By Danielle Accovelli
Photo by Claudia Johnstone
It seems like there’s no home too grand nor project too complex for Travis Ferger and his team at CCS Presentation Systems’ Home Division. The senior technology consultant has been in the audiovisual business for more than 20 years, starting at a time when car stereos were the new big thing.
Ferger also brings a one-of-a-kind touch to each home he tricks out. “I was a DJ for a long time so I’ve always been a music lover, and, at first, this business was very music-forward. That’s what really led me to it.”
After taking the helm of CCS’s Home Division two years ago, his success has been unprecedented, something he credits largely to his team of eight, noting that they are “like a dream team of AV experts.”
Most recently, Ferger has been working on homes at The Village at Mountain Shadows, bringing a little bit of his past to the present.
“My mom married my stepdad at the original Mountain Shadows resort when I was five. It was an iconic property back then, so we always wondered what would become of it,” he says. “I think this is exactly what Paradise Valley wanted, and I am so glad to be a part of it.”
Any major trends you’re seeing right now? Voice control is the latest buzzword in our industry, and it’s something I like to teach people about because it’s not always what it seems to be. What’s one of your favorite features? Probably the one thing I never would have thought about doing in my home and now feel that everyone should do in their home is the lighting. What’s your best piece of advice? I always tell my guys – and it’s one of my favorite sayings – that “no amount of money can compare to a job well done,” and that’s the satisfaction you get on both ends.
By Brittany Maroney
Photo by James Patrick
Shari Lott is considered one of the brightest online retail minds in Phoenix. Lott, the founder of SpearmintLOVE
(www.spearmintlove.com) might blush at these words, but there’s no denying the fact that she is one of only 11 U.S. small business owners named to Facebook’s Elite 2017 U.S. Small Business Council. Going head-to-head with brick and mortar boutiques, Lott has risen to the top by her savvy brand building and understanding of using social media to power her business.
“SpearmintLOVE has grown rapidly because it seeks unique, on-trend products away from the norm,” Lott says. “Telling a story about the product we are selling through visual imagery is a distinct advantage we have in the marketplace.”
While pregnant, Shari recognized that new mothers were in desperate need for a place that offered unique, on-trend baby clothing – and that they also desired a visual showcase in which to view each amazing piece.
“I was decorating my baby’s room and wanted a Swiss cross blanket as part of the decor. I couldn’t find one anywhere, so I designed one myself and had it made. I quickly sold 10 blankets, and that was how SpearmintLOVE was born.”
Is it hard balancing home life and work? We don’t really balance it. Building a fast-growing company is a 24/7 job. Instead of fighting that reality, we have built our life around the business. We want our kids to see that hard work and sacrifice is the key to success. What are some current trends in the baby apparel you carry? Vintage prints are back and florals are in this year. Unexpected animals such as rhinos, hedgehogs and bison continue to be more popular than the more traditional deers, foxes and bunnies. Graphic and statement onesies like “Baby Gang” are also trending this year. Any advice for other entrepreneurs/mompreneurs? Outwork everyone.