Welcome to TRIO

A Message from Angela Harris

Nearly 20 years ago, I saw a need in the market for a design firm that could be a true partner to builders and developers – a firm that understood the sales and marketing aspects as well as how to deliver compelling design. TRIO was born out of a belief that through a market-driven design approach, we could hit targeted markets at a lower cost, in a shorter time period and with better quality merchandise. We were right.

Today, TRIO collaborates on all aspects of master planned communities, model homes, clubhouses, sales centers, commercial and hospitality projects, and multifamily apartment communities. We also offer a comprehensive studio for everything related to interior architecture and merchandising. We’re one of the fastest-growing design and merchandising firms in the nation for a reason. We set ourselves apart through hard work, expertise, client service, and a deep understanding of the importance of designing marketable products. And, in my opinion, we have one of the best teams in the business.

Meet Our Team

#byAngelaHarris

TRIO is led by CEO & Principal Angela Harris, an award-winning designer and recognized innovator in the builder & developer community.

We Are TRIO, Nice to Meet You

TRIO is one of the most highly-regarded, fastest growing design and visual merchandising firms in the nation, and we’re considered an international leader in creative, market-driven design. TRIO takes pride in its staff and is led by a team of experts.

Angela Harris

CEO & Principal

Angela is Principal and CEO of TRIO, one of the most highly regarded, fastest-growing design and visual merchandising firms in the nation. Angela founded TRIO in 1999 and has built it into the thriving national practice it is today using a market-driven design approach where sales and marketing work in tandem with great design.

Angela’s approach focuses on building strong, collaborative relationships with builders, developers and REITs through TRIO’s design services for multifamily, model homes and commercial projects. Using the latest in technology and market research, Angela creates forward-thinking environments that help clients reach their sales and leasing goals. To date, TRIO has helped sell more than 25,000 residences, generating over $7 billion in revenue for builder and developer partners such as Alliance, Lennar and Toll Brothers.

With a master’s degree in Sustainable design, Angela brings a passion for environmentally responsible design that also considers how a space impacts the health and happiness of the people who use it. Having established a reputation for designing environments that seamlessly blend marketing, design, wellness and sustainability, Angela is currently leading the charge to incorporate WELL Building Standards into production and multifamily housing.

Under her leadership, TRIO has received more than 30 MAME Awards (Major Achievement in Marketing Excellence) in the past five years, including a Best Custom Home award at The Nationals in 2017 and Best Commercial Project at The Nationals in both 2016 and 2017. Angela’s individual honors include the 2016 Icon Award from the Home Building Association of Metro Denver and designation in Professional Builder’s 2015 “40 Under 40” program, which recognizes home building’s next generation of innovators and leaders. She was named 2014 Builder Partner of the Year by Denver’s Home Building Association, and its 2013 Rising Star and Volunteer of the Year. She regularly speaks to national industry audiences about brand positioning, design, sustainability and merchandising.

Drake Harris

Chief Operating Officer

As COO of TRIO, Drake oversees the company’s diverse business operations, optimizing efficiencies and procedures to ensure the company is able to scale with client demand. He brings a wide-ranging background in operations and management to his role, including over 25 years in start-up, mid-size and global Fortune 50 companies in the technology, real estate and media space.

Prior to his role at TRIO, Drake served as Senior Director, Content Distribution for Comcast and NBCUniversal for 10 years, where he negotiated complex affiliation agreements as part of a team responsible for $3 billion in annual revenue. Drake graduated with degrees in Communications and Business Management from Ohio University, and served as revenue chair for the NBC SportsNet Philadelphia Shining Star Awards while also supporting fundraising efforts for the Sean “Ranch” Lough Memorial Scholarship Fund.

He prefers boots and flip flops to wingtips, Golden Retrievers to toy poodles, sailboats to speedboats, books to TV shows, anything outdoors, and family above all else.

Elizabeth Hester

VP Operations

Elizabeth brings a unique skillset to the role of Vice President of Operations at TRIO, including more than 16 years of design experience and an innate ability for strategizing and problem solving. This expertise, combined with her passion for shaping a positive internal culture, have made her an essential asset to our leadership team.

Elizabeth is responsible for leading the team in the successful execution of drawing sets and technical specifications. She also oversees all production scheduling, construction site visits and organizational wide training programs. Elizabeth works in tandem with the VP of Creative, leading the design team to deliver exceptional and consistent design to our clients.

Prior to joining TRIO in 2012, Elizabeth amassed a broad range of design experience through designing model homes, residential design projects, commercial office buildings and multi-family communities. After 5 years as a Designer and Design Director with TRIO, Elizabeth transitioned to VP of Operations, a role that capitalizes on her creative talents and strategic vision for the organization.

