Team

Nancy Rankin, President/CEO

Nancy’s 25 years of design, sales, and management experience have culminated in a variety of design based ventures.  As owner and CEO of Blooms by Essential Details, Huber Décor and Idea Source, she enjoys building relationships to develop and maintain national accounts while also working to promote small, local and independent businesses.  Nancy has a special interest in supporting other women entrepreneurs and in mentoring young professionals. She received her B.A. in Merchandising Apparel and Textiles with a minor in Economics from the University of Kentucky. Her flair for cultivating creativity and individual style is apparent in the unique culture reflected by all of her successful businesses. Nancy, her husband, Danny, and their two children live in a log home in rural Shelby County where they frequently host events for family and friends.  The Rankins are also avid youth and college sports enthusiasts and enjoy various church activities.

If you could choose a different name for yourself, what would it be?

     I think I would go with Giselle, Ava, or Phoebe…..something a bit more off the beaten path than Nancy.

If you could institute any frivolous law, what would it be?

     Food and drink consumed in the company of family and good friends would have absolutely no caloric value.

Fist bump, high five, handshake or hug?

     Handshake first time around…hugs from then on.

If the office was a box of crayons, what color crayon would you be?

     I would like to be Sunset Orange. Sunset Orange is a warm, complex, joyful color.  It is oddly full of energy but yet sort of restful and reassuring too, like the sunset at the end of the day.

What is your greatest guilty pleasure?

     A delicious, well prepared margarita with a salted rim.

Susan Zehnder, Chief Development Officer/Partner

Susan was born in Naples, Italy and was raised in Louisville. She studied interior design at the University of Louisville and architectural drafting design at Louisville Technical Institute. Early in her career she worked for a local commercial design firm and later at KFC doing both domestic and international restaurant design and development. She also worked for manufacturers of building and restaurant furniture products before joining the Huber Decor family of companies thirteen years ago, and today is part owner of each brand. Susan is married to Ron Zehnder and has two college-aged sons. Free time is spent on the fields watching her sons play sports, walking, reading, travel, and she has recently taken up boating. She is a member of Northeast Christian Church, a co-founder of Make-A-Wish Kentucky, and is a former president and long-time volunteer of the Dream Factory.

If you could institute any frivolous law, what would it be?

     Your birthday as a mandatory paid holiday.

Share one of your favorite quotes.

     “Grow where you are planted.”  This is advice recently given to my youngest son from a college president.  Greatest advice ever.

What is your favorite piece of technology?

     My DVR, to watch Mad Men, Masterpiece Theater and most importantly Shark Tank.

What is your favorite room in the house?

     My great room looking out on the Ohio River where I watch the sunset.

What expression do you use far too often?

     It will work out (it always does...just maybe not to your liking)  

Shawn Mouser, VP Finance/Human Resources

Shawn is a financial controller with over 15 years of experience in all areas of accounting for diverse industries including interior design, retail, steel, vending as well as a private country club. Her expertise and work with a variety of software systems reinforce her continued goal of strengthening workflow production, budgeting, research, problem-solving and workforce management. Shawn has a B.A. in Business from Midway College where she solidified her enthusiasm for continued education.  She lives with her husband and two daughters in a small, rural community and enjoys reading, traveling and sports.

If the office was a box of crayons, what color crayon would you be?

     Red! Red! Red!  I am a die-hard, crazy University of Louisville Cardinals FAN!!!

What is your greatest guilty pleasure?

     I love to eat the chocolate coating off of a swiss cake roll then unroll the cake and eat it with a fork.

What is the most bizarre thing that has happened to you on a business trip?

      Nancy and I went to a convention for employees of NPC to participate in a vendor show at Orange Beach, AL.  We had a couple of hours to kill so we decided we would lay in the sun by the pool.  So there we are, in bathing suits, in April (you can imagine how we would already be rockin’ a super tan, not).  Well, we end up getting chairs right in the pathway of where all the people participating in the convention walked single file within two feet of us.  Five hundred or more of our customers trailed past us.  I told Nancy not to move.  I figured playing dead was our best defense.  How embarrassing!!  No worries though, my lanyard said “hello, my name is Susan Zehnder.” I had taken her place at the last minute. HA!!

