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Madoo in Manhattan, PMP in Palm Beach

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The scene at Terry Allen Kramer’s Palm Beach home for a party for she hosted for Nicky Haslam’s new book, ” Nicky Haslam, A Designer’s Life.”

Article originally posted @ newyorksocialdiary.com

Last Monday evening the Madoo Conservancy of Sagaponack, NY held their second annual Madoo in Manhattan Robert Dash Garden Lecture at a private club on the Upper East Side. The guest speaker was Belgian landscape architect Peter Wirtz, CEO of Wirtz International, a family owned firm that has created residential, public and corporate landscapes in the US, Japan, Israel and Europe. They have designed the gardens at the Jardins du Carousel, and for people such as Catherine Deneuve, Valentino, the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, and in 2013 they designed the remarkable sets for Raf Simon‘s Dior haute couture spring-summer collection.

In a lecture titled “A Landscape Architecture Rooted in Horticulture,” Wirtz walked the audience through fifteen landscapes each with its own set of challenges and innovative design solutions.

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Madoo in Manhattan was hosted by Frances Schultz, Chesie Breen, Mario Buatta, Madison Cox, Kendell Cronstrom, Christopher Gow, Janet Mavec, Marian McEvoy, Charlotte Moss, Deborah Nevins and Anne Raver.

Guests included: Suzanne Borghese, Judy Auchincloss, Leslie Rose Close, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Memrie Lewis, John Danzer, Mick Hales, Steven Gambrel, James Anderson, Warrie Price, Marshall Watson, Lindsey Taylor, Newell Turner, Jack Lenor Larsen, Paul Rogers, Ron Wendt, Anne Raver, Mark Epstein, Ryan McAllister, Christina and Alan MacDonald, Robert Scully, Diana Elghanayan, Martha McLanahan, and Andrea Filipone.

Petr Wirtz walked the audience through fifteen landscapes

Petr Wirtz walked the audience through fifteen landscapes

This annual lecture series honors the memory of Robert Dash a leading painter, poet and gardener of the East End who founded Madoo in 1967.

Sponsors for the evening included: Hunter Boot, Mecox, McKinnon and Harris, Phaidon, Ron Wendt Design, Seibert & Rice, The Topping Rose House and Whitmores.

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Roger Seifter, Randy Correll, Victoria Baran, Grant Marani, and Graham Wyatt

The Madoo Conservancy is dedicated to the study, preservation and enhancement of Madoo, the ever-changing horticulturally diverse garden with historic structures established in 1967 by artist, gardener and writer Robert Dash, in the Village of Sagaponack, New York. At Madoo, the unique living tribute to the artistic imagination of its founder we seek to continually engage, educate and inspire our visitors in this entirely organic environment. For more information visit: www.madoo.org.

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Judy Auchinchloss, Alejandro Saralegui, and Susanna Borghese

On Saturday, March 14, The Perlman Music Program (PMP) held its eighth annual concert and dinner at Kristy and Jim Clark‘s stunning Palm Beach home. Co-hosted by Emilia and Pepe Fanjul, and with over 250 music lovers and philanthropists in attendance, the event honored Toby and Itzhak Perlman‘s dedication to nurturing the next generation of classical music artists.

This special annual event is made possible through Kristy and Jim Clark’s profound generosity and dedication to The Perlman Music Program. “I was inspired when I first met Itzhak and Toby and learned about PMP,” said Jim Clark. “I went to Shelter Island, heard some of the concerts, and decided to encourage people in Palm Beach to get behind chamber music. An incredible amount of talent has come through their school–it’s turned into a big success.”

Perlman Music Program Group

Perlman Music Program Group

The evening began with cocktails and champagne on the veranda, followed by a performance in the Clarks’ elegant living room presented by several of PMP’s outstanding students and alumni. The concert included quartets by Beethoven and Schumann and a quintet by Mendelssohn, presented by violinists Mariella Haubs, Abigel Kralik, Nathan Meltzer, Doori Na, and Areta Zhulla; violists William Bender, Molly Carr, Matthew Lipman, and Jameel Martin; cellists Daniel Mitnitsky, Sebastian Stoger, and Brook Speltz; and pianist David Kadouch. The talented and poised performers introduced each piece and brought the composers to life in their own words.

