People

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Thomas Lawrence

Founder + Director

I facilitate.

How would you describe your role at GPI?

Yikes. For the most part, get out of the way. Facilitator?

School and degree/background of experience?

Bowling Green State University, Interpersonal Communication. 20+ years in Natural Stone.

Best advice I’ve ever ever acted on (and who gave it):

“Trust your intuition.” – my wonderful and inspiring Mom
“I can always be an example, it might not be a good example.” – my no-nonsense Dad

When I’m not at the office, I:

Working on the yard and the house, preferably with the kids. When the work is done, hit the boat! (Preferably with the kids.)

If budget was no object, I would:

Take my newly purchased time machine back to ‘86 and tell myself what I know now.

I’m currently (reading, watching, listening to):

Recently read “I Moved Your Cheese” – recommended if you want a quick recent read. Only TV = Modern Family, hilarious.

The quote that inspires me most is:

“What you do in life echoes in eternity.” – Maximus Meridius

Where do you draw inspiration from:

I find it everywhere. I feel most inspired when I see fine quality.  Generally, when I witness quality, and in its care, be it in a material and in its craftsmanship, I am inspired.

A perfect day goes like this:

The perfect day is Thanksgiving day…wake up knowing the whole family is here and to the smell of food cooking. Hurry down to grab a coffee. With family we gather around the kitchen island to tell often repeated tales of the “old days” while snacking on a bevy of food options already out. Leave the house only once, to get our Christmas tree off the roof of a car, which we picked the day before as tradition. Make a fire and put the tree up with family, still reminiscing. 4:00 sharp, dinner, with nearly 50 of the most important people in my life. We tell stories, watch old home movies, pass pictures and recall memories. While making new ones, we fill our cups and give thanks. You can’t help but feel lucky and blessed. It all ends with musical chairs, another pastime. This is where it gets ugly.

I would never/I love/I would rather/I crave/I dream about:

I would never feel regret.
I love being a part of a big family.
I would rather be camping on the French River (Canada).
I crave more time and years.
I dream about being in a band.

Caitlin Solomon

Design Director

I manage.

How would you describe your role at GPI?

Managing our integrated process as it relates to design development, detailing, and material selection. Bridging that process with our scheduling. Visually and verbally communicating our process and milestones to our clients. Communicating our brand on our social media channels through writing, photography, and video.

School and degree/background of experience?

Bachelor of Science in Architecture from University of Cincinnati

Best advice I’ve ever ever acted on (and who gave it):

It’s not really advice (actions speak louder than words, right?) but my parents always let me make my own mistakes. Even as a toddler, I loved working alongside my dad, a construction laborer who comes from a large Irish family of craftsmen.  He wasn’t afraid to hand me a paintbrush and let me go to work; this instilled a strong sense of confidence and an appreciation for the art of making with your hands. When I was young, my mom would take me and my sisters to visit his jobsites and I always thought the giant equipment was so cool.

When I’m not at the office, I:

Do yoga; work on my nearly century old home in Lakewood with my husband; hit up flea markets looking for midcentury modern furniture; hang out with my dog who I come dangerously close to treating as a real person; am a member of two book clubs… yes I am an old lady at heart!

If budget was no object, I would:

Be painting in a studio, barefoot so I can take yoga breaks.

I’m currently (reading, watching, listening to):

“Thrive” by Arianna Huffington

The quote that inspires me most is:

“You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you.” ― Andy Warhol

Where do you draw inspiration from:

Nature, photography, paintings, collected objects

A perfect day goes like this:

Waking up to my daughter’s smile, drinking tea outside on the porch, solving a complex problem or doing something productive, relaxing by a fire and then enjoying baby smiles again at bedtime.

I would never/I love/I would rather/I crave/I dream about:

I dream about being able to read minds. I think communication would be so much easier if everyone was a little more direct in expressing their thoughts. Pandora’s box, yes, this could make for some interesting conference calls!

Fallon Korinko

Senior Designer

I design.

How would you describe your role at GPI?

Technically, my title is Senior Designer. But I think my role encompasses much more than just design. While I am responsible for a lot of the design work – CAD drawings, renderings, marketing materials, styling of internal projects/products we’re developing, communicating with clients, etc. – I think my (and everyone’s) role goes way beyond our surface responsibilities. Along with the design “stuff” , I think my role is also part cheerleader, part supporter, part problem solver, part investigator, part secretary, part listener, part devil’s advocate, and more. And I think sometimes those responsibilities can even outweigh the importance the technical title description.

