On April 22nd and 23rd, Wendover Art Group gathered forty designers in St. Petersburg and Largo, FL, for its inaugural Designer Summit. Guest host Thom Filicia welcomed designers from around the U.S. and Canada to network, talk art, make art, discuss opportunities and challenges in design life, and bring the Wendover Art Group’s culture and brand to life.
The Summit kicked off with a sunset dinner on the beach at the renowned Don CeSar hotel in St. Petersburg. The following day was spent at Wendover’s headquarters in Largo, where the group toured the company’s state-of-the-art facility and worked with Wendover’s team of artists to create their own work of art. The bulk of the day was spent in dialogue with the various perspectives in the room, with both veterans and newcomers.
The specifically curated group of designers included Christopher Kennedy, Danielle Rollins, Nathan Turner, Consort’s Mat Sanders and Brandon Quattrone, Kevin Isbell, Ranji Alex, Madcap Cottage’s John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon, Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield, Britany Simon, Shayla Copas, Eric Ross, Charlotte Lucas, and Wendover’s very first customer ever, Linda Burnside. The participants in this Summit focused primarily on residential design. Future Summits will center around designers whose focus is primarily commercial in scope.
“Being our customer’s source for art is our primary passion, however, we also strive to partner with our customers,” said Richard D. Forsyth, president & CEO of Wendover Art Group. “For us, partnering with our customer means not only intimately understanding their business, but also being a source of inspiration and catalyst for growth in their business. The Designer Summit was one way to achieve these goals in a purposeful and concentrated way.”
Images by Josh Naaman.