ASID Newsletter February/March 2017

President's Message

Dear ASID Colleagues,

As many of you might have noticed, we have a newly redesigned website locally and nationally. Visually stimulating. Interactive. Content rich. The new ASID website launched this week and took its place as the go-to resource for design industry news, events, educational resources, research, career advice, and more. Some of our favorite upgrades is the events section, which allows us to accept online registrations and payments, and includes automatic confirmations; easy access our social media outlets; and an easy to use contact form. Please take the time to check it out at

It's election time! Below is a list of upcoming vacancies to our FY2018 board. Board members are integral to continuing development of our ASID Hawaii Chapter. As a board member you will work as a team member to achieve the goals set forth by our chapter and National, to provide leadership, and help our chapter continue to grow and be an inspiration for the advancement of the design industry. Current Professional, Allied and Industry Partner representatives are eligible for board director positions. I urge you to get involved and join our team! It’s a rewarding experience that also looks great on your resume.

At-Large Director— two-year term (elected in FY17, serves FY18-19)
The director at large is responsible to focus on an area of particular importance, determined by each individual chapter. This may include such issues as ethics, legislation, events, geographic outreach, Industry Partners or simply to serve in an at-large capacity.

Communications Director — two-year term (elected in FY17, serves FY18-19)
The primary responsibility of the communications director is to exercise communications functions for the chapter, most notably the annual design competition and gala.

Financial Director— two-year term (elected in FY17, serves FY18-19)
The financial director is responsible for receiving and depositing all chapter funds, in the name of the chapter, in a bank or trust company selected and approved by the board of directors. He or she prepares the chapter’s budget maintaining proper financial controls, makes regular financial reports to the board of directors, and renders an annual financial statement to the chapter membership. He or she shall perform all other duties incident to office.

Professional Development Director— two-year term (elected in FY17, serves FY18-19)
The primary responsibility of the professional development director is to exercise professional development functions for the chapter. This is a unique opportunity for an individual who has connections and ideas about the direction of CEU's and other events hosted by the chapter.

If you possess leadership qualities, the desire to support the interests and needs of the Chapter, and can help to promote the rewards of participation and membership, we need you on the board. To start the process and to demonstrate your initial interest, please fill out a Candidate Interest form. For more info, please contact me at

Our board has been working hard to provide a variety of programs that will benefit members.  Our past two events have been extremely useful to our design community. Michelle D' Amico's talk on current and future building codes was an eye-opener to all of us who attended. It was 90 minutes chock full of important information we all should be aware of. Thank you again Michelle!   
Our Liability and Libations event was another eye-opening lecture from Honolulu's most prominent construction law attorney. We were very honored to have Harvey Lung share his knowledge of design-related lawsuits from around the country including how they turned out, and the reason why they turned out the way they did. The information shared by him was invaluable to any one who is practicing design.
Don’t forget to register for our upcoming three-island CEU event: Money, Fees and Contracts featuring Terri Taylor, March 15, 16 and 17. Terri is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer at design conferences and interior design colleges throughout the country. She  speaks on a number of topics related to the business of interior design,  including: business practices, sales, marketing, motivation,  leadership, success and personal growth. In 2008, Ms. Taylor created Design Biz Blueprint; a consultancy and coaching resource that provides a unique mix of design business systems and tools to help interior designers create meaningful success. This popular event could sell out, so RSVP now by using the links provided under Local Events below.
Chuen Yee
ASID Hawaii Chapter President

National News

Nominate a Local Superstar

The ASID National Honors recognize outstanding service and contributions made to ASID at the local and regional level. Presented annually, the National Honors award highly engaged individuals, chapters, and industry partners for making an impact on fellow members, local communities, and the Society as a whole. Awards are presented in six categories: Chapter Community Service, Educator Medalist, Medalist, Honorary Medalist, Industry Partner Merit, and Lifetime. Nominations are open now and will be accepted through April 12, 2017. Learn more and nominate today.

Are You Passionate About Well-Being?

The ASID Foundation will award up to $100,000 to evidence-based research projects that address interior design or policy solutions that use space to enhance one or more elements of well-being for all. Submit your proposal for the sixth annual Transform Grants through March 15, 2017. Review the RFP.

Welcome New Members

Darrah Panida, Student ASID

Bobbi Collins, Student ASID

Local Events (Click on event title for more details.)

March 6
Tea n’ Tile: NKBA Event

March 15, 16, 17
Business Design Workshop:  CEU Featuring Terri Taylor of Design Biz Blueprint 

Click on desired location to register:
Oahu (March 15)
Maui (March 16)
Big Island (March 17)

Please contact if you would like to promote your upcoming events in our newsletter, website or Facebook. We're here to help you!

National Events (Click on event title for more details.)