Jacqueline Corea, my long-time business partner and even longer-time friend, has made the decision to leave Corea Sotropa Interior Design to pursue other interests and goals. While this may have come as a surprise to many, if you know Jacqueline like I do, your look of shock soon turns to a knowing smile. Jacqueline is an extremely motivated woman, always looking for the next opportunity for growth – the proverbial rolling stone that gathers no moss. While my dedicated team and I will miss working with Jacqueline, we support her decision wholeheartedly and wish her the best in all of her future endeavors.
In saying goodbye to my partner, I’d like to stop to look back and acknowledge and appreciate how far we have come. Jacqueline and I met over 18 years ago during our time in the Interior Design program at Mount Royal University. She and her husband Sam instantly became wonderful friends and a great support to me as a student away from home. Jacqueline and I soon found that although we came at the world from very different perspectives, we had many common interests and goals. Our diverse but complementary skills naturally made us great partners. Late in 2004 we began discussing a collaboration and in 2005 we came together to create Corea Sotropa Interior Design. I was excited by the opportunity yet nervous at the prospect of leaving my family, friends and career in Saskatchewan. However, my entrepreneurial spirit prevailed and I took the leap. Together, we navigated the firm through many ups and downs, both of us expanding our families and our horizons along the way. With the help of our amazing clients and industry partners we built the firm into the successful company that it is today.
Like many partnerships, over the last ten years, we organically fell into our respective roles based on our natural aptitudes, skills and interests. In addition to being a talented designer, Jacqueline enjoyed the marketing and branding components of our business. With her outgoing personality and vivacious charm; she always shone brightest in a crowd, in front of a camera and on social media. In addition to my design work, my focus has been on managing the company’s internal operations and cultivating the relationships that I have built with our cherished clients and industry partners. As I expand into the role of both “the face” and the manager of the firm, I want to thank Jacqueline for not only being a great partner, but for also being a great friend who has helped me to grow on a personal level.
As we look ahead to this new chapter I’d like to take the opportunity to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our wonderful clients and friends for their continued support. Going forward, you will notice some changes, including an increased presence on the blog and social media from yours truly and in time a name change for the firm. What will never change is the great service, style and substance that this firm has come to be known for.
In closing, I want to once again wish Jacqueline all the very best, and I look forward to seeing you all soon.