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October News + Reviews
Volume 4 Issue 10
A Note From Your New President
Jeff  Klop, Allied ASID

Since I was a child I would count down the last days of summer until my fondest season of autumn began. This time of year was always a fresh start for me in growing another year older as my birthday sometimes falls on the first day of autumn. This is also the time of year when excitement would stir for a new school year, new outfits, and the possibility to make new friends. Not to mention the changing of the weather with crisp autumn air and the vibrant changes in color of the leaves on the trees. 

This time of year has added meaning and memories to me as this is the time of year that the Michigan Chapter of ASID Board of Directors step into their new board positions. We have come together for the first time as the 2015-2016 Board of Directors as you would as a kid after summer vacation. We are introducing ourselves and getting to really know our new friends. We are radiating ideas and thoughts that we have been bottling up for this moment where we can finally come together and share. With the new season comes the new me, the new you and the new year for ASID.

Our 2015 Annual Meeting was held at the Michigan Design Center where a lunch and CEU was provided and hosted by our sponsor, Ann Sacks. The Annual Meeting was followed by a Gala and Black Tie Affair at the historic Whitney in Detroit with the great help of our Garden Sponsor, Virginia Tile and our two Bar Sponsors Ferguson & FORTIS. Our event was also a great success with the contribution from our Annual Sponsors Blakely Products & Norwalk Furniture. The day was filled with excitement as we celebrated the 40th year of ASID. It was great to see new faces as well as recognize the 40 year members that have stayed as a member with ASID through their career. I am excited and honored to take on this first year of the next 40 as the Michigan Chapter of ASID President.

Thank you all,

Jeffrey M. Kolp

Getting To Know You:
Your 2015-2016 Michigan Board
Cynthia Hahn | President-Elect
It's been a busy two years for the design industry. As we've moved further out of the recession, exp eriencing economic growth, our members have gained a strong up-tick in business and an increase in professional opportunities. At ASID we are proud to be a part of those opportunities in offering professional development, networking and career enhancement.

Over the past two years we've collaborated with our IP members to host multiple CEU's in order to meet national's requirement of 10 CEU hours every 2 years (the current reporting period ends December 31st); we've increased connection with, & promotion of, professional development offered thru national --  including their web based library of CEU's, ASID Icon and their online knowledge center that offers an abundance of research & business documents & resources -- and we've begun ramping up focus on providing more networking opportunities with the social aspect we all enjoy, including our monthly industry nights.

As we move in to 2016, and welcome Michael McColgan as our Professional Development Director, we look forward to further building off of these successes to increase CEU events, to strengthen professional relationships among our members, to ensure the future of our industry thru the mentorship of emerging professionals, and to continue building the value & recognition of ASID with our members, and the public at large, as a leading industry resource for all things design.

I am honored and excited to be taking on the role of President Elect, following in the footsteps of so many great leaders before me. As a chapter, we deeply appreciate and look forward to your continued support and ever-increasing involvement as members, professionals and fellow leaders of our industry.

Cynthia Hahn, Allied ASID
Eileen Minna | Financial Director
My name is Eileen Minna, I'll be serving a two year term as the Financial Director on the 2016/2017 ASID Board of Director's Michigan Chapter. I've served in the past as the Director at Large and the Membership Director. I'm honored to be on the board once again and look forward to a prosperous term!

I graduated from Wayne State University in 2000, and have worked in the Interior Design industry in both Commercial and Retail Design.

My responsibilities will include preparing an annual budget by working with the
President & the President-Elect on the strategic planning committee. Then I will be making sure all ASID activities and events are within our budget.

I would encourage any of our members to reach out to me with any concerns or ideas you might have that would help our membership to grow and continue to be financially sound.

Eileen Minna, Allied ASID
Michael McColgan | Professional Development Director
I am Michael McColgan and I am excited to serve the Michigan ASID chapter as the Professional Development Director. 

After graduating from North Carolina State University I served the Residential Building industry for 7 years in the Carolinas through my employment at Ferguson Enterprises, a National leading Wholesale Supplier of Residential Plumbing, Lighting, Appliances, Commercial Plumbing and more industry related product groups. In late 2012 I relocated my family to Michigan where I have enjoyed serving the Michigan Market for the last 3 years. 

 I look forward to continuing to learn the needs and expectations for our Continuing Education Programs from our Chapters Members. We will continue to provide high quality education opportunities for our Chapter as well as continue find opportunities improve the program. If you have any feedback or would like to share your ideas I always encourage our members to reach out to me.

Michael McColgan 
Laura Bleecker | Communications Director
Hello fellow design professionals! My name is Laura Bleecker and I am excited to serve as Communications Director for the next two years on your ASID Michigan Board of Directors.

I graduated with an Interior Design degree from the International Academy of Design and Technology in November 2013, and have been involved with ASID since my early days in school. It is through ASID that I have been afforded many opportunities, both personally and professionally, and this is my way of giving back to the design community.

As the economy continues to gain momentum and we witness an explosion of growth in our industry, I look forward to meeting new and returning ASID members. Remember to smile for my camera at our next Industry Night--I love to post member photos on our Facebook page!

Laura Bleecker, Allied ASID

Celebrating 40 Years | Annual Event Gala
A great time was had by all at our Annual Design Event, held this year at the Michigan Design Center, followed by our Evening Gala at The Whitney Detroit. 

Amidst the celebration of design, we also took a moment to commemorate 40 years of ASID membership among Michigan designers--those who have been there since the inception of ASID in 1975.

A huge thank you goes out to our event sponsors, Ann Sacks, Fortis, Ferguson, and Virginia Tile. Check out all the highlights on Facebook!

Save The Date | The ASID Holiday Soiree
ASID Michigan will once again host the Holiday Soiree! Save the date for Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 5:30 for a fun and social evening to kick off the holiday season--ASID style!

Details to follow--keep an eye out for email and social media communications.

Here's to the bright new future of ASID Michigan.


Your 2015-2016 Board of Directors

President  Jeff Kolp, Allied ASID
President-Elect Cynthia A. Hahn, Allied ASID
Member at Large Tina Rossi, Allied ASID
Membership Director Christina Bliss, ASID
Financial Director Eileen Minna, Allied ASID
Professional Development Director Michael McColganIP Representative
Communications Director Laura Bleecker, Allied ASID
Emerging Professional Director Korinne Ishmel, Allied ASID

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"You know when you are on the road to success. It is an uphill climb all the way." 

-Paul Harvey
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