Made in the Shade proudly welcomes the addition of the great state of Arkansas with its newest dynamic duo: Mike Kirby and Ron Carter, both representing the Little Rock, Arkansas area.

Mike Kirby

Mike just recently retired as a Director of the Air Force’s largest Air Operations Center after proudly serving 25 years in the military. We gratefully thank Mike for his dedicated service to our country.

Mike also flipped over 12 homes between his deployments across the globe, so he had some great history and experience with home interiors. It made sense to continue his post-retirement career in an industry he knew he enjoyed!

Ron Carter

Ron is an experienced interior design professional with 25 years interior decorating credentials. He holds a B.S. in psychology and a B.A. in Sociology from Louisiana State University at Shreveport. Ron has developed an extensive portfolio which includes whole house renovations, kitchen remodels, and high-end personal consultations. Ron brings a designer perspective to the Made in the Shade team and will focus on the “Design Coach,” no-pressure sales approach.

More About Mike and Ron

Both Mike and Ron were drawn to the Made in the Shade team because they not only wanted the support and structure of a franchise, but also wanted to feel like they were truly in charge of their own business and destiny. The Made in the Shade opportunity was the best fit for freedom, support, and the structure that they felt would ensure their success. The low-cost start-up option that capitalized on both partner’s skills was also quite appealing to them.

Mike and Ron have set their first-year business goal to steadily increase sales by 5% per month and generate $200,000 in gross sales – a very attainable goal. They also plan to open a showroom in the next 2-3 years and continue to grow their client base, while hiring more sales personnel.

Both owners share some similar interests when it comes to their own personal hobbies. Mike enjoys home improvement projects, landscaping, live music, directing air shows, restaurateur, and personal fitness.

Ron also enjoys landscaping, personal fitness, and dining at great restaurants. He is a die-hard college sports fan, particularly his favorite team, the Arkansas Razorbacks!

Made in the Shade is thrilled to have not only added a brand-new state to its repertoire of great entrepreneurs, but also its newest owners, Mike Kirby and Ron Carter. We wish them both tremendous success in all their goals and endeavors.

Contact Mike or Ron at:

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Ph: (501) 672-0023