Professional Profile: Candace Gonnella 2021

Candace Gonnella

Name: Candace Gonnella

Title: Associate, Interior Designer

Company: SWBR

Location: 501 East Main Street, Rochester NY, 14604

Birthplace: Baton Rouge, LA

Education: Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture

First job outside of real estate: Greenhouse worker

First job in real estate or allied field: SWBR, 2016

What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? I am an interior designer at SWBR. I am responsible for material and finish selections, furniture specifications, project documentation in each phase of work, and product research with a focus on sustainability.

How do you unwind from a busy day in real estate? I have a passion for board games and enjoy strategy and problem-solving games. I also enjoy playing video games and gardening in my spare time.

Favorite book or author: “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen

Favorite movie: “Ready Player One” based on the novel by Ernest Cline

Last song you downloaded? Got It In You (Acoustic) by BANNERS

One word to describe your work environment: Fulfilling

Rules to live by in business: A man is only a failure when he blames others for his own mistakes. Own your mistakes. Acknowledge, and learn from them. That is the path to excellence.

If you could invite one person to dinner (living or dead) who would it be and where would you go? I would want to share a meal with Vincent Van Gogh. I have always loved and am constantly inspired by his work. The chance sit in a field under a star light sky and learn more about his art and life would be so incredible for me.

What is your dream job? I would travel the world as a wildlife photographer with a focus on insects. I have always been fascinated by insects, especially butterflies and can imagine myself traveling the globe to find and photograph rare and exotic species.