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Laura Southern 2091 Winsburg Drive, Kennesaw, GA 30144

404.668.0126 Lsouthern24@gmail.com

Skills - strong organizational and communication skills, attention to detail, and multitasking approach
Summary - proficient at working under pressure and meeting deadlines with a high quality end product
- ability to work within restraints of budget as well as meet management and client requirements
- excellent at customer service with the ability to gain trust and confidence of clients and colleagues

Professional Meriwether Design Group, Kennesaw, GA, February 2014-Current, Freelance Interior Designer
Experience
- assist principle designers with design and installation of residential and commercial projects
- measure existing spaces; draft as-built plans, elevations and sections
- assist with FF&E selections, floor plan design and client relations

Petals Edge, Kennesaw, GA, August 2010- March 2014, Lead Designer and Project Manager

- provide estimates, detailed planning of job, production and delivery
- generate leads, secure client accounts, and write contracts
- prepare and place orders with wholesalers and vendors
- manage budget for projects; handle client and vendor invoicing and payments
- market and advertise for company, including branding and design of marketing materials
- responsible for hiring, training, and managing staff based on specific project needs

Grande Event Management , Kennesaw, GA, September 2007- August 2010, Event Coordinator and
Executive Administrative Assistant
- oversee all aspects of planning and implementing special events
- conceptualize project designs; plan, produce, budget, and follow through to completion
- meet with potential clients, create proposals, and guide clients throughout planning process
- coordinate with vendors and management of event staff
- assist Executive Director with administrative tasks and manage office staff

Inox Design, Marietta, GA, July 2006- September 2007, Interior Designer

- work closely with architects and clients to complete museums, exhibits, restaurants, spas and salons
- participate in all aspects of design process: schematic design, design development, construction
documents, FF&E selection and specifications, construction administration
- produce construction documents using AutoCAD and Microstation, including as-built and existing
conditions, demo, reflected ceiling, finish and floor plans as well as elevations, sections and details
- produce and present sales presentations to clients

Design Continuum, Atlanta, GA, March 2006- July 2006, Interior Design Intern

- assist lead designers with construction documents, FF&E selections, presentations

Education Brenau University, Gainesville, GA, August 2002- May 2006

- B.F.A., Interior Design, 3.6 GPA, Cum Laude
- recipient of Brenau art scholarship, leadership scholarship, and three academic scholarships
- leadership roles as ASID historian, ZTA board member, varsity crew coxswain, and resident advisor
- member of Kappa Pi, Gamma Sigma Alpha, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Order of Omega honor societies
- AIFS study abroad course of Western Europe art and architecture