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During the exceptional concert, Jim Clark moderated an informal Q&A with Toby Perlman. Their spirited conversation amongst these two friends ranged from the growth of the program over the past 21 years, the international reputation of the Program and its alumni, the beautiful Shelter Island campus where PMP calls home, to recent outreach in local Palm Beach schools. Toby concluded with thanks for Jim and Kristy, Emilia and Pepe Fanjul, and PMP Board members in attendance Jay Dweck and Vicki Kellogg, stressing that helping young musicians realize their gift is a responsibility shared by all. To bring the evening to a rousing close, the guests toasted the incredible music and beautiful weather at a festive dinner under the stars.

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2013: A Year In Review and a Look to the Future

2013 a year in review

It’s crazy how time flies. 2013 was a year of personal and professional growth for me. Below is a summary of some major events from my year, what I learned and how I matured from many of these experiences, and what I’m looking to accomplish in 2014.

2013

I started off 2013 in the sunny British Virgin Islands where some friends and I rented and lived on a small sailboat for a week. What a trip that was. Directly following that experience, I got back to work at Stark with a lot of traveling ahead: first to Germany to attended Domotex Hannover, the world’s premier flooring tradeshow that takes places 4 times a year in different cities (I blogged about this trip here), next to visit Stark’s London showroom for my first time, then finally to Las Vegas to attend another flooring trade show called Surfaces. From all of this travel I learned about the types of strong international vendor relationships my father and uncle have established over the last 40 years, and how Stark Europe’s trade partners and interior designers differ from those of Stark USA; a market I hope to attach in the next few years.

Upon my return in early February, it was time to contract a top-tier digital agency to aid Stark in re-launching our digital presence with a new website and digital strategy. I spent about 6 months interviewing different firms based all around the US, and after many rounds of interviews, conversations, and customer reviews, we finally felt comfortable moving forward with one firm. We have been working with that firm since February and are now building a website and online portal for our customers that will turn the traditional luxury flooring industry on its head. This new website and digital strategy will be launching in Q2 of 2014 and I could not be more excited for it! Working with this digital agency taught me a very valuable lesson: technology development always takes longer than expected and there is nothing you can do about it other than be patient and persistent.

In March I went to China for 17 days with my father to attend the Domotex Shanghai trade show and visit our Chinese manufacturers located all around the country and in Hong Kong. This was my 2nd trip to China but the first one while working at Stark. In additional to meeting with vendors and exploring old and new partnership opportunities, I got to visit mills and see our products being woven firsthand, which provided me with a crash course in machine-made carpet manufacturing. This knowledge is something that continues to help me every week when assisting in sales support and customer service at Stark. I did have some free time in Shanghai and got to experience the city’s social scene. I was amazed at how international Shanghai is, how similar it is to New York City, and how much fun it was to go out. One of the nightclubs I went to (Mint) had shark tanks as walls with baby sharks swimming around! Shanghai is definitely one of my favorite cities in the world and I hope to one day be able to live there for an extended period of time.

Shanghai

Traveling around China took a lot out of me so I spent most April and May grounded in New York (I went to California for Coachella, which was incredible) While home, I attended some incredible interior design industry events, such as the Lennox Hill Design Event House Gala and the IDAD awards, where I met some incredibly talented interior designers with whom I have become very friendly. I also used this time to explore working with new architectural firms to help my vision of our in-store brand become a reality. We ended up hiring a very talented team from NY who is now working with me to renovate many of our existing and new locations including a complete store redesign in our Stark Home Costa Mesa location that will be a flagship store for our Stark Home retail concept. We have conceptualized layouts and displays that are entirely unique and the Costa Mesa project will be completed by March 2014. This new store will be unlike any carpet store anyone has ever seen before! During these 2 months, I connected with Stark’s customers on a more social and intimate level, and was able to learn in more detail their needs from a company like Stark. I also learned how different “retail” is from “to-the-trade” and now have a better understanding of the challenges my company faces when trying to sell direct-to-consumers, which I gave a presentation on in September at the Luxury Retail Summit.

Luxury Retail Summit

June was once again a month of traveling. I went to visit the prestigious Italian custom wood flooring company Arbol Milano based in Milan, Italy, and was able to negotiate and secure an exclusive US distribution partnership that will be kicking off in our NYC showroom in Q1 of 2014 under the brand Arbol Gallery Milano by Stark. Next, I went down to Calhoun, Georgia to visit Stark’s Warehouse, Distribution and Fabrication center. There, I discussed the implementation of a new Warehouse Management Software. I learned a lot about the intricacies of the custom and fabrication end of our business and how effective software solutions can make managing the operation more efficient. The end result was that we are implementing this new piece of software and will have all aspects of the business tied into one company-wide ERP system by the end of Q2 2014. After these work trips, I attended Birthright Israel through the organization Mayanot. That was my 1st time in Israel and it was an incredible experience because it connected me with my heritage on a deeper level than I previously knew possible. If you have not been to Israel and are eligible for Birthright, I strongly recommend signing up – after all, it’s free!

