Student Design Winner Joins Groovystuff Staff

DALLAS - Reclaimed teak furniture resource Groovystuff has added a winner of its student Design Challenge competition to its full-time staff.
     Lee Beatrous, winner of the 2010 Groovystuff Design Challenge, is manager of product design. His responsibilities will include managing the Groovystuff Design Challenge program and interacting with participating students and their schools.
     A graduate of the industrial design program at Appalachian State University, Beatrous was the first place popular vote winner of the fall 2010 Design Challenge. The competition engages university students to design innovative product for the company.
     Beatrous completed a sixweek internship with Groovystuff before graduating in May.
     Company founder Chris Bruning said that as an intern, Beatrous helped improve operational efficiencies in the company.
     "His interaction with customers and industry professionals at market gave him the experience and knowledge he needs to guide other students who have the talent to bring products to market," Bruning said.
     The company is nearing completion of its second Design Challenge competition, which included designs from 16 Auburn University students. Groovystuff is producing the most popular of these designs to show at the October High Point Market.
     The designer whose product receives the most orders in October will win a $1,000 cash prize and permanent royalties on future sales of the design.

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