Kristen Prestwood

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Location: Charlotte, NC
Founded: 2015
Industry: Event planning and design

Kristen Prestwood
CEO and Owner

Spark By Design

After working for a local event company for three years, Kristen Prestwood decided to start her own business. After another three years, she accepted a client’s offer to merge her company with his. “I was with that company for six years and headed up the new design division,” she says. After that time, the company’s owner offered her the opportunity to assume ownership, and Spark By Design was born.

Quick Tip: “Find your strength within you and don’t give up on the dream that you have.”

In leading Spark By Design, Prestwood makes an effort to always be available to her team. “Any questions or teaching moments they may have are always welcomed, with the number of events that we do,” she says. “I’m not able to be at every event. The level of service that I want to provide our clients has to be embedded with our team.”

Last year, Spark By Design started a Thanksgiving gathering for all employees. “There is just so much to be thankful for, and so we all got together, went to a restaurant … and it was all of us networking and just spending time together,” says Prestwood. “While we were there, we took backpacks and stuffed them with goods to give out to the homeless. When they were done, all the team got four or five bags … and if they saw a homeless person on the side of the road or somewhere else, they were able to do something that would make them feel good.”