Integration Controls’ Very Own Interior Designer
St. Louis-based Integration Controls thought outside of the box by bringing on an interior designer, Rachel Bartelsmeyer, to interact directly with its clients as the company’s sales and design consultant. We spoke with Bartelsmeyer to find out what her job entails, what she likes about it, and what she’s learned from working with tech-heads.
Technology Integrator: What made you decide to leave the field of interior design and enter the custom integration industry? Or do you see this job as a continuation of your interior design career?
Rachel Bartelsmeyer: I do not feel I entirely left the field of interior design when I entered the custom integration industry. I still analyze design documents, work alongside other contractors, abide by codes within the interior, help select the finishes of the equipment seen within the client’s space, and work closely with the client to ensure the design will meet their needs for their daily life. I also get to work with designer/architects to collaborate and bring our industries together on the project.
How did you come to join Integration Controls?
When I was searching for employment after finishing my internship, I decided to branch out into different venues to see how I could expand my knowledge within the interior design field. Finding Integration Controls to work as the System Sales and Design Consultant was the opportunity I had been looking for. The current Sales Consultant at Integration Controls was a business contact through networking events in which we had volunteered together. Over lots of coffee and tea she described how she saw my place within the company: interaction with the client, managing relationships, selling the company’s vision, helping connect with the design industry, etc. It was an offer I couldn’t refuse, especially at my age!
How familiar were you with the technology that custom integrators offer before you got to Integration Controls? How technical are you, and how much technical knowledge do you actually require in your job?