J. Banks Design Group was awarded the 2018 Impact Innovator Award at the NEXT Conference in Austin, TX. The Impact Innovator Award was for J. Banks’ efforts to improve the lives of orphans in Tanzania through the Valentine Project.
Joni Vanderslice started her South-Carolina-based interior design firm over 30 years ago, which has grown to employ 50 associates and includes a retail business on Hilton Head Island and numerous licensing lines. In 2015, she and her husband opened an orphanage in Tanzania, called the Valentine Children’s Home, that serves dozens of children, many of who have lost both parents.
“I would say I’ve gotten more out of it than we’ve given,” said Vanderslice. “You gain so much from these experiences. It’s very much an integral part of our business, giving back. That’s been part of our mission statement from the beginning, but this is taking it to a different level.”
The NEXT Conference and Awards are presented by Progressive Business Media and Furniture Today.