Congratulations! Our Team Rocks


Congratulations! to our own Lorri Hunt, Katherine Ward and Jennifer Cheung Davis for being selected as The Spotlight Members for the IIDA Alabama Spring 2016.

Posted by Business Interiors Watercooler on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Lorri Hunt
Lorri is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. She is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in Interior Design. After graduating, Lorri began working at Business Interiors as a Designer and has been with the company for 9 years. Since working with Business Interiors Lorri has worked dual roles as a Designer and Project Manager for one of Business Interiors largest accounts. Lorri is also a member of the Junior League of Birmingham and the Easter Seals Junior Board.

Katherine Ward
Katherine Ward is a native of Prattville, AL. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 2009 with a degree in Interior Design. After graduating, she began work at Business Interiors in Montgomery. She moved to Birmingham, AL to start work at BBVA Compass, where she had multiple roles as Designer, Project Manager, and Move Manager. In 2014, Katherine returned to Business Interiors in Birmingham as a Designer specializing in financial institutions. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, and traveling.

Jennifer Cheung Davis
Jennifer graduated from The University of Alabama in 2004, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Interior Design. After graduation, Jennifer moved to Birmingham where she spent a year working for a custom millwork company, before landing at Business Interiors in 2005.  Currently, Jennifer is in her eleventh year at BI specializing in commercial, institutional, and corporate interiors for furniture and demountable walls as a designer. Jennifer began her service on the IIDA committee this past year and is grateful for the opportunity to meet and collaborate with others in the design industry. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.


The Office is Changing. Are You Adapting?

There are three dynamics that are individually changing in the workplace: 1) WHERE we work 2) WHO is working and 3) HOW we are working. But it has been the perfect storm of all three shifts – occurring simultaneously – that has demanded a reconstruction of the traditional office.

The International Interior Design Association [IIDA] conducts an annual industry roundtable and the 2012 discussions explored the intersection of culture, the workplace and social media providing a great deal of insight into the impending changes we must all face. You can find the entire report here and it is well worth the read.

Below are just a few highlights we pulled from the roundtable assessment.




Mobility has untethered us from the desk at work yet we are suddenly tethered to a device that keeps us in touch with work and life, 24/7.

Designers and manufacturers agreed that technology has not only changed the workplace, but the way we work. Employees can and will work from anywhere because they are enabled and empowered by their mobile devices. Wireless Internet and real-time data sharing allows them to communicate seamlessly and be virtually present yet physically remote.

By 2013 there will be nearly 119.7 million mobile workers in the U.S. and with the mobile workforce on the rise there are fewer and fewer employees working in a traditional office. Their new offices are coffee shops, hotels and homes and it doesn’t stop there. Wireless access is everywhere and soon enough that wireless network will be in nearly every public place—connecting us even more.




“Seventy percent of college graduates believe they have the right to work via mobile device(s).”

The Millennial generation is changing the way companies define the work that they do. This is the generation that grew up with technology at their fingertips who have become masters of instant communication and social networking. Designers and manufacturers want to attract the best and brightest employees—and these young workers want not just a great company, but a great company with benefits that gives them ample opportunities to maximize work/life balance. Today’s 20-something wants to go to work to see their coworkers who have turned into friends, they want to work flexible hours in collaborative spaces and gain valuable experience by working with community leaders. Employers are faced with the difficult task of creating workspaces that accommodate the four distinct generations in the world of work.

Companies are paying close attention to the need for flexibility in the widening disparity of work styles, habits and social interaction between the different generations that will lead to new work- places strategies and dynamics.




“There is more cross-over between business and personal; more blurred designation between our professional selves and our personal lives.”

Social media plays an integral role in how people share information, exchange ideas and research content and conversations. It is a tool that allows consumers and clients to get a glimpse of a company’s core—the people, products and values behind it. This opens the door to turn fans into friends and then into followers who then become the ultimate brand advocates who engage in discussions with the company, share posted content and spread the word to their friends.

The value of social media from a personal and professional standpoint has allowed designers to stay connected, seek new opportunities and expand their audience. It has also allowed designers to form their own personalized brand, style and voice.

How have these shifts affected your office?

Tips On Using Social Media For NeoCon12

Things are buzzing as NeoCon 2012 gets closer and KI hosted a Social Media Webinar with tips on how to turn that buzz into a successful show for those planning to attend.

In collaboration with NeoCon, IIDA, Designer Pages and Metropolis Magazine, KI offered social media tips on things you can do before you get there, during the show and even best practices on how to follow up once you get back to the office.

Below are a few of the highlights, and you can find the complete deck here.

BEFORE NeoCon Social Tips:

  • Follow major media outlets and show organizers for most up-to-date information on the show
  • Tweet using the #NeoCon12 hashtag to find who to follow. Use search for industries
  • Follow firms and industry organizations and manufacturers that will be exhibiting at NeoCon
  • Join the NeoCon Group on LinkedIn to find out who’s talking about NeoCon
  • Create your profile on
  • Download the Designer Pages Showrooms App to take your profile mobile so you can browse, share and save showroom info.


DURING NeoCon Social Tips:

  • Follow the #NeoCon12 hashtag to plan your day, find the best parties, learn about speakers/seminars, scope out the hottest products
  • Use your Designer Pages Showroom App to connect with all of the showrooms on your mobile device
  • Blog about your experiences
  • Use Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to both share and capture highlights from the show
  • Enter KI’s NeoConography Photo Contest where mobile photography of creative shots, will be awarded with Visa® gift cards
  • Participate in IIDA’s Pinterest Photo Contest to best demonstrate how work, play and culture intersect
  • Follow IIDA on Facebook for updates
  • Follow IIDA Design Matters blog
  • @MetropolisMag and @3M_Architecture have teamed up for the MetropolisLikes Program to award products, showrooms and companies throughout the show.


AFTER NeoCon Social Tips:

  • CardMunch App from LinkedIn – turns business cards into LinkedIn contacts.
  • Send follow–up emails with people you met
  • Continue to use the #NeoCon12 hashtag to see what conversations you missed as well as keep connections alive
  • A Flickr album will be embedded on for viewing
  • Congratulate #MetropolisLikes recipients
  • Ask your connections to share their photos
  • Post blogs about what you saw and learned
  • Post to your Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter accounts
  • Watch for more info on IIDA’s June 19th NeoCon Highlights webinar


Key Hashtags for NeoCon 2012