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ASFD installs board members, updates website

The ASFD’s updated websiteThe ASFD’s updated website includes new features to benefit members.
HIGH POINT - John Conrad of Powell Co. was installed as the new president of the American Society of Furniture Designers at the group's meeting here late last month.
     A board member of the nonprofit organization since 2008, Conrad succeeds Dudley Moore Jr. of Otto & Moore in High Point, who will be board chairman for the next two years.
     "It is an honor and privilege to take over the ASFD helm from Dudley Moore. The coming year promises to be one where we build our membership, increase networking and mentoring opportunities, and provide exclusive information supporting our members in building their design careers and our industry in truly ‘Touching Lives by Design,'" Conrad said, referring to the ASFD's new campaign to emphasize the importance of design in the home furnishings industry.
     Other officers installed include vice presidents Rick Schroeder, Stanley Furniture, High Point; Fred Schubert, Schubert Design, Altavista, Va.; and Jason Phillips, Phillips Collection, High Point. Newly elected to the executive committee, Phillips has been a board member since 2009. Arto Szabo of Greenwich, Conn., continues as ASFD treasurer.
     New directors on the board are C.J. Grudzinskas, Catina Unlimited, Greensboro, N.C.; Timothy O'Hare, H. Thomas Keller Associates, High Point; Katy Skelton, Katy Skelton LLC, Brooklyn, N.Y.
     Ongoing directors are Nicholas Blair, Turnkey Products, Chicago; Denis Kissane, Stanley Furniture, High Point; Stephanie Lena, Lena Designs, Phoenix; Matthew Maher, VIA Design, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Jason Payton, Haywood West & Co., High Point; Jonsara Ruth, Jonsara Ruth Studio, Brooklyn, N.Y; Jesse Schopmeyer, American Drew, Valdese, N.C.; Fred Spector, Frederic Spector Design Studio, Providence, R.I.; and Mark Tucker, MT3Dzines LLC, Greensboro, N.C.
     Christine Evans continues as executive director of the ASFD.
     Meanwhile, the ASFD also has updated its website in conjunction with the Touching Lives by Design initiative.
     The updated member centric website at expands on the existing content to add Designpedia, a glossary of style and design terms used in American furnishings, a monthly trends article and a designer spotlight.
     "We desire to provide to the ASFD membership, the industry and consumers a source for topical styling references, major trend movements and influential designers' works we think are consequential for home furnishings to touch individual lives," said Conrad.
     In addition to furniture designers, ASFD membership is available to manufacturers, industry professionals, graphic designers and design students.


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