Kay Sargent brings over 30 years of experience in the interiors industry. Her work has taken her to multiple continents where she has worked with Fortune 500 companies on their global real estate strategies and designed workplaces of the future. Kay specializes in helping companies identify their unique organizational DNA and requirements, align their space wi‍‍‍th their business goals, develop the workplace of the future and deliver it across their global portfolio.

Kay is a Senior Principal and Director of WorkPlace for Strategic Accounts at HOK, the world’s largest global architectural firm and serves on the Board of Directors. Kay was recently elected to serve on the International Federation of Interior Designers /Architects, IFI and on the CoreNet Global Board. She also serves on the National ASID Foundation Research Taskforce and the Advisory Board of Virginia Tech School of Architecture and Design. She has also served on the International Boards of IIDA, ASID, NCQLP, ASID Foundation Board of Trustees, and NCIDQ. She is an active member of IFMA and co-founder of the IFMA Workplace Evoluntionaries, WE, community. Kay was recently selected as a ‘POWER WOMEN’ by Bisnow and is a networker and mentor to many in the industry, and as such is a Founding member of the DC Chapter of Upward.  

Conference Overview

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Keynotes, Fireside Chats, Panels and General Sessions:

  • Design Connections keeps things simple by having only one conference track to focus on. Attendees will sit in on a variety of sessions covering the latest topics, industry news and respected insights from leading solution providers, industry experts, and design professionals.

Case Study Boardroom Sessions:

  • These highly interactive sessions presented by solution providers to an intimate group of executives give an inside perspective on the implementation and strategy of an actual customer use case.  These sessions not only provide the vendors with feedback on end user wants/needs, but also promote candid discussions for designers/architects to gain perspective from their peers.

1:1 Meetings:

  • Our 1:1 Meeting Zone allows our end user attendees, solution providers, and industry experts the perfect opportunity to connect with one another for 20 minute face-to-face meetings, which makes sourcing solutions painless for our executive attendees and makes connecting with prospective clientele cost-effective for our sponsors. Respected industry analysts and experts will also be present to discuss strategy and help you move your enterprise or solution set forward.

Networking Receptions:

  • Connections can be made at a traditional trade show, but with our unique format, lasting relationships are forged through a multitude of networking opportunities. Attendees are able to network over 2.5 days and dive more deeply into discussions that cannot be had walking a trade show floor. Regarding the number of end user attendees and solution providers, we believe that quality over quantity adds a higher value to the conversations had, because only the most-qualified attendees are invited to attend and only vendors that are capable of delivering products and solutions to major enterprises are eligible to sponsor.




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October 7-9, 2018 | Hyatt ‍‍‍Lost Pines Resort and Spa, Austin, TX







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Design Connections is produced by interiors+sources in conjunction with nGage Events LLC

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October 7-9, 2018 | Hyatt Lost Pines Resort and Spa, Austin, TX

The unique, invitation-only hosted format of Design Connections, conducted in an upscale resort setting like the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas, provides an engaging platform for presentations and keynotes, small group discussions‍‍‍, industry specific, and vertical-focused topics as well as one-on-one conversations with leading vendors and peers on the latest commercial interior design topics, products, and solutions. Key aspects include:

Conference Chair

Jane Rohde, Conference Chair


JSR Associates, Inc.

Jane Rohde champions widespread global cultural shift toward de-institutionalizing senior living communities through her consulting, research and advocacy, which provides services to non-profit and for-profit developers, government agencies, and senior living care providers.

She is one of the tri-chairs responsible for the development and updates to the Facility Guidelines Institute’s Guidelines for Design and Construction of Residential Health, Care, and Support Facilities, a guideline utilized as code for the licensing of long term care and related facility types.

In April 2015, Jane received the first Changemaker Award for Environments for Aging from The Center for Health Design.  She speaks internationally on senior living, aging, healthcare, evidence-based design and sustainability.

Advisory Board

Glenn Haussman, Advisory Board Member


No Vacancy

Glenn Haussman is publisher of www.novacan‍‍‍cynews.com, hosts the ‘No Vacancy’ podcast, Here to Stay TV, and contributes to Youmustbetrippin.com. He’s also President of Rouse Media, an in-demand public speaker, educator and custom content creator for major hotel brands and leading industry suppliers.  

The No Vacancy podcast attracts the biggest names in hospitality, including major public company CEOs and industry influencers. The show was recently mentioned in the NY Times and was previously chosen by USA Today as a “best podcast to listen to while traveling.”  

Glenn has been quoted in leading publications such as the NY Times, USA Today, and Washington Post. He previously served as adjunct professor at New York University, teaching classes in Public Relations & Advertising, and Consumer Behavior.

Kay Sargent, ASID, IIDA, CID, LEED® AP, MCR.w, WELL AP Senior Principal

Director of WorkPlace


Healthcare Representative

Hospitality Representative

Workplace ‍‍‍Representative

Toni Gocke Wyre, ASID, LEED AP, AIA Affiliate

Sr. Associate Interior Designer

Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects

Toni Gocke Wyre is a commercial interior designer specializing in Education, Healthcare and Corporate Interiors and was recognized as one of Arkansas Business' Top 40 under 40 Professionals in 2013. In the August, 2014 issue of At Home in Arkansas, Toni was selected as one of Arkansas readers' favorite local designers. Toni was the only architectural/commercial designer to be selected for this honor. Over the last decade, her work has received over 30 regional design awards, crossing all sectors, from residential to hospitality, healthcare and education. In 2013, Toni's largest corporate project to date, Southwest Power Pool, was selected as the most outstanding commercial design project by The American Society of Interior Designers for the South Central Region, including Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Toni is the outgoing President for the South Central region of ASID and will be joining ASID National in October of this year as incoming Chair-Elect of the Chapter Support Team.

Education Representative