STARTING A CONVERSATION, SHARING THEIR STORIES, FOLLOWING THEIR PASSION.
Our diverse panel of speakers has specialized in design, mastered their crafts, and lived to tell their tales. From humble beginnings to big dreams, each one hopes to share with you how they took an idea, a problem, or a passion and turned it into their life and career while following their own individual path.
We have representatives from fashion and retail, restaurant and design, art direction and body art. Join us for a riveting, revealing, in-depth conversation about what it takes to make it, and where to go when you get there.
Jonathan Buckley is the former COO of McGarry Bowen, Ad Age's Agency of the Year Award winner in 2009. Where he worked with companies such as Google's Droid, Chevron, and Kraft. In recent years he has been pursuing a passion for sustainable restaurants in Charleston with Scarecrow and SouthSeas Tiki Lounge.
Jamie Lyn Dorfman of Ax + Apple dabbled in almost every possible visual art before falling in love with jewelry design. Having worked in props for a few period films, she accumulated an assortment of vintage findings including an array of world coins, various men's pocket watch chains, and pen knives. She began artfully combining these and other fine vintage components, with a modern eye and an appreciation for "making things like they used to". As the demand for the line grew, so did the range of findings used in the pieces, and in the spring of 2009, the first collection was born. Ax+Apple can now be found in boutiques across the U.S and Canada and is currently based in Winston-Salem, NC.
Lindsey Cheek is an interior designer who designs for residential and commercial clients all over the country. Although design keeps her traveling her store front and family keep her roots in Wilmington, NC. As a Southern Living Tastemaker it is no surprise that she filmed for the show Hunting Vintage while she and her husband purchased a home from the 1928 and are currently renovating. Her design work has been featured in HGTV Magazine, Consumer Reports, Southern Living Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Martha Stewart Weddings. For design clients her time is spent taking taking their ideas and dreams and creating them into a reality with both beauty and purpose. For store customers her time is spent sourcing unique and fun items to make any house feel more like home. While she isn’t in the studio or store she is at home on her back porch with her husband Grayson and her two children Tilley-Gray and Maines.
Shawn is a tattooer and co-owner of Good Graces Tattoo in Wilmington, NC. He has a bachelors of Architecture from Temple University. While in school, he studied abroad in both Tokyo and Rome. After graduation, he transitionioned into steel fabrication, working for Face Design in NYC. He eventually returned to Philadelphia, starting his own business as a designer and builder, renovating residential and commercial properties primarily in the Fishtown area of Philadelphia. He eventually returned to academia, teaching at Temple University as an adjunct, and then full time in the architecture department at Philadelphia University, where he worked until bagging it all, to become a tattooer. His tattoo apprenticeship brought him to Wilmington NC, where he worked as an indentured servant at Family First Tattoo in exchange for a tatter's education, eventually moving on to Artfuel Tattoo, then to Invoke Tattoo, and finally opening his own shop, with his partner Luke Worley, at Good Graces Tattoo.
Lindsey Pruitt is the Owner & Art Director of Lindsey Pruitt Co., her creative studio located in Charlotte, NC focused on brand development & print design. Lindsey is driven by the belief that every person has their own unique magic within — extremely passionate about helping each client come to a deep understanding of who they are, in order to build a brand that is authentic & set apart. As the girl who spent her school years with a disposable camera in hand & a locker covered with magazine ad clippings, she dreamed of the day she could combine her passions for art & creativity into a career to help others bring their ideas to life. When she’s not designing & dreaming with her team, you can find her at home with a latte in hand, snuggled up with her pup, Jovi, and her best friend, Corey — who she was lucky enough to marry.