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Franchise development and other staff positions

 
Easton, Md.— Decorating Den Interiors has named Laura Ortel, ASID, as a new field manager for supporting and training its design professionals in various parts of the United States.

 
Ortel successfully designed her first kitchen for a Georgian style home at the age of sixteen. She earned an interior design degree from James Madison University and has since worked in the Annapolis and Washington DC areas before opening L.Ortel & Co. in Easton. She also has been involved with other various business ventures outside of home furnishings.

 
Franchise development expert rejoins company

 


Victoria Jenkins, who previously worked for the company in various franchise development roles has rejoined the team of franchise qualification specialists. Jenkins was active in helping to grow the company in the 1980s and 1990s, then owned a franchise for a number of years before rejoining the franchise development team.

 
More recently, she also assisted in building the Kensington, Md. franchise, which operates out of a studio with a team of decorators. She now will serve as part of the corporate franchise development staff in Easton.

 
Other hires

 


James Grimplin was hired as the new information technology manager to oversee the company’s intranet support for its franchise partners, the web-based customer relations management system, and the new online training platform.  He also serves as help desk support for franchise partners and assists them with personalizing their own local websites.

 
Grimplin has an associate’s degree in network security.

 
Vickie Sharp joins the company’s financial and accounting support team serving in accounts receivable and accounts payable roles, maintaining records related franchise partner payment and receipts, and other accounting related activities.

 
She brings a wide variety of financial experience in construction, insurance and wholesale and retail markets.

 
Decorating Den Interiors is North America’s leading in-home decorating service and largest interior design and home furnishings franchise company. Its franchise owners/design professionals are located throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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