Michele Preston

Freelance Interior Designer & House Architect

Location:Los Angeles, California, United States
2 Skills
Michele Preston, CID
4445 Avenida De Los Arboles Email: millmann@pacbell.net
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
Cell: 714-402-6407

Interior Design Manager, Project Executive, Art /Creative Director
Talented construction oriented interior designer with proven success orchestrating diverse interior and exterior design projects. Expert in creative space solutions, material specification, FF&E, budget development and project management. Proven performance multi tasking, being forward thinking, creativity, details, team success and excellent written and verbal communication skills. Excited to learn new skills, meet new people and enhance the success of a new company.

Core Competencies and strengths:
• Interior and Exterior Design
• Sales
• Schematic and Development of Design
• Project Management
• FF&E
• Procurement
• Client and Field Relations
• Codes and ADA
• Specifications and Application of Materials
• Budget Development and Value Engineering
• Trouble Shooting and Multi Tasking
• Creative Art Applications
• Licensing and Art Industry Knowledge

Professional Experience

OCDesignersource.com, LLC, Yorba Linda, CA (2008 to present)
Principal Designer, Art Director
Oversee company for all functions with focus to drive profitability, customer satisfaction and growth. Mentor over 40 artists to increase sales of their art for interiors/ products.
• Manage a team of several employees, sub contractors and artists
• Strategize and research new marketing approaches for ever changing industry
• Maintain and update website, marketing materials and social media sites
• Plan networking events for industry to produce leads and fulfill CEU for peers
• Build systems to improve profitability and business effectiveness
• Design several sales tools including online brochures and presentations
• Oversee all RFP’s, contract negotiations, and permits
• Oversee all legal contracts with employees, subcontractors and artists
• LIMA university 2012 for educational purposes in licensing art and products
• Design and orchestrate interior design projects from start to finish
• Successfully work on TI, HOA, residential remodels, commercial projects
• Successfully design and complete commercial and residential art installations
• Successfully design a portfolio of products with our artists works for licensing

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Standard Pacific Homes Orange County Division, Irvine, CA (2004 to2008)
Interior Designer and Project Executive
Personalized designs on new homes with clients meeting strict construction deadlines and adhering to company policy. Team project coordination for assigned communities and trouble shooting.
• Designed all stages of building including structural, lighting (Title 24), plumbing, paint, countertops, flooring and window coverings
• Team member for assigned communities to track progress and trouble shoot
• Worked with field to layout designs and did walk through with construction
• Attended Project management class which gave me a broader look at the processes of acquiring land, market research and home product decisions.
• Successfully sold around 7 million annually

Interior Specialists, Inland Empire Division, San Diego, CA (2001 to 2004)
Option Coordinator and Design Consultant
Responsibilities included builder option selections on new homes with buyers. On assigned communities coordinated communication with builder, purchasing and construction managers.
• Designed stages of building including structural, lighting (Title 24), low voltage, appliances, plumbing, paint, countertops
• Team member for assigned communities to track progress and trouble shoot
• Worked with field to layout designs and did walk through with construction
• Product knowledge meetings and sales seminars
• Made improvements to design center choices and added reliable vendors
• Worked on multiple builder systems
• Successfully sold around 2-3 million annually

Builder Showcase Inc., Corona Division, San Diego, CA (1996 to 2001)
Design Consultant

Vintage Design Inc., Yorba Linda, CA (1993 to1996)
Design Consultant

Sara Zook Designs, Inc., Golden, CO (1991 to1993)
Senior Interior Designer
Education: Colorado State University, Bachelor of Science, Housing and Interior Environments, FIDER Accredited Degree (1984 to 1988)
Certifications: California Council for Interior Design, CCIDC
Certified Interior Designer #6582 (2011 to Present)
Technical Skills: Old school drafting 33 years, Proficient in Microsoft word, Powerpoint, JD Powers, Options Online, Pharoah, Outlook, Some Photoshop
Affiliations: ABAOC, CCIDC, LIMA

Online Portfolio: http://www.ocdesignersource.com/portfolio