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Q&A

MEET

Valentina
Castellon
What have you found to be most valuable about your NEWH involvement, both
personally and professionally?

I have always loved meeting new people and making relationships on my travels and my
daily life. NEWH created an outlet for me to make friendships and grew my network in the
hospitality industry in an accelerated pace. The people I have met over the past three
years serving on the board, I am happy to say, have evolved to great friendships and a
wealth of connections throughout the country. It is a fantastic platform to meet like-minded
individuals who are passionate about design.

Why do you recommend people get involved with NEWH?

The industry of design, especially in hospitality, is constantly evolving. Thankfully NEWH is
right on the pulse of the ever-changing industry. Award-winning designs, stunning products,
and general knowledge specific to what we do every day is a part of our continuing
education as designers, and NEWH brings us one step closer to all of it.

President of the North Central
chapter and senior associate,
interior designer, DLR Group

What is your proudest recent NEWH accomplishment?

I have had the honor of serving on the board for three years and watching my local chapter
grow so fast has been thrilling. We have helped elevate the voice of hospitality in an
underrated market and created a platform for students to get professional mentoring as well
as access to increasing scholarships yearly. The evolution of our board and the effect it has
had in our community is by far the most rewarding.

What are you most looking forward to?

I have had the privilege of fostering growth in our board-from a student level to junior
designers-of people I personally know and I am looking forward to seeing them grow and
flourish in their passions and roles. We have a fantastic board next year!

What would people be interested to know about your company?

We are a global firm with a boutique hospitality design team. DLR Group's hospitality team
is a very fun group and our designers are such a creative collective. I am blessed to work
with such talent. Our team sleeps, breathes, and lives design. We can have equal excitement
to work on a luxury product and then turn around and find solutions for obtainable design
as well.

Where do you find inspiration, both inside and outside the industry?

I find inspiration in many things: music, art, reading, travel, food-the list is endless. For
me, being inspired is somewhat a state of mind, so in reality, I can be inspired just about
anywhere. I just have to be open minded when experiencing life and the magic happens.

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

This is a split between family and travel; my two passions. My family is my rock, so I love to
be near them, but its even better if it is at a new destination. ❙❘❚

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NEWH - Winter 2019
Table of Contents
GUEST PERSPECTIVE
WHO’S WHO
NEWS
CONFERENCE ROUNDUP
HAVE YOU SEEN?
SCHOLARSHIPS
INTERVIEW
SUSTAINABILITY
BrandED
Q&A: Dallas Bentley
Q&A: Valentina Castellon
Q&A: Monica Meade
ON THE COVER
PROJECT: Canvas Hotel
PROJECT: Greenwood
PROJECT: Civana Spa
CHAPTER HIGHLIGHTS
SAVE THE DATE
NEW MEMBERS
PARTNER PROFILES
AD INDEX
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