January 12-14, 2018Buy Tickets
Seminar Stage Headliners
Boyce Thompson, Product Expert, Author
An author, editor, and public speaker, Boyce Thompson is the founding editor of six magazines, including Residential Architect, Big Builder, Digital Home, and ProSales. For 17 years, he served as the editorial director of Builder magazine, published by Hanley-Wood. For most of those years he led the company’s editorial council. His first book, The New New Home, was published in 2014 by The Taunton Press. It was named book of the year by the National Association of Real Estate Editors.
Builder was named the best business publication in America in 2010 by the Association of Business Publication Editors. In 2000, min magazine recognized Builder for having the best content among all business publications. From 2012 through 2014, Thompson directed the editorial content of AgWeb, a web portal for agriculture, winning five Jesse H. Neal Awards from American Business Media, including ones for best news coverage and best website.
Thompson spent the first 10 years of his career as a Washington correspondent for magazines owned Reed Elsevier. His freelance stories have appeared in publications as diverse as Fine Homebuilding, The Washington Post, Farm Journal, Governing, Inc., and Practical Homeowner.
In 2008, Thompson was given the Crain Award by American Business Media for lifetime achievement in b-to-b media. In 2010, he was inducted into the Editorial Hall of Fame by min magazine, a magazine for publication professionals. Thompson holds a BA in English from the University of Missouri and a Masters degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri.
Lauren Figueroa, Lauren Figueroa Interior Design
Lauren Figueroa is owner and principle at Lauren Figueroa Interior Design, a full service design firm located in Heritage Hill Grand Rapids. Her firm holds that the spaces where we “do life” impact our moods, productivity, and overall quality of life. Working in both the residential and commercial sphere, they seek to create functional spaces that inspire creativity, lend themselves to community, and allow for rest and regeneration.
This past April, Lauren was invited to participate as lead designer on one of three installations for the Coverings 2017 Design Installation Showcase in Orlando, Fl. Coverings is North America’s largest tile and stone conference and attracts over 25k industry professionals during its four day span. The installation highlights leading designers, installers, and manufacturers and showcases the synergy between beautiful design and quality installation. In September, the firm was invited by the Italian Trade Agency to attend Italy’s largest tile and bath trade show, Cersaie. During the trip, her delegation – made up of 50 architects, designers, and journalists from across North America – was led on a curated tour of the show, which highlighted the newest products and trends in the tile and bath industries.
Lauren is energized by emerging partnerships with local artists, tradespeople, designers, and other businesses in the growing city of Grand Rapids. She believes that building a sustainable business is about good systems, local partnerships, and good relationships: with your clients, vendors, partners, and community. She currently services as Vice President of her chapter of Business Networking International, is an active member of Local First, and is involved in several other business organizations in Grand Rapids. Learn more about Lauren Figueroa Interior Design at www.lfdesigns.co, and be sure to check out their space in our show’s Designer Showcase!
Polly Timmer, Polly Timmer Design
Polly Timmer is a designer filled with energy and desire to transform your project into reality. She will give you inspiration and use her years of experience to incorporate ideas with direction for good design. She likes to create memories and turn blueprints into life.
Living in the Grand Rapids area and working in the field everyday gives Polly the product knowledge of current materials and her background with textiles, flooring, and building materials round out her expertise. Color vision and creativity along with function are her passion. She is also a Realtor which gives her a great sense of current market conditions, and true value in making changes to your existing home or building a new one.
She is a wife. mother, and grandmother to five awesome boys and lives with her husband in the Caledonia area.
Julie Wynalda, True Vine Creations
Julie Wynalda is the owner of True Vine Creations, a professional design service and storefront located in Hudsonville, Michigan. Julie’s business and primary inspiration was born out of her love for nature, implementing an outside/inside design philosophy. She enjoys working on both commercial and residential design projects and finds joy in serving clients design needs in a timely and creative way.
Whether the project is a simple remodel of a living room or has the complexity of a new build, Julie’s unique sense of style brings a fresh approach to any project. She believes that design should be driven by creativity, individuality, and a genuine sense of humor. Julie’s love for design is evident as she works diligently to meet the needs of each client. Incorporating one’s dreams and desires while paying close attention to detail is what sets Julie’s work apart; design is in her DNA.
Since she established True Vine Creations more than 14 years ago, Julie’s projects have been recognized for excellence through a variety of awards through the Home Builders Association, Parade of Homes. Julie received multiple awards from the HBA for her work in the Parade of Homes this Spring. She was featured in the Fall 2017 HBA Guidebook for her forecast regarding, “Design Trends: What to Look Out For in 2018.” In addition, Julie’s work has been showcased in Cosmopolitan Home.
Leslie Hart-Davidson, HDD Studios
Leslie Hart-Davidson is a nationally recognized professional interior designer, author, and owner of HDD Studios in Michigan. Leslie holds a B.A. in interior design and has nearly two decades of industry experience, but credits her family for the desire to enter the world of design. The Hart family practiced real estate flipping while she was a child, so her calling for home improvement came early.
Leslie lives and breathes interior design not only in her successful design business, but also through monthly live tv segments on WZZM’s My West Michigan. She has written two home improvement books full of snark and great content: Remodeling Your House without Killing Your Spouse in 2014 and her new release It’s Not Your Room, it’s You. Her next book is a combination kitchen design/cookbook titled Food is Love, due out late 2017.
The design philosophy Leslie adopted when she started her business in 2001 is straightforward: design is a democracy, not a dictatorship. This guiding principal helps audience members and clients better understand design language and the psychology behind how they live in their homes. Her innovative seminars include “Thing or Not a Thing: The Best and Worst of Today’s Design Trends,” “It’s Not Your Room, it’s You” and “Remodeling Your House without Killing Your Spouse.” When she’s not on stage or on camera, you can find Leslie happily pinning to her designdemocracy Pinterest boards. and creating helpful videos for her designdemocracy YouTube Channel
HBA Pro Series
The Home Builders Association has created a series of seminars on both the Design-It and Build-It stage from it’s vast collection of HBA members to bring you the most current information from the area’s finest professionals.
Home Repair Services
Home Repair Services has specialized in post-purchase homeownership services for lower-income homeowners since 1979. Those services include free hands-on training in home repair skills, affordable kitchen cabinets for remodeling projects, emergency repairs when health or safety is at risk, financial counseling for homeowners and much more.
As a non-profit organization, Home Repair Services depends on the generosity of caring people in our community. You can help us continue our mission by volunteering to help or making a much-needed financial donation. Most donations are tax-deductible and all are much appreciated!
Part of our DIY Homeowner series, Home Repair Services offers DIY classes in a variety of topics at the show, all included with your admission.