School and degree/background of experience?

I went to Ohio University and received a B.S. in Interior Architecture. During my junior and senior years, I worked as the Gallery Curator for an on campus art gallery. And I also was a student designer at Ohio University’s Design and Construction office. After graduating, I worked in residential design for a little over a year (which I hated, felt very stifled). Then I found GPI Design and I knew I was home.

Best advice I’ve ever ever acted on (and who gave it):

Anything worth doing is worth doing right.

I couldn’t even tell you the first person who gave me that advice (it was probably my mom), but I’ve heard it from a multitude of people throughout my life and I’ve always found it to be true, no matter what the circumstance. If you’re spending the time on a task, you might as well give it your all, your best. Because in the end, doing a task half-heartedly and haphazardly rarely makes the cut, you usually have to do it again. And it’s not nearly as rewarding or satisfying as putting in the effort and work required to do a job you’re proud of. It’s better to put your heart and soul in your work and do a good job the first time around. It sets a tone, makes an impression, and makes a world of difference.

When I’m not at the office, I:

Cook. A lot. Cooking for me is like another art from. I love trying new dishes, new techniques, and expanding my recipe repertoire.

If budget was no object, I would:

Buy run down historical buildings and restore them to their former glory. Nothing makes me sadder than seeing beautiful buildings with such rich histories and souls in a state of abandon and decay.

I’m currently (reading, watching, listening to):

Reading/Watching/Researching/Listening to anything baby related. I am a first time parent and have no clue what I am doing!

The quote that inspires me most is:

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.” – Albert Einstein

Where do you draw inspiration from:

I don’t have one source for inspiration. I think inspiration can come from anyplace if you keep an open mind. I’ve been inspired by everything from moss growing on my driveway, to the parts from a disassembled VCR, to hundred-year-old cemetery headstones, to even how a virus looks under a microscope; the more random the inspiration, the better!

A perfect day goes like this:

I think there are many scenarios for a perfect day. But a day that ends where I feel like I’ve accomplished something worthwhile – whether its knocking something off of my work to-do list or getting around to doing something from my personal check list – that usually equates to a pretty solid and satisfying day for me.

I would never/I love/I would rather/I crave/I dream about:

I crave a creative outlet, and I always take on projects that are way more work than I originally bargained for. BUT, it makes the end result all the more satisfying. And if we’re on the subject of cravings, spicy food is also on that list: Indian, Mexican…the hotter the better!

Amanda Wagner

Designer

I detail.

How would you describe your role at GPI?

Most of the team is responsible for more than just one role here at GPI. It’s a workplace that allows you to wear many hats rather than just one. I’d like to think of myself as the Receptionist, Marketing Director, Project Manager, Project Designer and CAD Monkey. I love taking on more roles here than just one. It opens an array of experience to further educate yourself, and you can never go bored. I love my role here at GPI and plan to take on much more in the future.

School and degree/background of experience?

I graduated from Kent State University in the School of Architecture and Environmental Design. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design and an Associates Degree in Marketing. The program was a six year course where I also studied abroad, living in Florence Italy for about a half year. Since graduation in 2010, I have found minor jobs in close relation to my field of design. GPI is my first conservative job within the field of Architecture and Design. I can truly say that no matter what Design firm was hiring, I am pleased to be here at GPI, this is where I can prosper the most.

Best advice I’ve ever ever acted on (and who gave it):

The best advice that I have been given was to never worry when things in life don’t work out as you had originally planned them to. Something else will always come up, don’t ever get stuck on one thing because things in life are always changing. You will have your time to shine, and that is when you know you are ready. That was given to me by my Grandpa, we’re very close. And as he says it, “at the end you die anyway, so what’s the worry?” (with his dry sense of humor, in a comical way).

When I’m not at the office, I:

When I’m not at the office I usually visit with close friends or family. We like to do all sorts of fun new and exciting things like pick restaurants you’ve never been to or try different foods you’ve never ate. We like to go to band concerts, see new and under the radar bands play or our friends band play, ones who aren’t too big in fame and usually local around Cleveland. We also like to go dancing – this is one of my most favorite past times. Anything from choreographed dancing to ballroom, I have done it all, even break dancing which I am not very good at.

