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Erica Lugbill: Proving Ground

Design talent and determination lead to a company launch and business success

July 13, 2015
Erica Lugbill, owner/lead designer at Lugbill Designs, 2015 Professional Remodeler 40 Under 40 awardee

Owner/Lead Designer

Lugbill Designs, Chicago

Age 28

After working for a year at a high-end design firm, Erica realized that she could make a bigger impact going out on her own. So, at 23, she founded Lugbill Designs in 2010. Her early work with small clients soon brought bigger design and remodeling projects, and she also gained visibility from television design projects for HGTV, Bravo, and the DIY network. By 2014, annual revenue was more than $1 million.

Working with remodelers was a challenge at first. It wasn’t easy to manage the often older, male contractors who would rather not take direction from a young woman. But Erica gained their respect through hard work and great design, and has built lasting contractor relationships based on mutual respect. Similarly, she has built deep trust and lasting relationships with clients through her skill and desire to exceed expectations.

Read more about the 2015 Professional Remodeler 40 Under 40 awardees.

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