design:retail Announces the 2018 40 Under 40 Honorees

design:retail’s fourth-annual 40 Under 40 list has been unveiled, revealing the 2018 class of the retail design industry’s top young professionals and up-and-coming future leaders.

All 40 of the industry professionals that made the list were nominated by peers—colleagues, clients, vendors, bosses and even a few direct reports—who submitted enough praise for these outstanding individuals to catch the attention of design:retail’s editors. The list represents a mix of retailers, designers, architects, manufacturers, brand managers, entrepreneurs and innovators.

design:retail’s 40 Under 40 honorees will be profiled in the April/May issue of the magazine. They will also be celebrated and handed their award in person at design:retail HONORS, taking place 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. on Monday, May 21 (location TBA) during New York Market Week (May 21-25). RSVP to attend the celebratory event at

The 40 Under 40 2018 winners are:

Ryan Alden, Owner & Creative Director, Alden Creative

David I. Balzer, Director – Retail Design, Larson Design Group (LDG)

Brad Barbee, Associate, MG2

Kat Barreca, Fixture Development Manager, Best Buy Canada Ltd.

Ryan Beroset, Graphic Designer, R.G. Barry

Ryan Cavanaugh, Design Manager, Gensler

Michael Daddario, Senior Manager of Store Design, Ulta Beauty

Joseph T. DeBello, Director of Business Development,Manex/France Display (sister company WOLF FORM)

Molly Dorgan, Director, Store Design – Guest Experience, Target Corp.

Maria Emilia Escudero, Senior Designer, MNA

Jacob Fergus, Brand Manager – Trade Marketing, TaylorMade Golf Co.

Gabriel Fernandez, Director, Environmental Branding & Design, American Express

Mary Hannah Fout, Senior Marketing Manager – Showroom/Builder Channel, Ferguson

Caroline Victoria Hagerty, Global Assistant Manager, Visual Merchandising, GLAMGLOW

Jane Hargreaves, Design Manager, sweetgreen

Larissa Hunt, Director of Data & Methodology, Envirosell Inc.

Ashlee Jones, Senior Interior Designer, starrdesign

Stephanie Jones, Senior Interior Designer/Associate, Bergmeyer Associates

Alexandra Kolbe, Creative Director, In Good Co

Ingrid Kolesk, Creative Director of Environmental Design, VANS

Kate Kyung-ha Lee, Associate Vice President, CallisonRTKL

Oliver Lan, Senior Environmental Graphic Design, DL English Design

Meg Lefeld, Global Project Manager, ZenGenius Inc.

Felita Li, Architectural Designer, Studio V Architecture

Kate Maciejowski, In Store Marketing Manager, Columbia Sportswear

Sarah Mapel, Senior Designer, Big Red Rooster

Emma Morgan, Director, In-Store Presentation, Global Creative Visual Merchandising, Tiffany & Co.

Stephanie Mui, Director, Visual Merchandising Strategy, Communication & Execution, Finish Line

Michael Munchoff, Creative Director, Chute Gerdeman

Mariel Olivo, Art Director, Barteca

Henry O. Ramirez, Manager, Global Store Development, Under Armour Inc.

Meredith Seeds, Director of Interior Design, FRCH Design Worldwide

Teofilo Tarazi, Architect, BETTIS TARAZI

Narine Tatoyan, Senior Director of Design, Westfield

Bridget Thomsen, Creative Visual – Center Core, Macy’s

Wes Trump, Director, Art & Style – Visual Merchandising, Delaware North

Carly Tysh, Associate Design Director, FITCH

Chad M. Webre, Director of Architectural Design, Freshii

Brian Weltman, CEO | Creative Director & Founder, Retail Habitats

Tobi Wray, Senior Manager of Design, Amazon Books

Congratulations to the 2018 class of design:retail’s 40 Under 40!


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