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YOU are the designer of your career story! Have you ever thought about how the approach to life and design can be so parallel? How impactful is the space you live in? Have you ever considered the amount of research, thought, and organization that goes into a well designed and inspirational space? As one of the next ARPOW guests states “once the why is understood, the how becomes far clearer!”

On this episode of A Real Piece of Work, Abbey Huppenbauer and Jake Larson, interior designers at InVision Architect, take Matt and Joy along on their career and design journeys. This episode will give you the space you need to take those career ideas from brain to paper so you can begin creating the magic!

Tune in; you have what it takes! This may be the next step forward on the career and life journey that YOU get to design.

Abbey is a 2013 graduate from Iowa State University and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design degree. Her approach to design is simple: it is about the end user. She enjoys working directly with clients to turn visions into reality and feels fortunate to have the opportunity to create and improve spaces that directly affect individual’s health and welfare. Abbey believes the combination of thorough research, strong ideation, and an organized excel document all constituent impactful interior design.

Jake is a 2020 graduate from Iowa State University and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design degree. His approach to life and design is to always start with why. Once the why is understood, the how becomes far clearer. Jake merges the need for locale with the need for impact to provoke a unique sense of belonging. He takes pride in his ability to be a facilitator. With experience in the complexities of future proofing designs, Jake is driven to create an impact on the skylines in people’s hearts.

Joy Dodson, Vice President of Community Relations at JA of the Heartland, is a Quad Cities native who graduated from United Township High School and Western Illinois University QC campus. Her career journey allowed her to expand her wings in North Carolina and Kansas before moving back to Bettendorf, IA where she has called home for the past 10 years. Joy embraced 10 years of growth and experiences in various roles under the Human Resources and Leadership Development umbrellas spanning multiple industries. She will forever be passionate about elevating and inspiring leaders through a people first proactive mindset!
As a Vice President with Russell, a construction and development firm based in Davenport, IA, Matt Rebro brings 20+ years of industry experience and relationships to the team. He is a key contributing member to Russell’s Business Development outreach efforts. Matt’s focus is to help grow the Russell brand with targeted individuals and firms and to support his Russell team members to ensure existing client relationships are maximized to their fullest potential. As a native eastern-Iowan, Matt has demonstrated a commitment to supporting communities over the last two decades via personal and firm support of organizations such as Junior Achievement, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Iowa Association of Business & Industry and the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce Workforce Coalition.