meet our team

Danielle Saintard Valiente

Danielle Saintard Valiente

Owner/Lead Designer

Danielle is an energetic entrepreneur with a passion for design, public speaking, writing and philanthropy. Deciding that she wanted to be an interior designer at the age of 13, Danielle has not strayed from the path she knew she was destined to pursue. Upon graduating in 2010 with a CIDA accreditation and a Bachelors of Science in interior design from Endicott College, Danielle drove from Beverly, Massachusetts down to Wilmington, North Carolina, a sight unseen. In 2014, Danielle founded Port City Design Group, where she began collaborating with residential and commercial clients in new construction, remodels and project management. Her favorite aspect of being in the design business is the strong relationships she has built with her team, PCDG clients, builders and subcontractors, in addition to implementing strong communication and organization into every project.

Danielle was the recipient of the Wilmington Business Journal’s Women to Watch Awards for the Business Category, The Carousel Center’s Tinman Biggest Heart Award and she has competed on a state-wide level on behalf of her Toastmasters club. She is currently a Board Member of the Cape Fear Literacy Council where she actively participates on the marketing committee. Danielle has written a series of children’s books titled Smunchkin Learns and released her memoir titled 180 Degrees, Emerging from Childhood Darkness in January 2021. Danielle’s hobbies outside of work include weightlifting, teaching dance, hiking and seeking nature adventures with her husband JP and two dogs Cruz and Clarke.


Hailee Welker

Office Manager

Growing up in a military family, Hailee quickly learned how to adapt to new environments when life carried her to unfamiliar places. Because of these experiences, Hailee did not hesitate to pick up her life and move to Wilmington several years ago, despite knowing virtually no one. Hailee has a constant growth mentality and is eager to boldly face each challenge ahead. She values organization, honesty, and accountability, which makes her the perfect fit as the office manager of PCDG. Outside of the professional world, Hailee enjoys playing with her two dogs, tending to her growing plant collection, and trying new coffee shops and restaurants!

Ingram Ballard Port City Design Group

Ingram Ballard

Interior Designer

Ingram brings both business and design skills with her education and natural talent. With an architect Dad, Ingram grew up watching the creation of floor plans, the process of construction and interior design. Ingram pursued her B.S. in Business at East Carolina University and quickly joined PCDG where she has grown as an integral team member, with her creative vision and detailed execution on projects. Growing up on the water was fun and inspiring, but Ingram also loves her barn time and riding horses. Outside of her passion for design, Ingram loves fashion, painting, boating and spending time with her two dogs, Penelope and Harper!   

Allie Compton Port City Design Group Wilmington

Allie Compton

Design Assistant

Allie was born in Kentucky, but raised in Wilmington. Allie is currently multitasking while pursuing her last semester virtually before graduating with a B.S. degree in interior design from Appalachian State in addition to assisting with PCDG design projects and installations. After completing a summer long internship, Allie strengthened her skills and quickly became a part of the PCDG team. Allie specializes in 3D models and integrating interior and exterior design elements. In her free time, she enjoys camping with her family and boating with her friends. 

Naomi Boring Port City Design Group

Naomi Boring

Personal Assistant

Naomi is the glue that holds it all together for the busy PCDG team! You may find her organizing, errand running or dog loving, but she is also behind the artistic and creative talent of many photoshoots, PCDG events and team gatherings. Naomi plays softball at Hoggard High School and looks forward to growing personally and professionally during her time as an assistant!

Joe of All Trades

Installation Manager

Joe of All Trades is the lead on all PCDG installations and has been with the company since it opened. Joe is an expert on moving and arranging furniture, hanging artwork and mirrors and basically anything else we need him to do! Joe is also part of our project management team and handles everything from demo, to on-site fixes and the rebuild. Joe enjoys spending his free time with his cat.



Project Manager

Ricardo is from Santiago, Chile and moved to the United States with his family seven years ago. In Chile, he studied administration and worked in management, but when he came to the U.S. he found himself enjoying home improvement projects. Ricardo manages the warehouse and helps manage projects with PCDG, where his bilingual abilities are one of his assets. He is also Danielle’s Spanish teacher! Ricardo enjoys outdoor activities and traveling with his wife and two sons to continue discovering the wonders of this country.


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