Our Team

About FADG

Fifth Avenue Design Gallery (FADG) was co-founded in 2009 by Christopher Smith and Dr. Gary Knutsen. FADG was created and established to offer full-service interior design consultation and a high-end furniture gallery of exceptional products. From inception, the co-founders wanted FADG to be distinct and different from existing firms. Their desire was for FADG to be a destination of choice for the people of Southwest Florida. Fifth Avenue Design Gallery prides itself in offering its clients a broad and exclusive selection of fine furniture, art and accessories; as well as, featuring exceptional and innovative design services.

Founders
FADG President

Dr Gary Knutsen CoFounder

Founders

Fifth Avenue Design Gallery (FADG) was co-founded in 2009 by Christopher Smith and Dr. Gary Knutsen. FADG was created and established to offer full-service interior design consultation and a high-end furniture gallery of exceptional products. From inception, the co-founders wanted FADG to be a memorable experience; a gallery distinctive and different from others. Their desire was for the gallery to be a destination of choice for the people of Southwest Florida; and to offer FADG clients a broad and exclusive selection of fine furniture, art, rugs and accessories. Fifth Avenue Design Gallery features personalized innovative design services for both residential and commercial settings. From inception, FADG has been committed to making every visitor to our gallery feel like a personal guest enjoying a comfortable and special experience.

Management

MANAGEMENT

 

Christopher Smith

General Manager / Owner
Allied Member ASID

 

Frank J. Ginder

Business Relations Manager

Angel D. Ortiz III

Flooring Manager

Bill Montgomery

Controller

Licensed Interior Designers

LICENSED DESIGNERS

 

Catherine H. Baker, ASID

Vice President • Registered Interior Designer Lic# ID5667

 

Louise B. Girard, RID, ASID, NCIDQ

Texas Registered Interior Designer Lic# 9432

 

Marla L. Axsom, ASID

Registered Interior Designer Lic# ID4830

Interior Design Consultants

DESIGN CONSULTANTS

 

Christopher Smith | Allied Member ASID • Co-Founder • Owner/Manager • President

Frank J. Ginder | Interior Design Consultant • Business Relations Manager

Doris Paterson | CQRID • Allied Member ASID • Interior Designer

Richard Atkin | Allied Member ASID • Interior Design Consultant

Salvatore D. Giso | IDS Associate • Interior Design Consultant

Kelly Sexton | Interior Design Consultant • IDS Associate

Maureen Hastings | Interior Design Consultant

 

Administration

ADMINISTRATION

 

Michele Blazina
Accounts Receivable • Order Entry

Jason Smith
Warehouse • Delivery • Inventory Control

Linda Cozza
Design Assistant

William Quinn
Accounts Payable

Joan Chappell
Receptionist

Jeri Murrow
Receptionist

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