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Storytelling and design converge at The Whitley Company

BY ELI HOFF

Sep 17, 2020

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Marissa Whitley Tago: The Whitley Co.

By Kady Weddle

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HerLife Magazine

“My principles: striving to learn, becoming better and exceeding expectations.”

“Time is relative,” said Marissa Whitley Tago, interior designer and founder of The Whitley Co. “Going back to school at 32 and graduating before my 35th birthday showed me that everything works when it is supposed to. I wasn’t ready to start a business at 25 or 30. I was living and learning and cultivating who I was until I started The Whitley Co. in 2016.”

Marissa was a student at MU at 19, in 2001 and 2002 and withdrew from school after landing a job with MTV as a VJ for their college television network. She moved to Chicago, expanding her resume while modeling and acting, then to Los Angeles in 2009, returning to Springfield, Missouri, two years later. “I never thought that I would come back to Columbia or Missouri, but after my husband, Nick, was stationed here as a Navy recruiter and subsequently retired from the Navy, we decided that Columbia was an ideal place to call home, raise a family and embark on the next chapter of our lives after his service career came to completion. It’s been an incredible place to live and start my business!” Read Full Article.

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