owner, creative director, graphic designer
EXPERIENCE / 20+ Years / Lara has been a graphic designer since 2001, and opened Lara J Designs in early 2008.
EDUCATION / Lara is a graduate of Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and concentration in Graphic Design. During her time at KSU she had the opportunity to visit both Oaxaca, Mexico and Amsterdam, Netherlands with fellow art students to further her study of art. She has a wide range of artistic background from drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, etc.
FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB / Lara loves helping her clients promote the businesses they are passionate about and watching them grow and thrive.
HOME & FAMILY / Lara lives in Cartersville, Georgia with her husband, Matt, and her two sweet boys, Evan and Colin. Her family loves their cats Sarah, Vienna & Oliver and darling Yorkshire Terrier, Charlie.
HOBBIES & LEISURE / She loves spending her weekends with friends and family and free time traveling. Lara also enjoys visiting Cartersville’s many wonderful local museums and family vacations to Jekyll Island off the Georgia coast.
COMMUNITY SERVICE / Lara is very passionate about helping local Cartersville & Bartow County community organizations & non-profits
Board of Directors Art in Bartow
Board of Directors Cartersville Downtown Development Authority
Board of Directors, Promotions & Marketing Chair Cartersville High School Band Booster Board
Board of Directors Cartersville Middle School Band Booster Board
Former Member of Board of Directors Advocates for Children
Member Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce
Member Rome-Floyd Chamber of Commerce
Supporter of Advocates for Children, Reading to Go Places (The Bookmobile), Art in Bartow, Red Door Food Pantry, Etowah Valley Historical Society, Tranquility House Domestic Violence Center, Summer Hill Foundation, Etowah Valley Humane Society, Community Church Shop, Hickory Log Personal Care Home, Cartersville Schools and many more.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION / Lara has received a multitude of awards for her work in the community.
- 2021 Small Businessperson of the Year as nominated by her peers on Alignable
- January 2021 Honored as a Notable Woman of Bartow by Bartow History Museum
- December 2020 Recipient of the 2020 Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce IMPACT Award
- June 2020 Frontline Heroes Award for her assistance to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic
- February 2020 Hometown Hero award presented by Modern Woodman Financial at the Cartersville Downtown annual meeting
- May 2019 Cartersville High School Work-Based Learning Junior Mentor of the Year award
- December 2018 Small Businessperson of the Year as nominated by her peers on Alignable
- February 2015 Cartersville Downtown Development Authority Chairman’s Award
- 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2019 Nominated for Small Business of the Year for the Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce