PARKER-TORRES DESIGN TALENT
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.
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.
Born in England and raised in Australia, Holly graduated with an Advanced Diploma of Interior Design from The Design Centre Enmore (DCE), Sydney’s creative hub and home to many of Australia’s best-known designers.
Holly immediately jumped into the Interior Design field in Sydney Australia as an Interior Designer for a multi-disciplinary global architecture company in their retail sector. While there, she worked on all aspects of design of large scale retail projects in Australia, the Philippines and China.
Sanna Mehlin Tilley
Sanna Tilley is a Senior Designer at V Starr Interiors, and has designed and managed multiple projects since joining the firm in 2014. Sanna started her design career doing high-end residential design work, including several PGA Tour players’ personal residences. After becoming a member of the V Starr Team, Sanna has worked on commercial projects in Florida, Texas, New York and California ranging from Athletic Shops & Marketplaces, to Multi-Family and Condo buildings.
After graduating summa cum laude from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in June of 2010 with a bachelor’s of science in interior design, Michelle worked for a residential/ commercial design firm out of Boca Raton where she helped the lead designer and owner with all aspects of the business; including design, project management, invoicing and purchasing. This helped set the groundwork for Michelle’s role at V Starr Interiors.