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Arenson Welcomes Ilana Levine

 

Arenson would like to welcome Ilana Levine back to our team. Ilana brings 15 years of experience in the contract furniture industry to her role as Senior Account Manager in NYC. Clients, designers and manufacturers appreciate her hands-on approach. She is known throughout the industry for her hard work and positive outcomes. We are thrilled to have her back!

Experience

Prior to her re-joining the Arenson team, Ilana had worked at a Knoll dealer on the West Coast for the last year. She had previously worked at Arenson before moving to the West Coast in the fall of 2018. The experience she gained throughout the years has allowed her to work her way up through all positions, including project management, account management and sales, giving her an overall understanding of the commercial furniture industry.

She has managed around $10-15 million a year with clients such as: Universal Music Group, Universal Music Publishing Group, Interscope Records, Harbor Freight Tools Headquarters, American Eagle Outfitters Headquarters, Citi Bank Headquarters, Macquarie Bank, Ogilvy NY, Credit Suisse, webmd.com, National Urban League, Mongo and more. With all of Ilana’s experience, she has also proven to be a valuable partner to the designers and other consultants she works with. Throughout all of the projects and client accounts she has worked on, Ilana’s attention to detail and the ability to think outside of the box have proven successful with most clients and allowed for them to come in under budget while staying true to the design intent.

Arenson Welcomes Donna Dapice

 

Bringing over 30 years of experience in the contract furniture industry is with great pleasure that we announce that Donna Dapice has joined Arenson as the Managing Director for the Connecticut office. She employs an entrepreneurial approach towards improving policies and plans for greater efficiency. Donna is a natural leader who builds productive teams and rolls up her sleeves to get jobs completed beyond her clients’ expectations.

Experience

Before joining Arenson, Donna was Regional Manager at Gunlocke, managing the NYC Market. Under her tenure, she built a model territory, which provided a benchmark of expectations set for Gunlocke’s other regional markets. Donna was also the Sales Director of Haworth. Working with a team of 15 to grow Haworth’s market-share in the NYC area.

Before that, Donna worked on the client-side, serving as Director of Facilities for Lifetime Television and managing a $12 million facility budget for the company’s nationwide locations. She oversaw a team of 300+ employees and department contract personnel in the day to day operations. By applying experience in office furniture systems sales, Donna saved Lifetime almost $1 million related to furniture procurement. She successfully performed space analysis and lease negotiations for 5 Lifetime Entertainment Office expansions and relocation projects, delivering superior work environments ahead of schedule and below budget. In 2009, she was the recipient of the Award for Excellence in Design/Construction of a New Facility under 150,000 sq. ft. given by the Greater New York Chapter of IFMA for her role as project lead in the construction of Lifetime’s $18M NY Corporate Headquarters.

Donna has been an IFMA member since 2002 and received a BS in Interior Design from the University of Connecticut.

Arenson’s 3rd Annual Gingerbread House Competition

Arenson will be hosting its 3rd annual Gingerbread House Competition on December 10th at the Morris Museum in New Jersey.

The Architecture and Design community will come together to create anything and everything… as long as it is made out of gingerbread! With a limited amount of time and supplies, groups will be asked to pull their creativity together and produce their version of a gingerbread house. Being judged for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place on design, innovation, holiday festivity and overall appearance.

For the past two years, this event has brought together the A&D community for a night of friendly competition and holiday spirit. In 2018 1st place went to Tricarico, 2nd place went to Stevens Institute of Technology, and 3rd place went to HOK. Who will be next?

For more information or if you would like to participate, please contact marketing@aof.com or RSVP by clicking here