August 10, 2015. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

Wayne Visbeen (center) accepts the 2015 Global Choice Award, with Michael Battaglia and Hillary Gottemoeller presenting.

The 2015 American Residential Design Awards conclude.

At a beautifully hosted dinner in the Garden Room of the historic Providence Biltmore hotel, the ARDA Committee announced the winners of this year’s awards program. Our master of ceremonies, Jim Vann, along with committee chair Michael Battaglia presented 32 ARDA awards, 15 Grand ARDA awards, the Best in Show and the Global Choice award. Also on hand were representatives of the program sponsor, Hanley Wood Media; Hillary Gottemoeller and Aurora Zeledon were on stage to congratulate each winner in attendance.

Photos of the winning projects will soon be available at www.ResidentialDesignAwards.com.

Photos of Friday night’s event can be viewed at www.Facebook.com/groups/TheAIBD.

Michael Battaglia presents Janet Hobbs with a Grand ARDA in the Custom Homes category.

Beginning with the Custom Homes category:

  • Grand ARDA – David A Ewald Designs, Basking Ridge, NJ
  • Grand ARDA – Hobbs Ink, Lakeway, TX
  • Grand ARDA – Mountainworks, Cashiers, NC
  • Grand ARDA – Sketchpad, Inc., Ada, MI
  • Grand ARDA – Visbeen Architects, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI
  • ARDA – Alan Mascord Design Associates, Inc, Portland, OR
  • ARDA – JAD Design Group, Inc., Amherst, NH

    Hillary Gottemoeller presents David Ewald a Grand ARDA in the Custom Homes category.

  • ARDA – KDH Residential Designs, Charlotte, NC
  • ARDA – Mountainworks, Cashiers, NC
  • ARDA – Phil Kean Design Group, Winter Park, FL
  • ARDA – Phil Kean Design Group, Winter Park, FL
  • ARDA – The Sater Group, Inc., Bonita Springs, FL
  • ARDA – Visbeen Architects, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI
  • ARDA – Visbeen Architects, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI
  • ARDA – Visbeen Architects, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI

Model Homes

  • Grand ARDA – Frank Betz Associates, Inc., Kennesaw, GA

    Laura Segers (right) of Frank Betz Associates, accepts a Grand ARDA in the Model Homes category.

  • Grand ARDA – Mountainworks, Cashiers, NC
  • Grand ARDA – Visbeen Architects, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI
  • ARDA – Cole Design Studio, LLC, Beaufort, SC
  • ARDA – Hobbs Ink, Lakeway, TX
  • ARDA – The Sater Group, Inc., Bonita Springs, FL
  • ARDA – Sketchpad, Inc., Ada, MI
  • ARDA – Sketchpad, Inc., Ada, MI
  • ARDA – TR Design Group, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Renovations

  • Grand ARDA – Alan Mascord Design Associates, Inc, Portland, OR
  • Grand ARDA – Roney Design Group, LLC, St. Petersburg, FL
  • ARDA – Dorosinski, Campbell Design, Fredricksburg, VA
  • ARDA – Dorosinski, Campbell Design, Fredricksburg, VA

    Angela Visbeen of Visbeen Architects, Inc., accepts a Grand ARDA in the Published category.

Published Designs

  • Grand ARDA – Visbeen Architects, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI
  • ARDA – Alan Mascord Design Associates, Inc. Portland, OR
  • ARDA – Sketchpad, Inc., Ada, MI

Conceptual Design

  • Grand ARDA – TR Design Group, Bloomfield Hills, MI – Grand ARDA
  • ARDA – Felixmopoulos International, Long Beach, CA
  • ARDA – Phil Kean Design Group, Winter Park, FL
  • ARDA – Phil Kean Design Group, Winter Park, FL
  • ARDA – YNL Architects, Inc., Culver City, CA

Outdoor Living

Jennifer Pippin receives a Grand ARDA in the Outdoor Living category.

  • Grand ARDA – Pippin Home Designs, Inc., Mooresville, NC
  • ARDA - David A Ewald Designs, Basking Ridge, NJ
  • ARDA - David A Ewald Designs, Basking Ridge, NJ
  • ARDA - Phil Kean Design Group, Winter Park, FL
  • ARDA - Mountainworks, Cashiers, NC

Green Design

  • Grand ARDA – Pippin Home Designs, Inc., Mooresville, NC- Grand ARDA
  • ARDA – Phil Kean Design Group, Winter Park, FL

Working Drawings

Catherine Ellis receives the Grand ARDA in the Working Drawings category.

