Bill Reising, Workplace Consultant, works in our Tempe, AZ office. His 37 years of commercial furniture industry experience includes project management for some of the nation’s major Fortune 100 and 500 clients’ corporate headquarters and regional office facilities. During his 20 years with Target Commercial Interiors, Bill has managed projects for the following clients; Apollo Group, Bank of America, PF Chang’s, Sheraton Hotels, Hyatt Hotels, Doubletree Hotels, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Opus West, Accenture, BDO Seidman, eBay, and various Marriott International projects across the United States. Bill holds a BS degree in Industrial Design from Kent State University.
Q. What was your first job?
A. Greens-keeper’s assistant; I loved working outside. My job was to cut the back-nine greens every day.
Q. What was your best job?
A. National Sales manager for a custom upholstery and case goods manufacturer. Clients included Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton, Hyatt hotels and hospitality design firms across the nation. I loved the creative nature of the opportunities and interface between design, clients and manufacturing.
Q. In addition to earning a paycheck, how else has your career created value in your life?
A. Meeting new and interesting people along with travels to interesting locations, both nationally and internationally—and forming very close bonds with life-long clients.
Q. What is your most memorable travel experience?
A. Going to school in Switzerland and Mexico. These were real eye-openers for me to experience the cultural, teaching methods and aesthetic differences.
Q. What do you like to do in your spare time?
A. Explore new places, play my pianos (I always get a new one at the annual Secret Santa event), read, garden and entertain.
Q. What lessons has your work life taught you?
A. Your life can change in an instant, in good or bad ways. Never assume or take anything for granted.
Q. Do you have any favorite stories from your work life?
A. Yes, many. My favorite is how fortunate I was to meet my wife, soul mate and partner. My first opportunity in the commercial furniture industry was over 37 years ago. I worked for a small company with only three salespeople, and my future wife was our secretary. She and I didn’t get along very well initially, but over a short period of time we developed a close relationship. About nine months later we started dating, and never looked back. We are currently on vacation in Northern Europe, celebrating 35 years of marriage.