Phyllis Ryan | President, Model Home Division
Phyllis graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. Degree in Art and History. She threw herself into entrepreneurial marketing in both domestic and international market places before joining Interior Concepts in 1986. She has become recognized as an expert in the field of Merchandising in the local Metropolitan Area and supports the NVBIA, MBIA and HBAM builder organizations. Phyllis received the prestigious GALA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 for her contribution to the industry and the Art of Merchandising. Her client base extends throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area into VA, MD, D.C., DE and PA.
Cindy Stranger | CEO
Cindy has a rich history in the Washington Metropolitan building industry. Before we found her, she was responsible for taking a home building corporation from $8 million in sales to $65 million in five years. She has a Certificate in Accounting from the University of Virginia and obviously has a head for detail and organization. A wonderful balance to all left brain designing women. With ICI since 1994, Cindy is our corporate vision and legal liaison with a cool head for details and a master at negotiation.
Johanna Bruce, MIRM | Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Along with her contagious enthusiasm, Johanna brings extensive experience to Interior Concepts with backgrounds in marketing, advertising and real estate. After graduating from Christopher Newport University, Johanna worked for Ferguson Enterprises in Washington, D.C., honing her customer service skills in the luxury bath market. Quickly moving to Sales and Marketing of new homes, she spent the next 8 years with Artery Homes of Maryland. She received her MIRM designation in 2004 and became a recognized and admired member of the NVBIA and MBIA sitting on the MAME (now GALA) committee. She continues to serve her community as well as serving as judge for the Maryland Awards of Excellence (MAX).
Kate McCloskey | Regional Sales and Marketing Director
Kate is our home grown Annapolitan. After attaining her MBA in Marketing from the University of Baltimore, she worked in the insurance, hotel and education industries before finding her home at Interior Concepts in 2003. Kate has established herself as a results-oriented Sales and Marketing professional who is always looking out for the best interest of her builder clients. Kate has served on the board of the ESBIA, and is an active member of the MBIA and the NVBIA. Married with three daughters, she currently resides on the Eastern Shore, loves beach life and the growing Delaware home building market.
Corinne Roth | Marketing Assistant, Media Specialist
Although she is one of our newest and youngest team members, Corrie has become an essential player to Interior Concepts. She brings with her the discipline of an Economics Degree from Towson University, a natural design instinct for graphics and social media advertising and a sincere passion for the science of Merchandising. Corrie manages our online presence, model home photo shoots, attends the industries’ forecast events and is an active member of the GALA and MAX committees. With us since 2016, we don’t know how we ever did without her.
Betsy Caulk | Senior Designer, Design & Resource Manager
Betsy is a graduate of The Maryland Institute College of Art with a Bachelor Degree of Fine Art in Interior Design. She came to us in 2005, with 10 years of prior experience in the Model Home Industry. For her first four years at ICI, Betsy was the buyer and visual display director for the 7,000 square foot showroom of Interior Concepts' Retail Design Studio. She then transitioned to Senior Designer, and now holds the positions of Design and Resource Manager of the Model Home Division at Interior Concepts. Betsy has won 10 awards for Excellence in Merchandising from the NVBIA and MBIA.
Inspiration: Social media, design websites and magazines.
Passion: Crue – my lovable lab who sticks his head out the window so his ears flap in the wind. It makes him look like he’s smiling!
Quote: “I love the fusion of materials, patterns and textures connecting the old classics and fresh ideas… staying ahead of the trends is exciting.”
Ann McGowan, ASID | Senior Designer, Architectural Specialist
Ann graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Interior Design and a minor in Architecture. She has been a Senior Designer at Interior Concepts since 1996. In that time, Ann has personally accepted multiple awards from MAME/GALA, MAX, NAHB and NCOSH. In 2008, NAHB honored Ann’s design at Nationals for her work on a clubhouse and a model home.
Inspiration: Frank Lloyd Wright, Eero Saarinen, the masters of architecture and mid-century modern!
Passion: All forms and styles of architecture. Traveling the world to see all of these various styles… and has a love for fast cars.
Quote: “What I can learn and emulate from the masters of architecture’s success in well thought out spaces, from the walls down to the small details.
Samantha Butcher, ASID | Senior Designer, Project Logistics Manager
Samantha is a graduate of High Point University with a B.S. in Interior Design and Home Furnishings Marketing with a minor in Home Furnishings Management. She has been a Senior Designer at Interior Concepts since 2007. Over the course of her career, Samantha has personally accepted multiple awards from MAME/GALA, MAX, and STARS. In 1999, she was awarded the prestigious Haverty Cup.
Inspiration: Everywhere – Pinterest, extensional travels, social media websites
Passion: Animals and volunteering at local SPCA – “Their unconditional love is pure joy.”
Quote: “I believe that if you open your eyes you can find inspiration everywhere.”