LuAnn Nigara, with her husband Vince and cousin Bill, co-owns Window Works in Livingston NJ. A 12-person firm, specializing in custom window treatments and awnings, they have serviced more than 36,000 clients since opening in 1982.
As the host of the #1, 5-star rated, interior design business podcast, A Well-Designed Business®, LuAnn digs deep in each interview to find meaningful content, revealing the methods and strategies required to operate a profitable creative firm. She is known by her loyal listeners for three things: her ability to ask the question in their head, her ability to summarize and relate the information directly to them and her ability to make you feel like you are sitting with a long-time friend.
A talented and energetic speaker, LuAnn is sought after at many industry events. She has keynoted for ASID National and High Point Market Authority, for the IDS-ART National Conference, for the International Window Coverings Expo (IWCE), for the National Kitchen and Bath (NKBA) and for Thibaut’s National Sales Conference. LuAnn has also presented to the Design Influencers Conference, ASID NJ, ASID NY Metro and to the Interior Design Society, NY. With a particular gift for panel moderation she has led discussions at industry events around the country including The International Furniture Market at High Point, NC, Chicago Design, Washington Design, Las Vegas Furniture Market, Americas Mart, Atlanta, the Boston Design Center, the Philadelphia Design Center and Wanted Design, NY, NY.
Her first book, The Making of A Well-Designed Business®, Turn Inspiration into Action, is a veritable how to for the small business owner detailing the best principles for starting, growing and managing a healthy, successful business. By sharing her 35+ year career as an entrepreneur, LuAnn teaches, encourages and inspires fellow entrepreneurs to make the commitment to running their business with proven business practices, ensuring their profitability and their success.
Her second book, A Well-Designed Business®, The Power Talk Friday Experts is a co-authored book with twelve of the most sought-after business experts in the creative industry. A firm believer in collaboration and in looking to experts for specific advice, LuAnn has gathered the resources for some of the most difficult topics creative entrepreneurs face. Chapters on branding, charging your worth, pipeline building as well as managing your finances mean that each chapter can be a stand-alone lesson to be referred back to time and time again. Volume 2, in the same series, is due out December 2020. Assembling once again, the brightest and best business minds to help creative entrepreneurs successfully manage their firms.
A skilled and intuitive business woman, LuAnn is passionate about helping business owners intentionally grow their business confidence, their business skills and their profits. She serves on the national board of the Window Coverings Association of America (WCAA) as well as on the Advisory Board of Exciting Windows, based in Maryland.
Her articles on leadership, business management, and salesmanship can be found in her monthly columns in Window Fashion-Vision Magazine as well as AD Pro, a trade only membership community by Architectural Digest.
In this episode, you will here:
- About the remarkable power that LuAnn has to create relationships that have benefited her nearly 40 year old brick and mortar business and have benefited her in creating the most listened to design podcast on the airwaves
- LuAnn talk about what it took for her to pick herself up out of her mid life business crisis
- How LuAnn gained new perspective on her existing business and created something new in her podcast and the community that has become so loyal to her
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