Last Friday we said goodbye to Stephanie. For four and a half years she has been a valuable part of Design Lines…lending her eye for perfect proportions, expertise in computer drawing, love of anything natural and her attention to details to her projects and our team.
She came to Design Lines in winter of 2005 as an intern and it did not take her long to become an indispensible member of our team. She learned the business of design quickly and endeared herself to clients and vendors.
She leaves Design Lines to pursue personal goals… a move to Charlotte may be in her future. She will be missed.
One of the things that struck me most about our tour of Hickory Chair was the truly jovial disposition of all those that worked there. As we meandered from station to station, in awe of the bustling activiy all around us, it quickly became clear that each employee geniunely enjoyed his or her job and took great pride in improving the company and its products in any way possible. President Jay Reardon has done an excellent job entrusting and empowering his employees, and his respect for them is clearly reflected in their attitudes and commitment to excellence.
As a result of this positive corporate culture, the amount of care that goes into the creation of each piece of furniture at Hickory Chair is absolutely unparalleled. I no longer view Hickory Chair as a manufacturing plant, but as a guild of skilled craftsmen that collaborate to create beautiful heirlooms for those fortunate enough to own them.