  • Grand ARDA – Catherine Ellis Design, LLC, Westminister, CO
  • ARDA – Associated Designs, Eugene, OR
  • ARDA – Dorosinski, Campbell Design, Fredricksburg, VA
  • ARDA – KDH Residential Designs, Charlotte, NC

And last, but not least, Visbeen Architects, Inc. of Grand Rapids, MI, won the Global Choice award with 212 of the 660 votes cast. Individuals from Azerbaijan, Canada, the United States and Porto Rico participated in this year’s program.

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Jannis Vann, FAIBD, the 1997 Designer of the Year, presents the 2015 award to David Pillsbury.

AIBD names 2015 Designer of the Year.

David A. Pillsbury of Keesee Associates in Winter Park, Florida is named the American Institute of Building Design’s 2015 Designer of the Year. The honor concluded a long list of many recognition awards presented last Friday evening during a ceremony hosted the AIBD at the historic Providence Biltmore hotel in Providence, Rhode Island. David has served the Institute in many capacities over the years, including society president and two national board positions. His outstanding accomplishments over the past 12 months earned him this prestigious honor.

David Pillsbury accepts the 2015 Designer of the Year Award as his two vice presidents (from left) Karen Kassik-Michelsohn, Kevin Holdridge, the evening’s MC, Jim Vann and award presenter, Jannis Vann, look on.

Upon taking the position of national president, he put into motion a series of events that have hugely transformed AIBD. He has reduced the organization’s operational expenses by 25%, fully restored all of AIBD’s investment accounts and has eliminated a huge financial deficit. He invested the time and effort necessary to reach out to every key decision maker and member, he built a team of supporters and had the fortitude to make changes that may have not been popular to many. He wholeheartedly worked to insure that anyone who wanted to voice their opinions was given an opportunity to do so. As a result, he was able to influence every voting member to ultimately agree. “He is a leader with a vision that will carry forward our organization.” says one of his nominators and business associate, Mike Keesee, FAIBD.

The Designer of the Year award is presented to the member who has made the most outstanding contribution to the association in the past year. The presentation was led by Jannis Vann, FAIBD, the earliest recipient of the DOY award. Other recipients in attendance included Michael Battaglia, James Dalrymple, CPBD, Richard Emigh, CPBD, Gordon Hoehle, FAIBD, Michael Keesee, FAIBD, Karen Kassik-Michelsohn, FAIBD, Steve Mickley, CPBD, Dan Sater, FAIBD, and James Wright, FAIBD.

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The newly inducted College of Fellows members, along with Fellows in attendance. (From left) James Wright, FAIBD, Michael Keesee, FAIBD, Jennifer Pippin, FAIBD, Newell Cheatheam, FAIBD, Lyle Breeze, FAIBD, Karen Kassik-Michelsohn, FAIBD, Salvatore “Sam” Liberti, FAIBD, Gordon Hoehle, FAIBD, Uriel Pineda, FAIBD, James Lucia, FAIBD, Jannis Vann, FAIBD (chancellor), Dan Sater, FAIBD.

 

College of Fellows induct six new members.

At the American Residential Design Awards banquet dinner in Providence, RI last Friday evening, AIBD College of Fellows Chancellor Jannis Vann, FAIBD and the immediate past chancellor, James Lucia, FAIBD introduced the six newest members of the College of Fellows, Lyle Breeze (FL), Newell Cheatheam (TX), Gordon Hoehle (CA), Salvatore “Sam” Liberti (GA), Karen Kassik-Michelsohn (AK), Uriel Pineda (MS). All were recognized individually for their accomplishments and contributions to the industry, as well as the Institute. They all received framed certificates and a gold medallion signifying their status in AIBD; Some were already proudly wearing their white dinner jackets. In addition, each will now use FAIBD as a designation after their names in their professional titles.

The College of Fellows is comprised of Certified Professional members who have notably contributed to the advancement of the profession of building design by general excellence, by design and literature, or by design and public service. The College now has 33 active members.

