FOUNDER


Stephan Weishaupt

For curator Stephan Weishaupt, design is about relationships. Weishaupt’s intuition, world view, and above all, affinity for connecting people is what helps him bring the best of the world of design together into a truly original experience. 

Born and raised in Munich, Weishaupt’s relationship with his family — a long line of entrepreneurs, architects, and carpenters — imparted his insatiable curiosity and appreciation of art and design. After graduating from the University of Applied Sciences, Weishaupt worked in marketing for a luxury automotive conglomerate before establishing his own communications consultancy with an impressive roster of design and fashion clients.

His friendship with design legends George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg ignited the idea for a curated design experience that would bring undiscovered global talent to America. Together they founded AVENUE ROAD in 2007, with Weishaupt taking full ownership in 2016. A decade later, Weishaupt’s unique taste has received many accolades, his homes having been featured by the likes of Architectural Digest, The Wall Street Journal, and Vogue. However, true to form, his focus and his measure of success is the quality of the relationships he is built with the world’s top designers and brands who have come to trust him as a true collaborator.

Stephan Weishaupt’s appreciation for the unexpected, coupled with the respect for authentic craftsmanship led him to join the Fogo Island Art Advisory Board  in 2017. This role, along with a continued expansion of the Weishaupt Design Group portfolio will undoubtedly include many more inspiring relationships to come.



TEAM




Working with integrity, grit and humour, our Group makes things happen. We share a collective passion, curiosity, and a creative approach to continuously deliver personal, meaningful experiences. All our teams work together with a thoughtful, forward-looking approach, prompting our clients and collaborators to expect the unexpected.

Great ideas come from everywhere, regardless of a person’s role or position - we truly believe everyone’s contribution matters. Here is a list of the people bringing great ideas and solutions to our business every day: 

Head Office

Aly Manji Warehouse Associate Andrew Marzec Design Specialist Ashley Solymar Purchasing Executive, Basim El-Dakkak Warehouse Associate Cameron Wadsworth Warehouse Supervisor Chance Snow-Shermet Inventory Product Specialist Chris Godet Warehouse Manager Christina Garner Personal Assistant to the President  Cindy Jun Content & Campaign Specialist Dante Vernon Warehouse Associate Emily O’Gorman Director of Supply Chain Giulia Narchi Logistics Supervisor Hannah Rusen HR Generalist Joanne Cortese Director of Art, Sales & Curation Jay Geerts Warehouse Associate Jean Unufegan Warehouse Associate Jonathon Litchfield Director of Experience Kyle Burnell-Davis Warehouse Supervisor  LaRhae Priestley Director, Talent & Culture Lionel Henguva Warehouse Associate Mary Lim Purchasing Executive Melanie Jonas Client Success Specialist Michael Barr Managing Director WDG Michael Murphy Managing Director MOP Muriel Revisa Product Development Manager Myrtle Jurado Client Success Specialist Nathan Gray Warehouse Associate Nicholas Frangione Client Support Specialist MOP Nikol Lunin Accounting Coordinator Normandy Zaide Accountant Orlando Security Phililip Carino Financial Controller Pilar Acosta Accounting Manager Quadri Ogunsanya Logistics Coordinator Rachael Pinto Client Success Specialist Rahul Negi Purchasing Executive Reyes Ozuna Warehouse Associate Sahar Jamali Project Manager Sahar Mojab Supply Chain Executive Sonia Germain Marketing Director Stephanie Peters VP Finance Syed Aleem SAP B1 Consultant Tara Crowley Logistics Manager Tazeen Rasiwala Client Success Specialist Terell Jervis Warehouse Associate, Theresa Mamayson Accounts Payable Coordinator Trey Worthey Warehouse Associate  Whitney Adam Director of Client Success

AVENUE ROAD - Toronto

Brandon Hogan Sr. Sales Executive (The Rug Company) Erin Perri Sr. Sales Executive Janet Stone Director of Sales & Business Development Joanne Cortese Director of Art Sales & Curation Jenelle Wells Client Experience Coordinator Mona Balsini Sales ExecutiveMuskoka Dittmar-McCallum Gallery Coordinator Sasha Horth Architectural Sales Executive Sean Newman Sales Executive Tyler Admiraal Sales Executive 

AVENUE ROAD - Vancouver 

Cristina Manicom Director of Sales & Business Development Felipy Bertolini Architectural Sales Executive Kelsie Grant Sales Executive (The Rug Company) Kendra Carlson Sales Executive Sandy Jaber Client Experience Coordinator Sarah Haley Sales Executive Ying Wang Sales Executive

AVENUE ROAD - New York

Andy Sich Sales Executive Douglas Callaway Sales Executive Guadaupe Chavez Sales Project Coordinator Kseniia Kelly Sales Associate Melissa Stowell Sales Executive  Nazneen Ahmed Director of Sales & Business Development 

AVENUE ROAD - Miami

Ania Kollek Director of Sales & Business Development Ilan Peisajovich Sales Executive Maria Morales Client Service Coordinator 


LEADERSHIP


Managing Director, Michael Barr, leads Weishaupt Design Group’s operations and cross functional teams, bringing a warmth and focus to each interaction. Drawing from a background in Marketing and Communications, and having been with Avenue Road since the beginning, Michael has a uniquely fine-tuned understanding of every facet of the business.

