Angie Rockenbaugh - Woman to Watch Class of 2015

Owner of Interior Motives

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Angie Rockenbaugh's first experience with interior design started in high school. She actually signed up for the class because it had a lot of field trips! Little did she know that she would fall in love with interior design and then go on to take an independent study the next year. After Angie’s formal schooling and working in several fields of the industry, she accepted an interior design position with 321 Interiors. This is where she saw firsthand the importance of offering complete design services alongside a unique retail gift shop. The company built a strong clientele, making a name for itself as a quality design service with unique retail products. Then, in 2010, Angie had the opportunity to purchase 321 Interiors. "It seemed like a great fit, and I have always loved working with people to help them accomplish their design goals. It’s not every day you get to walk through someone else’s dream,” said Angie. “It’s an incredible feeling knowing you were part of such an incredible outcome.”

Just in a Day’s Work:

What do you love about your job?
I love taking something "normal" and creating something amazing. I love working with people and making their ideas became a reality. I also love demolition!
What was the best business advice you have received and who gave it?
“Helping your mind to know and believe that what you do professionally is good, noble and worthwhile in itself helps to fuel your energies and propel your efforts. If you feel really good about your profession, you sweep others along with you on the waves of your enthusiasm for what you do.” - Rabbi Daniel Lapin
Do you have a professional mentor? How have they helped you succeed?
I was fortunate enough to have two mentors. I learned so much over the years by watching them interact with customers/clients. I have learned everything from power shopping at High Point to the everyday business operations. But, I think the most important thing is that Karon believed in me. She has always been there for me when I needed her. I tell people she's the Catholic mother I've always dreamed of!
Do you serve on any charitable organizations' boards or committees?
I currently support RETA, Boys and Girls Club of Elkhart as well as United Cancer Services. 
What is your single best piece of advice for women in business? 
Be passionate about what you do. Love what you do. Learn from your mistakes and move forward. Don't let the negative influence you and rise above it!

The Balancing Act:

What does "success" mean to you?
In business, loving what you do and making a profit at it! In life, being content with what you have.
What’s your best secret to “having it all?"
By being content with what you have. Being thankful in all things. Keeping life in perspective: God, family and friends.
What is your favorite non-work activity or hobby?
Classic Car Auctions with my husband, shoe shopping at Nordstrom, running and kick boxing.
How do you stay organized?
If you asked my team this question they would burst out in laughter! I have tried this concept many times and have decided that it’s overrated! I have my own weird way of being organized.
What is your favorite form of stress relief?
Running and kick boxing!

10 SASSY Facts About Angie Rockenbaugh:

Favorite Guilty Pleasure:
Dark chocolate covered almonds! Well, anything with dark chocolate
and Starbucks!
Favorite TV Show:
Psych and Last Man Standing
Favorite Book:
I love the "Mitford" series by Jan Karon.
Favorite Dessert:
Anything my mom makes but probably her blueberry pie!
Biggest Pet Peeve:
When people are too quick to say "no" instead of looking at the situation as an opportunity to create and overcome any obstacle. When I’m working on a project, I don’t like being told “it can’t be done.” I will figure out a way to make it work!
Favorite Beauty Product:
If I was only allowed one item to use in the morning, it would be eye liner. It's a great way to add attitude!
What did you want to be as a kid growing up?
A singer!
What do you think makes up a Sassy woman?
Confidence, talented, well rounded, puts others first, sense of humor, compassionate and loving.
What makes you feel the SASSIEST?
When I'm on top of my game and knowing that I have God, my family and friends supporting me in everything I do. Also my Calvin Klein jeans, black t-shirt and flip flops!
If you were a shoe, describe what you would be and why?
It would be my 4" boots. They just have attitude written all over them!

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