Message from the ASID Arizona North Chapter President

I continue to be amazed at the depth of talent, dedication and spirit that our Chapter possesses.  As one of the strongest ASID Chapters in the country, we are not only consistently among the top (if not the top) Chapter in retention, but our members are recognized locally and nationally for their individual projects and lifelong achievements to our industry.

That being said, a hearty congratulations to all of our Design Excellence Award winners, and our latest Fellow in a distinguished group, LuAnn Thoma-Holec, FASID.  A hearty thank you goes out to the many volunteers who stepped up and shared their talents with our Chapter over the past year, especially the Board of Directors, who have donated countless hours to make our Chapter such a success. Please join me in extending a special thank you to the outgoing Board members, Cindy Lewton, ASID; Linda Heinz, FASID; LaDawn Bentley, ASID; and Amber Rice, Student ASID, who have worked tirelessly on your behalf.

Our ASID Industry Partners have also enhanced and benefited our Chapter and we are so grateful for their support.

So, as we transition to a new Board of Directors, know that we are all looking forward, fostering the momentum that has been building over this past year.  We are blessed to have an amazing Board that possess like-minded goals and vision for the future and who are working hard to develop outstanding programs and educational opportunities that will benefit all levels of experience.

One of the great impacts that we feel we need to focus on this year is branding.  ASID is the largest and most respected design organization in the country and one of our objectives is to make ASID a household name here in Arizona.  Our branding strategy will look to develop a higher public profile and educate the public on the benefits of hiring a professional ASID designer. Look for great things to come.

We’re continuing to support UMOM, Aunt Rita’s Foundation, are excited about furthering our relationship with Stardust Industries, continuing our involvement in the Design For Hope projects.

We understand the importance of receiving value for your membership…it’s our job to make that happen. But it’s also your responsibility to get the most out of your ASID membership by getting involved.  Whether that means supporting the Chapter by attending meetings and events, mentoring a student or practitioner working to take the NCIDQ, or giving your time to volunteer for one of our committees or charity projects, you will get more out of the experience than you give.  We welcome you!

I am honored to serve as your incoming President for 2013-2014, and will work with the Board to make our Chapter even better!

By Gretchen Palmer, Allied ASID, President


ASID Arizona North Chapter
Mailing Address
7650 S McClintock Dr
Tempe, AZ 85284
Phone: 602-569-8916

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