If budget was no object, I would:

If budget was not an object, I would travel the entire world with only one backpack and a very good high resolution camera. I would indulge myself in every culture I come across and hopefully meet many interesting people along the way. I would love to experience the entire world and all it has to offer.

I’m currently (reading, watching, listening to):

I am currently listening to Purity Ring, specifically the song “Lofticries” from the album Shrines – one of my favorites.

The quote that inspires me most is:

“Think of yourself as a cake. When you lose a missing piece don’t fill that piece again, wait until you become whole on your own then add the icing.” This is a quote I wrote within my first couple years of college. I wrote it to help myself overcome certain obstacles by coming to terms with things but only by doing it the correct way. I wanted to be fulfilled spiritually, in a sense of wholeness without depending on something to satisfy me short term and then have to reconcile later on.

Where do you draw inspiration from:

I draw inspiration from everyday endeavors. Whether it be sitting in my car at a train crossing and seeing the “spray art” or “street art” on each cargo or reading some design article on flip board. I have a creative mind, so It is easier for me to see the creativity in the things around us.

A perfect day goes like this:

A perfect day is when I wake up early with the birds chirping and sun shining (it’s warm outside), and having a cup or two of coffee while listening to some great “feel good” music, and feeling alive from going to bed at a reasonable time the night before.

I would never/I love/I would rather/I crave/I dream about:

I would never run a marathon, I hate running. I love getting excited about little things, like a scented candle to gear you up for the season. I would rather sky dive than stand in a room full of spiders. I crave chocolate 99.9% of the time. I dream about my future and if it’s what I would expect it to be.

Gian Ferrara

Technician

I build.

How would you describe your role at GPI?

Hands on from inception, nuts & bolts, to completed projects.

School and degree/background of experience?

Extensive construction background working for the family business. Self-taught tech geek with hardware & software experience. Experienced in all general trades.

Best advice I’ve ever ever acted on (and who gave it):

Well #1 won’t make the cut, so let’s go with #2! “I’m gonna live until I die” – Old man at a bar (P.S. Think he died)

When I’m not at the office, I:

I spend time with my daughter, Emily. I design, create, assemble reclaimed items into furniture, art, or other wares. I operate the graphic at Quicken Loans Arena for games, shows and concerts. I work on cars, motorcycles, boats, engines, stereos, customs, etc.

If budget was no object, I would:

I would provide shelter and food to all those in need to improve their quality of life.

I’m currently (reading, watching, listening to):

Tech & Science magazines (like Dan Brown & non-fiction too!). TV is sketchy, but History & Travel – Anthony Bourdain etc.

The quote that inspires me most is:

I have two: 1) “I meant what I said and I said what I meant.” – Dr. Seuss, and 2) “There’s a reason for all of it, everything.” – Unknown – from a movie, I think.

Where do you draw inspiration from:

The world around me and human interaction. Walking past a total stranger, smiling and saying Hello! The arts (music), Renaissance, industrial era and blacksmiths.

A perfect day goes like this:

Eggs in a pan with whatever is around. A trip to the art museum. Stop at a food truck/street vendor. Stroll through a park (near water). Night at local pub or dressing up for swanky spot. Getting my hands dirty and fixing something. Waking up on this side of the grass.

I would never/I love/I would rather/I crave/I dream about:

I would never hurt/lie/be dishonest (bad karma). I love that I have to fill this out! I would rather go to the golf course and relax. I crave for a dozen hot wings (all for me) hotter the better. I dream about building things/fixing things (always creating).

Katie Eckelman

Architectural Specialist

I communicate.

How would you describe your role at GPI?
GPI thrives on a collaborative and creative environment which serves as its engine for success. While no project is the same each solution is unique. I am part of a team who generates ideas and acts as a catalyst to produce unique creations based on client needs. We examine solutions and comb over details together to attain the absolute best result for each artistic expression. We interface until the client’s needs are fulfilled and hopefully expectations are surpassed.
I also appropriately convey the services and capabilities that GPI has to offer to prospective clients.

