At C2 Design Group, people and their spaces are our passion!

All of our designs start and end with a discussion about people: who they are, what they like, what they need, what environmental design features will help them to foster communication of their own.

With this focus on people, we decided to share more about our own staff, their passions and how they define creativity…

Meet Danie: Danie just celebrated her fifth anniversary with C2!

Q: Life before C2?
A: Before I worked at C2, I was an elementary school teacher. I had come to a point where I needed to shake things up and coincidentally, C2 was in need of a receptionist. I had no idea if this would be a “for now” position or a career change, but 5 years later, I’m proud to say I’m still here and have advanced to my current management position. I get to utilize a lot of my “teacher” skills like organization, planning, multi-tasking, which has made it a great fit. Plus, I’d like to think I’ve been able to bring some fun and creativity to the office.

Q: Life at C2 – Most fond memory?
A: I tend to only see projects when they’ve been completed, which is why I’ve loved the whole process of watching our new office unfold. It has been so cool to see it go from spit balling ideas in the breakroom to drawings to an actual building. The whole process has been pretty amazing to watch and have a part of.

Q: What fuels you throughout the day?
A: Vanilla latte from Happy Cap!

Q: Schenectady has such a cool walkable downtown environment. Do you have a favorite lunch spot?
A: Eh, it’s hard to pick just one spot down here. Manhattan Exchange has always been a favorite spot, so it was a sad day when it closed. I’ve been able to console myself with some of the sassy named sandwiches at Ambition.

Q: Interests or hobbies?
A: I’ve always enjoyed crafting and DIY type projects. Anything that I can get my hands on and use a little creativity.

Q: Do you have a favorite sports team?
The closest I get to following sports is watching my daughter’s dance class.

Q: Favorite music to listen to?
A: My music choices are all over the place from classic rock to pop from country to alternative rock. It all really depends on my mood and what I’m doing. Elvis has and always will be one of my favorites and I’m not afraid to say that Kesha’s music is a guilty pleasure of mine.

Q: If you could share something you’ve learned or a piece of advice that was given to you, what would it be?
A: The most important thing I’ve learned is to be flexible and not afraid of change no matter how hard that may be for you.  Like anyone else, I have my routines and procedures, but there are always new ways to look at things and new technologies coming out to assist and sometimes finding the most effective way to accomplish something requires you to occasionally step out of your comfort zone. If I’d never stepped out of my comfort zone and taken one of the scariest steps away from what I had originally planned for my future, I wouldn’t be here accomplishing what I am now.