February 20, 2021

On the Move: Recent Top Promotions and Hires

Elizabeth Leber. Photography courtesy of Beyer Blinder Belle. 

Beyer Blinder Belle

Elizabeth Leber has been appointed managing partner of Beyer Blinder Belle, taking on the new role in her 20th year with the company. She will work alongside the firm’s 11 partners and chief operating officer David Freedman as the fifth managing partner in the firm’s 53-year history. Previously, Frederick A. Bland served as managing partner for 16 years and will continue serving the firm as partner emeritus.

Brown Jordan

Kris Yates has been appointed chief commercial officer, a newly created position, at Brown Jordan. She will be based on the West Coast overseeing direction for all Brown Jordan outdoor brands. Yates assumes this role after an 18-year tenure with HNI Corporation where she held various executive management positions. Additionally, Bernie Guerin has been appointed chief financial officer. Prior to Brown Jordan, Guerin was COO and CFO at Clean Earth, a privately-owned environmental services and waste management solutions provider.


Long-time team member Michael Loughlin (left) has been promoted to design director at Wolf-Gordon. He has worked at Wolf-Gordon for eight years as the WG Customs Lab director and lead designer for wallcovering and RAMPART® wall protection. In his new role Loughlin will oversee Wolf-Gordon’s in-house design of wallcoverings, wall protection, and upholstery textiles.


The hospitality casegood manufacturer Woodcraft has welcomed Mike Barry as strategic account manager. Barry has been a leader in the commercial interiors sector for almost 20 years, offering support and resources to the design community.


Kim Wood has joined Spacesmith in the role of associate and senior architect. She will lead new design projects and business initiatives through the firm’s offices in both New York City and Hudson, New York. Wood has been honored by New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering for her MakerSpace project, which garnered a Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce award in 2017. Previously she served as in-house architect for a major carpentry contractor and as global account director for Verizon.


Tyra Cunningham has been named president of Doug Mockett & Company, a worldwide supplier of furniture components. Cunningham is a 20 year veteran at the company who joined in 2000 as a customer service representative. She most recently held the general manager/vice president role in 2017.

Mancini Duffy

Mancini has added Jessica Mann-Amato (left) as a new shareholder. Mann-Amato, a principal who joined the firm last year with over 20 years of extensive client-focused design experience, joins shareholders Christian Giordano, Scott Harrell, William Mandara Jr., and Bolanle Williams-Olley.

Momentum Textiles and Wallcovering

David M. Krakoff has been appointed CEO of Momentum Textiles and Wallcovering. He will take over the role from Roger Arciniega, who announced his retirement in November after a 33-year career at Momentum. Krakoff brings 30 years as a senior executive in the building materials, decorative products, and technology sectors.

Kuth Ranieri Architects

Kuth Ranieri Architects has promoted Rob Marcalow and Juno Song to associates, announced Byron Kuth, FAIA, managing principal of the firm. Rob Marcalow received his master of architecture degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 2014 and his bachelor of art in environmental design from Pitzer College in 2010. Juno Song received his master of architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2012 and his bachelor of science in architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2009.

FOX Architects

Marie Moutsos has been promoted to principal at FOX Architects. Moutsos joined the firm in July 2005 and was appointed to associate in 2017. In her tenure she has designed more than 1.5 million square feet of corporate commercial office space for law firms, associations and nonprofits, government contractors, and consulting firms, among others.

Leo A Daly

The global planning, architecture, engineering and interiors firm Leo A Daly has announced the hire of Amy Jakubowski (left) as director of interior design, leading the firm’s hospitality design studio in Los Angeles. Jakubowski is an award-winning design executive with over 28 years of industry experience.

David Baker Architects

Four team members have been promoted to principal at David Baker Architects. They are Katie Ackerly, Pedram Farashbandi, Brett Randall Jones, and Caroline Souza.

One Source Commercial Flooring, LLC

Josh Cooper has joined One Source Commercial Flooring, LLC as a commercial project manager. Cooper has over 20 years of industry experience and will work out of the Plano office, serving customers in the Dallas and North Texas markets.

Cooper Robertson

Five team members have been promoted at NY-based architecture and design firm Cooper Robertson. Nathalie Guedes and Alfia White have been promoted to senior associate, while Lloyd Helen, Iris Kim, and Anjulie Palta have been promoted to associate.


Brianne Devine has been promoted to vice president of product line management at AIS. Devine joined AIS in 2018 and previously served as director of seating, tables, and ancillary. Prior to her time at AIS, Devine served as manager of Haworth’s Health Environments portfolio.


Angela Hong has been promoted to director of architecture at Oakland-based Arcsine. She joined the firm in 2019 as a senior architect and, in her new role, will lead collaboratively with the executive architecture and design teams. Hong brings more than 15 years of diverse architecture experience to the firm. Previously, she held several titles at McCall Design Group in San Francisco, focusing on a variety of retail and restaurant projects. 


Rodolfo Agrella has joined Juniper as creative director and Ana Granados has joined as sales director. Both Agrella and Granados will be based at the company’s newly opened New York City showroom in Soho. The promotions kick off Juniper’s milestone 10th anniversary year.

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