Our Fearless Leader

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.

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TRIO is led by CEO & Principal Angela Harris, an award-winning designer, has numerous product lines, 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’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.
With a master’s degree in Sustainable design, Angela brings a passion for environmentally responsible solutions that consider 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 50 Awards in the past five years, including both Detached Community of the Year and Master Planned community of the Year at NAHB’s The Nationals in 2019. Angela’s individual honors include the 2018 NSMC Associate of the Year, 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.

In 2019 Angela launched her own lifestyle brand, which includes an innovative furniture line with Phillips Collection and a successful tile line with TileBar, which can now be found at Home Depot and Wayfair. You can follow Angela online to learn more about what’s next: @byAngelaHarris.

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.

Christie zumBrunnen

Chief Design Officer

Christie brings more than 18 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 valuable creative 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.

Holly Scott

Chief Revenue Officer

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Vivian Winston

Chief Financial Officer

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Elizabeth Hester

VP Commercial & Construction

Elizabeth brings a unique skillset to the role of Vice President of Operations at TRIO, including more than 18 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.

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 & Community

As Vice President of Marketing, 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.

Jodi Rutherford

VP, Model Homes

Julie Kopf

Design Director

Keriann Muscatello

Design Director

Rachel Shoupe

Design Director

Theresa Granados

Design Director

Alexa Hidalgo

Project Lead

Gina DeMatteo

Project Lead

Janae Branning

Project Lead

Lizzie Ager

Project Lead

Meghan Ernster

Project Lead

Teresa Marsh

Project Lead

Tess Josetti

Project Lead

Blaire Rogers

Project Lead

Danielle Vassallo

Project Lead

Ashlyn Hendrix


Cain Luong


Caitlin Brannon


Chloe Miller


Courtney LaFleur


Donna Wintzen


Erin Chant


Hannah Bauerschmidt


Hannah Dee


Jill Langley


Kelly Bicknell


Kelsey McNatt


Kelsie Misciasci


Lina Esslinger

Assistant Designer, AH Brand

Mika Ichikawa


Patrick Paden


Rachel Carico


Samantha Swanson


Sierra Finney


Brailey Williams


Adriana Neves

Business & Strategic Planning Manager

Ashley Beazley

Inventory Manager

George Lemonis

Installation & Facilities Manager

Jamie Haney

Purchasing Assistant

Jocelyn Dannenberg

Accounting Coordinator

Katelyn Perkal

Accounting Coordinator

Noela Romero

Director, Vendor Management

Rebecca Reisbeck

Director, Human Resources

Zeb Kaupish

Technology Administrator

Heidi Miller

Installation Coordinator

Jena Smith

Office Assistant

Kari Geiger

Installation Coordinator

We made the list!

For the Third Time, TRIO Appears on the Inc. 5000, Ranking No. 2126 with Growth of Over 204%

The #inc5000 list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses.  Despite a more than challenging year, TRIO still managed impressive growth, a reflection of the company’s incredible team.

Modern Design Tools

Our Teams are Experts in Design & Technology

You already 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.

Our Design Team

Virtual Tours,
Digital Design
& 3D Rendering

With VirtualByTRIO, rather than pumping the brakes on important decisions, home-builders can make progress in their sales and leasing goals. These virtual services, combined with the digital design and visual merchandising TRIO offers, provide a comprehensive and seamless experience that would traditionally require working with several different vendors.

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What’s Next

As CEO, Principal and Creative Director at TRIO, I wake up daily to various messages asking, “what’s next?” What project is next, what’s trending in the market, what’s next in design…

When I sit down to answer these burning questions, I usually draw inspiration by trusting in my belief that all beautiful things are genuine, marked by mastery of talent, and drawn from a deep understanding of time and space. This, in turn, inspires me to create designs and products which are fresh and withstand the test of time – items that can be used in my daily work as a designer. It’s these questions and concepts that led to collaborations with companies like Phillips Collection and TileBar. Rewarding partnerships that resulted in top-selling collections which can be found online at places like Home Depot and Wayfair. It’s validation that our work at TRIO, and what we learn with builders and developers on the commercial side, translates to residential projects and works just as well for the typical home owner.

At TRIO we see beauty and find inspiration in authenticity, simplicity, art, comfort, nature, technology, and travel. I’ve created this ‘What’s Next’ Look Book that takes these principals to heart and delivers my vision of what’s on the horizon. It’s my hope that these stories will find connection, light a spark, evoke emotion and, above all, enhance your lifestyle and allow you to, Live Beautifully!


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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
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