Color Forecast Team

The Sherwin-Williams Color Team travels the globe to track color’s shifting currents.

Sue Wadden, Director of Color Marketing

Sue Wadden

Director of Color Marketing

Sue is a color expert for Sherwin-Williams Paint Stores Group, responsible for the company’s overall philosophy of color leadership and overseeing world color trend forecasting.

She began her career at Sherwin-Williams in 1998 as an interior designer and color marketing specialist. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in interior design from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Sue is active in the Color Marketing Group, the Color Association of the United States, the American Society of Interior Design and the Interior Design Society.

Michael Plank, Director, Color Marketing and Design

Michael Plank

Director, Color Marketing and Design

Michael and his team provide color and design solutions for Sherwin-Williams Paint Stores Group, serving field representatives and more than 4,200 stores throughout North America. Under his lead, the group handles photo imaging, custom color cards and customized design schemes.

With a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute, Michael began as a designer and centered his career on color, pattern and surface design for the home décor market.

Lauren West, Color Marketing Manager, Industrial Wood Coatings

Lauren West

Color Marketing Manager, Industrial Wood Coatings

Lauren is responsible for global color, design and marketing efforts for kitchen cabinets, furniture, building products, flooring, architectural millwork and specialty wood product market segments. Along with a team of color stylists, she oversees color trend and lifestyle monitoring, research and analysis to assist customers around the world in selecting coatings for retail appeal.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in interior design from Radford University and is an associate member of the Interior Design Society.

Patrícia Fecci, Marketing Manager, Tinted Products and Color Services, Brazilian Subsidiary

Patrícia Fecci

Marketing Manager, Tinted Products and Color Services, Brazilian Subsidiary

Patrícia has responsibility for tinted products and color management, as well as home centers and paint dealers. She also assists with color systems, color palettes and merchandising; tracks design trends; and provides training and new business development assistance.

In her 17 years with the company, Patrícia has completed many projects in Brazil and now oversees color projects in Argentina and Chile as well. She has a degree in business administration and a master’s in marketing.

Karrie Hodge, Senior Designer, Color Marketing and Design

Karrie Hodge

Senior Designer, Color Marketing and Design

Karrie manages the new residential market segment. With more than 16 years of interior design experience, she creates and delivers presentations about trends and services, and researches color and trend information.

Karrie holds a Bachelor of Arts from the accredited University of Akron. She is an active member of the Color Marketing Group, an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers and an industry partner of the International Interior Design Association.

Emily Kantz, Interior Designer, Color Marketing and Design

Emily Kantz

Interior Designer, Color Marketing and Design

Emily oversees commercial design, including healthcare, hospitality and commercial market segments. With more than 10 years of interior design experience, Emily creates and delivers presentations about trends and services, and designs color and interior concepts.

Emily earned a Bachelor of Arts in interior design from the University of Akron. A LEED-accredited professional, she holds EDAC accreditation and is an NCIDQ-certified designer. She is a member of the American Association of Interior Designers and an industry member of the International Interior Design Association.

Carson Cradduck, Marketing Manager, Midwestern Division

Carson Cradduck

Marketing Manager, Midwestern Division

Carson has more than 20 years’ experience in the paints and coatings industry. In this role, he oversees the color and specification resources for architect and design accounts. Carson worked in the Chicago market for six years as the Sherwin-Williams architectural account executive. His other experiences include store manager, estimator and commercial sales representative.

Carson has a business marketing degree from Eastern Illinois University. He holds certifications as a NACE Level 1 Inspector and a CSI, Construction Document Technologist.

Karen Galvin, Designer Marketing Manager, Southwestern Division

Karen Galvin

Designer Marketing Manager, Southwestern Division

Karen supports the residential interior designer market with color and paint specifications, ensuring they remain up to date with the latest color tools and trends. She also provides continuing education courses and webinars to hundreds of interior designers and industry partners throughout the year. She is on the Color Forecast Team and manages the Southwestern Division design account executive team.

A 12-year company veteran, Karen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Ball State University.

Donna D'Alterio, Designer Marketing Manager, Eastern Division

Donna D’Alterio

Designer Marketing Manager, Eastern Division

Donna supports the marketing initiatives for the residential designer/architect community and manages a team of six designer account executives. She held multiple positions previously as a management trainee, assistant manager, market manager and field coatings representative.

During her 11 years with the company, she earned an associate’s degree in interior design and received several Circle of Excellence awards. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Delaware.

Sabina Jahic, Designer Marketing Manager, Southeastern Division

Sabina Jahic

Designer Marketing Manager, Southeastern Division

Sabina builds brand awareness and helps other designers and architects with color and finishes in their design processes. She has also been closely involved with IDS and ASID chapters in New York City, Long Island and Connecticut.

Sabina was a senior designer in the field of architecture for 15 years. She is a graduate of the Architectural School of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and a summa cum laude graduate of Paier College of Art in interior design.

Kiki Redhead

Color Marketing Specialist

Kiki leads color and trend initiatives for Sherwin-Williams Design Segments and Industrial Coatings Division, collaborating across industries on color and trends.

With a master’s in trend forecasting, Kiki has brought visionary expertise in color, material and finish to interior and industrial design companies in more than 12 countries. A member of the Color Marketing Group, her work has impacted products from consumer goods to cars, cabinets, coatings, clothing and cosmetics.

Emily Grundy

Designer Account Executive, Canada

Emily supports the residential interior designer market with color and paint specifications and provides continuing education for designers and industry partners. She works with the Canadian design account team.

Dedicated to the exploration of color and trends, Emily studied fine arts at OCAD University in Toronto. She is an allied member of the Interior Designers of Canada (IDC), Decorators and Designers Association of Canada (DDA), and the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO), and a proud member of the arts community in Toronto.

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