Residence: Lake View
Growing up in St. Louis, Darren Andereck spent most of his summers working construction with his father. “I was always taking things apart and putting them back together,” he says. “My family actually encouraged it.”
The first in his family to go to college, Andereck studied economics and finance at the University of Missouri at Columbia and headed to Chicago for a job in corporate finance.
In 1995 he joined Alice’s Garden, a prestigious provider of floral and event décor, as a consultant, and within six months became a partner, taking on some design work in addition to managing the company’s finances. (Alice’s has since merged with event planners The Experiential Agency to serve as their in-house design shop.)
When it comes to relationships, Andereck jokes that he was a long-distance kind of guy because he used to date only men who lived in other cities. “I’m over that now,” he says.
Email Darren at firstname.lastname@example.org
Photography by McArthurphotography.com