A Message from Claudia Cerchiara, RDI, International Chairman

From the International Chairman:

A message from Claudia Cerchiara, RDI, Chairman of the Retail Design Institute

Members and Friends of the Institute

I’m pleased to announce the new International Executive Board who officially commenced their 2018 -2020 term on November 1, 2018, is a creative force behind our association!

Ray Ehscheid, RDI, President, Interior Architects, New York City; Sharon Lessard, RDI, Vice President, Gensler, Atlanta; Jill Dearing Beckmann, RDI, Secretary, Dearing & Company, St. Louis; and Ryan Cavanaugh, RDI, Treasurer, Gensler, Atlanta; were elected, while I will stay on as International Chairman.

Along with our newly elected Chapter officers, we share an exciting opportunity to shape our future growth and influence on the industry we represent.

Now, as International Chairman, I’m excited to continue building upon the Institute’s decades long heritage as retail design leaders. Through “Institute 20/20” – our strategic plan to maintain our relevancy in a rapidly innovating retail landscape.

While we are focused on the future, I want to remind all members that we have an ongoing responsibility to replace ourselves in the association. I announced that initiative 18 months ago and I’m pleased to report it’s working! We are saying hello to new members and welcoming back a number of lapsed members. Our outreach will increase our strength as the voice of the retail design profession and industry.

So again I ask you join me in finding our replacements by reaching out to prospective members. They are quite likely a colleague, a competitor, a trade partner or a former Institute member. Fellow members, this is an effective strategy for “each one to reach one” and to watch our strength multiply. When you connect with that former member, please remind them of many benefits they enjoyed – Access, Education, Career Building and Networking – as a part of this incredibly diverse, talented and creative community.

It has been my privilege to represent the Institute as International President, to be inspired by friends, colleagues, competitors, peers and fellow members from around the globe – speaking the universal language of design.

If you are a non-member reading this page, please consider this as the “ask” for you to join us.

Then plan to meet us at the next local Chapter event so we can continue the universal dialogue of design.

Claudia Cerchiara, RDI

International Chairman, Retail Design Institute

[email protected]

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