Offering superior quality and service in exclusive home furnishings since 1984. Bassman Blaine’s Corporate Team will work with empathy, integrity, and a commitment to excellence. We look forward to helping you excel in your home furnishings endeavors.

Principals:

Principal

After graduating from UC Santa Barbara in 1984, Ken began his career in wholesale home furnishings. A 30+ year industry veteran, Ken has experience in every aspect/facet of the industry. Ken has always enjoyed leadership roles, continuing education and new challenges. Ken has completed the Toastmasters International public speaking program, holds a 2nd degree black belt, is a past CA State Bench Press champion, a private pilot and has run a marathon. He is involved in the community and has sat on three non profit Boards. Ken lives in Newport Beach with his wife, Teri and their three daughters, Allie, Anna and Lauren. He enjoys family, friends, staying active, sports, reading, games and travel.

Office: 714.431.1190 ext 13
Cell: 714.315.5520
Email: kenb@bassman-blaine.com

Principal | Director of E-Commerce

Bill has been involved in most aspects of the home furnishings industry for over 25 years. Bill began his career shortly after graduating from San Diego State University. As Sales Manager for Bassman Blaine, Bill enjoys collaborating with our Territory Managers, vendor/partners and clients to develop and execute strategies that lead to successful relationships for all involved. Personally, Bill enjoys entertaining family and friends with his wife, Sharon and supporting their children Zach and Abby in their numerous sporting endeavors. As time allows, Bill looks forward to trying new dining and cooking experiences and a wide variety of exercise options.

Office: 714.431.1190 ext 12
Cell: 714.743.4153
Email: billb@bassman-blaine.com

Sales Support:

Customer Care, Sales Support

Amanda joined the Bassman Blaine team in 2014 and enjoys helping the team accomplish their goals any way possible. Amanda enjoys reading, gaming, and watching movies.

Office: 714.431.1190 ext 33

Fax: 714.431.1191

Email: amandam@bassman-blaine.com

Customer Care, Sales Support

Arlene has been working at Bassman-Blaine for over a year. She has proven to be a fast learner who loves to help customers & team members in any way she can. Being an Orange County native, she enjoys being outdoors and in the sun.  In her downtime, she plays soccer, like to watch baseball, travel and spend time with her family. She is currently expecting her 1st child in July.

Office: 714.431.1190 ext 20

Fax: 714.431.1191

Email: arlenep@bassman-blaine.com

Customer Care, Sales Support

Office: 714.431.1190 ext. 10

Fax: 714.431.1191

Email: tianam@bassman-blaine.com

Customer Service Mgr, Sales Support

Aaron is a graduate of Orange Coast College and received his Associates Degree in Business and Accounting. Prior to Bassman Blaine, he worked in retail management and was a buyer for an entertainment store. Aaron currently resides with his wife and their loving dog in their newly acquired home in Aliso Viejo. He enjoys traveling, fishing, the outdoors and is an award winning photographer. Having worked many years in customer service, Aaron is a dedicated professional and has been a tremendous asset to Bassman Blaine.

Office: 714.431.1190 ext 11
Fax: 714.431.1191
Email: aaronf@bassman-blaine.com

Customer Care, Sales Support

Carlee has been working for Bassman Blaine for over two years and has adapted well at becoming a part of the great customer service team. Within the two years, she has excelled in her position and loves
helping the Sales Representatives and their many customers. In her down time, she enjoys going on hikes, being outdoors, traveling & going to her nephews baseball games.

Office: 714.431.1190 ext 29

Fax: 714.431.1191

Email: carleem@bassman-blaine.com

Kalmus Team:

Director of Marketing

Kelsey received a Bachelor of Arts degree for Mass Communication Design from California State University, Chico. While attending Chico State, she worked as a Marketing Manager for a local mortgage company, learning hands-on, valuable information that expanded her knowledge past college courses. After graduating, she moved to Southern California where she continued her social media, marketing, and graphic design expertise freelancing for an interior design firm and working at Ferrari & Maserati of Newport Beach. Delighted for the opportunity to join the Bassman Blaine team, Kelsey now heads the marketing department and has increased her marketing experience to all angles of the interior design industry. On the weekends, you can find Kelsey at the beach soaking in the California sunshine.

Office: 714.431.1190 ext 16
Fax: 714.431.1191
Email: kelseyp@bassman-blaine.com

Warehouse Manager

Chris has been working in the home furnishings industry for the past 26 years. As warehouse and logistics manager for Bassman Blaine since 2004, Chris brings professionalism, effi ciency, excellent customer service
and a great attitude to work each day. Among Chris’ many responsibilities is helping to keep all three of the Bassman Blaine showrooms filled with product and looking great. Chris enjoys spending time with family and friends, his cats, riding motorcycles as well as playing and watching sports.

