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Meet Our EDS14 Pedometer Challenge Winners

This year, SDA introduced a fitness element as part of our EDSymposium14 conference.  Through the efforts of the Past Presidents Council, the first annual Pedometer Challenge was issued as a fundraiser for scholarships to attend future EDSymposiums.  Over 25 attendees took the challenge and participated in three days of tracking their steps and reporting them daily.  Over 381,000 steps were reported by the participants, and we're sure even more were tracked. Congratulations to our winners:

First Place - Cassandra Williams, CDFA (68,153 steps)
Second Place - Nikki Pierce, CDFA (60,253 steps)
Third Place - Lynda Meyer, CDFA (38,012 steps)

We've heard several reports of folks continuing to use their pedometers to see how many steps they are taking daily at their firms. Keep walkin'!!!


Congratulations to our 2014 Chapter Excellence Award Winner

We are please to announce that the winner of the 2014 Chapter Excellence Award is SDA New York. The jury said "SDA New York has raised the bar and should share their practices with other SDA chapters."  Click here to read the entire press release.  

The Chapter Excellence Award (CEA) was developed to recognize a chapter's excellence in promoting the mission of SDA. The CEA is a comprehensive recognition program based on exceptional merit demonstrated in seven categories: Education/professional development, networking events, sponsorship, communication, and leadership. Congratulations SDA New York, on a job well done!

SDA Announces First Annual Design Firm Business Professional of the Year Award Winner

Congratulations to Christina Fleming, Office Manager at Studio 2LR in Columbia, SC.

Christina is the winner of SDA's first annual Design Firm Professional Business Professional of the Year award. This award is given to a business professional working in an architectural/engineering design firm who epitomizes SDA's goal of "promoting excellence in design firm management."  Read more here.

Christina will be presented her award during the awards banquet at EDSymposium14 in Nashville.


In Memoriam - Audrey Platnick


It is with extreme sadness that we share the news of the passing of another long-time SDA member.  Audrey Platnick, a member of SDA New York Chapter, died on April 13, just four days short of her 93rd birthday. Audrey was named SDA's Member of the Year in 2002.

Audrey was a wonderful co-worker, mentor and friend and she will be deeply missed. Sadly, her husband Joseph Platnick, Sr., passed away just one week after Audrey, probably because he couldn’t imagine life here without her. Click here to read the entire article prepared by Arnhild Buckhurst, SDA New York, honoring Audrey’s life and impact on SDA.


Firm Sponsorship Opportunities

Looking for an opportunity to let others know about your firm and support SDA in the process? Consider becoming a Firm Sponsor. Various levels of sponsorship and benefits are available. Download the Firm Sponsorship Form here or click here to make your purchase online and show your firm's support of SDA today!


Help SDA When Shopping on Amazon!

If Amazon is one of your favorite sites, why not help SDA at the same time? SDA is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

 Click the image below to shop at Amazon AND help the SDA!


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