Remembering and Celebrating A Friend | Christine Anderson

I’m Josh Cooperman and this is Convo By Design remembering a friend, someone with whom I have collaborated since this show began 10 years ago either as a publicist that was booking her clients or as a contributor. We are remembering public relations pro, loyal friend, industry advocate and a truly wonderful person, Christine Anderson.

When I started Convo By Design, one of my first collaborators was Christine Anderson. She was working with Snyder Diamond, the shows first sponsor. Like everyone else in the design industry in 2013, Christine wasn’t really sure what a podcast was but that didn’t stop her from asking me how she could help or recognizing that this could be a tremendous platform for her clients. Since then, I had the privilege of getting to know Christine and while I really cannot imagine what the Southern California design and architecture community will be without her, I’m thankful that I got the opportunity to know and work with her.

Christine was, as I mentioned, a staunch advocate for her clients and more than that, she was a partner that brought new ideas, fresh perspective and always had a kind word when sometimes, that was what was really necessary. 

In 2015, I was working with the WestEdge Design Fair in Santa Monica and had a huge install. A stage, sponsorship, designers, parties and I remember how Christine calmly worked with the whole team to make sure things went off with out a hitch. And they did. That was one of the things I will always remember about her was her willingness to jump in, roll up her sleeves and get to work.

I also mentioned that Christine was a show contributor. I think what I want to do is share those conversations with you so you can hear from Christine one last time. Her story. Her words. Her voice. I met Christine around 2009 and after starting the podcast, I thought she would make a perfect guest for the show. I was right. This episode 4 of the show, featuring Christine. You’ll hear from Christine , right after this.

After hearing Christine and getting a feel for her style, I wondered how her interview style might differ from mine? It differed greatly…which is why she made three subsequent appearances on the show.

This is Christine’s conversation with another great friend of the show and frequent guest, Laurie Haefele.

Finally, this is another one of Christine’s conversations with her good friend, Franchesca Garcia Marquez.

Christine just disappeared like a flash but her legacy lives on in the friends she’s made over the years and the work she’s done on behalf of her clients, her business partners and the relationships with friends. My hope is that those who didn’t get a chance to know Christine, well, now you do, a little bit. And for those who knew her, I hope hearing her voice, her laugh somehow brings you some solace and eases your pain if even for a few minutes. To her friends, co-workers, and I call them that even though she was the boss, I always thought of her as one of the team.. and family, I am so sorry for your loss.

Thank you for listening to the show. Thank you for allowing me a forum to share my grief and providing a place to celebrate Christine. Thank you to CXD partners and sponsors, ThermaSol, Moya Living, Franz Viegener, Article Furniture and York Wallcoverings for making this show possible. Now, more than ever, remember why you do what you do and for whom you do it. Be well, and until next week, take today first.