Email: chriss@bassman-blaine.com

Special Projects

Ashley comes to Bassman and Blaine from the beautiful beaches of Thailand 5 years ago. She previously worked at an import and export company for almost 3 years. She was responsible in accounting and
managed Asia, North America and South America customer and vendors accounts, making sure that the transaction runs smoothly. Ashley is easy going and down to earth. She enjoys cooking and gardening.

Office: 714.431.1190 ext 22

Fax: 714.431.1191

Email: ashleyb@bassman-blaine.com

 

Special Projects

Brandi is currently working towards her Bachelor of Arts at the Interior Design Institute in Newport Beach. She is always open to new adventures and finds inspiration in her travels. Every place she has visited has left an impact on her love for life, designing spaces & creating new memories. As a visual person, she likes forms, shapes & colors all woven into the different aspects of Architecture & Design.  She spends her free time with her husband and 2 sons, skateboarding, traveling & maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Office: 714.431.1190 ext 25

Fax: 714.431.1191

Email: brandis@bassman-blaine.com

Marketing Assistant

Erin Mellring received a Bachelor of Arts degree for Communication Design, Graphic Design from California State University, Chico. While attending Chico State, she was the President and Director of Design for the American Marketing Association. After graduating, she worked at a Southern California advertising agency and event planning firm, where she continued to advance her project management, marketing, and graphic design skills. She later expanded her skill set in Seattle, working with Google Adwords and SEM/SEO. On the weekends, Erin can be found walking her dog and traveling.

Office: 714.431.1190 ext. 35

Fax: 714.431.1191

Email: erinm@bassman-blaine.com

Controller

Nikki has been working in the home furnishings industry for the past 27 years. We are very fortunate to have had Nikki with us for the past 17 years. Nikki is the Director of Operations at Bassman Blaine and she is the glue that holds everything together and keeps it all running so smoothly. Nikki is quite simply the most well organized and highly efficient person that we work with and that we know. Other than always working hard which accounts for way too much of Nikki’s time, she enjoys going to hockey games, gardening, music, baking, and her cats, our great team and her long time boyfriend, Chris.

Office: 714.431.1190 ext 17
Fax: 714.431.1191
Email: nikkib@bassman-blaine.com

LA Mart Showroom:

Sales Associate

A native New Yorker now living in Southern California, Lourdes began her career in the jewelry industry and over time became a diamond buyer in New York City’s Diamond district. After moving to California 22 years ago she was offered a position in the furniture manufacturing industry and has worked in the furniture industry ever since,she has worked for companies in the LA Mart such as OneCoast and Kneedler Fauchere in the Pacific Design Center.

Showroom: 213.748.5909

Fax: 213.748.5918

Email: lashowroom@bassman-blaine.com

Showroom Manager

Roger has enjoyed his entire career in the gift and home furnishings industries. From creating and implementing merchandising schemes for award winning showrooms, to managing destination showrooms, Roger continues to excel. He has also traveled to Asia for product development and to Europe for trend forecasting. Roger has enjoyed establishing Bassman Blaine’s flagship showroom at the LA Mart. Our collection of vendor’s and our overall look is unparalleled on the West Coast. Roger is a 4th generation Californian and resides in Los Angeles with his partner Steve, a Zoologist. Roger is a design and style aficionado who enjoys exotic foods, traveling and collecting vintage home décor.

Showroom: 213.748.5909

Fax: 213.748.5918

Email: rogerm@bassman-blaine.com

Sales Associate

Nancy has been working in various showrooms at the L.A. Mart for several years and spends four days a week working at Bassman Blaine’s Los Angeles Showroom. “It is a beautiful, fast paced showroom. It is a pleasure to work with designers and their clients and provide solutions to their design challenges. More often than not we are able to assist them in finding that perfect piece of art or the accessory they need to complete a current job. It is the most fun and rewarding job I’ve ever had.” Nancy has a degree in psychology from California Lutheran University. She has one daughter, Rachel; Nancy and her husband David live in Oak Park, where she enjoys gardening and playing bridge in her spare time.

Showroom: 213.748.5909
Fax: 213.748.5918
Email: lashowroom@bassman-blaine.com

Sales Associate

Alex has been employed at the LA Mart since she began working at age 18 and has been employed at such notable showrooms as Two’s Company and Bernhardt prior to joining Bassman Blaine. Alex is married and has 2 wonderful boys; Brandon age 11 and Robert Age 5. When she’s not working Alex enjoys cooking for family and friends. She is our most recent and wonderful addition to the BB LA Showroom.

