Jim Whalen | Principal jwhalen@thewbg.com

Jay Berez | Principal jberez@thewbg.com

  • 25 years in the contract interiors industry
  • Primary focus on FF&E consulting and products to learning environment facilities
  • Extensive experience with private schools
  • Speaker at various industry seminars including Harvard University for Library FF&E procurement
  • Graduate of William Paterson University 
  • Resides with his family in New Jersey
  • Husband & father of three beautiful girls
  • 33 years in the contract interiors industry
  • Primary focus on providing FF&E consulting services products to the corporate interiors environment.
  • Extensive project experience on all levels of distribution and manufacturing within the contract furniture industry. 
  • Graduate of Virginia Tech, Bachelor's and Masters Degree in Architecture
  • Resides with his family in New Jersey. 

Barbara Whalen Chief Financial Officer

  barbara@thewbg.com

  • 10 years in the contract interiors industry
  • Background in finance
  • Projects financial data and backup project management support 
  • Bachelor's Degree from Caldwell College in Business Administration and a minor in Finance
  • Registered Nurse

Bob DeSimone | Account Executive       

 bobd@thewbg.com

  • 25 years experience in contract interiors industry
  • Provides consulting, procurement, and project management services
  • Industries include: government, corporate, educational and faith based organizations
  • Graduate of Bloomsburg State College, PA. degree in accounting and marketing.
  • Resides with his family in New Jersey

Brooke Morale | Director of Interior Design Services, LEED AP ID+C

  • interior design and business development experience in the NJ and NY A&D community  
  • Past five year experience sourcing and selecting sustainable interior and exterior building materials for commercial and residential specifications
  • Presents space plan, design and material options for interior and exterior furniture, millwork, finishes and other design implementations
  • Ms. Morales is a LEED Accredited Professional in Commercial Interiors and has consulted on retail, commercial and residential LEED building projects
  • USGBC and AIA continuing education units (ceu’s) in Indoor Air Quality as well as other related educational information to architects, designers and contractor
  • Contributor to the ASID Ask theDesigner series in the Star Ledger and the ASID Insider magazine
  • Representative of the USGBC NJ Chapter at their exhibit booth space at events across NJ
  • Represents Community Green NJ as an event organizer bringing topics of environmental interest to locations around NJ
  • Serves on several committees for the NJ Chapter of the  American Society of Interior Designers 

James Theimer | A.I.A

jtheimer@thewbg.com

  • 30 years experience in a broad range of architecture and urban design projects
  • No emphasis on any single building type
  • Promotes and enjoys the challenges of generalist architecture
  • Projects include: sustainable technology buildings, schools, affordable housing, adaptive historic structures, water features, and urban parks and streetscapes
  • Received multiple awards and recognitions
  • 2012 design excellence award from the American Institute of Architects

Hila Stern | A.I.A

hstern@thewbg.com

  • Studied architecture at Tel Aviv University (B.arch), graduated sum cum laude in 2005
  • Registered architect in Israel
  • Studied at The Academy for Art design, hosted by Doron Kaufman in Tel aviv
  • Studied Photography at the School of Visual Arts, NYC
  • Works with registered architects, on high end residential projects and private schools conceptual scheme interior planning and design; coordination and supervision
  • Co-Founder and Partner, our firm specialized in high end residential projects & interior design in Israel
  • Won bid to become the Exclusive advisor to the City of Bat Yam (a large city in Israel) to plan and design the city’s entire recycling project program, with facilities throughout the city.
  • Senior Architect of the firm,  designed and managed a range of projects, from private high end residential complexes to Hotels and Spas from concept to interior
  • Works with the city council and committee's delegates, supervision of the various project consultants, budgeting. 
  • Oversees projects that included residential development in Bulgaria

Elke B. Merz | Project Management

    sam@thewbg.com

  • 20 years of Industry experience coordinating many projects
  • Diverse background in corporate, commercial, hospitality and retail planning and design, project management and construction supervision
  • Specialties in: aesthetics, technology, accessibility, and budget concerns
  • Understands that properly planned interior environments are vital to efficiency, growth and productivity
  • Approach is to incorporate innovative design directions, value added functionality, improving general workflow, production, and efficiency
  • Bachelor's degree in Housing, Interior Design and Management from the Virginia Tech University
  • Certified by the State Board of Architects
  • Professional member of the Institute of Store Planners

 


Eileen Mannino | Project Management 

eileen@thewbg.com

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from St. John’s University
  • Experience: auditor in public accounting,  analyst for Goldman Sachs, accounting manager at Comcast Cable, facilities management at Johnson Controls on the Bristol Meyers Account
  • Customer service & customer satisfaction is priority

Alisa Levy | VP of Business Development, Educational Practice

alisalevy@thewbg.com

  • Bachelor's degree in Economics from Stern College and a master's in public administration from New York University
  • Years working in the non profit sector most notably at Hunter College in Institutional Advancement.
  • Devotes her time to her family & community volunteer projects, including the recent expansion projects at two local day schools

Liz Gray | Director of Library Design & Programing

lizgray@thewbg.com

 

  • 37 years of experience as an English teacher and a librarian in independent schools 
  • 22 years Library Director at Dana Hall School in Wellesley, MA.
  • Director of libraries at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School in Waltham, MA and St. Stephen's School in Rome, Italy
  • English teacher at The American School in Switzerland and TASIS England
  • Experience working in a large public libraries, small academic art library, and in a bookstore chain's warehouse. 
  • Since 2002, independent schools consultant on library space planning, program, staff evaluation
  • Presented at numerous professional development seminars for teachers and librarians including seven summers at the Taft Educational Center
  •  Bachelor's degree in English from Reed College 
  • Master's in English Education from Tufts University
  • Master's in library and information science from Simmons College