Design Within Reach Announces Human Resources Team Wins Notable Award

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DWR Human Resources department selected as Southern Connecticut’s 2012 Team of the Year.

Design Within Reach, Inc., today announces its Human Resources department as the recipient of the 2012 HR Team of the Year Award, presented by the Southern Connecticut Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. Team members Marcella Barry, Janine LaBadia, Elyse Hansen, Barbara Lent and Amy Sinisi were honored during a dinner reception held at the Stamford Plaza Hotel and Conference Center on October 18.

Founded in 1998, Design Within Reach made modern design accessible to the U.S. market through its groundbreaking Studios, catalog and e-commerce site. DWR has evolved into a destination for its exclusive collection of modern furniture and accessories to complement the iconic mid-century classics it has offered for years.

Every year the Southern Connecticut Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management honors Connecticut professionals for their advancements in human resource solutions and overall achievements in the field. To be considered for an award, companies are required to complete a rigorous application process that includes providing detailed specifications of achievement.

Each submission to the Southern Connecticut Chapter was scrutinized by a select group of senior executive human resource professionals from companies within Fairfield County. According to the chapter’s website, the Team of the Year Award is given to the group that best exemplifies the ability to “conceptualize and implement pragmatic, highly effective human resource solutions in partnership with other functions to address complex issues of human capital management and development.”

Bestowed on the department for its monumental contributions and planning to support employees, “this award truly exemplifies how the commitment of a team can contribute to the overall success of an organization,” says DWR Chief Human Resources Officer Marcella Barry. The DWR human resources team designed and implemented several new initiatives, including the company’s new sales management organizational structure, a company-wide bonus plan, an internship program and a talent review process; revamped all of the employment policies for the company; completed a redesign of the benefit program to reduce costs for employees; and increased recruiting efforts. “We couldn’t be prouder of our dedicated HR team members and their accomplishments,” concur DWR President and CEO John Edelman and DWR Chief Operating Officer John McPhee.

DWR was recognized alongside longstanding Connecticut corporate leaders such as Pitney Bowes and Maxum Petroleum.

Design Within Reach, Inc., founded in 1998 and headquartered in Stamford, Conn., is the source for the best in modern design. The company markets and sells its furniture and accessories to residential and contract customers through its retail studios in the United States and Canada, and its Connecticut-based phone sales team at 1.800.944.2233. For inquiries regarding DWR Contract, visit

For additional information, contact Kim Phillips at pr(at)dwr(dot)com.

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