I first came to Walter E. Smithe as a designer in 2005 after a successful career with The Merchandise Mart, the world’s first and largest design center. As a marketing director for home furnishings, I was responsible for creating large annual consumer events, contemporary furniture shows, and antiques and fine art fairs in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Washington, DC. These include the Chicago Design Show, The Merchandise Mart International Antiques & Fine Art Fair, The Architectural Digest Home Design Show, and Art Platform—Los Angeles. I produced programs for each of these events presented by world’s leading interior designers, architects, artists, and craftspeople. This rich educational experience was enhanced by traveling to attend major international art and furniture fairs in London, Milan, Paris and Toronto. You could say I “earned” a four-year degree in communications at college, but I “learned” everything about the interior design profession in the 25 years since then.