Sharon Daroca brings 25 years experience to Design Mart, both in wholesale as well as retail residential interior design. An award winning Interior Designer, who has been published nationally and appeared as a featured designer on HGTV, Sharon was a co-owner of a successful San Jose based residential design business for 12 years. She has also held numerous positions within the design and civic community related to interior design, education and pro-bono projects related to design. Sharon’s experience provides a unique understanding of the designer’s perspective in addressing the “business of design”. Sharon is currently serving as the 2010 Director-at-Large for the California Peninsula Chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers).
Kevin Daroca brings 25 years experience in Sales and Business Development to Design Mart. As a former VP of Sales in the Hi-Tech market, Kevin has been a pivotal member of the executive management team in building 7 start-up companies and guiding them to sales success. He has developed new business plans, worked to secure ongoing funding, established and operated business offices in the US and in Asia. Although a relative newcomer to the home furnishings industry, Kevin’s knowledge of sales and business development affords him a keen understanding of customer relations at any level.
Born and raised in San Jose, California; Jonathan Byrd, or just “Byrd”, joined the United States Air Force directly out of high school to see a little bit more of the world. He was fittingly stationed in Arizona where he spent the rest of his enlistment. After separating from the military, Byrd then worked for Ashley Furniture starting out as a member of an inventory team, and eventually being promoted to an inventory team leader. After a few years, he joined the Design Mart Team and is currently involved in a little bit of everything within the company; from shipping and receiving, to customer service and showroom logistics.
Kristen Eberhart Kottke
Kristen started her own design firm, Eberhart Interiors, in 1997 after graduating from UCLA and Parsons School of Design in NYC. After moving back to the west coast, she continues to pursue design. After joining Design Mart three years ago, clients enjoy her more than 20 years of art and design experience in helping assist them and their clients to make their visions become realities.
In addition to being a mother of two, she finds the time to ride her horse Dakota, continue her own design firm, and water and snow ski.
Marie Lund has over twenty years of experience in the furniture industry. She previously worked in Customer Service and Office Administration for Suburban House and Firenzi Drexel Heritage. Her new role as Customer Service Rep at Design Mart has her tasked to assist with incoming sales, and the go-to-gal for any questions regarding quotes, order status, pricing, or invoicing.
With more than 9 years of experience as Public Relations Manager for multiple Hi-Tech start-up companies and 33 years of accounting experience, Lesa Wheeler joined the DMSV team in 2007. As the accounting and HR manager, Lesa’s attention to detail, as well as her public relations background, is crucial in providing a higher level of quality service to Design Mart clients.
Cheryl is a wonderful addition to Design Mart, in particular because she has had her own soft home furnishings business “In Stiches” for many years; with clients such as Sunset Mazagine, her level of excellence in executing her creations makes her our “Fabric Queen” without compare.
You can be sure that any items our client’s have delivered to the Design Mart warehouse are well taken care of by Javier!