2017 Board of Directors Candidates

Get to know the 2017-18 ASID Texas Gulf Coast Board of Directors candidates. 

President-Elect

Financial Director

Communications Director

Professional Development Director

President-Elect Candidate Bio

Saima Seyar, ASID, RID

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Education

  • Texas Board of Architectural Examiners, License #10187
  • BFA in Interior Design, Minor in Architecture, University of Houston-1998

Employment

  • Elima Designs, Inc., Owner 2001-Present
  • The Design Firm, Senior Designer, 1998-2001

ASID Activities

  • 2015-Present: Texas Gulf Coast Chapter Board Communications Director
  • 2014/2015: Chair/Programs & CEU Committee
  • 2012: Nominations Committee
  • 2012: Strategic Planning
  • 2012: Showhouse
  • 2010: Showrise
  • 2010: Deck The Tables Judge

  • 2009-2012: Chair/Hospitality Committee
  • 2009 & 2010: Golf Tournament

Community/Civic Activities, Other Professional Organizations

  • 2016-Present: Agency Coordinator-Houston Furniture Bank & Divas
  • 2016: Interfaith Ministries, Refugee Services, Welcome packages
  • 2015-Present: Houston Furniture Bank-Lead Design Committee
  • 2014-Present: HFB & Divas Volunteer
  • 2014-2015: Eastside/River Oaks Mosque Design Renovations

2010: American Muslim Volunteer Thanksgiving Dinner, City of Houston

  • 2009-2014: Various Charity events for FBISD, Dulles Schools

Honors/Awards and Publications

  • 2012: ASID Design Award-Showhouse
  • 2012: Houston House & Home/ Best Master Bed & Bath Renovation

Candidate Statement

My goal as President Elect is to create more Public Awareness of what our organization does. It is a true honor to be nominated for President-Elect.

 

Financial Director Candidate Bio

Tom Connell, Industry Partner of ASID

Education

  • BBA Finance, University of Texas at Austin
  • MBA Marketing, University of St. Thomas

Employment

2014 – Present: President, M&M Carpet ; Venetian Blind Carpet One

  • 2013: Executive Advisor, Hunter Douglas
  • 1983 – 2012: Gulf Coast Window Coverings, various positions

ASID Activities

  • Member since 1980
  • Chaired Window Covering Committee for ASID Charity Bazaar- several years
  • Chapter Sponsor – numerous years
  • Golf Tournament Sponsor – several years
  • Chapter President Citation – 2007

Community/Civic Activities, Other Professional Organizations

  • Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO), Forum Committee, Forum Moderator, Mentor Program
  • Better Business Bureau (BBB), Nominating Committee
  • Greater Houston Builder’s Association (GHBA)
  • Numerous references to M&M products from our designer customers in Houston Design Resources
  • Venetian Blind-BBB Award of Distinction/10+ years/Pinnacle Award 2 years
  • Gulf Coast Window Covering – Window Fashion Magazine Fabricator of the Year

Candidate Statement

If elected, I will act solely in the best interest of the Society, my chapter and its members. I will exercise my duties in compliance with the Society’s By Laws and Policies & Procedures and the Bylaws of my chapter, including the ASID Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct as well as the ASID Legislative Policy I understand that among other obligations that I will have as a Director are the fiduciary duties of care, loyalty and obedience, all of which have been explained to me. Among those duties are the obligations to (1)disclose any potential personal conflict of interest I may have in regard to any proposed chapter action or activity, and (2) maintain the confidentially of board discussions held within meetings and not disclose decisions made by the board, until such time as the chapter’s president has determined to disclose such decisions.

 

Communications Director Candidate Bio                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Brooke Bowman, Allied ASID

Education

  • BFA in Corporate Communications, University of Houston, 2005  
  • BA in Interior Design with Honors from Art Institute of Houston, 2010

Employment

  • Sharon Staley Interiors, Interior Designer 2013-2016
  • Bowman Design Studio, Principal Designer 2016 – Present

ASID Activities

  • 2014-2016: Social Network Committee
  • 2015-2016: Emerging Professionals Chair
  • 2016: Ruby Awards Committee
  • 2016: New faces Planning Committee
  • 2016-2017: Ruby Awards Co-Chair

Community/Civic Activities, Other Professional Organizations

  • 2013: Present River Pointe / West End Church, Women’s Small Group Co-Leader
  • 2014: Present Habitat for Humanity / Give Back Homes Build Days
  • 2016: Present Rescue Houston, Recourse Acquisitions 

Candidate Statement

What an honor to represent our Chapter by utilizing my first degree in Corporate Communications as Communications Director. I see the passion of Interior Design with so many of our current members that I want to keep that spirit alive by strengthening our communications to see engagement from our members. I would continue developing the standards that are in place to create a consistent image and voice that enhances our Chapter’s identity and standards for our members and our community.

 

Professional Development Director Candidate Bio    

Robina L. Shepherd, Allied ASID

Education

Howard University, Bachelor of Architecture/Minor- Interior Design

Employment

Brickmoon Design / Lead Interior Designer

ASID Activities

2015: Design Awards Committee

2015: Design Awards Committee

2017: Design Awards Chair

Candidate Statement

If elected as a chapter leader, I would:

  • Encourage greater involvement of design professionals from sectors other than residential design
  • Provide more CEU’s and programs that bridge the gap between Interior Designers and  Architects, as well as residential and commercial Designers, by working more with organizations like AIA, IIDA and NEWH
  • Introduce additional opportunities for Designers and students to increase their product knowledge
  • Create more opportunities for students to gain on the job experience
  • Find creative alternative methods to ensure our Chapter has a Showhouse every year if builder participation isn’t available
  • Develop a local residential design trade show