Claire Lavigne- CDDG Director Extraordinaire

Claire Lavigne

 

What is your role at CDDG?

My official title is Director – Design Assistant. As Director I work on everything from contracts, project management and act as the technology guru and details person. As Design Assistant I help select colors schemes and create the Phase III rendering detailing the new color scheme for an entire property.

Unofficially I am known as the Unicorn Wrangler.

 Unicorn Wrangler?

Yes, around here we refer to Kimberly as the Unicorn. She’s One of a Kind. My role includes wrangling her creativeness!

What is your background?

My Degree is in design and drafting. I sold 3D Design technology for almost 20 years. I then went into Real Estate Marketing, which is how I met Kimberly. We met for breakfast and she hired me by dinnertime and the rest is history!

What is the biggest challenge that you solve?

I would say, it is overall organization – making sure all details are defined and meeting all our deadlines. Working with a creative like Kimberly, I have to keep up with tons of details. In this type of work I’m fortunate that I can use both my technical side and my creative side.

What are you currently working on?

Everything!! Good thing I’m a multitasker. Currently I am researching and implementing a project management/ CRM/ accounting software system. I’m also working on a color scheme for a new client. All while interacting with clients, completing day-to-day projects, delivering on our marketing strategy, and brainstorming with Kimberly.

What new and exciting things are on the horizon?

New services which will continue to expand our market nationally. Plus, a lot more speaking engagements and tradeshow events.

When you are working on design, how do you set the mood?

Did I mention I am also known as the Music Madame? I have over 80,000 songs in my personal collection of all genres. I like to set the design mood by listening to the Chillwave station on Pandora.

What inspires you in your work?

Working alongside Kimberly is inspirational. Diversity, creativity and new things to learn inspire me. I am never bored in this job.

What is your favorite CDDG memory?

Every day is a new memory! But if I have to pick one I’d have to say the time Kimberly and I were on our way to a tradeshow in Las Vegas. I was driving as Kimberly was reading the book, Play Is The New Way: Create a Healthy, Wealthy and Joyful Life out loud to us. We were having such a great time we missed our turn and drove to California! Just call me Long Haul Lavigne!

What is your favorite color?

Color for me takes on my mood. I wake up with a color in my mind and then find something in my closet to wear. So it changes every day. But if I had to pick one its red.

What are your passions?

Music. Color. Relationships. Travel.

If you could have a dinner party with anyone who would you invite and why?

Annie Lennox, Bette Midler, and Alanis Morrisette. They are all different, and I would love to hear what jazzes them to create music and where their inspiration comes from.

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