The most important thing Jamie Banfield builds is relationships.
Banfield won the Thirty Under 30 accolade in 2015 at age 29, but his interest in interiors and design was rooted in childhood. As a young teen, he’d often move furniture around, at his own house or at the homes of friends, and he loved to paint. He embarked on his professional path at Home Depot, where he started in flooring “to pay the bills.” He moved on to the kitchen department, and became a designer in that arena. Home Depot proved to be an invaluable factor in his budding career: the home-center giant helped him pay for school at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and perhaps more importantly, taught him how to work with the public.