I graduated from Oregon State University in 2014 and have had the privilege to live all over the country since. I have settled in the greater Portland area and am getting to reconnect with lots of friends from college. I’ve found a true home here at HDG and am loving being able to help people build their dream outdoor areas or help companies/businesses build amazing outdoor areas for future residents/patrons!
Favorite Place to Get Lost: DisneyWorld
Dream House Must Have: Chef’s Kitchen
If I Were a Animal I’d be: An Elephant
Hidden Talent: Ability to make people laugh.
Secret Hobby: Golf
Favorite Book / Movie: Any Harry Potter or Marvel movie
Sports: Watch all sports and play soccer and football when I can.
Sales Administrative Assistant
Taylor graduated from the University of Alabama in 2020 and moved to Portland, OR with her partner and pup, mid-pandemic, to pursue a career in law. After working as a paralegal for shortly over a year, Taylor realized it wasn’t the right fit. She discovered HDG and decided to change career paths. Working with others as part of a team is a strength she prides herself in, and HDG’s commitment to teamwork is her favorite aspect of the job. She loves working with the HDG team to creatively and effectively assist clients in designing and furnishing the project of their dreams.
Dream Superpower: Invisibility
Dream House Must Have: Kitchen island with built-in dog water and food bowls.
Secret Hobby: I am obsessed with houseplants!
Hidden Talent: I can still perform a double-axel jump from my competitive figure skating days.
Favorite Book / Movie: The Girl on the Train. I’m a psychological thriller/crime junkie.
Sports: Watching Alabama football. ROLL TIDE!
I spent my formative years growing up in Tucson, AZ. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a major in Horticulture, I went to work for the Arizona Dept. of Agriculture. Five years later I was Assistant Director for Plant Quarantine. I was later selected as the Director of the newly created Weights and Measures Dept. Needing a change, my wife and I moved to Portland where I started my own landscape business. After a few years I made the move to working inside. I worked in manufacturing and warehousing, shipping and receiving, inventory, purchasing and as a manager.
Dream Superpower: X-ray Vision
Favorite Place to Get Lost: Disneyland
Person From History I’d Like to Meet: Richard the Lionheart (My 43rd great uncle!)
Secret Hobby: Watching YouTube
If I Were An Animal I’d Be: An Eagle (My Native American spirit animal)
Hidden Talent: Perfect pitch
Favorite Music: Two Steps From Hell (two guys who compose movie music)
I started at HDG as a part-time sample coordinator hoping to earn extra money for my wedding and wound up leaving my day job to join the HDG team full-time as sales manager. I love helping our clients work through complex design challenges while elevating their understanding of what’s possible.
Dream Superpower: Time Travel
Favorite Place to Get Lost: Somewhere that’s either way too hot, or way too cold.
Dream House Must Have: Vaulted ceilings
If I Were An Animal I’d Be: A Mantis shrimp
Favorite Book / Movie: Ender’s Game / Moana
Hidden Talent: Technical Minecraft (very secret)
Favorite Music: Musical Theater – Hamilton. Wicked. Beetlejuice. In that order.
Memorable Vacation: I once hammocked my way across Costa Rica.
As Founder and Managing Partner of HDG Building Materials, Erik is responsible for HDG business development and vendor relationships. He has a Master’s in Landscape Architecture, lived and worked in China for three years, designing and building golf courses for Jack Nicklaus, managed the construction of the national-award-winning Portland Chinese Garden, and founded an architectural building stone company in 2000. Erik speaks Chinese and has 20+ years of combined design, construction, and international logistics experience.
Dream Superpower: Hyperpolyglot
Person From History I’d Like to Meet: Socrates
Dream House Must Have: Multiple Decks and View Terraces 🙂
If I Were an Animal I’d Be: A Dolphin
Hidden Talent: Chinese (conversational)
Worst Song Lyric Interpretation: “A wiener-wrap, a wiener-wrap….a wiener-wrap, a wiener-wrap…in the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleep’s tonight” — or “A reverend in blue jeans”.
Angie Bagg Lutz
Angie has worked in residential and commercial construction prior to working with Erik and starting HDG Building Materials. One thing Angie enjoys about HDG is that the company is not simply looked upon as a supplier of innovative materials but that many times HDG becomes part of the design process, providing solutions to all types of clients including architects.
Dream Superpower: Time Traveler
Favorite Place to Get Lost: Anywhere outside as long as it’s warm.
Favorite Book / Movie: Harry Potter Series
Secret Hobby: I can’t tell you…
Dream House Must Have: As long as it was located along a small river or stream and had some views of the mountains, I’d be good 🙂
If I Were An Animal I’d Be: An Eagle
Sports: I love playing soccer and watching USWNT Soccer. Played college basketball and still dream of being able to dunk someday.
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