You will often find a stager under a mountain of pillows or out shopping for a one-of-a-kind chair...reinvesting all their earnings on the latest design trends. The treasure hunt (for most) is a favorite perk! Figuring out proper warehousing and truck space and moving all their great finds from home to home? Well, that's the kryptonite that can dismantle even the mightiest stager. It will chip away your productivity, efficiency, and profit if not done properly. The challenge with inventory is real. It's the very reason why Staging & Design Network was born.
Staging & Design Network began in 2015 when Tricia Tomlinson (SDN's Founder & CEO) experienced the problems Stagers faced with storage, inventory turnover and the need to offer fresh looks. As a Broker and Professional Stager, she knew if she was having problems, so were others.
Staging & Design Network created the first online shared rental pool for stagers, model home merchandisers, and real estate agents. SDN has grown to 3 locations with more on the horizon. The shared rental pool is augmented with over a million dollars of inventory that SDN added to the mix. Visit Shared Rental Pool here.
During the growing process, we discovered members had other challenges, including a need for inspiration and support, a need for more confidence, and education. SDN expanded to offer all of that with an on-staff design team, trade pricing for members, and the launch of an education program, including seminars, continuing ed and certification programs.
In 2017, SDN met the stringent qualifications from Washington State, as an approved school. SDN is also certified to teach continuing ed classes to Agents and Brokers. As we built our education division, we looked for the most qualified trainer we could find. We found her in JoAnne Lenart-Weary with over 40 years of experience in the design and staging industry.
JoAnne has spent the past 20 years training thousands in 39 states and 3 countries. She approaches teaching with a practical and systematic process along with a sense of humor. JoAnne understands the challenges a Stager, Designer, Decorator, and Agent encounters. JoAnne is not simply a facilitator but a hands-on teacher who has experienced it all. She has appeared on HGTV, ABC, and other media around the country. JoAnne is a frequent writer and speaker for industry magazines and national events. She has also been voted one of the Top 50 Stagers for multiple years. Reach JoAnne at email@example.com.
The addition of Education to the SDN platform is a huge credit to John Bedford, Director of Business Development. John wants nothing more than to empower SDN Members and education is the path to that. Chances are if you are a member of SDN, John was the first person you met. Reach John at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bottom line, we are all here to help you and your business to flourish.