Michael is passionate about art and design and a committed member of the global design community, lending his expertise locally as a past Snowball gala committee member in support of Casey House and as a contributor to the IDS Advisory Group.

Michael Murphy is a Marketer experienced in leading brand transformation projects for both start-ups and multi-national global businesses. Having helped to bring Man of Parts from concept to a thriving enterprise, Michael is responsible for the overall business strategy, marketing, over-seeing product development, in addition to sales and operations.

A passionate activist for LGBTQ+ rights, Michael is a board member of Rainbow Railroad and Chair of the board of Rainbow Railroad USA, having helped shape the leading international NGO from the ground up to a multi-million dollar charity that aids hundreds of LGBTQ+ refugees escape persecution around the world.


Janet Stone, Avenue Road’s Toronto Director of Sales & Business Development is a Sales Leader with over 20 years’ experience in consultative selling and team management. Highly skilled at cultivating long term relationships within the design community, Janet has been recognized for her close collaboration with designers on domestic and international projects, from conception to completion.

Janet has been with Avenue Road since its inception in 2007, and has been a devotee ever since, bringing her own brand of practical enthusiasm for working with beautiful objects and talented people every day.

For the past 18 years Cristina has been immersed in the world of luxury automobiles, where she honed her love and talent for providing the most memorable experience to clients. Cristina is excited to build the same level of understanding and community within the world of architecture and design. When she is not at the office, you will find her with her husband and 3 kids spending as much time as they can outdoors, or at home cooking up a huge meal.

Ania Kollek
Director, Sales & Business Development Miami
A Polish native, Ania has over 15 years of experience in the A&D industry, the majority of which based in New York City. She began her career as an interior designer with a background in art history, thereby developing an organic communication style with her clients, as she’s fully versed in their needs. Ania draws satisfaction from leading a team to successes built on a solid foundation and meaningful client relationships.

An avid reader, Ania enjoys painting and entertaining in her Miami garden oasis, accompanied by two rescue dogs and her loved ones.
Joanne Cortese Director, 5oz.
Joanne is a passionate communicator and a global citizen, originally hailing from the UK, but having spent recent years living in Japan, Singapore, Germany, and Hong Kong, and now Canada, working predominantly in Art Galleries. Having spent her career selling a mixture of European, Asian and North American art, both Contemporary and Masterpieces, Joanne has worked in partnership with artists and curating shows in a diversity of contexts.  


Aleksandar provides a knowledgeable perspective and valuable contribution to the Operations Team, applying 17 years worth of experience working in Logistics and Supply chain worldwide. A strong leader, Aleksandar supports his team members to grow and add value to their processes while creating an atmosphere of understanding and open-mindedness.

When not working, Aleksandar likes to spend time with his family and friends, sharing his passion for Formula 1 racing.

An Irish native, Emily O’Gorman has 19 years diverse experience within the luxury CPG industry in both Europe and North America, having managed Operations and the Supply Chain within both large multi-national companies and smaller organizations. A strong & positive communicator, Emily applies her qualifications to support process re-engineering and growth for Avenue Road. 

In her spare time, Emily enjoys exploring her creative side through interior design and travel.

As Director of Experience, Jonathon ensures the quality and continuity of all points of contact with AVENUE ROAD. His passion for crafting authentic brand experiences has deep roots. Prior to building his own successful retail brand he spent 20 years refining and engineering all client touchpoints in retail, attractions, and hospitality for one of Canada’s leading tourism and hospitality companies. Jonathon is enriched by shared meals, belly laughs, and beauty, ideally close to nature. 


Sonia Germain brings to her role as Director of Marketing extensive experience within the global design community, having led the international communications and media relations efforts for interior design, fashion, and furniture brands. Sonia is a strategic thinker with a sense of humour, flexibility and the sensitivity required to work with diverse personalities and situations.

Outside of work, Sonia relishes adventures big and small, from summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to exploring Toronto’s multitude of parks and food purveyors.

Whitney is a practiced Listener with the ability to get to the root of any problem; she also has the exceptional ability to communicate with ease and professionalism. Leading her team to delight clients and surpass their expectations, Whitney works with the goal of creating positive experiences and building confidence in the Avenue Road brand and service.

A self-described foodie, Whitney also dabbles in painting as a way to flex creative muscle.