What expression do you use far too often?

      “This doesn’t make any sense,” which also happens to be a fairly accurate summary of my job.

What is the best pick up line you have ever used that worked?

      I don’t think I’ve ever used one, but my husband picked me up by saying to me, “Hey, are you gonna be stuck-up or are you gonna talk to me?” We celebrated our 20th anniversary this year.

Sheryl Thompson, CMP   Director, Meetings and Events

Sheryl, our Director of Meetings and Events, plans meetings and events for corporate clients and associations such as United States Equestrian Federation, Breeders’ Cup, Disney, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, National League of Postmasters, Fastline Publications, Ace Interactive and the Kentucky Restaurant Association. Sheryl received her Certified Meeting Professional designation in August 2010 after meeting the qualifications to take the exam. The Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter of Meeting Professionals International awarded her the “Rising Star of the Year” award in June 2010. She served on the 2010-2011 MPI Board as the Director of Fundraising. Sheryl lives in LaGrange, Kentucky and enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.

If the office was a box of crayons, what color crayon would you be? 

        Pink with Sparkles

Have you ever hugged a llama? 

        No, but I’ve hugged a kangaroo!!

What is your greatest guilty pleasure?

        Reality TV

Share one of your favorite quotes. 

“You always regret what you don’t do.”

What is your favorite sound?

My daughter’s laugh

 

Jennifer Wishnevski, Event Coordinator/Transportation Specialist

Jennifer has been with Essential Details since 2004. Her background includes nine years working in the medical field with a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology. In addition to coordinating a wide array of events for Essential Details’ clients, Jennifer enjoys keeping up with the sports and art-filled lives of her family members.

Fist bump, High Five, handshake or hug?

     Hug

What is your favorite piece of technology?

      Cellphone

What expression do you use far too often?

     Crap

Which would you prefer as a second home: mountain cabin, beach house or big city condo? 

     Beach house

What was your first job? 

     Dispatcher for the county sheriff's office

Allyson Nestor, Weddings & Events Coordinator

 Allyson has been with Essential Details since April 2014. She got her start with us as an intern in 2010 and continued to assist with weddings & events until she joined us full time. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Integrated Strategic Communications. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky but originates from Winchester, Kentucky. She loves kids, penguins and photography. She also has a weakness for all things romance. In her spare time she enjoys discovering local restaurants and hangouts in this city and others.

What is your greatest guilty pleasure?

     Boy bands!

What is your favorite piece of technology?  

     My iPhone!

What is your favorite sound? 

   Babies laughing and the ocean.

Share one of your hidden talents:

   I can sing and clog (but probably not at the same time)

Name something on your bucket list. 

   Go to NYC and London, walk a red carpet, be on Ellen, go to Harry Potter World, sky dive, spend time with penguins.

 

Diana Vela, Weddings & Events Coordinator

Diana’s interest in event planning began in 2013 when she served as the Event Chair for her sorority at Western Kentucky University. She interned with Essential Details in 2014 and quickly discovered a love for the field. Diana continued to assist with weddings and events until April 2017, when she joined the Essential Details team full time. Diana graduated from WKU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate and Organizational Communication and a minor in Meeting, Convention, and Exposition Planning. Diana lives in Louisville, Kentucky and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as traveling to new places.

What is your greatest guilty pleasure?

     Watching beauty vloggers on Youtube! It's a recent guilty pleasure that I could easily spend hours doing.

What is your favorite piece of technology?  

     My iPhone, for sure!

Which would you prefer as a second home: mountain cabin, beach house or big city condo?

   A beach house in Destin, Florida.

What is your least favorite household chore and why?

   Washing dishes...it makes me gag!

Name something on your bucket list.

   Travel to Hawaii.

What is an expression you use far too often?

   "Oh my gosh!"