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August 22, 2016. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

AIBD Summer Conference starts this week.

The AIBD Summer Conference in Denver, Colorado, is finally here. We’ve been working very hard to bring you a memorable event and are excited to see you all there.

We have a lot planned for these few days:

Wednesday, August 24th, starts off the event with Happy hour in the Hospitality Suite, which will have snacks and a cash bar, or open bar wristbands available for purchase. The wristbands will last for the entire conference.

Thursday, August 25th, opens with breakfast and Idea Swap before leading into a full day of educational sessions. The educational sessions will be broken up with a networking “lunch and learn” session. The day ends with another Happy Hour in the Hospitality Suite.

Friday, August 26th, opens with a buffet breakfast and the AIBD Annual Membership meeting, followed by another day of educational sessions. Lunch will be a trade show and buffet with cash bar and door prizes. Friday will also end with Happy Hour in the Hospitality suite.

Saturday is the Architectural Tour, which you can read about on the AIBD blog, and then the American Residential Design Awards (ARDA) Dinner. Both of these are registered separately.
In next week’s edition of the MondayMINUTE, we’ll recap on the event for those who were unable to make it to the event.

CLICK HERE to get more information about the 2016 Summer Conference.


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arda_mmThanks to you, we broke a record!

Last week, we asked you to help us break a record for the American Residential Design Awards (ARDA) Global Choice category and thanks to you, we did it!

We have received over 1500 votes from around the world, which surpasses every previous year by quite a lot of votes.

If you don’t know, the ARDA Global Choice category is open to anyone and everyone to vote for. All you need to do is go to this website and then click on the images of each home, one at a time. That will bring you to a dedicated page for each one. You’ll be able to view various pictures of the interiors and exteriors of the buildings. Once you’ve looked at them all, you just have to vote through the online form.

It’s really simple, takes very little time, and is fun. The best part is: you don’t have to know anything about houses or building design at all.

Of course, if you’re reading the MondayMINUTE you probably do know about houses and building design, but you have friends and family who don’t. We need them to vote, too. All you need to do is share the voting page with them.

Here’s the link again, just copy and paste it into Facebook, Twitter, or wherever else you connect with people: http://www.aibd.org/blog/?p=236

Voting is open until Friday, August 26th.

You can also click the share buttons below to share this MondayMINUTE post.

We’ll announce the Global Choice winner (and other ARDA winners) in next week’s MondayMINUTE.


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whirlpool_sweepstakesWhirlpool Inside Pass is hosting a new sweepstakes.

Need a new blender? The Fill Your Countertop Sweepstakes is here for Inside Pass members. Enter to win a Kitchen Aid small appliance package, which includes a toaster, blender, hand blender, and a stand mixer.

This sweepstakes is available for current and new members, which means if you’re not already a member, you can join right now and be eligible for the sweepstakes.

For current members, sign in to your account at whirlpoolinsidepass.com, select “Customer Service” in the menu bar, click “Contact Us”. Locate the Subject section and select “Other,” and then type “Fill Your Countertop Sweepstakes” into the Comments section.

For new members, you’ll need to use the AIBD Group Code. Go to whirlpoolinsidepass.com and scroll down to the Sign up form. Fill it out, and don’t forget the Group Code, for AIBD members only. Call us 1 800 366 2423 or email us info@aibd.org to get the code. Check the box next to “I agree to terms & conditions,” and then click on the “Sign Me Up” button.

The Whirlpool Inside Pass program gives you access to membership benefits, the latest innovations from Whirlpool and other brands (such as KitchenAid, Maytag, and others), and exclusive pricing and promotions that provide a discount you won’t find in stores.

The sooner you sign up, the sooner you’ll have access to this sweepstakes, other sweepstakes, and all of the discounts. Get started at WhirlpoolInsidePass.com.


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Improve your business by learning and applying leadership skills.

There are two types of people: leaders and followers.

If you own a business, you’re a leader.

There are people that depend on your knowledge, skills, and direction. The more the business grows, the more people you’ll need to hire. Many companies face growing pains at this point, and it’s due to poor leadership.

If you want your business to grow and succeed, you need to take the free 21 Laws of Leadership for Contractors audio course.

It’s not just for contractors. In fact, the 21 laws of leadership can be applied to any type of leadership role. The instructor, Chris Jurin, actually made this course with construction related industries in mind.

The course is completely free and hosted on Construct-Ed.com, which is best known for hosting video courses that improve skillsets in the construction industry. The problem with video courses is that you have to make time to sit and watch them.

The great thing about audio courses is that you can listen to them while you’re doing something else.

