Wye Mills woman wins national awards

Laura Ortel of Wye Mills was named Field Manager of the Year by Decorating Den Interiors. James S. Bugg Jr., president and CEO of Decorating Den Interiors, is at right.

EASTON — Design professional Laura Ortel of Wye Mills was named Field Manager of the Year by Decorating Den Interiors.

It is the highest management award selected by James S. Bugg Jr., president and CEO, and the executive team.

Ortel also received the company’s first Legacy Award, created to honor two longtime coaches and mentors, the late Wanda Twiss and the late Judy Underwood, both of Florida.

The honors were presented to Ortel at the company 50th anniversary conference held recently at the Paris Las Vegas.

“Laura was selected because of her exemplary attitude, her coaching and mentoring, and overall success of the franchises she manages,” Bugg said. “She lives the lasting legacy of all who have paved the way to help others achieve their design and business success.”

Ortel joined the corporate staff in the Easton office in 2016 following a career in residential and commercial design along with other entrepreneurial activities.

“She brought us an excellent combination of interior design, communication and business skills,” Bugg said. She manages 28 franchises in 11 states.

Ortel has a bachelor’s degree in interior design and has earned National Council for Interiors Design Qualification.

Decorating Den Interiors is North America’s largest interior design and home furnishings franchise company, with franchises throughout the United States and Canada.

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