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To whom it may concern: For over 38 years, MTI has been a global leader in mobile device display technologies, developing solutions that deliver the highest level of merchandising presentation for consumer electronics and mobile electronics applications. I was employed by MTI during the 90s as VP Sales & Marketing, Product Development, and Project Management. During the mid 90s, I had the pleasure of having Thomas Rawdon report directly to me as the Director of Merchandising Design. During the time Thomas worked for MTI at our World Headquarters offices and production facilities in Hillsboro, Oregon, the company developed and implemented a new and very comprehensive growth plan. We decided we needed to dramatically upgrade our displays and needed a design philosophy that would take us into the future while holding together the customer base we already enjoyed. The huge growth and expansion that started for MTI at that time has never slowed down. They are the best at what they do, with a rock solid future. Thomas played a very important role in helping shape that future for MTI. MTI had the patent on electronic switching in the US, and the switching products were the best in the industry. MTI did build sturdy and attractive displays at that time, but, they were basic in nature and did not support the direction both Mo Wagner (Company founder and President) and I had for the future. His came from starting MTI, and being involved with big Consumer Electronics companies and the technologies they needed to properly display products. My vision came from the time I spent in Executive Positions with Panasonic, Sony, and Clarion. I was the Director of Sales & Mkt at one of them, VP sales & Mkt at the 2nd, and President at the 3rd. I knew the future product plans and concepts for the Consumer Electronics Industry. I had met continuously with the top thinkers in the industry for nearly 2 1/2 decades. None of them planned to find ways to show off their products and product functions to consumers. Security for small devices that had to be touched before they were purchased was nonexistent. A huge opportunity existed. We realized that we were missing a strong component for our growth plan to work. We did not have anyone in the company with a truly creative vision and great design skills. We needed uniformity with some products, individualism with others. We needed a store full of our displays, not just be in a section of a department. Thats when we started a Regional search for a Director of Merchandising Design, and found Thomas Rawdon. The development of the new MTI Merchandising Design Department started with a facility central small empty room assigned to Thomas on his first day. He immediately filled the empty room with his boundless imagination. Thomas leadership skills showed up immediately. By the end of day one he presented his modest list of supplies and equipment for approval and requisition. Awaiting the arrival of the department supplies, and not missing a beat, Thomas set about programming MTI in every way. He initiated project contact with department heads, sales managers, project managers, product development, engineering, manufacturing and logistics, into rapid development of a Wish List of products and services Merchandising Design need. The list and initial ideas were considered from the top of senior management down to the shipping department. From this quick study launching pad, Thomas hit the ground running. That ended up foretelling his continuing litany of response and pro-active creativity that exponentially helped foster the growth and development of MTI. Merchandising Design grew rapidly within the MTI culture itself, but also in its outreach to the companys client base by bringing entirely new concepts and abilities to the table. Keeping pace with the forward march of technology and aided by a growing staff of skilled designers, Thomas solid management of his new Merchandising Designs department led the way with the development of the packaging design of the then new touch screen technology, including its graphics and interactive merchandising systems for home theater environments, mobile electronics, and many others product areas. Thomas coordinated and linked components into what became the Crown Jewel of MTI leadership in the consumer electronics community, Complete Whole Store Design. This opened up new worlds for MTI and the sales force, a world that knew no regional, national or international boundaries of potential and actual unlimited applications. Thomas personal skill as an illustrator and artist provided the thousand words of communication that placed into the sales and marketing staffs hands the kind of effective and compelling tools that brought into reality concepts never before available, let alone visualized. MTIs reveal of its Merchandising Design innovation and process into the world happened at the annual Las Vegas International Consumer Electronics Shows. The impact was immediate. For the first time, MTI was asked by a major San Diego Retailer (during this CES) to design the interior of its newest store, along with the creation of specialty displays that showed off products in new and very innovative ways. MTI was asked by the CES Management to hold a seminar during the show to teach retailer how to use this new method of complete merchandising of their products. It was titled Store Design by Objectives. It foretold the kind of progressively advanced and innovative direction that, along with the electronic innovation of the switching products themselves, enabled MTI to raise the bar within the industry forever. This was a special time for the development of new categories of Consumer Electronic products. (Did you use a smart phone today enjoy your 60 smart TV with home theater or sound bar use SirusXM Radio in your car) These products, along with a great many more, happened because the industry had a way to merchandise and sell the products. It all comes full circle. Thank you Thomas, and thank you MTI. Roy Harkey 214-535-5196 email@example.comOct 28, 2015
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Our job couldn't be better. We hired Tom in 2006 for a complete makeover of our 1905 farmhouse. Tom had innovative design ideas that transformed how we use our space. He was not an egoist who foisted his ideas and design ideals upon us, but rather a pleasant and empathic professional who listened to our ideas and what we wanted. He was a keen and careful observer of our personalities and habits, so that our house is truly our home, reflective of us and our ideas, moreso than we could have made it without him. He is also well-connected, and made innumerable suggestions for materials, local service providers, and implementation that more than paid for his design fees. We have recommended him innumerable times and will continue to do so. He has also become a valued friend in the ten years since then. If you're looking for a wonderful architect and designer, Tom's your man. We couldn't be happier.Oct 20, 2015
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Jose Aroldo F.
To whom it may concerne, I would like to comment on the services provided by our designer Thomas, on behalf of my Sister Rose Marie, and her husband RomÃ¡rio, and the beautiful chapel he designed and helped them build. Thomas designed a modern building, and yet respected and coordinated the design to fit with the other buildings located at the site. Yet, the Chapel is unique and quite different from similar structures located in the State of Espirito Santo. Thomas provided us with concept sketches, 3D drawings and views to help us understand the project. Once approved, he then provided the construction documents, and cut sheet designs for the Interior furnishings, and millwork details. We are very happy with this addition to our family, and look forward to its use for numerous ocasionas, now and in the future.Oct 5, 2015
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Tom Sorry I have not responded sooner, but I have several projects that are urgent and need my attention. In fact I may want to take advantage of your exceptional skills if you have time and I can afford you. as for a recommendation I can give you the highest praise for your design abilities and production capabilities. You are one of the most talented designers I have ever worked with. I would highly recommend you to anyone in need of an exceptional Designer with the experience do follow thru with all aspects of any project, including creating and executing wall murals etc. If they have any further questions about your capabilities and artistic skills have them call or email me at the following address. I hope this is of some help in your quest.Oct 21, 2015
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Home and office update less than budget and very contemporary and wearing wellOct 6, 2015
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Thomas Faggioli Rawdon
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?No, my pricing is based on the scope and value of the project, and is largely based on square feet, complexity of the design, location, time frame. I will project manage only my own work, at the rate of 5-10% of the overall value of the project, minus my conceptual design, and construction documents fees.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I start with a get acquainted interview, questions and answers for my client and myself to determine chemistry, shared values, and scope of work. Contract Agreement Site Review, available design or construction document review, or research. Concept proposals & Sketches, followed by Preliminary Drawings, and Approval. Production of final design documents, and specifications. Project management services are available.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?40+ years in the business of Interior Design, and two recent College Degrees, that focus on today's techniques and process of the business of Interior Design. Bachelor of Science, Interior Design, Art Institute of Pittsburgh, 2010 Master of Fine Arts, Interior Architecture, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, 1015.