West Seattle's Marty Riemer among panel of judges for PSE room design competition
West Seattle resident and KMTT 103.7 FM radio personality Marty Riemer was named to be a judge on a panel who will judge a room design makeover challenge sponsored by Puget Sound Energy. The competition is to combine design with energy efficiency and could net the winner $5000 or a number of energy efficient products. The company press release follows:
Puget Sound Energy has announced that local society and events photographer Duell Fisher, 425 and South Sound Magazine editor Lisa Patterson and radio personality Marty Riemer will be joining PSE’s Re-Energized by Design campaign as judges. The campaign, the first of its kind in the region, promises to be full of surprises, drama and excitement as six residential PSE customers compete to win energy efficient products and $5,000 in a fast-paced, high-energy series of room-by-room energy-efficient makeover challenges. The trio of Re-Energized by Design judges bring a mix of aesthetic expertise and sharp opinions to evaluate the competitors’ room makeovers for how well they combine beautiful design with energy-efficiency.
“We are thrilled to have Duell, Marty and Lisa on board to amp up the campaign’s fun while helping our customers maximize their creativity in pairing interior design with energy saving products,” said Cal Shirley, PSE’s vice president of customer solutions. “These three local personalities will bring a fresh perspective to our customers as they learn how to save more money on their energy bills through energy efficiency without compromising great style within their home.”
Duell Fisher is a celebrity photographer with a finger on the pulse of the Puget Sound’s social scene, documenting gala events and fashion throughout the region. Lisa Patterson is brutally honest in identifying some of the best (and worst) home design in the area in her role as editor of both 425 and South Sound Magazines. She has strong opinions about how to create great interiors and will keep contestants on their toes. A self-described “green geek,” Marty Riemer showcases his opinions about design, green living and many other topics on his weekly podcast and during his show on Seattle’s KMTT-FM. Where Duell and Lisa provide a keen eye for aesthetics and function, Marty will provide crucial green expertise to the team as they judge just how successful contestants are in making their projects as green as they are beautiful.
Re-Energized by Design contestants will compete in a series of six room makeovers using the latest sleek and stylish energy-efficient products provided by campaign sponsors GE and Electrolux. After each makeover challenge, the panel of judges will review and score each contestant’s effort. The lowest-scoring contestant in each round will be eliminated.
All contestants will receive free, energy-efficient light emitting diode (LED) and compact fluorescent light (CFL) lighting from GE and a small stipend to spend on each room’s makeover. The final three contestants will win a high efficiency clothes washer and matching dryer from Frigidaire, and the final two contestants will win a Frigidaire Ultra Efficient Kitchen with refrigerator, dishwasher, range and microwave. The last contestant standing will win a $5,000 prize.
Each contestant’s efforts will be supported by a dedicated design coach who will provide style guidance and encouragement. Contestants will also be filmed as they complete each room challenge, and PSE will release a series of “webisodes” showing the journey of each contestant as they race to make their homes more beautiful and energy efficient while facing sharp critiques from the judges.
All home-owning PSE electric and natural gas customers living in an existing single-family property or attached housing with four units or less are eligible to become contestants. To enter, customers must create a photo and caption or create a short video introducing themselves and their home and upload it to the Re-Energized by Design website at PSE.com/ReEnergizedByDesign before the Oct. 31 entry deadline.
About the Judges
Lisa Patterson is the editor-in-chief of the award-winning 425 and South Sound Magazines. Both publications feature amazing homes and design articles in every issue, and she has had the opportunity to walk through some of the area’s most spectacular homes. She calls the Pacific Northwest home and enjoys spending time with her family, especially her new baby boy.
“When it comes to design - I know what I like and I know what I don’t like. I like to share my opinions so Re-Energized by Design contestants-- look out!”
Marty Riemer is that rare broadcaster who has spent his entire career - 30 plus years - in one market, the best market, Seattle. Having started in radio at the ripe age of 13, he went on to host shows at some of the city's greatest radio properties from KZOK, KJR to KXRX and lastly The Mountain (so good, he went there twice, or was fired once, whichever way you want to look at it). During that time he also acquired a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, launched an educational video production company and now hosts a live, weekly podcast from his West Seattle basement, where Seattle luminaries or sometimes just his cat can be expected to make an appearance. When not in his basement, Marty also sits on the board of One Reel - producers of Bumbershoot - and Operation: Sack Lunch, the largest free outdoor meal provider in Seattle.
“I take sustainability very seriously – when contestants show me their projects I’ll look beyond the design to see if they’ve incorporated energy savings into their room challenges. If they don’t...they’re out!”
Duell Fisher is the owner of Team Photogenic, a photography company specializing in special events including fundraisers, benefits and lifestyle/society photography. Photos from Team Photogenic appear in a variety of media outlets, including 425 Magazine, City Arts, Puget Sound Business Journal, and Seattle Magazine. Before starting Team Photogenic, Duell had a 25-year retail and sales career, including 20 years at the Bon Marche/Macy’s. Duell serves on the PONCHO board, and Providence O’ Christmas Trees Executive Leadership Team. Duell also created a web program called Seen by Team Photogenic, which features events that Team Photogenic is covering from start to finish. www.teamphotogenic.com
“My eye for fashion and design is what sets me apart from other photographers – impress my eye with your challenges or you won’t be moving on.”