Elizabeth has a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a LEED accredited professional, and is NCIDQ certified. She enjoys participating in events a Home Builders Association of Metro Denver and is passionate about continuously expanding her knowledge in the areas of design and construction.

Aside from design, Liz enjoys cooking, entertaining and spending time with her husband and son, preferable in the beautiful Colorado mountains. She also enjoys being able to give back to her community through support of local non-profit groups that focus on at-risk youth.

Christie zumBrunnen

VP Creative

Christie brings more than 16 years of experience in multi-family interior design, model home merchandising and high-end residential design to her role as Vice President of Creative at TRIO. Drawing on her natural design talents and ability to execute complex projects on time and within budget, Christie provides indispensable design leadership within the organization.

Christie joined TRIO in 2015. She quickly established herself as an exceptional designer, working with clients such as Reylenn Properties, LMC and Shea Homes. Recognizing her talent and role as a design leader, Christie was named head of Creative in 2017 with the goal of establishing and refining TRIO’s signature design approach.

Prior to her work with TRIO, Christie spent a decade working as an interior designer and then as Director of Design in California before moving to Colorado in 2010 to open a brewery with her husband and continue her career here. She graduated from Brooks College with a degree in Interior Design. In her free time, she enjoys traveling the world and spending time with her husband, son and the family’s miniature schnauzer, Levi Honky-Tonk.

Carrie Firmine

VP Business Development

Carrie brings nearly 20 years of sales and marketing experience to her role as Vice President of Business Development at TRIO. The combination of her extensive experience and enthusiasm for our business have made Carrie an important driver of TRIO’s growth since she joined the company.

Carrie discovered her passion for the architecture and design industry while representing a decorative architectural glass company, during which time she got to know TRIO’s founder, Angela Harris, on a project. Angela recognized Carrie’s ability to make relevant connections and effectively articulate TRIO’s market-driven design approach, leading her to bring Carrie onto the team and heading up TRIO’s Business Development efforts.

A Colorado native, Carrie holds a degree in International Business and Marketing from the University of Colorado Boulder. She enjoys snowboarding, Pilates and yoga, and spending time with friends and family, including (most importantly) her daughter.

Mark Barger

VP Marketing & Brand Strategy

As Vice President of Marketing and Brand Strategy, Mark plays a vital role in establishing TRIO’s brand identity and differentiating the company as a market-driven design firm. With more than 20 years of experience helping startups and small businesses grow and extend their brands across multiple channels, Mark’s skillset makes him a natural fit for TRIO’s rapidly expanding business model.

As a marketing & brand strategist, Mark’s efforts over the course of his career have helped raise more than $320 million in funding and allowed numerous companies to exit successfully. Many of his achievements have come in the tech sector working with large corporations like Microsoft, Cisco, Intel, and Apple. But his true expertise lies in helping smaller niche businesses accelerate time to market by developing unique branding and memorable marketing campaigns.

When he’s not creating logos, traveling to tropical beaches, attending concerts, or chasing his three-year-old around the house, Mark is most likely trying to find a place to nap - usually unsuccessfully.

Jessica Burton

Project Lead

Kristen Hoppe

Project Lead

Sharli Young

Project Lead

Catlin Gleason

Design Associate

Anne Thomsen

Design Associate

Rachel Carico

Design Associate

Alyssa Hall

Design Associate

Kelsey McNatt

Design Associate

Natasha Yeager

Design Associate

Preethi Rajaratnam

Design Associate

Natalie Skramstad

Design Associate

Nicole Hand

Sales & Marketing Support

Jennifer Abrams

Director, Finance & Accounting

Noela Romero

Purchasing Manager

Ashley Beazley

Inventory Manager

Adriana Neves

Executive Assistant

Modern Design Tools

Our Teams are Experts in Design & Technology

You already know know TRIO creates visually stunning interior architecture and high impact spaces, but did you know it all starts on a computer screen? TRIO is one of the few firms in the area with an entire team of experts using the industry’s latest design tools like AutoCAD, Revit, and BIM 360 by Autodesk. We get it perfect in a 3D rendering before we even place a thing in your space. This means no surprises and a quicker time to market for your project. Contact us and see how these revolutionary tools can help make your project a success.

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TRIO is The Creative Business Partner for Builders & Developers and we’re capable of providing anything from color palette selection to full interior architecture and merchandising of multi-million dollar projects. Contact us today with your project needs.

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TRIO Services Include

  • Interior Architecture
  • Merchandising
  • Schematic Design
  • Design Development
  • Construction Documents
  • Construction Administration
  • Architectural & Floorplan Review
  • Specification Documentation
  • Procurement & Installation
  • Autodesk Revit & AutoCAD
  • Conceptual Design
  • Renderings & Illustrations
  • 3D Modeling & Virtual Reality
  • Wellness Within Your Walls