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12/16/2012
Louisville Lexington
Industry Member Spotlight

Nikki Whipper is expanding her territory as a Sales Account Manager to the Louisville/ Lexington/ Cincinnati area. Nikki Wipper is the newest member of the Bolyu team, coming to the Cincinnati, Louisville and Lexington markets with a flooring background from Patcraft. She was with Patcraft in Columbus, Ohio for 4 1/2 years and prior to that, graduated from Miami University in Oxford. She was heavily involved in IIDA in Columbus, as well as USGBC and CSI. She is passionate about environmentalism and networking to build a web of invaluable resources. Please feel free to reach out to her with opportunities for networking, trade show participation, project/product related questions, or any other questions you may have as she makes her way through the region. Thanks so much!  Email: [email protected] OR 513.581.720.

Student Spotlight – Ann-Alan Callahan – West Kentucky University

Q. What year are you in school? What school and what is the name of the program?
A. I am currently a senior in the Interior Design program here at Western Kentucky University.

Q. Is there a particular market of Interior Design in which you are interested?
A. I am most interested in commercial interior design, specifically restaurant and retail design.

Q. Do you have a design icon or mentor?
A. My design icon is Kelly Wearstler. I think she has an incredible gift for mixing colors and patterns in a bold and exciting way. I love how her designs combine modern sophistication with a cool/downtown edge.
My design mentors are Sheila Flener and Travis Wilson, two of my interior design professors. They have each made a concerted effort to help me overcome my "analysis paralysis" so that I am better equipped to focus on one strong idea and develop that into a thoughtful design. Their honest critiques and continued support have been invaluable in helping me to become confident in my abilities as a designer.

Q. What has been your favorite project in school? Provide a brief description.
A. My favorite project was a collaborative project with my good friend, Paige Roberts, called "Beading Until They're Cured". We were asked to design a community center for an African tribe that would somehow improve the economic situation of the area. After researching the Zulu tribe and discovering their long tradition of  intricate beadwork, we decided to design a community center that would offer a venue for Zulu women to teach younger generations their beading methods. The wares created by the women and children would be sold in conjunction with the (RED) Movement, which uses its profits to support HIV and AIDS awareness in Africa. Our thinking was that the community center would preserve the beading tradition that the tribe holds dear, while simultaneously allowing the women and children to become entrepreneurs while also bettering their community. We based the design of our community center on the beehive huts traditionally built and inhabited by the Zulu tribe.

Q. Where is your hometown?
A. Bowling Green, KY

Q. Have you received any awards or honors?
A. Paige and I won "Best Undergraduate Poster" for our "Beading Until They're Cured" project in WKU's annual Student Research Conference.

Student Spotlight – Nicole Bass from Sullivan College of Technology & Design

Q. What year are you in school?
A. I'm in my 3rd quarter of obtaining my Bachelor's degree.

Q. What school and what is the name of the program?
A. Sullivan College of Technology and Design, Interior Design Program

Q. Is there a particular market of Interior Design in which you are interested?
A. I'm hoping to work in Hospitality design renovating outdated hotels.

Q. Do you have a design icon or mentor?
A. Surprisingly, I don't. I just try to absorb different techniques from many different designers.

Q. What has been your favorite project in school?
A. My favorite project in school so far has been building a custom piece of furniture. I chose to create a coffee table that was inspired by Cirque du Soleil. The legs were to be made of bronze contortionists that were supporting the glass table top. The model was great and several people were intrigued by it.

Q. Where is your hometown?
A. Louisville, KY

Q. Have you received any awards or honors?
A. Dean's List for my entire college career.

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