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President's Message

Dear Members and Friends of the Institute

I'm delighted to announce the appointment of your new International Executive Committee who officially commenced their 2014-2016 term on November 1,  2014.

James Farnell, President (Little); David Takeuchi, Vice President (Ernst & Young); Jessie Sanders, Secretary (ArcVision); Luanne Perry, Treasurer (Group 7 Design); and Andrew McQuilkin, Chairman (BHDP Architecture).

It is a privilege for me to represent the Institute as International President, to further our mission and serve alongside such highly respected leaders within the Retail Design community. Along with our newly elected Chapter officers, we share a wonderful opportunity to shape the future growth of our organization and influence the Industry we represent.

I’m honored for this opportunity to build on the Institute’s enviable heritage and confident that the inherent desire of retail professionals to seek and embrace change will ensure we maintain our relevancy in a rapidly shifting landscape. The Institute has a powerful story to tell and our success will be measured by our ability to create a clear vision for the future, one that will keep us in step with the accelerated innovations of our Industry.

We’ll be reinforcing this message at Chapter meetings and Industry events worldwide next year as we extend our reach globally. This will serve the interests of all our members, those working with in-bound projects or those expanding their footprint & network overseas. Through collaboration with one another and through our extended network of Chapters, we’ll strengthen our position as the Industry’s leading voice of retail design.

Over the coming months we’ll be developing a range of initiatives, content and tools to directly benefit our members, from signature events with key speakers, to competitions or networking opportunities that help promote your business and inform your creativity.

As a member of the Retail Design Institute, you are part of an incredibly resourceful group of professionals and an established organization offering increasingly diverse benefits that can enable you to succeed in the business of retail design. I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities the Institute presents by engaging with your local Chapter – there’s never been a better time to get involved!

My thanks go to all of you for the contributions you make to our Industry through your creativity, passion and support of our many events and initiatives. We look forward to celebrating your work at the upcoming 44th International Store Design Awards Gala on January 12, 2014 at the TimesCenter Stage, New York Times Building in NYC.

Yours sincerely

James Farnell, RDI

International President, Retail Design Institute



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