To build environments and tools for design and architectural professionals while building sustainability and resources in the growing community. We promise to create something meaningful for the design and architectural community at the forefront of innovation. Our destination will help to streamline your business and build a community of professionals who will work collectively to help and support one another.
Meet Rocco Verrilli our Founder and CFO. Rocco began his construction endeavours at the age of 12 with his father; he soon knew that construction and entrepreneurship was the path for him. He continued to follow his curiosity and interest in mechanics, electronics, woodworking and construction and successfully completed his Electrical apprenticeship. Rocco soon realized the opportunities that could be fulfilled utilizing his past experiences that would complement his new businesses.
Rocco’s owns numerous companies include: Stone Edge Marble & Granite, ASN Inc., Carriage Lane Design Build Inc., Pinnacle Spray Foam Solutions, and now The Collective Workspace!
When he’s not hard at work, Rocco spends time with his family and in the yard.
Meet Carly Nemtean our founder and CEO. Carly graduated from Interior Design at Sheridan College and started her journey into the industry working for design firms. She met Rocco in 2009 on one of her job sites and soon found herself working for him at Alta Moda Millwork designing their cabinetry. Shortly after, Carly landed an opportunity to be a designer for HGTV’s Property Brothers and brought Rocco and his companies along to create full home updates with the show. Realizing the success of their skills combined, they opened their own boutique design and build firm, Carriage Lane Design Build in 2011.
Carly’s craft and strategy have gained her many awards in the industry including: NKBA 30 under 30, contractor of the year, designer of the year, design/builder of the year and being featured on the Business of Design Podcast by Kimberly Seldon in addition to a considerable number of print magazine features for her work.
When she’s not at work, Carly loves to travel, read, hang out with her dog, Shadow, and her husband, Itay, and also educate herself about entrepreneurship and business.
Meet Gabi Eliasoph our Digital and Community Manager. A Toronto native, Gabi comes from the world of public relations and marketing. Previously working in fashion, beauty and fitness in the start-up, agency and corporate settings, she brings a unique blend of personality and strategy to The Collective. Gabi spent 6 months working and travelling in different coworking spaces around the world, so she’s been in your shoes and knows what you’re looking for. Gabi will be your go-to in ensuring the Collective community is happy both online and in the space itself and that the events are both fun and inspirational.
When she’s not at work, she loves travelling, going to fitness classes and restaurant hopping.
Meet Lisa Ceci our Materials Librarian. A designer by trade, Lisa previously worked in the design field for over 8 years. In her most recent role as a design consultant for Cambria, she sourced materials both for commercial and residential use. Her vast knowledge of materials coupled with her eye for design makes Lisa the perfect fit for the role. Lisa will be your go-to in ensuring that the vendors in the library and happy and plentiful and that the designers have a curated selection to choose from!
When she’s not at work, Lisa is on the hunt for hidden gems and vintage treasures.