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Q&A

ONE-ON-ONE WITH

Derek
Sousa
How did you become involved in NEWH?

In 2010 a hospitality interior designer I was working with relocated back to Vancouver from
Seattle. She wanted to build her network and had been involved with the Northwest chapter
but realized that Vancouver didn't have one. She took the initiative, and the Vancouver region
was established. I was not familiar with NEWH so I started attending sundowners, and in 2011
I joined as the programming director for the Vancouver region.

What has NEWH done for you, both personally and professionally?

When the Vancouver region was established, Vancouver had just held the Olympic games.
When the games concluded, Vancouver inevitably saw its recession, and I was let go from my
job. NEWH became my constant, providing the stability I needed during a stage in my career
that was experiencing turbulence. It allowed me to stay front and center amongst my peers,
providing me with an outlet to continue my passion for architecture and lighting. 

Vancouver regional steering
chair and sales associate at
Lightheaded

In your role as Vancouver region chair what do you have planned for 2017? What
are you most looking forward to?

I am looking forward to the Leadership Conference in Denver; it's at the conferences where
you see the full scope of NEWH. The amount of effort and detail that goes into preparing
these conferences attracts the best talent, who are beacons of inspiration and support. You
come back truly reinvigorated.

What were some of the highlights of 2016?

A huge highlight was seeing a board that took initiative and created new opportunities that
achieved all of the goals we set out to achieve for the year. One that truly stands out is the
student portfolio review event we held that included a panel of experienced members within
the hospitality design industry, providing students a glimpse into the realities of working in
our industry, the pitfalls, and ways to persevere from people who have learned the ropes. 

Tell us a bit about your company and what's new.

We are a lighting manufacturer based just outside of Vancouver, providing point source
architectural lighting. In 2016, we decided to do a complete rebrand from Dasal Architectural
Lighting to simply Lightheaded. Our motto is "obsessed with light" because everyone at
Lightheaded really is.

Trend/movement you are paying attention to in the industry? One you'd wish
would go away?

I am an avid social media user, and there are methods that I have found effective for business.
However, because of social media's popularity, many companies are just contributing noise,
and the end result is a barrage of redundancy. It bores the user, so future messages are
ignored. We'll again see the importance of genuine interpersonal relationships and the
approach to do real research. 

When you aren't working or at an NEWH event, where can we find you?

You can find me at the gym. It's my favorite stress release. Any free time I have left is spent at
coffee houses or hosting my friends (I have a very generous pour!). ❙❘❚
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