As the senior designer at Exceed, Hawley loves how a well-laid plan comes together. She puts a lot into every single project. The result is happy clients who have been coming to her for over 25 years, clients who she now considers friends. Hawley is a lifelong Crystal Lake resident, a graduate of Crystal Lake Central High School. She holds a degree from Ray College of Design in Chicago, where she was awarded the Yale R. Burge Student Award of Merit. After graduation, Hawley worked as a designer for several area interior designers and architects before starting Hawleywood Designs, a retail shop specializing in new furniture, custom steel furniture, objects constructed of old furniture, and sculptures. The unique boutique was located in Historic Downtown Crystal Lake. Together, with her husband Haig, she opened Exceed Floor & Home in 2006.