This month Charles Marcano sat down with us to discuss his work in marketing and design at Prestige Development Services, Inc.
Q: Charles, tell me what Prestige is all about.
A: Prestige is an environmental engineering company. We remove lead, mold, PCB’s, and other hazardous substances from buildings. We also remove ammunition from firing ranges!
Q: Wow. Do you ever remove them yourself?
A: No, not at all. I’m in charge of all aspects of marketing and design. I establish relationships with contractors and promote our company to government agencies, such as the United States Department of Defense.
Q: But you’re a designer at heart. How long have you been at it?
A: I’ve been a designer for 27 years. Before that I was in the army for 8 years.
Q: What would you say is a top misconception that people have about designers?
A: That we’re all good-looking (laughing). Well, I think one typical misconception is that graphic design, marketing, and sales can all be accomplished by one individual. They are very different aspects. Some designers are totally creative and not so great at compartmentalizing. My own training is in marketing, advertising, painting, illustration, and computer graphics.
Q: You’re relatively new at MicroOffice. How do you like the space so far?
A: Oh, I love it. I’ve been here since the spring. People here are friendly and nice. And nobody steals my food from the refrigerator!