We had the good fortune of connecting with Jerry Stanley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jerry, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
I think the primary factor in a good business relationship is mutual confidence and trust. Therefore, I would say my guiding value is that of integrity. I want to be open, honest and transparent with my clients…and hope for the same in return. I want them to know both my capabilities and limitations. I want them to understand the scope of a project…and what to expect during the process. I was taught as a young boy that “honesty is the best policy.” That policy still remains in the framework of Mission Accomplished Design. It’s at the heart of who we are and what we do.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Mission Accomplished was established to assist customers in designing their houses to make them their own, creating business environments that are both inviting and productive, and enhancing real estate properties to maximize their profit potential. The business and its team members are able to work with clients on anything from “brain-storming” during a design consultation to the full implementation of that project. Mission Accomplished can work with a client “from the ground up” or simply work with the current “framework” in place. Some designers have a particular style or design perspective that influences their projects. Others seem to feel their personal expertise is more important than their client’s thoughts and ideas. I find that capturing a homeowner’s vision is far more important than imposing the “perfect design plan.” I think one of my clients said it best, “Jerry was amazing to work with. I have nothing but the greatest respect for him and the work he does, and consider myself fortunate to call him my friend. He listened to my ideas and got a good feeling for what I liked and didn’t like. He allowed my remodel to be a reflection of who I am and what I love…not necessarily a picture perfect room, but a room that is perfect for me. When I became overwhelmed with all the choices to make, he was there to guide me. When I get the bug to do more remodeling or just need a room makeover, I will definitely call Jerry. I highly recommend him to anyone.” I think it’s that commitment to truly HEARING the client that sets us apart from others. We’re not interested in merely taking on a project, we’re anxious to build lasting relationships with our clients. Actually, our business relationships aren’t projects, they’re partnerships…working together to meet and exceed expectations. Has the pathway to business success been easy or quick? Certainly not. It has taken time, commitment, patience, persistence and perseverance. There have been any number of dry seasons…along with those of unprecedented success. But through it all we’ve remained true to the vision of who we are and all we wanted to accomplish. Having spent many years in various jobs and careers, I find it most important to enjoy what you do and who you do it with. That’s why Mission Accomplished was founded…and how it continues!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Entertaining a friend is much like pleasing a client. No two friends or clients are the same. Setting a week’s itinerary is going to be dramatically shaped by my visiting friend’s interests and needs. Fort Worth is a city rich in history and culture. It’s fun to step back in time with a stroll through the Stockyards…or to linger in one of the city’s many fabulous museums. Perhaps it’s enjoying a musical or drama at Bass Hall, Casa Manana…or any number of live local venues. It could involve a light snack at one of the many mom & pop establishments or a sumptuous dinner at a multi-star restaurant. I’ve always found good food and good company go hand in hand! It’s fun to host a friend in my home city. I often discover things I’ve never seen and places I’ve never visited!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have always felt that good design is more a matter of instinct rather than training. It tends to be more about who you are than what you’ve learned. So, my first shoutout would go to my mother. A great deal of my talent is inherited. Mom was the very definition of a successful homemaker! With a limited budget, she made our home a showplace. It wasn’t always a comfortable place to live as a kid,,,but it was always a beautiful place to entertain! She had an amazing eye for color, style and design. A second shoutout goes to a previous employer, Dani Robertson, of Lighthouse Furniture and Design Center in Weatherford. She saw something in me, not just as a store manager but as a budding designer. She encouraged and cultivated that talent, taking me to Market, seeking my ideas and input and, ultimately, turning all of the in-store design over to me. It was at Lighthouse that I not only recognized my “gift”, but learned how much joy it brought me.
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