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A.R.E., PAVE, and Retail Design Institute Boards Meet
The boards of directors of A.R.E., PAVE, and the Retail Design Institute
all met separately on April 15 in Chicago during GlobalShop.
With all board members in attendance,
decisions and discussions included:
• The association experienced good
growth across almost all programs.
Finances were much stronger than bud
geted yeartodate, membership and
dues continued to grow, Globalshop
was up, and Retail Environments
magazine performed above forecast.
• Vetted Solutions was retained to
conduct the association’s search for
an executive director.
• The association will plan to conduct
strategic planning in 2014.
• A.R.E. will continue to support the
Retail Design Collective in New York
City in 2013 and subsequent years.
PAVE’s board meeting was attended by
board members and nominees. Decisions
and discussions included:
• PAVE’s 2013 Student Design Compe
tition will be sponsored by Sephora.
• PAVE plans to budget $15,000 to
continue Helping Hand Fund grants
to assist educational institutions.
• PAVE’s internship program, which
is in its second year, is gaining some
• Branding research for PAVE will be
undertaken and completed in July 2013.
• A new position, vice president of
fundraising, was added to the PAVE
Executive Committee (see election
results on page 10.)
• The continuing growth of PAVE’s Gala
was discussed, with new initiatives
including development of a PAVE video
and mission statement.
• With its endowment at $750,000,
the educational foundation is three
quarters of the way toward its
The Retail Design Institute’s board
of directors met during GlobalShop.
Participants included international officers
and chapter leaders from more than a
dozen of the Institute’s chapters in North
America and abroad. Decisions and discus
• Eight chapters were identified for
chapter visits and trends presentations;
chapter presidents were encouraged to
share speaker ideas with each other.
• The fall 2013 board meeting will focus
on best practices for chapters.
• The Institute plans to continue efforts
toward its design awards, student
design competition, chapter speaker
series, web site, Facebook page, and
LinkedIn group, as well as leveraging
synergies with A.R.E., which is now
providing management services for
• The Institute’s Southern California
Chapter is hosting the judging for this
year’s international store design awards
program; next year’s judging will be
hosted by the Boston Chapter.
• The Ohio Chapter is hosting the judging
for the 2013 Student Design Competition,
which is focused on renovation of a proto
type restaurant; the Chicago Chapter will
host the 2014 judging.
• The Institute’s international officers
will support development of city
centers in Milan, India, Instanbul,
Singapore, and Hong Kong. Local
chapters will support Philadelphia
and northwestern Arkansas. Once they
reach a minimum number of profes
sional members, the city centers can
request to be made a chapter, pending
approval by the board of directors.
• Participants in the meeting identified
and prioritized initiatives for 2013, and
met in breakout sessions to discuss
action steps and expectations in the
areas of professional accreditation,
membership, and website.
Retail Design Collective
Returns to NYC December 4 to 6
A.R.E.’s Retail Design Collective brings
together permanent and temporary
visual and retail environments show
rooms at 7W and throughout the city,
conference sessions featuring visual inspiration from
New York and around the globe—and one of the best
networking opportunities of the year—the PAVE Gala,
as well as a wide range of showroom parties and
special events. At the same time, attendees reap the
benefit of the sights and sounds of New York’s busy
retail scene, including window displays and flagship
retail decked out for the holidays.
It’s not too early to make hotel reservations;
A.R.E. has a block available at The New Yorker Hotel
for show attendees. Visit www.retaildesigncollective.com
for more details. Keep up to date on the event and
what’s happening in NYC retail through the Twitter
(@RDCollective) and Facebook (Retail Design Collective).
For more information about exhibiting at the show or
sponsoring, contact Susan Kimelman, susankimelman@
Shoptalk 2013 Series
Brings the Industry Face to Face
Returning this fall for its 10th year, A.R.E.’s popular
regional Shoptalk series will bring networking and
educational opportunities to New York, Toronto,
Dallas, and Seattle. The evening event September
12 in New York, sponsored and hosted by Lifestyle/
Trimco, will feature a presentation by author, mom,
and business maven Teresa Giudice. The series then
moves to Toronto for a September 12 event hosted
by Canadian Tire and held in the retailer’s Merchan
dising Testing Lab. Neiman Marcus and Gensler are
cohosting an Oct. 3 event at Gensler’s Dallas facility.
An October 24 event, cohosted by REI and Callison,
will take place at Callison’s Seattle office. Jo Rossman,
A.R.E.’s design editor, will present A.R.E.’s 2013 Retail
Trends Report in the final three cities.
The Shoptalk events are supported by A.R.E.
member sponsorships, including platinum spon
sor Grottini, gold sponsor Reeve, and city sponsor
Stylmark. The events are open to retailers, retail
design firms, and sponsors only.
Register online at www.retailenvironments.org. For
more details, contact Karen Doodeman, karendoodeman
@ retailenvironments.org. For information on sponsorships, contact Susan Kimelman, susankimelman@