Load them up on your phone and play them in your car through Bluetooth. Or, put in headphones and listen on your morning run. You can even listen in the shower with a waterproof Bluetooth speaker.

Wherever you decide to listen to this audio course, make sure you grab it now while it’s still free! Click here to get started.


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blueturtle_videosFree project management video series by BlueTurtleCM.com.

This project management video series provides architects with resources, advice, and support on design fee proposals and contract negotiations.

This was a weekly series of short videos, most of which are less than 10 minutes long, that is now complete and can be watched altogether or as spread out as you like. No need to wait for next week’s episode.

The first episode is just an introduction. It talks about who the video series is for, what the series is about, and who the Blue Turtle Management and Consulting (BTMC) team is.

As stated in the introduction video, this series will help you “develop your career and build your practice.”

Next week, we’ll take a look at Episode 2 – Client Background Checks.

Click here for Episode 1.

These short videos are a smaller version of a recent series of workshops hosted by BlueTurtle Consulting. This series of workshops taught how to write proposals that will increase your fee levels, raise conversion rates, and eliminate scope creep.

The workshops are over now, but you can check out their website periodically to find out when future workshops will be held, or just ask them! You can email Emily@blueturtlemc.com or call 855-661-4270 (Toll Free).

And of course, we’ll keep you updated as soon as we know, so remember to check your inbox every Monday for the MondayMINUTE.


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Welcome new AIBD members!

Please help us welcome those who joined or rejoined AIBD this past week.

Robert Magro

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We are pleased you have chosen AIBD as a resource for professional and personal growth. Membership provides technical information, advocacy, professional networking opportunities, as well as participate in programming sessions offered at various conferences throughout the year. All designed to help advance your career.

Visit “SearchHomeDesigners.com” to reach out and exchange information with other professionals in the building designer industry supporting the AIBD mission.


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We are sad to inform you of the passing of AIBD member Michael Bond.

Michael E. “Mike” Bond, 67 of Topton, Pennsylvania, passed on Sunday, July 24, 2016.

Mike had been a member of the AIBD since 1996. Aside from his dedication to our organization, he was also involved in Trinity Lutheran Church, Topton, was the treasurer of the Topton Fish and Game Association for 45 years, and a member of the NRA, Pike Township Sportsmen’s Association, Lyons Fire Company, and a former member of the Topton Borough Council from 1979 to 1984.

Mike graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Engineering from Penn State University and went on to become a project engineer at Molly Corp., followed by the owner and operator of Bond Consulting.

Aside from his professional accomplishments, in his personal life he was a grandfather of eight, a father of three, and a devoted husband of 42 years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, two sons, and all eight grandchildren.

For more about Mike’s life, or to view the obituary, please click here.

Our thoughts are with the Bond family.


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Elevator World 19th Annual Project of the Year Awards nearing deadline.

Have you designed an innovative vertical, horizontal, or inclined transportation system to solve a major problem or overcome a unique challenge? You could win the award for Elevator World Project of the Year 2017.

Projects are categorized and then judged by experienced industry professionals and experts. The criteria for each entry will be innovation, originality and creativity, challenges overcome, installation methods and techniques, the use of advanced technology, and the overall quality of entry presentation.

The available categories are:

  • Elevators, New Constructions
  • Elevators, Modernization
  • Escalators, Modernization
  • Moving Walks
  • Inclined Elevators
  • Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlifts
  • Private-Residence Elevators
  • Special Purpose Lifts

Each category receives one winner.

If you’ve submitted before, make sure you read the updated rules; some have changed since previous years.

You have until Wednesday, August 31st 2016 to get your 2017 entry in, so head over to ElevatorWorld.com to submit your entry. You can also email editorial@elevatorworld.com if you have any questions.


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Tired businessmanHumor for your Monday!

If you schedule your family vacations around the IBS , SEBC, Parade of Homes, or the AIBD Quarterly Conferences
…You may be a Residential Designer!

Jokes by Allen M. Beaumont, Jr.

Allen began his professional career in 1988 as a Project Coordinator for a large commercial design firm in Winter Park, Florida. Allen’s responsibilities gradually expanded and eventually included managing the daily operations of the Residential Design and Development Department.

In 1997 Allen established B&A Design Studio, Inc. and for the last 20 years his award winning firm has been recognized as the preferred source for national home builders as well as custom home builders. He served as President of American Institute of Building Designers for the Florida Society in 2004 and 2005. He is a Certified Professional Building Designer through NCBDC and is a Certified Residential Contractor in the state of Florida.


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