Wen Chen-Karkhanis

Wen Chen-Karkhanis

Los Angeles, CA, US



What I am –

- 11+ years professional work experience,

  •  3 yrs in Interior Design
  •  5 yrs in Accounting/Liaison/Marketing, (US, China)
  •  3 yrs in management assistance (China)

- Bilingual (fluent in English and Mandarin),
- Professional Level Architecture and Interior Design Certificate, UCLA
- MBA, Univ. of IL at Chicago

- Proficient with AutoCAD, SketchUP, Photoshop & Illustrator, PowerPoint



Crate and Barrel, Torrance, Design Consultant/Furniture Sales

- Interior design consultations and presentation to the clients: range from hand-sketched space planning to Floor Plan and Furniture Plan in 2D/3D computer drawings, estimates & specifications, and overall project design
- Create home furnishing design solutions by C&B products, handling custom orders, after-sale customer services

Reason to leave: although I like the part of this job of being able to connect with customers, I wish to find a job more involved with interior design and be able to use my previous education and training.

Apr 2011 - current

Dragon Building Material Showroom/Design Center, South Elmonte, CA, Showroom Manager to current Part-time Consultant

- Sourcing materials and vendors, visiting manufacturer’s facilities, trade account set-ups
- Negotiation with suppliers, setting up retail prices; placing sample orders and purchase orders
- Interior design consultation for customers: developing Floor Plan and Material & Finish Specifications
- Extensive English/Mandarin translation and interpreter work

Jan 2011 - current

Can-Fmy Private Ltd., Bradenton, FL, US and Pune, India, Owner and Co-Founder

- Identifying and developing prospects. Handling follow-ups
- Developing and maintaining newsletters, brochures and other marketing material
- Creating and Presenting presentations in Trade shows and clients’ manufacture facilities
- Daily coordination with China operation and handling queries from Indian OEM clients
- Company registration; company website set-up and maintenance

Reason of leaving: Came back to the U.S. for family reasons.

Nov 2009 - Jan 2011

Interno Moda (India), Pune, India, Interior Designer

- Assisted sourcing various interior design materials from China
- Developed design concept and prepared conceptual presentation
- Worked in a team in retail store interior renovations
- Responsible for single family house and a luxury apartment lobby interiors
- Responsible for plan drawings in AutoCAD & SketchUp for 3D
- FF&E duties: material specification, documentation and ordering

Reasons of leaving: to start my own company which would be a marketing liaison office btw U.S., India and China.

Jan 2008 - Nov 2009

Carl Abbott FAIA Architects and Planners, Sarasota, FL, US, Design Technician

- Assisted Senior and Associate Architects, translated their concept design into 2D/3D work drawings, including floor plans, elevations and perspective view drawings, etc.
- Assisted in Construction Documents set-up and maintenance
- Created Material Board and study models
- Prepared material and finishes specifications
- Coordinate between the team, clients and contractors

Reason of leaving: Maternity

Jan 2006 - Feb 2007

Concepts 4 Inc., Long Beach, CA, US, Interior Design Assistant (started with part-time internship to being hired as fulltime)

- Extensive Plan Drawings in AutoCAD and Material Board preparations for hospitality projects
- Vender and contractor contacts, meeting arrangements for the studio, clients and contractors

Reason of leaving: family moved to Florida

Jan 2005 - Dec 2005

ASPAC Communications Inc., Torrance, CA, US, Accountant / Office Admin. Assistant

- Financial report preparations for SEC filing, general ledger and account reconciliation
- Extensive English-Mandarin translation work both in written and orally
- Conversion of Chinese financial reports into American general ledger
- Assisted in identification of shell company for Reverse Merger
- Assisted Marketing Manager in coordinating marketing activities and attending trade shows
- General office duties, e.g. conference and travel scheduling…

Reason of leaving: for pursuit of my passion in Interior Design and to join UCLA Extension Interior Design Program full-timely from 2003 to 2005

Jan 2000 - Jan 2003

Motorola Comm. & Electronics, Arlington Heights, IL, US, Financial Analyst (6 month contract)

Customer account reconciliation in Oracle

Reason of leaving: moved to California for family reasons.

Jun 1999 - Dec 1999

Standard Chartered Bank, Beijing, China, Marketing Liaison Representative, Institutional Banking Group

- Internal coordination between SCB Beijing office, SCB global branches and regional Headquarters
- Exterior coordination between SCB and Chinese banking institutions
- Marketing SCB Institutional Banking services and products (B/L, L/C and L/C refinancing)
- Extensive Mandarin/English translation and interpreter work

Reason of leaving: came to the U.S. for my MBA at Univ. of IL Chicago (1998-1999 full time)

Jan 1994 - Apr 1998

Areas of Specialization