IIDA NEW ENGLAND PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE: September 2013
As I began my term as President of the New England Chapter of IIDA this past July, I reflected a bit on my personal history with the organization and what it has meant to me. I joined what was, at the time, “IBD” (Institute of Business Designers) immediately after passing the NCIDQ exam many moons ago. I’ve kept up my membership since then, through a few different jobs and through the years that I was self-employed. I’ve always felt, and still do, that membership does have its rewards! It has served to set me apart from those that do not carry the initials, to say “yes, I’ve achieved a certain standard of excellence defined by our industry. Just as it set me apart, it has also joined me together with others whose interests and goals I share. It gave me the opportunity to stay connected to the world of interior design after I changed career focus to project management and now concentrate more on the management of design and construction process as opposed to the actual design.
Although I’ve valued IIDA and what it offers, I had always been on the fringe of involvement. Over the years, I attended as many CEU programs as I could, jumped at the chance to go on a tour (always the best way to see what others are doing!) and would attend the occasional “large” event. A few years ago I finally decided to join a committee and served on the Business Leaders Breakfast Committee for three years. That gave me a taste of what it meant to be more involved, but it wasn’t until a bit over a year ago when I joined the Board as the President-Elect that I began to understand the full scope of what this organization does….
In addition to great CEU and educational programs and Forums tours in Boston and our other City Centers, we offer an astonishing myriad of events that provide educational, networking, philanthropic or just plan fun opportunities; the Fashion Show, Art Uncorked, the Design Awards, Business Leaders Breakfast; Croquet, Habitat for Humanity and Holiday Gala in Providence; Golf, a fabulous Clam Bake and Holiday Gala in Hartford; Student Career Day, Portfolio Day, Mentoring week, NCIDQ prep classes, Round Tables, exclusive professional member/sponsor events, events supporting MiDC…phew! There are a lot of dedicated Board and Committee members making a lot of great things happen!!
Our focus this year can be summed up in one word; value. It’s an elusive term, not always easy to define and most likely different for different people. As a result of a lot of hard work over the last couple of years by Tracey Jabs, her predecessors in the President’s role, the Board, and our Chapter Administrator, Sean Schuette of IntrinXec Management, IIDA New England is not only maintaining, but increasing the momentum toward building a more focused and financially stable chapter. This means that we can not only continue to offer great programs and events, but that we can move beyond the past boundaries with new initiatives.
Throughout the year we’ll continue to strive to add value to all our members, sponsors and our community, but we need your input to make it work for you! We are a varied community of people with a variety of different interests and passions. Like any relationship, you get out of it what you put into it. Please help us make IIDA work for you by participating and giving us feedback and suggestions.
On behalf of the Board, we’re looking forward to a great year!
Deb Anderstrom, IIDA