Susan F. Beiser
Susan F. Beiser is Founder of a design and consulting business, Susea Blu Studios, based in Charlotte, NC. Susan discovered her creative passion at an early age and hasn't looked back. Her spark began with a 1970's design trifecta…Shrinky Dinks, Spiro-graph and Altair Design books from her grade-school book fair. She was off and running to a visual art high school and later, earned a BFA in Graphic Communication (Illustration) and an MFA in Fibers (Surface Design). Her journey naturally evolved into a design career spanning close to 35 years with a diverse range of specialties in residential and commercial industries. Her most recent position was over 21 years serving as Senior Designer at OMNOVA, A Synthomer Business focused on decorative surfaces and performance films for laminates. Previous, positions were in textiles and graphic design. Style and color research, surface design and collegiate instruction remain the consistent focal points of her creative pursuits. A fellow CMG member and mentor of Susan's advised her when joining CMG, that this is the closest we, as designers, get to continued education while working in our fields. Susan still approaches the CMG experience with that in mind. She has been a member of Color Marketing Group since 1998. She is a long-time facilitator and co-facilitator at International Summit workshops. She was a participant in the new member mentor program, helping first time attendees get their footing at International Summits. She views the formal collaborative experiences at CMG Summits as critical and energizing while the unforeseen encounters, the exciting diversions, are what lead you to places unexplored.
Lora Di Fabio
My passion for color has been the driving force since the beginning of my career. Upon completing my Fine Arts degree, I joined an Industrial Design consultancy where I specialized in color & graphics applied to consumer products: From telephones to laptops and packaging in between. This experience brought me to my next job and where I tackled much bigger products like snowmobiles, motorcycles, boats, and even helicopters! Moving on to even bigger things, today my focus is developing an array of flooring products for commercial applications such as hospitals and schools. Through the years, CMG has had my back. With the support of the color design community, I always feel I could count on their knowledge and guidance no matter what the size of the challenge! I look forward to sharing my passion and experiences with other color & design enthusiasts on their journey through our wonderful profession!
Thoma has been an entrepreneur all of her life, finding creative ways to sell or market something. When she discovered her love of colour and design her world changed forever.
Thoma has owned a Benjamin Moore retail store for 30 years where she was responsible for marketing herself and her business, along with HR, tinting and colour matching paint as well as customer service. Essentially everything that was involved in running a business she did at some point in her career. During the transformation of the paint industry and various economic challenges, her retail business evolved into more of a one stop shop for any in home decorating project. Her passion for sewing and working with textiles made selling window coverings a natural fit. She also branched out and created Thoma & Co Designs offering in-home consulting on colours, interior design, window coverings and Kitchen and Bath renovations. Working with customers is her ultimate passion, pushing the limits of their imagination and building trust to use colour in a new way, while helping them create a feeling of home, is her greatest reward. Thoma became a member of CMG in 2016, and after attending her first summit she was so excited to have found her colour tribe, meeting like minded people from all over the world. As she enters into a new season of her life she would love to pass on some of this knowledge to anyone interested in pursuing a career in colour, customer service or design.
Stephanie Dycha has devoted herself to the world of color over the past 20 years. Specializing in working with brand managers, utilizing innovative technology, and applying extensive trend knowledge, she strives to apply a circular design approach to a new level in the field of plastic products. Stephanie now heads up both the Avient ColorWorks US & Canada team in West Chicago, IL and the West coast Design team located in Phoenix, AZ. These teams work with a diverse client base that spans numerous fields including packaging, consumer goods, automotive, and much more. The Avient ColorWorks network is made up of global centers specially designed to foster imagination and support creative exploration of new plastic product ideas while providing the technical resources needed to test the feasibility of original and unique product designs. Stephanie is on the Executive Committee of the Color Marketing group as the Vice President of Marketing. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Management from Loyola University Chicago. She is currently an MBA Candidate in a joint program with Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business and Loyola University School of Environmental Sustainability where she focuses on Sustainability Assessment and Planning.
As I was in the process of writing my first book about color, I was looking for reliable professional resources and found the Color Marketing Group. I attended my first meeting in 1982 and have been a member ever since. The value of belonging to this group has been incredibly meaningful. Not only is it an opportunity to learn and to contribute and share, but it is also a place to network with other like-minded people and to build strong friendships. It is always such a pleasure to see former attendees of my color/design classes become members of the group as I feel CMG is such a valuable resource and provides a place to come together in the pursuit of more information about our favorite subject—COLOR!
Throughout my career, my love of color has been a constant source of inspiration. I have worked in the home furnishings industry for thirty years as a textile designer creating printed and knitted fabrics, rugs, and color and trend research. In this next phase of my life, I have returned to school to study Interior Design. My expertise in product development and color and trend research has helped me succeed in my studies. After joining CMG, I immediately began volunteering in various committees and co-facilitating and facilitating workshops. I have served as a member of the North American Steering Committee, Summit Planning, the Board of Directors, and the Executive Committee. Color Marketing Group has been vital to my professional growth and development. CMG is the only organization where members actively participate in the forecasting process. We live it, see it, and breathe it every day – we are the experts in our field. I enjoy sharing my love of CMG, meeting new members, hearing their stories, learning about new industries, and helping others in our colorful journeys.
