PARKER-TORRES DESIGN TALENT

 

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VENUS WILLIAMS | FOUNDER + CEO

Before lending her name to Parker-Torres Design Inc. as a co-founder, Ms. Parker sharpened her design skills with over 20 years of experience with a notable international hospitality design firm. Throughout her career, Ms. Parker has excelled at fulfilling her clients’ desires for the highest quality of interior architectural design, and the clearest, most thoughtful communication of design documentation. She worked closely with a number of mentors who depended on her keen design sense and thoughtful attention to detail in places as far afield as Belgium, Japan, Malaysia, England, and Turkey.

At Parker-Torres Design, Ms. Parker focuses her company-wide obligations on the business management side of the firm with her experience in marketing, team management, and product quality-control. For her numerous hotel clients, Ms. Parker provides her specialties in Concept Development, Master Planning, Space Planning, Interior Architectural Design and Detailing, Custom Furniture Design, and Project Management.

Educated at Chamberlayne College in Boston, Ms. Parker holds a degree in Interior Design, and she graduated as valedictorian of her class. Ms. Parker has taught advanced interior design courses at New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University.

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SONYA HAFFEY | VICE PRESIDENT

Sonya Haffey is the Vice President of V Starr Interiors, and has lead the day to day of the firm's operations for the last 10 years. When she joined the company, Sonya used her extensive experience from previous roles, as partner at Urbanica Group and founder of her own design firm, to transition V Starr Interiors from being exclusively residential to include a strong commercial basis.  

Sonya works closely with professional tennis player and the firm's principal and CEO, Venus Williams, on overseeing projects. The two bring together their strengths to create impactful designs such as those at their first hospitality project, the Intercontinental Hotel in Miami. She and Venus share a signature whimsical outlook and passionate energy, an approach that shines through in the firm’s project which include the tennis lounge at Chicago’s newly reopened Midtown Athletic Club flagship, and the V Suite at the adjoining Hotel at Midtown in Chicago.  

Sonya attended Florida State University and, after graduating, studied interior design abroad in places like London, Paris, Milan and Glasgow. She was licensed two years after entering the design world.

Sonya was born and raised in Florida, and spent time in Brazil with her family, where she was influenced by her aunt’s modern interiors and grandmother’s custom furniture designs. In her youth, Sonya loved going to the theatre and art museums, experiences that helped her pick up a love for abstract art and the world of design.

Outside of work, Sonya is always on the move; she spends time with her four children and husband, and has done extensive volunteer work with organizations that include Make-a-Wish, Easter Seals, First Presbyterian of North Palm Beach, Young Life, Little Smiles, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and St. Jude Children’s Hospital.