I’ve been interested in business, sales and all things creative since I was in elementary school. My parents owned a road construction business and when I was 14, they built a custom home that spurred me towards the Interior Design program.
I am such an advocate of Georgian. The blend of practical, professional and creative courses helped define the designer that I am today – and gave me clear, job-related skills. The instructors were highly critical of my work, which kept me motivated. Georgian also provided excellent support for preparing my resume, my portfolio and entering the job market. Overall, the college helped get me out of my shell, believe in my creative talent, develop my drive for growth, and throw myself out into the world.
While at Georgian, I worked selling window coverings. About a month before graduation, I had lined up a position in Toronto for an award winning kitchen and bath design build firm. From that position I moved onto a lead design position for another design build firm in the GTA and was able to gain experience on the construction management side.
Knowing from age 14 that I wanted to be self-employed, each job move was a leap towards my entrepreneurial goal. In 2006 I returned back to my hometown of Sarnia and launched my first business Nordell Design/Build, and then in 2010 added William Standen Co. kitchen and bath design.
I aspire to be one of the best kitchen and bath designers in North America, to grow William Standen Co. into a multi location design powerhouse, and to expand Nordell Homes (formerly Nordell Design/Build) into one of the mainstream home builders/developers in Sarnia-Lambton – while remaining true to sustainable design and building methods.
I love being a driver of change and constant improvement – motivating our team to deliver world-class design and renovation services to our clients.