Meet the Team

Brandy Marsh, CEO of Area Floors

The founder of The Carpet Place recognized early on that employee Brandy Marsh would make a great business owner. After working in fast food and retail jobs while attending Portland’s Marshall High School, Brandy answered an ad at the school’s career center, and went to work doing clerical work, cleaning, putting away samples, and other odd jobs. After four years, owner John Rollin, who founded the company in 1967, asked if she would be interested in buying it. Brandy bought the company and its two stores in 2003, and continued to retain John as a consultant and mentor. When John died suddenly of a heart attack in the summer of 2004, Brandy realized that it was now all up to her to make the critical decisions. She quickly developed a passion for being a business owner, hiring and motivating employees. She became active in the Young Entrepreneurs Organization. Read more…

Kathy Parks, Lead Sales at the Foster Store

When I walked through the doors of the Carpet Place, now Area Floors, eighteen years ago, I was overwhelmed with the sheer amount of the products available. I knew I had a lot to learn, but I was also excited about the challenge. I have always had a mad passion to restore and decorate homes, particularly older homes. Now, I had vast amounts of products available to me, and I soon realized I could finally do what I had always loved. The flooring industry has given me many tools to use in creating new home environments. Read more…

Kathy Ballou,  Accounts Manager and Salesperson at the Foster Store

I started with Area Floors, then known as The Carpet Place, a little over fourteen years ago. Previously I worked at Trim Tex, which is now called T and A Supply, for thirteen years, so I have been in this industry quite a while. I tend to like the technical and installation side of the business as much as I love the design end. I gained a lot of hands on experience when my contractor husband and I remodeled our home. We had a second story added and roughed-in, and then we took things from there. I have done all sorts of things from wiring plug-ins and lighting, to soldering pipes, installing hardwood floors, tiles, and miles of wood base. I have also worked on many jobs with my husband. I really love working with my hands. Read more…

Lindsey Ozmer,   Accounting & Sales at the Foster Store

I started working at Area Floors right before the holidays. I am very excited to work here with such a great group of people, at an organized and creative company. I am taking over the accounting duties, working on the stores online presence updating our website, blog, newsletters and learning all about floors! My background is in computer science, from digital design to IT support.  I have a degree in Computer Animation and in Art and Design. I love being creative and making new things.  I have a great eye for design and color and I also love to paint. I have worked on a few commercials and music videos as a character animator.  I also enjoy doing 3d visual arts, creating realistic scenes in 3d for just about anything.Read more…

Andrea Nguyen,  Sales at the Tigard Store

I am a newbie here at Area Floors. I have been with the company as their part-time gal since July 2009 and I absolutely love it! The team here is so warm and welcoming and the customers are awesome. I came with no experience in the flooring industry, but it has been so much fun learning and exploring all the products we carry.

Besides work I have many interests, I am an outdoorsy kinda girl, but also enjoy being indoors. I love to camp, fish, dance and spending time with my wonderful family. As a newcomer I enjoy all Mannington and Anso products that we provide for our customers.

Kelsey Marsh,  Sales at the Tigard Store

It has been an exciting transition for me and I have learned so much. This is my first experience in the flooring industry, although I have worked in a number of fields within the construction industry. I feel fortunate to be given the opportunity to start a new career in such a dynamic and ever changing industry and I really appreciate the people I work with who have been so patient and helpful to me as I transition into a new line of work.  I enjoy working with the products we sell as well as learning about them from the reps and my co-workers.  It is very rewarding putting together colors, textures and surfaces for customers that are going to use my ideas in their homes.  I want them to be proud of the work we’ve done together.Read more…

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