Month: October 2012

Notice to all those Road Warriors – IDO is sharing our secret to PRODUCTIVITY!

By: Jill Mendoza  I don’t travel frequently but when I do, I have sometimes wished I could find a nice place to work. Hotel rooms are dull, and coffee shops tend to be noisy. So when I researched a new crop of websites designed to help you find a temporary workspace, I was not only interested, I was inspired to share our own… Read More

Positive Thoughts and Raising Awareness

By:  Lee Boyland As you may know, the month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Many organizations put forth efforts to raise awareness and make donations to support research in hopes to end this disease. From nation-wide efforts, such as the NFL teams that sport pink attire, to local efforts, such as my husband’s fire department where he and… Read More

So Much Tile…..

By: Mary Ann Lucas There isn’t a lot you can do with dirt and water….right?  It might be what most people think, but according to my work in the stone and tile business, that statement could not be farther from the truth.  Our magnificent earth has made many amazing products with dirt and water all by itself and we are… Read More

Millennials – you just can’t live WITHOUT them!!!!

By: Gary K. Pino, FMP Being a proud Baby Boomer of five (5) millennial children (i.e., those born between 1982 and 1999), you would have thought that I would have learned to have accepted this group of Generation Y’ers sooner rather than later.  It wasn’t until I read a very interesting newspaper article from the Washington Post, entitled “How those… Read More

Networking, Leadership and Sex

By: Jill Mendoza We have all been told from time to time that sex sells, right?  But have you ever heard anyone explain how to sell to the opposite sex?  Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in a recent Women’s Leadership Conference.  At the conference I had the pleasure of meeting and listening to a presentation by Hazel Walker. … Read More

What Color is Your Persona?

By:  Janet Thomas, RID If you have ever wondered what influences color trends in Fashion and Design then take the time to watch ColorEvolution   from the Shaw Contract Group. It is a fascinating overview of anthropological, economic, and climactic movements that shape change in our world. Shaw identifies six personas which are juxtaposed in pairs. Each persona has its’ representative… Read More

Using Plants to Naturally Improve Indoor Environmental Quality

By Daniel Overbey, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Indoor environmental quality is typically the beginning and end of any holistic discussion about “green” building interiors. Human health is paramount and, generally speaking, both designers and clients understand that many building materials off-gas toxic compounds. Indeed, that “new building” smell we’ve all become conditioned to associate with a fresh, new facility is… Read More


By:  Julie Knight We hear this many times, but what does it mean? Some definitions of it are: To work jointly with others especially in an intellectual endeavor.  To cooperate with an entity mainly with which one is not immediately connected. But how can you effectively work together?  According to “Make Space, How to set the Stage for Creative Collaboration”… Read More