Montaha is a Color Archaeologist™ with an international record in the coatings industry, global marketing, trend research, color forecasting, writing and public speaking. Montaha's experience in the coatings industry extended across many geographical areas, including North America, the Middle East, South East Asia and Europe. Fouder of Color Landing Studio, Montaha works with clients on color portfolio, color trends and color forecasting based on concentrated research related to their market segments and geographical areas. Montaha remained a permanent color forecasting panelist for five consecutive years with The Mix Magazine and contributed to color trend panels and color trend books around the world, including Dutch Design Week trend book, MoOD Inspirations in Belgium, and NCS Color Trends, just to name a few. As a writer, Montaha authored three memoirs; Giving Voice to My Silent (2022), Dando voz a mi silencio (2021), and Groping for Truth (2018). She co-authored Colour Design: Theories and Applications (2012 & 2017), edited by Janet Best. She also authored The Role of Color in Design, an educational chapter for Shop! MaRC Program's. Montaha's articles and interviews on color forecasting have appeared in various publications including Powder Coating, Product Finishing, Retail Environment, PCI, PPCJ, APCJ, Rugs News and Designs, The Vancouver Sun and The Wall Street Journal. As a public speaker, Montaha made virtual and in-person appearances on many international stages, including 100% Design, ChinaCoat, CoaTech, Color Marketing Group, The European Coatings Show, Neocon, The Powder Coatings Summit, Warsaw Culture Center, Taiwan Design Center, and many others. She has also been a guest lecturer in multiple universities including Ryerson Univeristy, George Brown College Casa Loma Campus, and Heriot Watt University Dubai Campus. Montaha joined Color Marketing Group in 2007 and facilitated and co-facilitated various workshops. After many consecutive hits and misses in the elections for the Board of Directors, she didn't give up until she got elected in 2018. In collaboration with Kiki Redhead, she contributed to setting up and rolling out a virtual training module on facilitating. She also got involved in other projects and chaired the Color Apps Committee. Staring January 2020, Montaha has been serving on CMG's Executive Committe. In her tenure as VP Color Forecasting she contributed to the rollout of virtual color forecasting and participated in other improvements to worksheets, written reports and color forecast analysis. In addition to Color Marketing Group, Montaha serves on the Executive Committee of the Colour Research Society of Canada (CRSC) and the Canadian Freelance Guild (CFG). Montaha is based in Guelph, Ontario in Canada, and speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian and Arabic.
CMG is my drug of choice. CMG has offered me access to a vibrant community of experienced, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable people ~ broadening my life, personally and professionally. By being in the company of mutually-color-obsessive-people my life has been greatly enhanced > filling my brain with the sights and sounds of color in ways I didn't know was possible! So, after years and years of experience as an art director, illustrator, graphic designer, textile artist, and surface designer I'm excited to be part of ColorBRIDGE. Having worked in corporate jobs and steering my own business I delight in meeting other curious minds and sharing my experience as we all strive for growth.
I went to school for textile design. Then, I started my career designing woven fabrics and print designs, creating beautiful fabric collections. When my heart led me to Colorado, I transitioned to developing and sourcing textiles and incorporating other materials, surfaces and touch points for products. Research, trend and color have always been a large part of my design process. I like to tell a story about what I have created. It may be inspired by nature, my travels, history or a culture I admire. I love collaborating with other designers in addition to cross functional-teams, outside creatives and innovative consultants to achieve the best end result. CMG is a wonderful way to meet other creatives and be inspired! Being part of ColorBRIDGE will allow me to share my knowledge and learn more about about all of you!
I am an independent color, material, and finish professional, graphic designer, and founder of Simple Modern Style, a multi-disciplinary design studio. I have an insatiable thirst for creative exploration, new creative challenges, and constant learning. My specialty lies in the ability to transform color, trend, consumer preferences, and market research into a color design that successfully engages your target audience, sets your brand apart, or defines your desired space. In 2005, I joined CMG and started volunteering on numerous committees, facilitating color forecasting workshops, and have served on both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. As a mentor in CMG's ColorBridge™, I am excited to share my color knowledge, journey, and enthusiasm with other color design professionals and listen and learn from their color journey while guiding them to achieve their goals.
Judith van Vliet
Judith van Vliet is the founder of The Color Authority™ and helps people unleash color in their lives and businesses. TCA develops color trends for different markets through storytelling and palette development and offers various color consulting services. Judith collaborates with a global network of like-minded color experts who understand the power of color. She is a fervent speaker and is the host of the podcast of the same name that features fascinating conversations with some of the most inspiring people in the world of color. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Color Marketing Group as Immediate Past President, where her deep knowledge of color helps keep CMG at the forefront of global color forecasting. Judith currently works in Milan, Italy. My journey in color started with my first meeting in Berlin in 2007 where I met those who spoke my language. Ever since I have been curious about all that is color in many different fields, specialising in color trends, color and identity and education. What fascinates me about color is that we can never stop learning about it and how it keeps evolving. CMG has been key in my career path and in making so many like-minded color friends.