Mario Buatta, Honorary Showhouse Chairman
Mario Buatta is one of America’s foremost decorators. He was born in New York, studied architecture at Cooper Union and attended Parsons School of Design in Europe. After an apprenticeship in the decorating department of B. Altman & Co., Mr. Buatta became associated with several decorating firms including Elisabeth Draper, Inc. and then formed his own decorating company. Mr. Buatta holds Honorary Doctorates in the Fine Arts from Wagner College and Pratt Institute. He received the 1990 Augustus Saint Gaudens Award for Professional Achievement in Art and Architecture from the Cooper Union Alumni. He received the 1992 Cartier “Pasha” Award for outstanding professional achievement and distinguished public service and was recently named “Dean of Design” by the Chicago Merchandise Mart.
Jamie Drake, Honorary Design Co-Chairman
Author of some of this country’s most glamorous spaces, New York-based designer Jamie Drake believes that the best décor expresses personality and place. Renowned for his exuberant color sense, his eye for the unique and telling detail, his practical approach to planning, and his equal facility in traditional and modern styles, Drake creates inviting, delightful, and resolutely livable environments. [READ MORE]
Alexa Hampton, Honorary Design Co-Chairman
Under owner and designer Alexa Hampton’s direction, the world famous firm Mark Hampton LLC has completed a wide range of designs for domestic and international projects, from New York City to Hangzhou, China, including apartments and large residences, private airplanes and yachts. A perennial member of Architectural Digest’s AD100 and House Beautiful’s Top Designer list as well as a member of Elle Décor’s A-list, Hampton’s work is classic, traditional and eclectic. [READ MORE]
Brian P. Brady
Brady Design was incorporated in 1989 by registered Architect, Brian P. Brady, whose expertise lies in creating traditional classical architecture and designing comfortable, classic interiors. Today the firm’s work is solely residential with approximately fifty percent of its revenue coming from architectural commissions and fifty percent coming from interior design and decorating commissions. [READ MORE]
On the East End since 1995, starting with the legendary Allan Schneider Associates, now The Corcoran Group, Gary DePersia has participated in more than a billion and a half dollars of real estate transactions. With hundreds of his exclusive listings sold and closed, and hundreds more properties matched with his own buyers and renters, his sensational inventory of Hamptons luxury real estate has generated benchmark deals. [READ MORE]
Greg McKenzie is a New York City and East End designer who has worked on projects throughout North America , and Europe. He has been published in numerous magazines and appeared on NBC TV’s Open House and various other media outlets. As a long time East End resident, he has contributed and supported to several Hampton Designer Showhouses and Southampton Hospital. He has been a loyal supporter and sponsor of the Empire Pride Agenda, as well as other East End charities donating time as well as design services.
Tony Manning is the Showhouse Marketing Chairman. He is also president of Mitchell Manning Associates, a full service public relations and marketing agency with a special focus on the home furnishings industry. His realm is the creation of the full scale public awareness campaign that has propelled the Hampton Designer Showhouse to national prominence in three short years, with phenomenal coverage in local and national newspaper media, home design magazines and television. He has also directed the packaging and sales of the various sponsorships that have linked the Showhouse with a variety of corporations in the publishing, banking, home design and related fields.