Wanda Bastert

Wanda grew up on a dairy farm in Midwestern Illinois with her parents, twin sister, and two brothers. After earning an Interior Design Degree from Illinois State University, Wanda and her sister moved to Dallas, Texas, where she would spend the next twenty years.

While in Dallas, Wanda worked for various commercial real estate, architecture, and construction firms in roles such as a Marketing and Business Development Director. In the early 2000s, a print publisher in Dallas recruited Wanda because of her strong connections in the A/E/C industry. One of his competitors, a publishing company in Louisville, KY, had a large account with a renowned international architecture firm that was based in Dallas, and he wanted to land similar clients. Just three years later, Wanda actually took a position with that Louisville publisher, and she spent nine years as their Business Development Director.