Kicking off the evening, Caroline Baumann, Director of the Cooper Hewitt, spoke to a packed in crowd about the importance of design and more specifically original design.
Following Ms. Baumann’s inspired introduction, Jerry Helling, President of Bernhardt Design, a charter member of BeOA spoke to members about their responsibility in recruiting new members.
Beth Dickstein, President of bde and a co-initiator of BeOA, next spoke about the progress in the past year, including the launch of a new website and a sneak preview of an upcoming ad campaign. She even hinted at a bit of exciting news that would soon be announced the next day – Be Original Americas’ choice as one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Design.
Next up, bde’s Director of Digital Media Kate Gagnon spoke about social media, the growth of BeOA’s channels, and how supporters can help spread the message. (Hint: Share it from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!)
Antoine Roset, Executive Vice President of Ligne Roset, next joined Beth to talk about upcoming events in 2015. Get ready – they’re exciting! Stay tuned for more info.
Last, but certainly not least, Coleman Gutshall, Director of Strategic Projects at Bernhardt Design spoke about exciting new projects coming down the road in 2015. Again, stay tuned!
Overall, it was an inspiring meeting and wonderful kick off to 2015, a year sure to be transformative for BeOA. We thank you for your support!