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July 13, 2015. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

Blue Bar Chart Shows Increased Profit

AIBD grows 20%, in two days!

AIBD gained over 130 new members in just 48 hours during this past the weekend’s 65th Anniversary Membership Drive. “It’s encouraging to see so many new people interested in supporting the AIBD mission.” President David Pillsbury wrote in an email this morning. “This membership drive was a huge success and it will be a terrific jump start to our new chapter program.” he added.

How does this membership drive compare to the total new members AIBD normally recruits? In its last fiscal year (from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015), AIBD recruited just 106 new members. “In just a couple days, we engaged over 120% more residential industry professionals with AIBD than we have over last 12 months combined.” Reports Steve Mickley, AIBD’s chief staff officer.

Of the roughly 130, 23 are returning members who had allowed their membership to lapse sometime in the past. “These are great results. The next action is to contact each new and renewing member and get them involved.” said Mike Battaglia, our ARDA chairman and a newly elected AIBD board member. The new memberships break-down with one new Student member, one new Educator member, 15 new associate members and the remaining are Professional members.

The membership drive also included existing members too. Those who referred a new member over the weekend were tallied and those who were successful at recruiting at least three new members are awarded 6 additional months added to their existing membership. Almost 40% of the new members listed a referral. The top recruiters were Willie Dalrymple in North Carolina Steve Humbert in South Carolina, and Kevin Holdridge, also in North Carolina. Together they recruited 15 new members in two days. Great job AIBD!!


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Online registration for the AIBD Annual Conference closes July 30th..

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This year’s AIBD Annual Conference is scheduled full of must attend sessions and tours. The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art is providing a full-day session beginning with Classical Mouldings and the Orders. Author, architect and AIA Fellow, Jeremiah Eck is focusing on How We Market Ourselves as Designers. The National Association of Home Builders is partnering with the AIBD High Performance Homes Team to bring us Green Residential Trends: Opportunities in a Growing Market and Make it Matter! How to sell when “Green” doesn’t mean “Go”.

The 2015 AIBD Architectural Tour includes three remarkable and unique perspectives on the lives of the people who lived and worked in the grand mansions of Newport. At all of the Newport Mansions, you will find a world of exceptional elegance and inspiration in architecture, art, interior design and landscapes. Join us for a journey back in time at one of America’s premier collections of historic house museums and 250 years of American history.

Lastly, the AIBD Annual Conference draws to an elegant close Friday night with our formal-optional American Residential Design Awards gala dinner. Gather for pre-reception cocktails to mingle with other convention attendees and the AIBD national leadership, then partake of a splendid dinner, all the while enjoying the historic beauty of the Providence Biltmore hotel.

Visit to register.

CLICK HERE to reserve your hotel room at the Omni Providence hotel. AIBD’s special rate is $165/night (plus taxes and fees). A limited number of rooms have been set aside. The AIBD rate ends when the block is sold out.

Visit to view the conference schedule and to get information about the event as it becomes available.


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NCBDC hosts the Institute’s first practice analysis meeting.

NCBDC President John Fought kicks off the Job Analysis Task Force meeting in at the Enviro-Center near Baltimore, MD.

Thirteen volunteer subject matter experts convened this past weekend in Jessup, Maryland to discuss the tasks, knowledge and skills of a building designer. The participants had diverse backgrounds and experiences and traveled from nine states; each paying their own way to attend.

Robert W. Platt, president of our new chapter in Metro Atlanta said it very well, “I feel that the experience was excellent and more than productive. As a group, we accomplished something meaningful…No doubt the outcome will be good for the organization and the industry.”

Why a job task analysis? The NCBDC Board of Examiners has committed to improvement by aligning its policies and procedures with internationally publicized standards for personnel certification and to be fully accountable for achieving what it sets out to do.

(Front, from left) Robert Platt (GA), Jannis Vann (GA), Sergio Astorga (TX), Steve Miller (NH), John Fought (FL). (Rear, from left) Sam Morgan (UT), Dan Sater (FL), Scott Phillips (LA), Steven Mayer (GA), Siddiq Kassam (PSI Services), Rory McCorckle (PSI Services), Ryan Zink (OR), Alan Abrams (MD), Frank Telles (TX), Thomas Schmelter (CT).

In April, 2013, the board of examiners hired International Credentialing Associates (now PSI Services, LLC), to perform a program assessment. PSI did so by reviewing 28 documents provided by AIBD/NCBDC against current practices and the ANSI/ISO 17024:2012 Conformity Assessment — General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons. PSI reported 32 potential items of non-conformance. Although AIBD staff and the board of examiners were successful in correcting a few of the many potential items of non-conformance, a large number of items seemed to be based on one large project positioned directly on the critical path – a job (also known as a practice) analysis.