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I spent July in NY focused on uniting all Stark employees through various HR initiatives including the “World of Stark Internal Newsletter,” and the “Stark Learning Site:” The World of Stark Internal Newsletter is a bi-annual employee-only newsletter with information about new products and qualities, sales tactics, and other interesting company factoids. The Stark Leaning Site is an employee-only website that contains system and product training videos along with other relevant company information like workflow charts, the organizational structure, etc. Both HR initiatives were received incredibly, which galvanizes my opinion that HR will become increasingly more important to Stark in the coming years.

World of Stark

August was especially stressful for me because we were finally integrating a major piece of the business onto this new ERP computer system I referenced above. For anyone who has been through the transition from one company-wide system to another, you know why I was so stressed. My team definitely made some mistakes in this integration, but it proved as a learning experience for everyone at Stark. We all used this to better prepare ourselves for the next phases of implementation. Change is tough, and I learned not to underestimate the difficulties change brings on.

September was filled with troubleshooting the past month’s implementation but I was able to weave in some much-needed fun.I have a passion for public speaking, and gave a presentation at the Luxury Retail Summit in NYC about how I am evolving Stark from a traditional “trade-only” business to include retail as well. You can learn more about that here. I also visited my alameda, the University of Michigan, twice: once with my college friends for the Notre Dame Night Game that was a blast and once to attend MHacks, the world’s largest student-run hackathon event hosted by some of my good hacker friends. I launched a project called RapidMVP before this hackathon and received great feedback. Unfortunately, my duties at Stark have continually increased since then and RapidMVP has not really made much progress, but it is still a fun side-project because I love interacting with student hackers around the country. This experience further instilled into my mind that in order for you to succeed at something, you must commit to it and focus on it 100%, hence why I turned my attention back to Stark. At the end of this month, I attended a music festival called Tomorrow World….it was insane. If you like Electronic Dance Music, go next year. You won’t regret it!

I was supposed to go to India for 2 weeks in October to attend the Veranasi Rug Fair and visit our manufacturing partners there like I did a year prior, but I was able to get out of it (whew – it’s an exhausting trip). My father ended up going with 2 other upper managers instead, which was great for me because it allowed me to focus on final stages of planning and design for our new website. While they were in India, I learned how grateful I am to have my father and those 2 upper managers in the office – I had twice as much work while they were gone and had to stay at the office until 10pm almost every night! It’s so incredibly valuable to have strong support if you want a business to succeed and I will never under-appreciate their help again!

November and December were really “maintenance months” where I did not work on any new initiatives but rather had to manage my workload of everything planned for 2014: the completion of our website and launch of our digital strategy, the full ERP integration, the new storefront builds and renovations, the HR department expansion, and much more It’s been a stressful last 2 months, but I thankfully got to blow off some steam on my family’s annual ski trip to Aspen, Colorado. I got 10 amazing ski days in and hiked the highlands bowl 4 times in 4 days. What a trip! Sometimes it’s necessary to do something to take your mind off work so you don’t burn out, and that activity for me is skiing. Overall, 2013 was a great year: I made some great friends, experienced some incredible places, hired talented people, built tools to make my employees feel more connected to each other and do their jobs for efficiently, and took major steps to turn Stark into the company that I will one day run so my father can retire. Looking back, I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

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2014

2014 should be an even more exciting year for me personally and professionally. I already have a lot of travel plans for both work and pleasure. However, I’m most excited to see all of the initiatives I’ve been working on for over a year come to fruition. The new store concept and digital strategy are what I’m most looking forward to because I strongly believe they will invigorate the perception of our company and the direction myself and my cousin Ashley are taking Stark. I have a never ending list of projects to tackle and I’m hoping 2014 is the year I truly prove my value to my family and my company so that I can continue making the improvements I have conceptualized at a more exponential rate. Life is too short to not care about yourself or the people you love.

Don’t take anything for granted and appreciate all that you have and all that you can do. Here’s to a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2014 for us all!

Sincerely,

Chad

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How Clubbing Changed the World

My advice is to set aside 90 minute and watch the video below. It’s one of the best  documentaries I’ve seen all year.

With dance music taking over the USA, a british TV station explores how club culture has influenced almost every aspect of people’s lives (even those who don’t  listen to electronic music at all). I guess this explains why I DJ! The documentary below goes back to the 80s/90s in the US, talks about Britain ruling the underground club scene, and gets insights from Goldie, Pete Tong, Katy B, Skream, Carl Cox. Check it out!

