All hands were on deck this month at our annual company retreat. We took the time to highlight each department’s accomplishments for the year and touched on what we hope to accomplish in 2014 and beyond. The team also managed to have a little fun at The Alley in Charleston, SC.
This year we announced the introduction of the Always Proud, Never Satisfied Annual Award. This inaugural award was presented to the UECo team member who, over the past year, best exemplified the company’s uncompromising standards and never ending efforts to continuously improve. This is an important motto that The Urban Electric Company really lives by each and every day. Choosing the first recipient of the award was obviously a hard decision for founder Dave Dawson to make after reviewing nearly 50 nominations submitted by employees. All the nominations offered excellent examples of how fellow team members truly embody the message of the motto. Since Dave runs the show he chose to give the award to three team members this year – Regina Martin, Brad Richardson, and Phil Williams. Congrats!
As we continue to celebrate a decade of American craftsmanship and look forward to many more years as a company – we took the time to recognize employees who have a part of the UECo family for five plus years. We truly appreciate all their hard work and dedication. Congrats!
5-9 year Award recipients: Jeff P, Ellen, Ben A, Julie, Donnie, Tony, Desiree, Regina, Missy, Danny, Sean, Drew, Laura, Ken, Anne, Albert, Ron T, Jessica R, Lee, Chris
10 year Award recipients: Michael Amato, Ron P, Ron D.
The 5th Annual Lowcountry Field Feast took place on Sunday, October 13th at The Barn at Walnut Hill on Johns Island, SC to benefit Lowcountry Local First. LLF is a Charleston-based non-profit organization that strives to build awareness of the importance of supporting our local independent businesses and farms. The evening was filled with amazing dishes prepared by Two Boroughs Larder. The unforgettable supper featured all local product, most of which was sourced from LLF's Dirt Works Incubator Farm just down the road from the event.
Over the past 5 years Lowcountry Local First has been the proud beneficiary of the net proceeds from Field Feast and this year The Urban Electric Co. decided to match the donation. This money is used to support the organization's Sustainable Agriculture Initiative and Farm Fresh Food programs, which focus on strengthening local farms and producers by creating partnerships with local restaurants, institutions, and the community. UECo is proud to support our friends at LLF!
View more photos from the event here.
What UECo light do you like to use the most and why?
Garrison – Love everything about this fixture. The scale, the side profile, antique mirror and etched glass hurricane.
Your six picks of favorite UECo lights?
• Maxine – Extremely versatile wall sconce
• Lyford Wall – Creates a lot of ambiance and candlelight is visible from any angle
• Cheltenham Double – Factory meets refined – fan of the cut-out pattern on the UeCo fixtures
• Altamont – Modern & Simple
• Ravenspoint – The perfect lantern
• Malpaquet – My new favorite, I can’t wait for the opportunity to use it!
What is your design philosophy?
Timeless – Classic – Enduring
What is something people many not know about your firm?
While kitchens and bathrooms are the focus of our business at Casa Verde Design, our expertise in space planning and custom cabinetry design has led us to designing everything from fireplaces to wine rooms and custom designed furniture pieces.
What is your favorite part of a home to design and why?
My favorite room of the home is the kitchen. Kitchens have evolved in to living spaces - it’s not only where we are nourished, but it is where friends and family gather. It is where life happens!
Three design resources you can’t live without?
• For Inspiration:
The internet, travel, and nature
• For products:
Casa Verde Custom Cabinetry, Sub-Zero & Wolf, and Urban Electric Company, of course!
Best design tips you have learned from experience?
Planning is the most important aspect of good design! Consider all the details but look at the big picture! Edit!
What do you collect?
I’m not a collector, I prefer one of a kind objects.
What are your favorite paint colors to use?
I love very subtle colors, especially grays.
What are your favorite design books?
Kitchen Centric by Mick DeGiulio, The Home Within Us by Bobby McAlpine, and Shelter magazines of all kinds.