Professional Profile: Debra Duneier, 2013
Name: Debra Duneier
Company: EcoChi, LLC
Location: 460 E. 79th St.
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Education: Communications, Queens College, RE Broker, LEED GA-NYU, Eco-designer-Holis Institute, Feng Shui Master Practitioner-NY School of Feng Shui, International Feng Shui Guild-Red Ribbon Professional.
First job outside of real estate: One of the first women to be certified as a gemologist by the American Gem Society Debra has been always been an entrepreneur-built successful businesses in the fine jewelry industry and premium/gift industry
First job in real estate or allied field: Sold townhouses and residential properties in Manhattan for Corcoran.
What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? I am president of EcoChi, LLC and created the EcoChi system of design. This approach meticulously blends both ancient and modern lessons of sustainable practices, environmental psychology, and classical Feng Shui revolutionizes how people feel when they are indoors. The future looks bright! EcoChi is beyond the conventional realm of form and function, and resonates deeply with the inhabitants of a space.
How do you unwind from a busy day in real estate? I find grounding in nature and go to my cabin in the wine country on the North Fork of L.I., as often as possible.
Favorite book or author: This is an opportunity for a plug! I am the author of "EcoChi: Designing the Human Experience" which won eight awards in the last two years-very exciting-For additional reading pleasure, I enjoy "Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth/Healing the Mind" by Theodore Roszak (Editor), Allen Kanner, Mary Gomes, Lester Russell Brown (Foreword), James Hillman (Foreword)
Favorite movie: Anything that makes me laugh - "My Cousin Vinnie," "Private Benjamin," "I Love You Man"
Last song you purchased/downloaded? "When a Man Loves a Woman" - Joshua Ledet
One word to describe your work environment: Warm, creative, zen space promoting wellness
Rules to live by in business: Work in your passion and follow your intution
If you could invite one person to dinner (living or dead) who would it be and where would you go? Albert Einstein and we would dine overlooking the Long Island sound-a place we both love
What is your dream job? I am living my dream...sharing EcoChi and my unique interior design philosophy that is the differentiating projects, improving businesses and revolutionizing people's lives.
Story ran in the Green Buildings section on 06/25/2013