At Larson Design Group, we believe that our employees are our greatest asset. In this feature, we profile some of the staff members who contribute to our success.
Kara Demmien is a designer with our Williamsport brand architecture department. She holds a Master’s degree in architecture from Kent State University, and has worked in the industry for five years. When not at work, she enjoys running charitable 5k races with her husband and two sons.
What was your first job? What did you learn from it that still influences the way you work today?
My first job was working at a small mom and pop pet store. I loved the atmosphere, my coworkers, and being in front of my customers; however, there were lots of problems in management, so there was a high turnover rate. Customers recognized the lack of familiar faces, consistency, and trained staff. Today, as I work in a career where client service is of utmost importance, I know that we all have to work as a team in order to be successful. We can’t have poor management or a weak link, or we might not be able to provide our clients with the customer service excellence they deserve.
What’s been the proudest moment of your career so far?
Working on a team to develop a pilot store as well as a flagship store for one of our clients in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina. It was challenging to create a design essentially from scratch with no current prototype in place, but very rewarding watching our team’s hard work come to life and see a new brand being developed from our design and renderings.
What trait do you admire in people and why?
Kindness and compassion. I love the quote, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you do, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
What advice would you give to people who hope to follow a career path similar to yours?
Find a mentor, whether it be a professor or professional in the field, ask them tons of questions, and if it still sounds like something that you would be interested in pursuing as a career, then put the time and effort in to make it happen.
What do you enjoy about working at LDG?
I enjoy working in a team atmosphere, working on a broad range of projects, and working for a company that puts so much value on its employees, clients, and the community.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
My husband and I breed ball pythons. We breed them for specific color morphs and patterns. There is a whole reptile community who share this passion with us. I also have other pets including tortoises, dogs, and fish.