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the glue that holds our design office (and more) together

For the few of you who may not know, Margery Winter is the creative director at Berroco. After years of a mentor/student relationship, we now work as parts of a team here at Berroco. Margery writes about another very important member of our team:

Deana Gavioli keeps the design department running like a top.  Her responsibilities range from assisting our art director, gathering and updating all information for our website, proofing all stages of Knitbits, monitoring info@berroco.com, creating and trafficking trunk shows, editing all written pieces generated by this department, tagging and labeling all samples, acting as the liaison between designers and sample knitters, managing all production of store models, processing invoices.  Deana is our clearing house of facts and keeper of information.  She works at her desk and computer everyday, calmly coordinating all packages to and from the sample knitters so that Norah and I can maintain our rigorous design and photography schedule.  With her finger on the pulse of our department, she calmly goes about her business quietly making sure that all runs as smoothly as possible while at the same time our dear Deana, beautiful inside and out will not allow a single Knitbits to be released until every ”t” is crossed and every “i” is dotted. Often I wonder how Deana can remain so calm and so steady.  I have worked with her for many years and I continue to be in awe of her endless reserve of patience. Thanks so much Deana.  We can’t do it without you!

Photography courtesty of Photo by Cregg Annarino Photography (Deana’s talented brother)


6 thoughts on “the glue that holds our design office (and more) together

  1. Isn’t it incredible what a calm, administrative, detailed, organized voices will do to a department…. Talk about unsung heroes. My admin aka angel is back today after a month of family leave and I couldn’t be happier!

  2. Deana—– kudos to you. First of all wrangling Margery and Norah has to be more than a full time job, and a thankless one as well! 🙂 I know that working “in the back lot” is just flat puredee super completely hard to do as well and to do it well and receive such warm and happy thanks is lovely.

    Here’s the cool thing, women across the ages have been the ones that are “the glue”. Being the glue sounds rather, well less than fabulous. We would rather be presidents and ceo’s and Nobel prizewinners and s/hot knitterly people. When the reality is, being The Glue is quite simply the most wonderful thing in the world.

    Don’t lose your sticky kiddo—— I salute you!

  3. More than once I’ve been the beneficiary of Deana’s ministrations, long distance. Although we’ve never met face to face, she comes across as amazing! Viva Deana!

  4. As a new designer, she has been wonderful to work with and help me get my “yarn legs” in a foreign land. Thank you.

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