At Dwayne Bergmann Interiors, the team of 12+ staffers and countless vendors and contractors are more like a family than anything else. We’re compassionate and committed, we’re involved and invested. We swell with pride at the work we’re doing under the DBI banner, all in the name of helping our clients and community live their best lives. You may know some of us from emails or office visits, but we thought we’d kick off Thanksgiving a bit early with a love letter to the team as a means to really get to know the incredible individuals behind the man.
The overwhelming majority of us are transplants from around the country and the world! From New York, Missouri, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Colorado, Texas, Kentucky, Maryland, and as far as Brazil, Taiwan, Canada, and the country of Georgia. Two were even born and raised locally before moving elsewhere, only to return later in life. The mix of cultures and backgrounds makes it a welcoming and interesting place to live at every stage of life. All were drawn to the immediate sense of “home” they felt in the Southwest Florida communities, not to mention the unbeatable weather for enjoying the outdoors! Marketing Director Robin Correnti counts not hearing the term “wind chill factor” among her favorite things about living here. Senior Designer Mary Sica loves it for the picture-perfect sunsets and Designer Anna Black enjoys being able to get outside every day.
We are a family of families, each a different shape and size, each at various phases. From new couples and those with young kiddos at home to those who have been with their spouses for 30+ years and counting like Cabinet Specialists Melissa “Mel” Alexander and Greg Coblenz. Plenty of fur babies and visiting grandkids round out the busting households we all come home to. We spend our sunny days and balmy nights with friends and family on or near the water, enjoying active lifestyles and the easy pace of living. Boating is a big draw and the culture that comes with it is universally enjoyed. On a design note, while we all admire and respect Dwayne’s award-winning design style, we each have our own flare that we express as well. Modern airy coastal, midcentury, clean minimalist lines, comfortable contemporary, eclectic, classical, even a touch of glitz, glam, and pops of color; our personal design styles range across the spectrum, allowing us to appreciate our client’s unique preferences too.
When our clients see the finished product – their expertly designed home, flawlessly executed and tailored to their exact specifications – they may not realize all of the people and moving parts that went into it. That’s certainly part of the benefit of working with a professional designer, but sometimes a peek behind the curtain at how the sausage gets made inspires an even greater appreciation for the process. We’re a team of self-motivated doers. Each wearing many hats, on top of our individual contribution and tasks that comprise the greater project, working in tandem to bring Dwayne’s vision for the client to life. COO Julie Kwasnik is the motivating force keeping the ball in the air and Marketing Director Robin Correnti is spreading the word putting DBI on the local, national, and international map. Our latest addition, Emily Kaske is the friendly face that greets clients at the new Naples showroom. Designers Robin McGarry, Mary Sica, Dawen Huang, Howard Finkelstein, Gabriella Selegatto, Anna Black, Lea Tallercio, Lily McAlpine, and Gabriella Murray, bring their combined decades of experience, technical knowledge, and diverse skillsets to the table. CAD/Cabinet Specialists Mel Alexander and Greg Coblenz, and 3D Animation/Render Specialist Gregory Jagarov all bring their craft to the DBI team as well, making us a well-rounded and comprehensive one-stop shop. Many of us came from owning our own businesses or design practices, bringing an entrepreneurial spirit to our work and mission.
Dwayne Bergmann Interiors is different. Not only in our aesthetic and our business approach, but in our soul. We share a common goal of enhancing the lives of our clients and communities, we not only listen, we care. DBI is also distinguished among our peers, known and beloved for our uncompromising commitment to quality, creativity, and one-of-a-kind style befitting our distinguished clientele. Providing a true luxury experience, Lily McAlpine says, “we are not only your designers, but your dream makers.” As members of this elite team, we pride ourselves on our professionalism, collective talent, and the uniqueness of our portfolio. It takes a village to realize our client’s dreams and we feel privileged to work in such a supportive, friendly, and comfortable environment, with a fearless leader at the helm. As Robin McGarry so eloquently stated, “Dwayne brings to the firm both a strong design sense and a willingness to take chances and encourages us to push the boundaries with him towards amazing and thoughtful design!”
Drop us a line, pick up the phone, or stop by anytime to share a friendly hello with the DBI team!