Trendsetter to Know: Hank Arens

Name: Hank Arens

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Age: 52

Title: Owner of Hank Arens Designs and JDRF Gala Chair

Married/Single: married

Kids: none

City you live in: Phoenix/Arcadia

A typical day in my life is…

ever evolving. Every day varies depending on my clients needs for interior design. My day is always filled with working in clients homes, out looking for incredible home furnishings or designing something unique for my clients homes. That coupled with asking for donations, meeting with potential partners for JDRF locally as well as managing my home and family life. 

I was born…

in Flemington, New Jersey.

My favorite thing about Arizona…

I love the diversity that Arizona offers. I love to hike and backpack and camp in our canyons, live in a vibrant and fun filled city as well as relax in the Pines in my Flagstaff home. Phoenix offers culture, community I have worked hard to create and the best dining and shopping. 

I’m listening to…

a variety of music and news. From Pop to Bluegrass and Jazz to Rock n’ Roll to NPR and ABC 15.

My family…

is everything to me. I am so close with my parents Arnold and Bonnie Arens and my sister Roberta.  We talk most every day. We laugh, we celebrate, and we have a great time together.  My husband Tom is my best friend and soul mate. We share everything. My dear friends are also family to me. 

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…

there are so many people I would love to have dinner with. Influencers, celebrities, political figures, authors…I could go on. But I really would give anything to have dinner with my Grandmother. She was such a huge part of my life, so influential in who I am today and why I give so much of myself. 

One thing I cannot live without…

a few things: my family, my freedom as a business owner, travel, Netflix, pizza and Saks.

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

either a veterinarian or an actor.

I’m inspired by…

nature, all things design related, travel.

The one person who motivates me is…

Tom. Every day and in all things I do.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be…

for people to realize we are all the same, we are all equal and we are all connected.

The perfect day would be…

waking up in a new city or the wilderness and experiencing somewhere I have never been.

My first job was…

picking vegetables and weeding at Andy Toth’s farm.

My favorite escape…

is Flagstaff. It invigorates me.

My life…

is blessed with amazing experiences, incredible people. I feel so lucky.

I’m currently working on…

helping JDRF take their organization to the next level. And some innovative design work for clients.

Always…

love what you do. We should all be so lucky to wake up every day loving what we do.

Never…

lose hope. Life always has a way of working out the way it’s meant to be.

Favorite Quote…

“Just do it!”

Biggest Dream…

to be a part of finding and funding the cure for T1D!

My Pet Peeve(s)…

looking at life glass half full. I look at it as that glass is half full and air fills the rest.



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