Showroom: 213.748.5909

Fax: 213.748.5918

Email: lashowroom@bassman-blaine.com

Laguna Showroom:

Sales Associate

A graduate of UCSB with a Bachelors degree in Film Studies, Jackie began her professional career in the entertainment industry. After nearly a decade of working on a variety of successful films, Jackie decided to follow her passion for interior design. Upon earning a post-graduate Certificate in Interior Architecture from UCLA, Jackie joined the BB team at the Laguna Niguel showroom. Jackie appreciates all design genres, but is particularly inspired by clean and contemporary, as well as industrial styles. In her spare time, Jackie enjoys attending concerts, exercising with friends and most importantly, spending time with her husband and their two daughters.

Showroom: 949.215.4844
Fax: 949.215.4845
Email: lagunashowroom@bassman-blaine.com

Sales Associate

Haley had her start in the interior design business right after high school working for the family business, Kathleen Barlow Interior Design. She continued to work as Kathleen’s assistant while going to college to pursue a
Bachelors from California State University of Fullerton and graduated in January 2014. She spends her free time with family and friends.

Showroom: 949.215.4844
Fax: 949.215.4845
Email: lagunashowroom@bassman-blaine.com

Sales Associate

Michele graduated with a BA in Textiles and Merchandising and started out designing fabric for the upholstery market. In New York she became a merchandiser for the bedding industry and worked with such companies
as Bed, Bath and Beyond and Kohl’s. Michele enjoys different avenues of artistic expression such as painting and restoring old furniture. She also enjoys staging homes and buying old houses, fixing them up and selling them. Naturally she ended up marrying a contractor and they reside in Laguna Niguel.

Showroom: 949.215.4844
Fax: 949.215.4845
Email: lagunashowroom@bassman-blaine.com

Special Projects:

Special Projects

As a California native Nicole has a background in interior design and marketing that has transformed her career into an everyday lifestyle. She is determined to find inspiration in all the details of architecture and design to share them with her world. She also enjoys spending time with her family, and awesome dogs, while conquering triathlons, and seeing the craft of design around the globe.

Office: 714.431.1190 ext 32

Fax: 714.431.1191

Email: nicoleb@bassman-blaine.com

Business Development

L received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sports Industry from The Ohio State University.  He was a member of the Buckeye’s baseball team during his time at OSU. L also received his Associate of Arts degree in Communication from Orange Coast College. Born and raised in Southern California, he currently resides in Newport Beach. In his spare time he enjoys golf, training and Taco Tuesday.

Office: 714.431.1190
Fax: 714.431.1191
Email: lgrantd@bassman-blaine.com

Special Projects

Valerie Margerum is a California native and a former division-I soccer player for Cal State University Long Beach. She received a Bachelor of Art in Design there and is planning on pursuing a Master of Interior Architecture degree at UCLA in the near future. Valerie discovered her love for architecture and design at an early age playing with Legos and constructing elaborate homes on The Sims computer game. She has experience working for both residential and commercial design firms, and briefly worked as a graphic designer as well. Valerie is excited to help create unique, elegant, and inspiring spaces while working at Bassman Blaine Home. In her free time, you can almost always find Valerie either adventuring outdoors, exploring museums, or drawing and painting.

Office: 714.431.1190 ext. 27

Fax: 714.431.1191

Email: valeriem@bassman-blaine.com

Special Projects

Valerie Dhillon graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Interior and Environmental Design. Over the past 9 years, she has worked in many facets of the design world, including hospitality design, model home design, and high end residential. Valerie draws inspiration from the colors, textures, form and movement of the world around her and believes that design is constantly evolving. She enjoys creating beautiful spaces tailored for each individual client and understands that even the most subtle detail can make or break a design. In her free time, you’ll find Valerie at the beach, hiking, wine tasting, and spending time with her husband and their two cats.

Office: 714.431.1190 ext. 31

Fax: 714.431.1191

Email: valeried@bassman-blaine.com

Purchasing Manager

Amy Martin joins the Bassman Blaine Home team as a Purchasing Manager with over 20 years of experience in the home furnishings/interior design industry. We are lucky to have her as she is well-versed in the industry having worked for three Orange County design firms before joining our team.  Her expertise is in project management, expediting and client communications. In Amy’s free time she enjoys spending time with her family, mountain biking and hiking.

Office: 714.431.1190 ext 36
Fax: 714.431.1191
Email: amym@bassman-blaine.com

Design Director

After graduating from The University of Arizona Amy moved to Newport Beach to peruse a bachelor’s degree in interior design from IDI. With over a decade of experience in high end residential interior design her mission is to assist clients in creating timeless spaces. Whether classic or contemporary, across a vast range of styles, Amy balances colors, textures, and lighting to create a space that reflects her clients’ personalities and suits their design needs. Working in collaboration with architects and builders to execute her vision, she takes each project very personally and loves transforming a house into a home. In her spare time Amy enjoys traveling, running, biking to the beach, and her friends and family.

Office: 714.431.1190 ext 26

Cell: 949.798.9277

Fax: 714.431.1191

Email: amyp@bassman-blaine.com