You started working at Design Basics on a part-time basis, and now you are the President. Tell us a little bit about what that journey was like for you.
When I came to Design Basics, I was hired to do Accounts Payable; I quickly became more involved with helping in other areas of the Business Office. With the CFO living out of state, I was able to fill in with various tasks in the [Omaha] office and quickly took on more and more. Within just a few weeks I went from part-time to full-time. Soon, I had moved into the role of Assistant Controller; then, to Vice President of Operations. When the President of the company announced she would be retiring soon, I was approached by the owners about taking on the position. It just goes to show that you never know where life’s going to lead you next!
What do you enjoy most about working at Design Basics?
The staff at Design Basics truly cares about one another. Most have been here for several years – some 20-25+ years! – and, they made it easy for me to dive in and become part of their “family.” I love working with the great team of people that we have here!
What do you like to do outside of the office?
My husband and I enjoy camping (in our motorhome, not roughing it!), biking, hiking, walking, and spending time with our children and grandchildren.
Name three things someone might not know about you:
I was a cheerleader in high school.
I used to own and operate a coffee shop. Since I still have some supplies, I have my own little coffee bar at home so I can make specialty coffee any time. In fact, my husband and I just hosted a coffee bar for a friend’s daughter’s graduation and it was a big hit!
We have 10 grandchildren, the oldest of which is six, and two more on the way! We are a close-knit family and enjoy getting together often.
I went on a mission trip to Russia visiting orphanages where our group put on a variety of performances such as skits, songs, etc., spreading the love of Christ; we also visited a women’s prison and a boy’s prison. It was an unforgettable experience and a real eye-opener for me.
What’s your vision for Design Basics in the next 3-5 years?
To grow awareness of Design Basics’ home designs, services, and brands, both in our local market as well as across the United States. I am looking forward to our team designing more Woman-Centric homes and introducing plans that offer the most forward-thinking amenities. Most importantly, we want to help more builders sell more homes.
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