US, Interior Designer/ Merchandising Manager

Select and suggest design themes to ensure timely installation and completion of the project. Oversaw and managed layout and visual display of furniture showroom. Worked directly with the Owner in changing the look of showroom on a daily basis. Highlighted certain groups based on new design looks to be highlighted giving the showroom a constant fresh feel. Maintained the look of the showroom as well as selection of accessories to be used and highlighted with certain groups for a cohesive look. Conducted training seminars for sales and warehouse staff regarding new products as well as selling and design techniques. Involved in all installations and showroom changes including showroom renovations. Assisted in the buying of Showroom Furniture and Accessories by attending High Point Market and Atlanta Markets.

Dec 2008 - Jun 2010
 

Leo A. Daly, Washington, DC, US, Senior Interior Designer

Work consisted of working with General Contractors and Architects on various hotel chain projects doing mostly RFI and CA work. Consistently maintained and implemented individual hotel chain standards while working closely with hotel management. Conducted site visits as needed.

Jul 2008 - Oct 2008
 

Gaylord Hotels, Nashville, TN, US, Visual Merchandising Manager/ Senior Interior Designer

Over saw the Design of Retail stores within the Gaylord Brand. Oversaw all visual merchandising as well as lead team in the installation of ideas. Involved in purchasing, price negotiations, quotes, follow up and installation. Oversaw all retail space design and visual display for Gaylord Opryland, Gaylord Palms, Gaylord Texan and Gaylord National. Created new store designs working directly with Interior Design Group and Retail Group and upper Management. Designed and created all store and Hotel showcase displays while training staff to implement designs. Traveled to each Hotel to make sure Retails stores were being maintained to Gaylord Standards. Created design standards, developed tools that were necessary for implementation of designs. Involved in the installation of new retail store set up or renovation.

Challenged to lead and direct multi-million dollar interior design projects from conceptual design to final execution. Projects varied from hotel capital projects at various scales to new build. Responsible for vendor/product selection, contract negotiation and overall project management. Design process included sketches, CAD drawings and design boards for presentations. Managed Design specification book for each project including processing FF&E specification sheets Work closely with senior corporate managers in order to assess business needs—guided management through theme selection, project planning and management of the initiative from start to finish. Projects varied from retail, restaurant, front / back of the house, pre-function, meeting spaces, ballrooms and guest rooms, spas, Retail, etc. Collaborated closely with contractors and vendors ensuring timely completion of projects. Worked with outside Design firms and made sure their designs and concepts were in keeping with Gaylords Brand Standards. Great understanding of Hotels and Resort needs and functions.

Mar 2003 - Jul 2008
 

Education 

University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, US, Bachelors, Interior Designer/ Merchandising Manager

Drafting I and II, 3-D Design, Architectural History, Study of Fabrics, Auto CAD, Model Making, Renderings, etc.

Sep 1981 - May 1986
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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