Keynote Speakers

James Swan

Taking No Prisoners; Finding (and Exploiting) Your Niche In the World of Design

Interior designer James Swan has built an 18-year career crafting classically influenced interiors across the United States.  Swan has been featured in House & Garden, House Beautiful, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and The Chicago Tribune.  He wrote for the “Trends & Shopping” column in House & Garden magazine, re-launched and expanded in early 2009 his own daily design blog (, and recently launched a Facebook Fan Page for new best selling book 101 Things I Hate About Your House gaining nearly 5,000 daily readers.

Television appearances on HGTV’s “Homes Across America,” speaking engagements with the professional design industry association NEOCON, regular guest spots on national radio programs consistently place Swan in the media spotlight.

Swan’s career took off back in Northern California at a noted San Francisco architecture firm, where he managed residential interiors.  After that, Los Angeles beckoned, specifically the prestigious design firm of Frank K. Pennino & Associates, where as senior designer he managed high-profile projects, and earned a reputation for refined classical design that succinctly reflected his clients’ lives.  In 1999, Swan opened his own firm in Beverly Hills.

Swan has a bachelor of arts degree in theology and music from Southwestern College in Waxahachie, Texas, and studied in Arizona State University’s Architecture and Design master’s degree program.

Since 2005, Swan has been an active member of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, serving on its Executive Board of Directors.  His other commitments include PAWS/LA, which assists with the care of pets for people living with disabilities, and KidSmart, an art education foundation for inner-city youth.  In his free time, Swan may be found furthering his passion for cooking, gardening, skiing and traveling. He divides his time between Beverly Hills, Boston and Maine.

An electronic version of James Swan’s press file can be found at this link:

Ronique Gibson

Secrets Of Top Design Bloggers

Ronique Gibson  is an Associate Architect and a LEED Accredited Professional, who has been in the design industry for over 13 years.  She graduated from Tuskegee University, in Tuskegee, Alabama, with a Bachelors of Architecture in 1997.

Her architecture background and love for residential interiors and writing has led her to writing for influential design blogs and an affluent home interiors magazine, Home Pulse in Central Florida.

Stagetecture – Ronique’s personal blog started in June of 2009 is where the love started.  Her design blog helps homeowners find decor, organization, do it yourself and family lifestyle solutions, and started off as resource to share ideas. Today it has become a well sought after destination for helping homeowners check in daily for help with their homes, DIY Saturday’s and inspiration to motivate homeowners to beautify and enjoy their homes.

Stagetecture has also become a congregate of over 70 masterful Guest Bloggers. Each week Stagetecture gives Guest Bloggers a chance to share their ideas, services, and home inspiration with the world. Stagetecture has given confidence and exposure to Bloggers, and has helped readers receive fresh information weekly.

Freshome – the online magazine for architecture and interiors which pulls in 2 million plus readers a month brought Ronique on to the Romanian run blog in June of 2010. By November, Ronique had written over 250 home lifestyle articles for Freshome and is currently the Contributing Editor for the magazine.  She is the only American of the 4 person staffed “mega design blog” that pulls in an expansive reach of readers worldwide and boasts a powerful 95,000 Facebook fans & 10,000 Twitter followers.

Ronique’s worldwide influence has helped her bring major brands together with Freshome in partnerships and beneficial alliances with manufacturers. She was honored to be asked by SubZero/Wolf to participate in their November, 2010 video which showcased influential design bloggers and their ideas regarding informing their affluent and influential consumer base through social media.

Ronique has currently written over 800 articles in the home niche market, and was recently featured on Problogger for helping other Bloggers find a writing niche in which they can expand upon for a lifetime.  She has written for the popular interiors London based MyDecoUS, blog, as well as answers homeowners home décor questions on Houzz, and helps them make home design decisions daily.

Ronique’s worldwide reach has led her to social media consulting in which she helps small businesses make an impact through social media. Her client list ranges from ceramic tile distributors, Realtors, to Historically Black College & University lifestyle online magazines.
Ronique was recently asked to speak at the Lady Blogger Social Online conference in July of 2011 and also hosts social media seminars in Jacksonville, Florida.

In her free time, Ronique enjoys spending time with her husband, Garrick and their three children, Andre, Demetri, and Avrielle in Jacksonville. In her downtime she can be found enjoying her passions of cooking, catching up on home and garden television or watching the latest reality shows!

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