Given the evidence provided, PSI concluded the existing examination is not based upon a valid job analysis nor uses a defensible cut score. PSI recommended, “NCBDC conduct a new practice/job analysis, develop a newly revised examination, develop a new cut score and scoring criteria, and document it appropriately. This should include recruitment of SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) that are diverse by industry, geographic location, specialty, and years of experience. Certification standards recommend that new job/practices analyses be conducted every 5 – 7 years at most, making the need for a new job/practice analysis urgent for NCBDC.”


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Join the Low Country Chapter RIPPLE this Wednesday.

One of AIBD’s newest charters, the AIBD, Low Country Chapter, is hosting a RIPPLE this Wednesday, July 15th, in Beaufort, SC. Dubbed by AIBD Membership Committee chairperson, Kevin Holdridge, RIPPLE stands for Residential Industry Professional People Lunch & Enlightenment. This month’s luncheon is an open discussion format. Meet with other residential industry professionals in the Low Country region, discuss the issues and opportunities, and help chapter president, Paul Cole, plan out the topics for future RIPPLEs.

The Low Country chapter straddles the Georgia/South Carolina State lines. It’s region includes three counties in Georgia – Bryan, Effingham and Chatham (Savannah, GA). Then, continues to the north to include four southeastern counties in South Carolina – Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper.

CLICK HERE for more information and to RSVP


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Palm Beach Chapter hosts RIPPLE(PM) event, learn from Hillary G.

AIBD Corporate Member, Hillary Gottemoeller, Content Director at Hanley Wood.

Next Friday is the first “official” meeting of the AIBD, Palm Beach Chapter! Join other residential industry professional people for dinner and an educational presentation.

  • Date: July 17, 2015
  • Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Rustic Inn, 1065 North Highway A1A, Jupiter, FL 33477
  • Presentation: How to market stock house plans
  • Cost: $50/person – includes a three course dinner, the presentation and some awesome networking and ambiance (cocktails are not included).
  • RSVP: or 1-800-366-2423

Do you currently or do you want to offer your plans for sale nationally? AIBD, PBC, we will have Hillary Gottemoeller of visiting from Washington, DC to help you get started, provide some tips, and let you know how to be an AIBD featured designer on

Also! You will meet Jaclyn Toole, the Senior Green Building Program Manager at the National Association of Home Builders AND our very own AIBD President David Pillsbury!

Here’s a great new member opportunity!

Visiting Palm Beach County from out of town? Use the $139 (plus NO resort fee) AIBD corporate rate at the Use the corporate code: “AIBD” when registering online or by phone. In fact, get that rate any day between now and September 30th or the $159 rate from October 1 to the end of 2015. Big discounts are available for suites too.

Spread the word! Share this opportunity with your business associates, clients, friends and family.


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Intermediate CAD classes start tomorrow.

SoftPlan Intermediate class will be held July 14 – 17.
Classes meet from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. CST

SoftPlan’s Intermediate class will teach you the advanced skills you need to create complete custom house plans. This class will be conducted using SoftPlan 2016.

You’ll learn how to draw a complete house plan in 2D and 3D and how to generate elevations and sections, all from the convenience of your own office. You’ll also be able to ask the instructor questions and interact with the class.

Each class is $195.00 per person. See a full itinerary and visit our website for more class offerings.

Classes fill up fast, register today.
phone 800-248-0164


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LenovoHot summer, cool savings from Lenovo.

July means hot summer savings at Lenovo! Get these AIBD member deals before they cool off! Take advantage of Instant Savings of up to 30% off Lenovo’s laptops, tablets, desktops and more. Plus, get FREE shipping on all web orders.

Take advantage of these special offers until July 31, 2015:

  • 30% off the Lenovo Yoga 3 14” laptop – the ultraportable convertible laptop with 360° flexibility
  • 23% off the Lenovo Tablet 2 A7-30 – the Android tablet with a colorful, slim and light design
  • 20% off the ThinkCentre M93 Tiny desktop (tower) – the space-saving, reliable, and secure desktop
  • 15% off the ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop – Lenovo’s premium new 14″ Ultrabook™ with durable, yet light, carbon-fiber construction and extended battery life

To check out the latest and greatest in Lenovo technology, visit or call 1-800-426-7235, ext. 3569 (M-F: 9am-9pm EST, Sat: 9am-6pm EST). Be sure to check the website often – special offers change frequently. Think Summer. Think Savings. Think Lenovo.


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More events ahead..


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Member renewal