Message from the ASID Arizona North Chapter President
The Phoenix Metropolitan area is a vibrant environment to work in the field of interior design. The uptick in economic growth in our region offers our members new projects of every type. As we begin to thrive again, the availability of resources and networking will be key to our continued growth. Membership in a professional organization is more important now to maintain your professional viability.
ASID Arizona North is a collaborative organization with members in commercial as well as residential design with many of our members working on projects in both areas. Our Industry Partners (IP) continue to expand, providing more options and opportunities for designers to stay on the cutting edge of the latest in product development. This partnership is important to the players on both sides. We are very fortunate to have an ever growing group of IPs ready to work on projects of all sizes.
We are pleased to have secured the services of Rick Emrich as our Marketing Representative. Rick will be reaching out to our IPs and non-member vendors to get them more involved with our organization. The sponsorship program that was developed two years ago has been extremely successful in creating stability in our educational activities and program offerings. Rick is hoping to make contact with as many of our IPs as possible to discuss ways to increase visibility and interaction with the designers and students. If you would like to meet with Rick, you may contact him at 602-540-9281.
Our region will be the site of the National Presidents’ Forum in February 2015. It will be followed by the meeting of the National Board of Directors. During their time in our town we will be scheduling events where they will meet our members and get a feel for what makes us such a strong interior design community. More information on activities will be available closer to the events.
The continued growth and development of our organization depends on the involvement of its members. We are hoping to get more people involved in our events and activities. Real World Design Week sign-ups are going on right now. All practitioner, industry partner, educator and associate members are being encouraged to sign up to share wisdom with our students. That one day with a student could make a major impact on their career. Oftentimes, we think we have little to offer. Having lunch to discuss how you got started, sharing contracts or forms or visiting a past client are all ways to inspire future designers. If the week designated doesn’t work for you, you may select a time that is more convenient. Let’s be sure that all of the students looking to be matched up with a mentor have that opportunity.
And lastly, much of what we do impacts the quality of life for the public. We make a difference in the lives of our clients. As a group, we will need to continue to educate the public on the benefits of working with a professional. It’s easy to do when you introduce yourself as a member of ASID and explain what that means. We will have to value ourselves to increase public awareness. Our Design for Hire and Design for Hire Professional programs are successful ways to value working with a professional. Consider signing up for these two programs and share this opportunity with your friends in real estate and real estate development. Both these programs make great house warming or closing gifts. The more our name is associated with the highest levels of professionalism, the greater influence we will have on the public.
In the words of our Administrator, Deb Ritchie – “To Our Success”!
Jewell Blair, Allied ASID
President, ASID Arizona North