At Bernal Smith Group, Lucio and Jon are focused on giving luxury service to all world class lifestyles from moderately priced to luxury properties. We feel the most gratifying part of our lives is to give to our community and support those efforts through The Center of Palm Springs.The Center's Mission is aligned with what we feel strongly about: Creating Vibrant Community. The community we live and work in is a beautiful place and anything we can do to continue to enhance that and support is what we feel is the right thing to do.
As real estate professionals who are experts in the greater Palm Springs area, we bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise of buying and selling real estate. It's not the same everywhere, so you need someone you can trust for up-to-date information.
As you know, marketing or buying a home can be challenging. Our role as professionals is to facilitate that process, guide you through potential disclosures issues, and get maximum visibility for your luxury home. When you are considering your options to hire a professional to successfully market your home or assist with a home buying purchase, contact us. We are confident our professional expertise is exactly the caliber of service your desire.
For more than 25 years I have built a reputation for great style, taste and quality through my namesake firm DANN Inc. I began working on my own as an extra credit project my senior year of school at Drexel University, Nesbitt College of Design in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I have honed my craft with clients across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
After years of creating custom items for client’s homes, the Dann Foley Lifestyle brand was a natural extension of those efforts. I bring a unique global perspective to my designs through years of international clientele, extensive travel and a passion for all things beautiful. For me the idea of home goes well beyond the acquiring of the things, it is a desire to share my idea of “Living Well” with everyone I meet.
I have used the Lifestyle Design approach when creating residences, commercial properties, products, styling and special event design. A favorite motto of mine is, any style, anywhere, at any time. I deliver what people ask for but in a way they dreamed possible and do it all with what everyone seems to refer to as my boundless energy and infectious laughter.
From the start I envisioned the Dann Foley Liflestyle (DFL) brand to be high style with my signature 3 A’s of Design… Accessible, Available and Affordable. The DFL licensing program was never meant to be just a name on a label. I design every product myself. Yet, I still consider each license a partnership between the manufacturer and me. The process is a true design collaboration involving all phases from the factory to marketing, to ensure I offer a product that is well made, accessible and beautiful. I have never wanted to create product for a lofty few to sing my praises, I create product that will appeal to buyers and consumers alike.
I have always recognized the power of television as the most useful tool in marketing my work and my brand. Shows like NBC’s American Dream Builders and Showtime’s The Real L Word have given me the opportunity to prove to that I can entertain and inspire viewers about the “Dann Brand.”
In the only 2 years since the Dann Foley Lifestyle licensing programs officially launched (which coincided with the premier of American Dream Builders) I have garnered both industry attention and record sales of some of my products, earning me 5 Platinum and Gold ADEX, Excellence in Design Awards, a Pinnacle Award nomination and, my most coveted nomination to date, the ARTS Award nomination in the product design category.
By combining style, sophistication and my 3 A’s of product design I am offering buyers and consumers alike more than just product, I am offering them a chance to create their own personalized style. My newest bedding lines are a perfect example of how a buyer/consumer can purchase my perfectly curated and coordinated looks for the bed or create their own look by combining my many exclusive patterns, colors and textures into their perfect haven. I am also offering dozens of decorative pillows and shams from the simple to elaborate and gorgeous drapery panels to round out the look for the bedroom or any room of the home.
For more than twenty-five years I have rigorously kept my focus on client satisfaction through uncompromising service. I bring this same work ethic to the DANN FOLEY LIFESTYLE product lines. I am committed to giving people the opportunity to live better, more beautiful and more meaningful lives through the products they live with. People don’t need more things they just need better choices. I use my God-given personality and wit, combined with a vast knowledge and experience for living well to thrill my clients and keep them coming back…it is those same qualities that I bring to the design table with every product. My lifestyle brand has been a long time in the making because I wanted to get it right…I am here to stay!
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Tom Becktold helps companies and organizations build, reposition and strengthen their brands, identify and evaluate acquisition targets and establish innovative marketing programs. Tom joined the Board in November 2015. He previously served as senior vice president of global marketing for Business Wire, a unit of Berkshire Hathaway. A 26-year veteran of the company, he was a member of the company’s advisory board and established growth-focused marketing programs, launched successful business units and steered market share growth worldwide. Tom previously served on chapter boards for the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. A Southern California native, he joined the Board in 2015.
- I have the technology and resources to generate demand for your property, provide buyers with the detailed information they desire, and have the ability to respond instantly to online inquiries.
- With our Internet marketing program, I’m determined to generate broad online exposure for home sellers at America’s leading real estate internet sites and portals, selling homes quickly and for the best possible price.
- To satisfy online home buyers, my listings have multiple photos and detailed property descriptions – two of the most sought after features by online home shoppers.
- I provide superior customer service to home buyers with HomeBase In-Touch, our proprietary software, which allows me to respond immediately to inquiries from online buyers interested in any of my listings.
The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert (aka “The Center”)
MISSION: Creating vibrant community by helping LGBTQ people along their way.
VISION: Thriving lesbian, gay,bisexual and transgender people, living authentically in support inclusive communities.
VALUES: Respect, Excellence, Inclusiveness, Fun, Integrity
The Center creates a vibrant community by helping LGBTQ people along their way, in Coachella Valley and visitors of all ages, totaling nearly 56,000 client visits annually. A thriving, community-based organization, The Center provides a safe and supportive environment for members to enjoy wellness, educational, support and social programming through such programs as The Scott Hines Mental Health Clinic @ The Center (over 2,000 clinical appointments annually), transgender therapy groups, a partnership with Palm Springs Unified School District to offer The Center’s Suicide Prevention and Anti-Bullying curriculum to every ninth-grade student in the district (nearly 2,000 students), public school counseling, The Community Food Bank @ The Center (serving annually over 16,000 family members from ages 1 through 55+), extensive social and recreational offerings, the David Bohnett CyberCenter (a free computer and internet center), a growing volunteer program, and special events in the community. It is the only LGBTQ non-profit community center in Eastern Riverside County. The Center receives broad support from across our desert communities, which includes local municipalities, foundation grants, individual and business memberships, special events, and gifts from its friends in the Coachella Valley who support the LGBTQ community. Several programs provide critical social interaction opportunities for members of the LGBTQ community who are alone, isolated, and for many, living at or below the poverty level.
The Center Board of Directors reflects the diversity of the LGBTQ Community: 50% are women; 7% are people of color; 6 identify themselves as gay; 7, lesbian; and 1, bi; the average age is 56 (median 60), and represent professions such as business, civic involvement, finance, human resources legal, marketing, and mental health.
Many of the learned fears still exist in this generation and as they age, they become isolated and self-protective. Recognizing this, in 2005 the Foundation created the Golden Rainbow Senior Center, a one-room center that offered a few programs for seniors and a friendly, accepting place to gather. In October, 2011, the board expanded the scope of The Center’s operation to be all inclusive of LGBTQ people regardless of age and changed its name to reflect that expanded mission. We proudly move forward as a place for our entire community as The Center.
|While all programs at The Center are built for our entire community, sometimes it's nice to find and create space for ourselves. These programs were created with a focus on LGBTQ women. Plus, get access to our weekly Women's Newsletter, which highlights events created by and for LGBTQ women across the Coachella Valley.|
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