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Meet the Team: Ann Somers

July 17, 2013


Each week we’ll introduce a member of the CDFL team, or as we like to think of ourselves, the “us” in the Power of Plus.

This week we’re proud to introduce Ann Somers, Principal. Ann is an avid animal lover and great advocate for all of Jackson’s four-legged citizens. In fact, Ann’s words have already appeared on the blog in her feature on designing Jackson’s first dog park!

What unique attributes do you bring to the CDFL team?
I am keenly aware of interior spaces and how people will use that space.

What would your dream project be?
My dream job would be to combine my love of animals with my love of design. I already had the opportunity to do that with the design of the here in Jackson and would love to do more of that. There’s a whole market out there for animal design – animal shelters, pet spas, and more. I love the component of “giving back” that you get with these projects.

What do you do at CDFL?
I begin my work on the front end of projects – working with the owners on their needs and dreams while helping them to understand what issues there might be with their job. I then work with our team to ensure quality control throughout the entirety of the project. Much of my work is as the liaison between our clients and our team. I make sure we stay on track with design and budgeting. My priority is to guarantee that our clients have a positive experience working with us.

What exciting thing are you working on right now?
We’re still working on the Cardiovascular Center at UMMC, which is really exciting. We’ve finally gotten to the point where you can begin to see the space develop and it’s always rewarding to see the work you’ve been doing take shape. I’m also working on Highlands Presbyterian Church, which has been enjoyable because of the team working on the project.

What is the best thing about working at CDFL?
The best thing about CDFL is the people I work with and the opportunity for lifelong learning.

What do you spend the most time doing outside of work?
Volunteering at CARA (Community Animal Rescue and Adoption).

What’s the last movie you saw?
Inception – for the second time!

How long have you worked for CDFL? How long have you been in the profession?
I’ve been at CDFL for 24 years and been in the profession for 32 years.

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