School and degree/background of experience?
Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Ohio State University
Professional Degree in Architecture from Kent State University
Extensive experience and classes specializing in Interior Design

Best advice I’ve ever ever acted on (and who gave it):
No specific few lines of advice come to mind. I basically grew up with a fearless attitude. I think my mom handed down her confident demeanor. I have two older brothers- guess being the only girl also made me tough. I think I have always had an instinctual carpe diem seize the moment outlook in my everyday life. I don’t want to have regrets. I always make decisions with the end in sight and work backwards to avoid feeling that I have passed something up or missed out.

When I’m not at the office, I:
I have enjoyed athletics my entire life and still do. I was a scholar athlete playing soccer at “THE” Ohio State University. Athletics is not the end all be all however it has provided many opportunities in my life. I thoroughly enjoy giving back to the game (and athletics in general) that provided me so much. I am passionately dedicated to coaching youth sports. I still play soccer on a regular basis.  I also love to run distances outside. I have competed in several triathlons and have run marathons.

If budget was no object, I would:
I would travel the entire planet. I think that it would be extremely interesting to be able to experience absolutely everything and everyone in all parts of the world. I would like to explore exotic vacation destinations as well as understand other parts of world and grasp all it has to offer. Many beautiful and interesting places to be seen.

I’m currently (reading, watching, listening to):
I like short informative articles in magazines, news, or on the net. I have come to embrace certain things about myself and I admit that I can’t sit still long enough to read anything longer than a few pages! I love Sudoku. I like reality shows, HGTV – any home improvement show I’m in! Food network competition shows. Movies are comedy or romantic comedy for me. I hate to admit but I am kind of a top 40’s girl….

The quote that inspires me most is:
This is on a plaque hanging in my kitchen: “DANCE as though no one is watching you, LOVE as though you have never been hurt before, SING as though no one can hear you, LIVE as though heaven is on Earth.”

Where do you draw inspiration from:
I have drawn inspiration from many different places along the way….. Places inspire me. Exotic vacations, European countries, I have lived in numerous places all across the US, there are less than a handful of states that I have not been in. Experiences inspire me. Repelling off rocky cliffs, exhausting athletic competitions, flying through the bowels of the Grand Canyon, snorkeling reefs in crystal clear Caribbean waters. I am also inspired by people. Teachers, coaches, parents, professors, friends etc…
Above all, now I draw inspiration from my kids. They find sheer joy in the little things in life. The excitement and enthusiasm they have for the beautiful and simple things in life is unbridled. They make me happy and inspire me to do and be more all of the time. Their energy and happiness is contagious.

A perfect day goes like this:
I love watching my kids do something that they enjoy. I find a sense of peace and purpose helping and supporting them. Spending a day at the ball diamond watching my son compete in a tournament or be with my daughter all day playing soccer. Come home tired, relax and have dinner together while talking and recapping.

I would never/I love/I would rather/I crave/I dream about:
I would never intentionally make someone feel bad. I love my family. I would rather give than receive. I crave salt!!!! I dream about having a remote (similar to DVR television remote) that could control life. Would be cool to be able to pause and/or rewind life etc…….. now that would be somethin’!

Richard Barrett

Lighting Project Manager

I illuminate.

How would you describe your role at GPI?

A team player who’s ready to learn, be creative, and be successful

School and degree/background of experience?

I attended Full Sail University and obtained a degree in Concert Production & Touring. I was Lead Lighting Designer for the Mt. Dew Tour on NBC for two years.

Best advice I’ve ever ever acted on (and who gave it):

“Know more than the competition and they can never beat you” – My Debate Teacher

When I’m not at the office, I:

Watch the Broncos, Ski, Paddle board, Kayak, Golf, Hike, Bike, Pretty much anything outside to stay active!

If budget was no object, I would:

Travel the world and hit every continent!

I’m currently (reading, watching, listening to):

Reading: Ship of Theseus, Watching: The Knick, Listening to: Anything & Everything

The quote that inspires me most is:

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality” – John Lennon

Where do you draw inspiration from:

The strong successful women in my life

A perfect day goes like this:

As long as you’re doing something you love, it’s a perfect day

I would never/I love/I would rather/I crave/I dream about:

I would never: touch a spider
I love: Brooke, my soon to be wife!
I would rather: be Skiing
I crave: Mexican Food
I dream about: the future

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