Shelly Halbert of Dal-Tile has been the Director of Product Design for 10 years, and at the company for 20 years total. Shelly is responsible for developing new, innovative offerings for the Dal-Tile brands. She follows the latest trends and relays them to customers, as well as to the marketing and sales teams. She also plays a key role in the design of brand presence at industry trade shows as well as new showroom and design studio remodels. Innovation plays a big role in Shelly’s day-to-day and she believes that to remain a leader in the design space you have to stay on top of the latest trends. Shelly describes her style as eclectic; she loves classic design with a touch of modern flare. The famous designer she most admires most is Ralph Lauren.
Brinda Sen Gupta is the Deputy Director of the Booz Allen Innovation Center, and has been with the firm for the last four years. In her role, she defines, disrupts, and tests the identity of the Booz Allen Innovation Center, including enhancements to its physical design, culture evolution, and wellness programs. She believes that impacting the world for the better begins with shifting thoughts and habits to audaciously create what some might perceive as impossible. Brinda is most inspired by Shigeru Ban, who applies his talent and resources to help those who are not as fortunate as him, building low cost shelters in disaster stricken areas. To Brinda, innovation is Change with Impact.
Margaret Fogarty of OTJ Architects has been a senior project designer for seven years, and is a member of the International Interior Design Association, NCIDQ. In this role she manages design development, construction documents and administration, and client interface. Margaret has found success in this position by keeping innovation at the forefront and educating her clients accordingly on industry news. Margaret describes her style as transitional; she loves the mix of modern and classic design elements. Famous designers she admires are Charles and Ray Eames, because of their timeless pieces.
Kristina Tribell is the Grand Prize Winner of the 2016 Daltile Interior Design Scholarship presented by the ASID Foundation. Kristina is now Junior Associate at Abel Design Group. New to the interior design world, Kristina’s core responsibilities are project management, space planning and construction documentation. For Kristina and ADG, innovation is key. Their clients lie in the corporate and hospitality design space, meaning new technologies and innovation play an important role, day-to-day. Kristina is always searching for innovative ergonomic furniture, high-quality sustainable and “green” materials for her clients. Designers that inspire her are Frank Lloyd Wright and Phillipe Starke. She describes her favorite styles as modern and contemporary for corporate spaces, and contemporary with traditional influence and industrial style for hospitality projects.