Who: Gladys Morales, Juno Beach
From: Roche Bobois in Coral Gables as a senior sales and design consultant working with designers and local private clientele
To: Roche Bobois' recently opened, corporate-owned showroom in North Palm Beach, as showroom manager, overseeing the showroom and serving as a sales and design consultant
Start date: April 2013
About: The Roche Bobois Paris brand was launched in Paris in 1961, producing its own exclusive furniture and accessories for the home.
Experience: Before joining Roche Bobois, I was general manager/sales manager at Zientte US LLC, a manufacturer and retailer in the Coral Gables-Brickell area. My responsibilities were showroom management, inventory and warehouse control, staff oversight and mentoring to increase sales activity. I was also a design adviser on custom pieces for the showrooms and client projects, responsible for accounting tasks and in charge of advertising to create company awareness and drive sales. Previous career positions were as a freelance design consultant for my own Miami-based Gia By Design; an account manager for Bentley Prince Street in Los Angeles, a high-profile commercial floor covering manufacturer and an account manager in the commercial division of Iberia Tiles in Miami. Earlier, I was national showroom manager at the Design Center of the Americas in Dania Beach.
Education: I am currently enrolled at Florida International University in Miami to earn my bachelor's degree in business administration. Previously, I studied interior design at Miami Dade College and speech communications at New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn, New York. I received an Associate of Arts degree from New York City College of Technology.
Awards/honors: I have earned sales awards from previous companies where I worked. For example: ITHR, a division of The New York Times, for outstanding sales in recruiting Fortune 500 companies across the United States for high-level positions in the I.T. field.
Why the move: The timing was perfect! I had a very good year as a senior sales/design consultant at Roche Bobois' Coral Gables showroom. Having had prior management experience, the company needed someone in its new showroom in Palm Beach County. I accepted the challenge.
Top goal in your new position: To work hard to create awareness for this new showroom in Palm Beach and bring the Roche Bobois brand into the homes of consumers in the Broward and Palm Beach county areas. I also want to become integrated into the community with the people and different charitable organizations so that we can bring beauty in a variety of ways.
Industry wisdom: Never judge a book by its cover.
On the side: Hunting for furniture and putting it together creatively. I also love museums, plays and concerts — all things having to do with art. However, my very favorite hobby is spending time with my two boys doing the simplest things.