The Decorator's Inn, Inc. staff (and Jason who doesn't know anything about drapes)

The Decorator's Inn, Inc. staff (and Jason who doesn't know anything about drapes)

Legend tells of legendary clients whose knowledge of the world of business is the stuff of Legend

It’s time for another post about our [legendary] clients and their awesome abilities to thrive in these bleak business times.  The Decorator’s Inn, Inc. has been designing high-end homes, medical offices, churches and corporations for over 25 years!  Their love for the client and the warmth of the staff make them truly a different kind of design firm.

Kathy Campbell leads this innovative group and has over 30 years of experience in design, construction and project management.  Their firm is truly unique in that they can not only manage the beauty of your project, they manage a full team of subcontractors and construction firms as well.  Kathy reads the blueprints of a construction project as a second language and knows how to apply the right hue to her client’s view (that’s a rhyme!).  

Visit their site and look through some of the awesome projects they have accomplished over their many years in business.

The Designers: Standing, Jamie Rikoff, Jodie Vicars and Kelly Arthur, Sitting is Kathy Campbell

The Designers: Standing, Jamie Rikoff, Jodie Vicars and Kelly Arthur, Sitting is Kathy Campbell

 Here are the four questions we ask every Client Highlight Participant to answer:

1.  What have you or your organization done to remain competitive and successful?

One thing we have done is carved out a niche designing for a lot of Medical facilities over the past several years.  We have partnered with local architects and general contractors over the past couple years and feel that we offer a specialized service to these clients that is unmatched by our competition. The experience we have gained working on these projects gives us a leg up on the competition when it comes time to interview for these big projects. Beyond that, we always strive to give each client a level of service that cannot be matched by big box retailers/corporate chains.

2.  What do you or your organization foresee as the greatest business obstacle in the near future?

Well, we are tied in closely with the construction industry, which has to be one of the hardest hit during this economic disaster.  Acquiring new business will definitely be a challenge based on the lack of construction going on. Also, it will be a challenge to seek repeat business from clients just based on personal priorities. I am sure clients are taking a good look at their spending and determining what expenses are necessary.

3.  What do you enjoy most about your work?

I guess I’d have to say the versatility of being able to use your creative abilities as well as learn as much as you possibly can about the business aspect of your company.  Staying abreast of the latest trends and technology involved in a product and how to portray that to the end user, your client. There are so many aspects to running a successful company that there is definitely never a dull moment. Things are constantly changing and you have to be able to keep up with those changes or you will find yourself lagging behind your competition.  Last of all, I am a service-oriented, nurturing sort of person so this is a win–win situation for our clients and us.

4.  What has the Blumer firm done to assist you in furthering your business and its operations?

Jason and Marc have both been instrumental in the success of The Decorator’s Inn. Beyond the normal tax issues that need to be addressed, the Blumer firm goes above and beyond when it comes to helping us with financial planning, which ensures that we are maximizing our profits. Although not always what you want to hear, Jason and crew will always level with you and always give sound business advice, and for that we are most thankful. 

"There is no charge for awesomeness... or attractiveness!"

"There is no charge for awesomeness... or attractiveness!"

Jason M. Blumer, CPA providing business planning to the Campbells (from l to r: Jim, Wes and Kathy)

Jason M. Blumer, CPA providing business planning to the Campbells (from l to r: Jim, Wes and Kathy)

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