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David Janney

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

David G. Janney counts among his role models and mentors three men who showed him by their words and deeds that life has purpose. One was his paternal grandfather, Peyton Janney. The second was a Highland Junior High School English teacher he knows only as Mr. Huber, and the third is Ron Millies, who founded the company of which David Janney is now a partner and vice president.

“My grandfather was a structural engineer by degree. It was just his whole outlook and approach to life that impressed me,” David Janney recalls. “He was logical and he had a plan. It worked well, and it was based on what he had experienced.”

Mr. Huber’s contribution to David Janney’s character and work ethic developed over the entire school year.

“When I was in junior high school, I lacked focus. He believed in trying and achieving, and through the year, he got me to change,” Janney recalls.

“He taught me that there is a value to education and a value to hard work.”

Janney says Millies is still his mentor. “I’ve worked under his tutelage and grown and learned.”
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Designing woman—New flower shop opens with a ‘wow’

Marilyne Hamstra is the owner of Dutch Girlz Dezign, a floral and antique shop and interior design center in Crown Point. (Photograph by The Times.)

Marilyne Hamstra is the owner of Dutch Girlz Dezign, a floral and antique shop and interior design center in Crown Point. (Photograph by The Times.)

The name Dutch Girlz Dezign takes a bit of explaining, but the shop’s wares speak for themselves.

Marilyne Hamstra opened Dutch Girlz Dezign to use her talents as a veteran interior and floral designer.

“I’m not typical florist,” she said. “Mine is a unique decorating experience. I’m not just out to sell a product. I have to sell myself so people trust me. I’m here to provide a service by giving people something unique, something unbelievable, something unexpected.”

Hamstra had owned and operated a flower shop in Lowell for 15 years before beginning a freelance home and interior design business, then being employed by the development company.
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Erik Schneider

(Photograph by Robert Wray.)

(Photograph by Robert Wray.)

In January 2005, Erik Schneider fell on a building site, breaking two ribs and effectively ending his carpentry career. He had spent more than half a decade working in the residential and commercial construction industries, beginning right after he graduated from Lake Central High School in St. John. Now it was time to find something new.

What Schneider quickly settled on—the home appliance retail industry—both builds on his construction experience and makes him happy. This year, he decided to finally act on a dream first hatched while working as a manager at Nason’s Appliances in Crown Point. Schneider, 32, struck out on his own and opened Hometown Appliance & Electronics, located on busy Route 41 in St. John, in mid-March. It’s been open seven days each week ever since.

“I had the idea of going out on my own and getting back to the roots of what the business is: customer service, being forward with people,” says Schneider, who still lives in his hometown. “The customer service end of things is really going to be the key to our business.”

Thus the new store’s name—the idea being to combine “Big Box” store savings with classic small-town friendliness. “I’m trying to have some of the best trained and skilled sales people answer your questions to ensure the decision-making process is a smooth one,” he says. (His 10 employees together have nearly 50 years of experience in the industry.)
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Local conference features ‘graphic material’

Graphic designers and artists left their home offices, studios and companies for one night to gather and prove there is a thriving design community in Northwest Indiana.

The call-out to the local talent pool of graphic design artists for fun, education and inspiration took place Friday night during the 3rd Annual INsight Design Conference at Faith Church in Dyer.

“It’s a chance for them to get together, share ideas, brainstorm, bond and benefit from knowing each other,” said Martin Oleksy, INsight media coordinator.
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Insight Design Conference set for May 21 at Faith Church

The second INsight Design Conference is scheduled from 5 to 10 p.m. May 21 at Faith Church, 100 – 81st Ave.

The focus of the event is to bring the talent pool of NWI graphic designers together with local businesses. The strategy workshop for freelance creative designers has several education components throughout the session, including a portfolio review. A nonprofit case study is also on the agenda.

Suggested donation of $10 benefits the Faith Church Community Arts Center. For more information, visit insightdesignconference.com.


Biz Buzz, Winter 2010

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Video offerings multiply on nwitimes.tv

The Times Media Co. added more offerings to its online video channel, with daily weather forecasts joining weekly video features and regular news video offerings at nwitimes.tv and nwi.com. Each morning, a forecast focusing on Northwest Indiana is available for readers, a convenient click away. The other regular weekly feature on nwitimes.tv, the Shore Weekender, continues to grow in popularity as Joe Durk and Julia Perla run down the weekend entertainment highlights in a breezy video available on the site every Thursday.

Meanwhile, The Times’ news staff will continue to provide video supplements to its print and online coverage, including on-location reports and daily news updates.
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Local Decorator’s Work Featured in National Design Contest

From the BusINess inbox:

Cathi Lloyd of St John has recently submitted several design projects to be judged by international decorating experts and major magazine editors at INTERIORS by Decorating Den’s annual International Dream Room Contest.

Cathi submitted photos and other design materials of rooms decorated for local clients. Over 30 editors from such prestigious publications as Good Housekeeping, House Beautiful, Woman’s Day, Traditional Home and Better Homes and Gardens will participate as contest judges in New York City this coming March, 2009.
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