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College of Fellows Scholarship award winner, Scott Hake (left) with the college chancellor, Jannis Vann and his father, AIBD Professional member, Ted Hake, CPBD.

Ohio member wins second AIBD Scholarship.

This past Friday evening, the College of Fellows awarded a $1000 scholarship to AIBD member Scott Hake, son of Professional member, Ted Hake, CPBD, both of Canton, OH.

Scott comes from a great family, steeped in residential design, and works hard. He is a Past recipient of the Annette Farmer Scholarship, and he is one of AIBD’s newest professional members, and the youngest professional member of AIBD. He represents the next generation of Residential Design professionals. Please help congratulate Scott Hake!

The College of Fellows have two scholarship programs, the College of Fellows Scholarship and the Annette Farmer Scholarship. The latter is awarded to AIBD student members and the former is awarded to the children of AIBD Professional members.

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AIBD’s Compass Club top recruiter in 2015 – Kevin Holdridge, with his wife Carrie.

Top membership recruiter recognized.

Kevin Holdridge, CPBD, was recognized during last Wednesday’s annual membership meeting for recruiting more new members than anyone else between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. His enthusiasm and efforts resulted in five new Professional members and one new Associate member claiming Kevin as their “sponsor” into AIBD. His recruiting efforts have also resulted in the formation of the AIBD Charlotte Metro Chapter. Since February, the Charlotte area has grown from two members to nine. Congratulations Kevin!

In the year 200, the board of directors enacted the “Compass Club” membership-recruiting program. The Compass Club (CC) program is very similar to the National Association of Home Builders’ “Spike” program. This program has become our key to growing our organization’s membership. By recognizing those members that work so hard for our organization, we hope to get more members involved.

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AIBD reports new positive direction at last week’s annual meeting.

AIBD Treasurer Richard Emigh, CPBD, presented the year end financial report and the upcoming 2015/2016 operating budget. The Statement of Financial Position presented shows an almost 11% increase in total assets (annually) with the total amount in investment accounts remaining essentially the same, even after $11,300 of invested funds were used to hire certification testing consultants and for student chapter grants. This was due largely to an $11,228 donation from the former Mississippi Society to be used exclusively for NCBDC accreditation.

Richard also distributed a Statement of Activity showing a 9% increase in revenue compared to the 2014/2015 fiscal year. However, it was the over 15% decrease in expenses that drew applause. Executive Director Steve Mickley, CPBD, reported that the AIBD former association management firm contract ended in January and our own office space and support staff are firmly in place. As a result, the monthly expenses during the last five months of the fiscal year averaged almost 26% less than those of the first seven months of the fiscal year. “If the current office and staff situation remains, the changes we’ve made should result in about a $95,000 savings over the next 12 months.” Steve also reported that during the past five months, the board of directors have repaid $47,000 borrowed from the AIBD investment accounts over the past two years.

In terms of membership, Internal Vice President Kevin Holdridge, CPBD, reminded those in attendance that the board of directors estimated a 25% decrease in membership as fallout for the huge governance changes adopted by AIBD in January. He then reported the year-end membership was only down approximately 5%, five-times better than expected. In addition, he reported the one-day membership drive on July 11th, to celebrate AIBD’s 65th anniversary, has caused AIBD’s membership to surge to 19% growth in just one month. A fantastic way to start the new 2015/2016 fiscal year!

Members recognized during the annual meeting for their contribution to the Institute during the past year – David Pillsbury, CPBD, President; Kevin Holdridge, CPBD, Internal Vice President; Karen Kassik-Michelsohn, FAIBD, External Vice President; Richard Emigh, CPBD,Secretary/Treasurer; Director; Newell Cheatheam, FAIBD, Central District Director; Chip Hudson, Eastern District Director; Bruce Yancey, CPBD, NCBDC Vice President; Janet Hobbs, CPBD, NCBDC exam proctor; Bernie Kern, CPBD, High Performance Home Teams chairperson; and Michael Battaglia, ARDA Committee chairperson. Those not show where were recognized: Varina Wooster, CPBD, Ex-Officio; Karl Koning, CPBD, Western District; Alan Abrams, CPBD, NCBDC representative to the board of directors; John Fought, CPBD, NCBDC President; John Police, CPBD, NCBDC Secretary; and Alan Kent, CPBD, NCBDC exam proctor.

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More events ahead..

 

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Member renewal