Lana has been with Target Commercial Interiors since 1998. She has been in the industry for 30 years, 26 of them in sales. Her background in interior design makes her especially capable of understanding and assisting customers in creatively solving problems.
Q. What was your first job?
A. As a kid I worked for my Uncle’s greenhouse – lots of planting. When I was 16, I worked at an ice cream parlor and after that I held several waitressing jobs including at the Milwaukee Country Club, which was quite an education.
Q. What was your best job?
A. I think I’m working at my best job! I enjoy meeting and working with different people and helping find solutions. I enjoy everyone I work with. We have a great group of talented people who care about our clients.
Q. In addition to earning a paycheck, how else has your career created value in your life?
A. I enjoy the process and the creativity of working out solutions, and new ways of looking at things. Making a customer happy is a very good feeling.
Q. What is your most memorable travel experience?
A. I have many memorable travel experiences. With four siblings, our family took vacations every year and sometimes the car trip was too memorable. My husband and our two boys have traveled all over the U.S., but I would have to say, two vacations stand out. Disney World when the boys were just the right age to really enjoy it, and off-roading, white water rafting and hiking in Colorado when they were older.
Q. What do you like to do in your spare time?
A. I enjoy planning and working on projects around the house. It seems like we are always redoing something. I enjoy traveling, even road trips are fun, just to get away and experience something different.
Q. What lessons has your work life taught you?
A. I’ve learned to be patient, to not take rejection personally, to fix problems as soon as possible and that work-life balance is really important.
Q. Do you have any favorite stories from your work life?
A. Some things seem kind of funny when you look back on how things used to be, “back in the day”. When I started in design, I actually went out on jobs with the installers and helped where I could, but mostly helped them decipher the plans. I also remember drawing everything by hand and using an electric eraser for changes. I worked for a Haworth dealer and the entire price list was about 20 pages when I started!
Connect with Lana: http://www.linkedin.com/in/lana-dresser/
Some of my major projects:
- Mercy Health System – Moving the business center to the MercyCare building, including moving over 300 stations and contents
- Mercy Walworth Hospital addition and remodel
- Mercy Main Entrance addition and remodel including Pain Management & Plastics departments
- Mercy East Clinic Addition and remodeling of 4 floors
- Mercy’s new North Clinic, Clinics in Elkhorn & Edgerton WI
- United Technology – Helping to develop new workstation standards and private office standards, which have been carried into numerous departments
- Reno Zahm law firm – remodeling project including finishes, new lobby and conference rooms
- Aqua-Aerobic Systems – Large addition and remodeling of existing building, all furniture and finishes