July 23, 2019

On the Move: Recent Top Promotions and Hires


Bill Lyons (at left) has joined HGA as associate vice president and interiors principal in the Minneapolis office. He will direct interior workplace design strategies, team processes, and client relations within the firm’s growing public/corporate group. He previously held positions as director of design and construction at Room & Board in Minneapolis and principal and managing director at Gensler, where he opened the Minneapolis office.

Wynn Resorts/TAL Studio

Todd-Avery Lenahan will merge his design studio and team at TAL Studio into Wynn Resorts. The newly combined teams will be known as Wynn Design and Development. Lenahan will join DeRuyter Butler, the chief architect of Wynn Design and Development, to jointly lead the expanded team.


Benjamin Bachman has been promoted to CEO of Gerflor, Connor Sports, and Sport Court. He has been with the Gerflor Flooring Group since 1995 and most recently held the role of chief marketing and sales officer. He started to lead the Gerflor brand in the U.S. in 2013 and took over sales and marketing responsibility for the portfolio of Gerflor, Connor Sports and Sports Court three years ago.

Monogram at BBGM

Interior design firm MONOGRAM Hospitality Interiors at BBGM has added Josh Mason as design director, based out of the Washington, D.C. office. He will oversee the day-to-day design process for the firm’s hospitality projects. Previously, Mason worked as an interior designer for a boutique New York hotel for more than 10 years, then relocated to Dubai to work on larger international projects.


Paul Stefanski will take over as healthcare studio director at Eppstein Uhen Architects. The previous healthcare studio director, Kristin Dufek, will provide oversight during the transition as she focuses on her role as vice president, a promotion dating back to fall 2015.


Layne Braunstein (at right) has joined experience design studio ESI Design as SVP of creative. Braunstein co-founded the agency Fake Love in 2011 and developed campaign for brands like Google, Coca-Cola, and Levi’s using a mix of live experience and virtual reality.

DiGuiseppe + Alexander

Architect Anthony J. DiGuiseppe and interior designer Carlita Alexander have joined forces to create an NYC-based interior design and architecture studio, DiGuiseppe + Alexander specializing in hospitality. Their work has been internationally recognized in publications including Interior Design, Hospitality Design, Boutique Hotel, European Spa and Vogue.


Lutron Electronics executive vice-presidents Ramin Mehrganpour and Ed Blair have been appointed co-presidents as part of its senior leadership team development. Current president Mike Pessina will continue as co-chief executive officer, and will lead long-term strategy development with fellow co-chief executive officer and chairwoman Susan Hakkarainen.


Italian furnishing company Arper has hired Armin Broger (at left) as CEO at its Treviso, Italy headquarters. He has held leadership roles at B&B Italia, Espirit, Levi Strauss, Diesel, The Walt Disney Company, and others.

IA Interior Architects

IA Interior Architects has announced its mid-year firm appointments. In the role of principal they are Robert Boell in London, Sarah Brophy in Boston, Julie Maggos in Chicago, Teressa Merck in Raleigh, and F. Lee Moulton in San Francisco. In the role of senior associate they are Clinton Johnston in Washington, D.C. and Matthew LoPresto in Philadelphia. In the role of associate they are Mican Andrews and Elizabeth Heroux in Atlanta, Jennifer Knobel in San Francisco, and Celeste Tenuta in Denver.

Finegold Alexander Architects

Three women have been promoted at Boston-based Finegold Alexander Architects. They are Clair Colburn to senior associate, Lara Pfadt to associate, and Ozge Diler-Himes to design manager.

Read more: June’s Top Promotions and Hires

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