Tina TurnerFounder and Principal
When Tina began her commercial furniture career in 1994, she found it natural to rely on her creativity and honest approach to produce memorable projects and build lasting relationships with clients. Today, she infuses those core values into everything she does at STIR.
Tina’s passion for helping others – both personally and professionally – is on display in a tireless work ethic she attributes to her parents. While it might have been mom and dad who set the example, Tina’s unique ability to make work seem fun is what has made her (and STIR) so successful. Her friendly approach means clients often get more than a simple transaction; they become part of the STIR family for years.
Before co-founding STIR with Steve Walters in 2012, Tina held leadership roles in a variety of areas of the commercial furnishings industry including in sales, business development, marketing and strategy. Most recently, she served as president of Kitchen and Bath Source here in Denver, where she managed the daily operations of representing kitchen and bath product manufacturers to independent dealers across Colorado. While there, she grew sales for each of the manufacturers they represented by more than 200 percent. Tina will tell you it was all about building strong working relationships with everyone involved in the process – something she continues to practice to great effect here at STIR.
Outside of the office, Tina remains active in the design community, and particularly in green building. She has earned LEED AP designation and continues to be our resident sustainability expert. She is an active member of the International Interior Design Association and the Denver Chamber of Commerce. In the community, she has served on the Survivor committee for Relay for Life, and has been a troop leader for Girl Scouts of Colorado for four years. Outside of work, you’ll find Tina with family, cooking, reading, traveling or enjoying everything the Colorado outdoors has to offer.
Steve WaltersFounder and Head of Operations & Sales
At STIR, we pride ourselves on being true partners, both to our clients and to the manufacturers we represent. We have earned a reputation over the years for being knowledgeable, friendly and highly responsive. This culture of service all started with Steve.
Since co-founding STIR in 2012, Steve has made it his mission to make the experience of working with our company positive and rewarding in every way. It’s a strategy that has led to the kinds of lasting relationships that are the underpinnings of STIR’s success.
Steve brings more than two decades of architecture, interior design and strategy expertise to his role as head of Operations and Sales for STIR. Before teaming up with Tina to found STIR, Steve was the president of Interior Design Connection, LLC, where he regularly achieved double-digit year-over-year growth by creating a strong service infrastructure and executing award-winning remodel designs for private residences and corporations alike.
Steve’s success throughout his career has not gone unnoticed. He has been consistently recognized over the years for achievement and performance within the design industry, including awards from the Home Builders Association (HBA), International Interior Design Association and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), where he also served on the board of directors.
In his spare time Steve enjoys all things food, so you’ll find him seeking out new restaurants or cooking with family. Travel is also a passion as time allows, and Steve is looking forward to introducing his daughters to Europe. He also enjoys snowboarding with his family in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
Hilary EngelhartGeneral Manager
Hilary brings to STIR a calming energy that grounds this otherwise rambunctious group. Think of her as the master of ceremonies, pulling strings and moving pieces to ensure our clients receive the best service possible. She prides herself on her attention to detail, consistency, and creates a welcoming environment for anyone who visits the STIR Studio.
After graduating in 2008 with an Interior Design degree from the University of Cincinnati, Hilary moved to Denver, CO to participate in a year-long volunteer service program with the Denver Inner City Parish. This launched her nine-year non-profit career where she developed and honed her customer service and project management expertise.
Most recently, Hilary served as the Event & Marketing Manager at the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce where she designed engaging programs and events for their more than 375 members. Customer service and relationship development were at the core of her success in that role and are skills she will leverage in her position at STIR.
When not in the office, Hilary loves to cook, read historical fiction, travel and spend lots of time with her family, dogs and friends. She is constantly inspired by the Colorado wilderness, and looks to escape west for family camping trips during the warmer months.
Emily KeppelSales and Marketing Coordinator
Emily stumbled upon the contract furniture world when she moved to Denver from St. Louis in search of an active lifestyle. The job hunt led her to the furniture dealer world where she had been for over four years. She is excited to be on the Rep side of the industry where she can connect with Dealers and the A&D community. Through Emily’s time in the furniture industry, she has found that she loves to help clients create a space where they can increase efficiency and can enjoy working. With her background as a Studio Art Major, experience in Marketing and Guest Relations and her Ancillary knowledge, she is a great addition to our high-energy, customer focused team.
Emily found her active lifestyle in both the mountains and the city. Some of her favorite things to do are skiing, hiking, camping in the mountains and live shows, park days, and exploring new restaurants in the city. Although she still cheers for St. Louis Blues Hockey and Cardinals Baseball, Denver has become her home and she is loving every second!
Julie WinjeSpecial Projects and Sales Coordinator
You may remember Julie, our former Studio Manager, who has come back to join us part time as our Special Projects and Sales Coordinator. Not only does she bring 15 years of industry experience, but also a calming energy to the STIR Studio and a natural knack for multitasking. She prides herself on her attention to detail and consistency – two qualities our clients happen to highly value.
When Julie isn’t working at STIR, she is busy managing her busy floral design business, Inspired Designs. In her free time, you will find her spending time with her family, hiking, traveling and cooking. We are happy to have her back!
A variety of emotions arise when you talk about “your high school” years. For Kendall, that discussion leads to the moment she discovered what she wanted to do with the rest of her life.
It was her sophomore year, and there was an elective course called Interior Design. She signed up, learned about residential and commercial design, and decided this was the industry she wanted to work in.
Fast forward a couple years, and she is studying to attain a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design at Metro State University while working at STIR part time. At STIR, she is gaining a broader knowledge of the industry and getting to see it from the manufacturer’s perspective.
In her free time, Kendall loves to cook and create delicious meals for friends and family. Her favorite? Fried chicken.
We love what we do
STIR proudly and independently represents contract office furniture and textile manufacturers. Our product mix has been carefully selected to meet a variety of budgets and styles to ensure that we have a solution for every project. We deliver best in class service in a timely and professional manner making it easy to do business with our group while creating long lasting relationships.