Pivot Spotlight: Michelle Sterling
Meet Michelle Sterling, Pivot's new Market Development Director in Los Angeles. We chatted with Michelle to learn more about her unique background, career development, and passion for the City of Angels.
Tell us about your background.
My 20-year career in Design and Project Management includes notable A+D Firms in Los Angeles and London, working in corporate, entertainment, hospitality, and higher education environments. I have a passion for beautiful furnishings that enhance the cohesive design of a space and the user’s experience. My background lets me provide clients with well-rounded design services that contribute to their well-being and performance. I also have a tenured background as a residential real estate appraiser. This experience has honed my client relation skills and given me the opportunity to visit beautiful LA residences over the years.
Why did you decide to join Pivot?
My decision to join Pivot was a natural progression. As a designer, I find joy and inspiration through meeting new people and collaborating on projects. I'm a natural extrovert, and I am passionate about great design and furniture. I am very excited about representing Pivot and working with the A+D community in Los Angeles. At Pivot I am hoping to be my authentic self, while providing smart solutions in a collaborative environment. I look forward to meeting new partners and forming lasting relationships.
What is the greatest lesson you have learned in your career?
Patience is not in my DNA and is a constant work in progress for me. My former Principal taught me to slow down, even in the midst of hectic schedules. Clients cannot be rushed and good design cannot be rushed. From patience comes listening, true understanding, and well-thought out strategies for success.
What do you enjoy most about working in the LA market?
LA is my birthplace and I love this crazy town to no end. I grew up in the heart of LA and I’m so grateful to be a part of its ever-evolving development. It’s very rewarding to be involved in projects that have changed its skyline and contribute to its culture and legacy.
What are some of your favorite local LA spots?
I’m a native Angeleno so my love of LA architecture runs deep. I recently visited a mid-century home in the Hollywood Hills by Dutch Architect John Sjoberg. It is a stunning piece, perfect in every detail while incorporating the hillside location into a true California environment. The LA Department of Power & Water building is also a stand-out and I have a gorgeous photo of my mother that was taken there soon after it was completed in the late 60’s. It’s the epitome of mid-century architecture so it was serendipitous that I spent fruitful years at AC Martin.
Some of my favorite haunts are Bestia for housemade pastas and charcuterie, King Taco for old school tacos & Kogi Tacos for a flavor explosion. Sonny’s Hideway for a killer Old Fashioned. Covell & Everson Royce for interesting wine selections. I’m a foodie so feel free to always ask me for suggestions!
Shopping at The Row is always dangerously fun as is a Rose Bowl Flea Market run. If you're into live music, The Echo & The Fonda are my favorite music venues, but I have a fond passion for The Fabulous Forum where I attended my first concert at 14 years old! Last but not least, nothing beats a gorgeous LA Sunset. Whether it’s viewed at Point Dune or from a local hiking trail in Pasadena, I always appreciate its stunning glow over Los Angeles.