Shelley Lister, Owner Abitar Furnishings
As the Owner of Abitar, Shelley Lister is responsible for the success, growth of Abitar Contract Furnishings. Ms. Lister assures that every client and each Abitar experience is aligned to the company’s mission – “Create Value Through Excellent Customer Service and Quality Products.” Her experience spans more than 35 years in the fields of architecture, interior design and furniture. Ms. Lister specializes in hotels, country clubs, yacht clubs, restaurants and resorts. She has been able to build an extensive base of diverse professional contacts, creating a strong networking presence both in and out of the U.S. Having dealt with hundreds of different vendors in the interiors field, Ms. Lister has established working relationships which serve to streamline the selection and procurement process. Active in numerous civic and professional organizations, Ms. Lister demonstrates a commitment to her community and her profession, which is reflected in her dedication to providing clients with personal, cost efficient service.
“I have come to greatly value the personal service, responsiveness, and skills you have provided… We at Costa Linda also appreciate Abitar’s interior design experience, sound relationships with a wide array of reliable vendors, and ability to navigate the maze of purchasing and shipping requirements.”
- Gale E. Measel, Jr.
Costa Linda Beach Resort Association Board of Directors
"I needed to work with a firm who would understand that I didn't have the time to immerse myself in every detail of furniture selection and procurement. ...We appreciate your personal involvement and responsiveness in helping us through the process."
- Debra M. Jacobs
President and CEO
The Patterson Foundation
“You have assembled a great team of professionals that you work with on a regular basis. You listened to our needs and my desire to work with one supplier. You identified the best supplier and worked a miracle in getting the supplier to meet our budget limitations, without sacrificing quality or quantity. And delivered on time!”
- Kathy Roberts, RCE
Chief Executive Officer
Sarasota Association of REALTORS®
“She [Shelley] freely gives of her time to the community and the development of its most important resource: its people. I unreservedly recommend Shelley as a professional colleague and community advocate.”
- David G. Karins, P.E.
Karins Engineering Group, Inc
"I would recommend your firm to any organization in need of professional, hands-on resource for the delivery of top quality service and product"
- Jack Duncan
Senior Vice President
Ocean Reef Club
"Being a Historic National Trust Property, it was important to provide furniture that related contextually to the late 1800's, early 1900's when the resort was first built. ...Abitar's staff was instrumental assisting us in finding just the right pieces... The owner now says the East Wing Guest Rooms are the most beautiful in the Carolina Hotel at Pinehurst."
- Gary M. Inman, PhD. (ABD)
Sr. Associate, Director of Hospitality & Residential Interior Design
Galve & Holmes Associates
"I would highly recommend your firm to anyone looking for a reliable, professional, furniture procurement company."
- Ana Santa Maria
Apex-Studio Santa Maria
"Abitar's expertise was a valuable contributor to a very successful multi-million dollar project."
- Maury Epstein
General Manager and COO
Pelican's Nest Golf Club at Pelican Landing
184 Tall Trees Ct
Sarasota, Florida 34232
Phone: (941) 955-5940