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Is K-Pop the Future of Music?

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Music preferences are changing faster today than every before. I realized this when the most requested song at my last DJ gig was the most popular K-pop (aka Korean Pop) song ever: Gangnam Style by Psy.

K-Pop (an abbreviation of Korean popular music) is a musical genre consisting of dance, electronic, electropop, hip hop, and R&B music originating in South Korea. In addition to music, K-pop has grown into a popular subculture among teenagers and young adults around the world.

Gangnam Style” is a 2012 Korean pop single by the South Korean rapper PSY. It is widely praised for its humor, catchy rhythm as well as Psy’s unusual dance moves. Simply put, the video is HYSTERICAL. As of today, the video has been viewed over 190,000,000 times!! This makes it Youtube’s most viewed K-pop video of all time!

The song has been shared on the internet by celebrities including T-Pain and Katy Perry, covered by others such as Nelly Furtado and Maroon 5, and has been featured in international media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. If you want to laugh, watch this live performance from CNN International.

So is K-pop the future of music? I’m not so sure…but it’s definitely amusing. I now play Gangnam style in all my sets….make sure to like my DJ fan page and follow me on soundcloud to know when I’m playing near you!

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Electric Beach at Santos NYC

Looks like I’m DJing with Sebastian Drums this Saturday in NYC.

Electric Beach is a weekly Saturday Night EDM Party at Santos Party House in Downtown NY. Each week they bring in major and up-and-coming EDM Producers from all around the world. This weekend, they are bringing me.

International DJ Sebastien Drums is no stranger to live performances. He is best known for his mega-hit “My Feelings For You,” coproduced by the infamous Avicii. I will be supporting Sebastian as well as premiering 2 of my new singles that will be released in 2013. Check out our recent mixes below in this Joonbug article.

Sebastien Drums and Chad Stark To Headline Electric Beach.

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I love LA

I just got back from a 10 day trip in sunny California and if you follow me on social media, you already know what i’m going to say: I love LA.

I was there on a business trip for Stark where I spent time visiting our LA, Costa Mesa, and SF showrooms. Big shout out to my homies Neil Jacobson and Zach Wanerman for letting me crash on their couches. I was also given the opportunity to DJ at the Beverly Nightclub, Tru Nightclub in Hollywood, and a banging 4th of July party at my friend Dan’s house. What a trip.

I really want to make the west coast a priority for Stark because there are a lot of exciting thing going on in California. Here’s a glimpse of what we’re doing:

Los Angeles

Not only are we moving the Stark Fabric showroom into a larger space in the building, but we are also moving our carpet and rug showroom out of the Pacific Design Center into our own 10,000 sq ft space at 805 La Cienega in Los Angeles. This new location is prime time in the heart of the LCDQ. The windows are HUGE, our street signage is SICK and parking isn’t an issue because we have 26 valet parking spots on the roof. I’m most excited about this new venture because it is our first real high street location for Stark Home. I’ve already gotten involved working closely with partners like Missoni Home to ensure this location’s success. We are having an enormous launch party in the fall, and I will be back on California a lot this year to set it up and make sure it runs smoothly. The more I get involved, the more it will make sense for me to move to LA…

Costa Mesa

We opened one of our largest Stark Home locations as a main tenant in the SouthCoast Collection shopping center a few years ago. The center has been flourishing and we are now surrounded by many other great high-end design companies like Fixture’s Living and Scalamandre. It’s time for us to update the appearance of the showroom. This opportunity gets my juices flowing because it is an opportunity for us to create a template showroom that, if it works, we can roll out to all of our Stark Home locations nationwide.

San Francisco

We are moving our showroom from the 4th floor of the San Francisco Design Center into a bigger space on the 1st floor with street access. This gives us a chance to renovate the showroom there and essentially start from scratch. We are not converting this location into a Stark Home facility, but it is exciting nonetheless. Can’t wait to get back out there again.

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It’s a little difficult focusing on business that is 3000 miles away from our corporate offices in NY. so it’s probably best if I move to West Hollywood. To help out, I will be heading back to LA for a week in August and then again for a week around the time of the La Ciénaga and SF launch parties in October. I like to think I’m on the 2 year plan: NY for 2 years then off to LA. Now that I have my goal in writing, let’s see if I can stick to it.

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Electro Beach PV

Electro Beach PV

I got the privilege of working with my good friends at Prime Social Group in Mexico last month. Check it out

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