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Meet Lori Tierney, IIDA of Tierney Management

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lori Tierney, IIDA.

Lori, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My career began as a scenic artist with Disney on Parade in South America. After touring with the show, I went on to study art and commercial interior design, which launched my career and ultimately led me to start my own company, Tierney Management in 2011. I was fortunate to find a way to weave my passion for health, wellness and yoga into a marketing platform for my company through my Red Road Retreats brand that offers corporate/individual wellness and yoga retreats in unique destinations like Sedona, Maui, Kauai, Ojai and Joshua Tree.

Through my work with clients like Delos, founders of the WELL Building Standard™, the firm attracted a talented marketing Vice President, Betsy Klein, and numerous corporate clients that are certifying their projects under the WELL Building Standard guidelines. Tierney Management helped launch awareness of these important building protocols in 2014 before it was in the mainstream.

With many years in the contract furniture industry working for both major manufacturers and dealers in sales, marketing and brand development, Tierney Management recently was selected as an authorized Kimball dealer for Southern California, a true compliment to our passion for providing functionally designed, creative, collaborative and healthy office spaces, that make people feel good going to work!

We are grateful to have some amazing clients and completed projects for companies like Paramount Pictures, Retail Design Collaborative ( over 21 design awards), The City of Los Angeles, Davita, The Ratkovich Company, Trammell Crow, LA Clean Tech Incubator, YWCA Job Corp Campus, United Way of Los Angeles and many others. The firm is a certified Minority Business Enterprise, Federal SAM registered company, International Interior Design Professional, NCIDQ certified, and a Woman Owned Small Business in California.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
A smooth road? Anything but! The key though is to never, never, never give up, quit, throw in the towel. No matter how tempting it is to walk away, glue your feet to the floor and that’s when the shift happens.

My business has been self-funded, no bank loans, no family money. What I lacked in funding I found in creativity, which is often what more linear focused businesses are looking for- unique ways and ideas to attract new customers and gain brand awareness and recognition.

I have been through too many tough life experiences to count from three divorces, getting fired, physical assault, discrimination, serious illness, fires, earthquakes, broken bones, broken pride, lack of capital… to name a few…. and so far have managed to year over year add new customers and growth opportunities.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Tierney Management – what should we know?
Our Vision: The creation of Tierney Management is Lori Tierney’s longstanding vision of merging her contract furniture design and marketing, branding and sales management background with her personal passion for holistic enterprises, including the WELL Building Standard™ and sustainability in the creative built environment. As a Professional Interior Designer with many years of experience managing complex commercial projects, adding a passion for human well being and the environment have been a true differentiator for Tierney Management.

We are known for providing unique, sustainable, creative solutions in the built environment. We help our clients navigate the complex world of furniture selection and project management. We help our marketing clients with networking and branding for their own companies that help to set them apart in their respective industries. What sets us apart? We take the relationship a step beyond and offer our clients a customized wellness retreat to help everyone step away from the business of life and recharge their batteries.

We believe that “to retreat” is a prescription for human sustainability and we are passionate about the well being of our customers and industry associates. We have spent years on local Business Boards and Associations helping causes like bringing environmental changes to building in the City of Los Angeles through events like the annual LA Business Council Sustainability Summit, Architectural Awards and the Urban Land Institute Advisory Board and Building Healthy Communities Committee.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
We have had many mentors and supporters along the way-too-many to mention, in fact. Here are a few that have always supported our efforts to succeed:

-Jim White, Senior Vice President Human Resources, Paramount Pictures and DT LA Lofts
-Michael Selsman, President, Public Communications, Public Relations
-Faye Washington, CEO, YWCA of Greater Los Angeles
-Mary Leslie, President, Los Angeles Business Council
-Michael Cohen, President, United Imaging
-Holly Rau, Regional Director, Kimball, Southern California
-Ann Myers, Former Regional Administrative Manager, Haworth
-Andres Salcedo, Power Soul Yoga
-Govindas Rosen, Bhakti Yoga Shala
-Larry Sprague, Sedona Tourguide
-Clare de Briere, Skanska and formerly the Ratkovich Company
-Brad Cox, President, Trammell Crow
-Jonathan Lopez, Associate Architect, Retail Design Collaborative
-Andrew Pedrick, President, Mc Tigue Architects
-Pam Light, Principal, HOK
-Amanda Kaleps, Principal, Wolcott Architecture
-Carol Schatz, former President Central City Association
-Hal Bastian, Hal Bastian and Assoc.
-Jennifer Berthelot Jelovich , ASAP President and Sara Kondrato
-My mom, Berte Meyer, who passed away on July 24, 2017, and my son, Gregg Gard.

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Image Credit:
Steve Anderson Photography, Retail Design Collaborative, Moriah Diamond Maui, Robert Schmolze and Jim White Paramount Pictures

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