Beth Anne Branden started BA Designs 19 years ago. The first BA Designs office was actually housed on the 2nd floor, within the “Engine Division” of Martin Tractor Company , which Beth Anne’s family owned. The story goes her first, “desk,” was actually a folding table; ironic, for someone that quickly expanded from design services to… furniture dealer.
Beth Anne hasn’t always worked in the Interiors/Commercial Furniture industry; in college she could be found at Johnny’s Bar in North Lawrence. And no, we don’t mean as a typical college student, she worked there, as a bartender! Upon completing her degree from KU, Beth Anne accepted a role with a Kansas City furniture dealer as an Interior Designer.
Being a small business owner certainly has it’s share of ups & downs. Beth Anne says one of her most memorable “ups” moments came when the annual sales for the year were targeted at 3 million dollars and BA Designs was awarded a military project eclipsing 3.3 million dollars that same year. If only annual sales goals were routinely met in one single job!!
The wonderful mentors, such as Beth Anne’s Dad, Harry Craig, Jr., and other Martin Tractor Company employees is who Beth Anne credits as her early influencers/teachers; as well as her design colleagues at BA Designs who she learns from every day.
When not space planning, meeting with clients, networking, or overseeing the daily nuisances of being a business owner, Beth Anne enjoys being “Grandma” to her two “Granddogs,” Zoe & Bailey and relaxing with her very handy husband and work colleague, Russ.