After years of being distanced from his alma mater, Ball State alumnus Marcus Hall, ’06, president and partner of California Closets, has made a return home. Hall recently reconnected with the University through visits and learning more about the interior design program.

Inspired by the excellence of the Department of Construction Management and Interior Design, California Closets has established an annually funded scholarship to assist an interior design student at Ball State.

“This felt like a great opportunity to support the future class of creators that Ball State is developing,” Hall said. “We want to look for ways to live out our purpose of designing better lives, this felt like a natural extension to do that and to support future designers.”

California Closets, which designs and builds custom furniture and storage solutions, is an industry leader in premium and luxury space-management with120 showrooms and 700+ designers across North America. Hall is the president and partner of the independent franchise throughout Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Central Illinois. His role is to deliver financial returns for the company’s board and fulfill the organization’s mission of designing better lives for clients, teammates, and the community.

Hall has been professionally involved in Indianapolis since graduating from Ball State. He started his career with the RCA championships then moved to the Indiana Fever & Pacers and most recently at ExactTarget where he spent several years following the Salesforce acquisition.

Although it has been a while since Hall was a member of Ball State’s student body, he looks back fondly on his experiences at the University.

“My experience was great. The University staff and student body were warm and welcoming during my time on campus,” Hall said. “I created some lifelong friends and have enjoyed looking for ways to grow my relationship with Ball State post-graduation.”

Hall was named to the “40 under 40” Indianapolis Business Journal class in February 2020, recognizing rising stars in Central Indiana. He was also part of the National Woodworking Network inaugural “40 under 40” class in 2019, recognizing the next generation of industry professionals.