American Institute of Building Design (AIBD)

Candles, Cake, and Corporate Success: The Power of Celebrating our Wins [Monday Minute]

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December 04, 2023 edition of the AIBD's Monday Minute weekly newsletter.

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Candles, Cake, and Corporate Success: The Power of Celebrating our Wins

Celebrating birthdays and anniversaries in the workplace can profoundly affect a company's success.

Acknowledging any victory, regardless of its size, plays a crucial role.

Such celebrations enhance team morale, solidify interpersonal relationships, and augment job satisfaction, culminating in improved employee retention rates.

Steve cordially invites you to partake in a 40-minute training session.

This session aims to teach you how to devise and implement a short-term improvement plan tailored to address areas of weakness, solve existing problems, or seize potential opportunities.



Help us congratulate our new CPBDs

  • Calvin Ballard, CPBD #06-125, from Aurora, CO (11/8)
  • Maria Jaimes, CPBD #44-838 , from Autin, TX (10/31)
  • Edgar Rivera, CPBD #44-837, from Austin, TX (10/3)
  • Aishah Coleman, CPBD #33-109, from New Rochelle, NY (9/29)

The CPBD Sample Test is free and available 24/7 without an appointment.

How can we help? Reach out to your Certification Director, You can also call 800-366.2423 x2.

Welcome our new members and those rejoining us!

  • David Bearss, Professional Member from OR
  • Wyatt Martin, Professional Member from NY
  • Kyle Jantz, Professional Member from MO
  • David J. Goguen, Professional Member from NH

Compass Club Report 

Join us in welcoming our newest Compass Club Members (Jul-Nov 2023):

  • Josh Huskins (OH) recruited their first member in November.
  • David Grorud (NC) recruited their first member in November.
  • Ahren Rhoden (WA) recruited their first member in September.
  • David Frank (FL) recruited their first member in August.
  • Steven Beard (TX) recruited their first member in July.

This week's movers and shakers

  • Silver Level Compass Club Member Len Van Staalduinen (NC) recruited a Professional member, increasing his total CC points to 25 and leveling up to the Gold Level. Congratulations, Len! 🎉🎊🥳

If you are unfamiliar with the Compass Club, check it out at

The following loyal and devoted AIBD members have reached a milestone in November and December.

Please help us celebrate their achievement by thanking them for their many continuous years of support.

James Lucia, FAIBD | Lifetime | FL | 12/14/1979
Lonnie Bonacorso, CPBD | Retired | LA | 11/1/1983

Dale Munsterman, CPBD | Professional | CA | 12/16/1986
Annette McCleery, CPBD | Professional | NC | 12/6/1988
Jennifer Pippin, CPBD | Professional | NC | 12/6/1988
Steve Walters, CPBD | Retired | MS | 12/22/1988
Frederick Weller, CPBD | Retired | FL | 11/15/1989
Debra Taylor Purvis, CPBD | Professional | MS | 11/15/1991
Mike Frimming, CPBD | Professional | KY | 11/15/1991
John Dame Sr., | Professional | TX | 11/15/1991
James Wright, CPBD | Professional | OH | 12/24/1991
Keith Hake, CPBD | Professional | OH | 12/17/1992
J. Daniel Huckabee, | Professional | NC | 12/23/1992
Varina Wooster, CPBD | Lifetime | OR | 12/7/1993
Janet Hobbs, CPBD | Professional | TX | 12/7/1993

Harry Perrine, | Professional | MD | 12/6/1994
Len Van Staalduinen, | Professional | NC | 12/6/1994
Dennis Berry, CPBD, | Professional | CO | 12/12/1994
David Croft, | Professional | AR | 12/29/1994
Michael Battaglia, | Professional | OH | 11/27/1995
Rick McAlexander, | Professional | OR | 12/29/1995
Peter Cipes, | Professional | OR | 11/5/1998
Scott Maurer, CPBD, | Professional | FL | 12/28/1998
Ron Ressler, CPBD, | Professional | MI | 11/13/2001
Barrie Wright, | CE Provider | 11/19/2001
Roy Bentley, | Professional | KY | 12/13/2001
Amilcar Horacio Moreno, | Professional | TX | 12/2/2002


Upcoming chapter meetings, conferences, and more.

  • December 5 - Tuesday @2:00 Webinar - AI, Web3 & Architecture (Virtual), 2:00-3:00 pm ET. Sponsored by Hauska.
  • December 7 - AIBD, Puget Sound (Virtual) Meet your new Chair and Vice Chair and establish goals for future meetings.
  • December 8 - Coffee with Bernie (Virtual) 8:00 am MT. Bernie concludes his 3-month Building a Strong Foundation series with Networking and Collaboration. Be ready to answer the questions: Why is building relationships with industry professionals essential? And what are the issues encountered during collaboration with other professionals?
  • December 14 - AIBD, Portsmouth (Virtual) 3:30 pm ET, What's your best resource?
  • December 15 - AIBD, Denver Metro (Virtual) 11:30 am MT, Air Sealing by Brittany Tupper of Sashco.
  • December 27 - AIBD, Eastern Shore (Virtual) 3:30 pm ET, Managing client expectations and communication.
  • January 5 - AIBD, Tampa Bay (Virtual) 12:00 pm ET.
  • February 27 - Viva Las Pizza Party (In-Person) 7:00 pm PT, Office Bar/Naked City Pizza, Las Vegas, NV. For info and to RSVP:
  • March 7 & 8, 2024 - Design & Build North Myrtle Beach (Architectural Technology In Action) - Ocean Drive Beach & Golf Resort, 98 N Ocean Blvd, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582.
  • November 28 - High-Performance Homes Team, (Virtual) Live Streamed Podcast, 4:00-5:00 pm ET.


Unleash the Power of BIM in Your Project Designs

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American Training Solutions (AIBD Continuing Education Provider)

December 5 - Mixed-Topics, Live In-Person, Indianapolis, IN

December 7 - Mixed-Topics, Live In-Person, Long Island, NY

Look ahead for other live in-person and virtual events.

AEC Daily (AIBD Continuing Education Provider)

December 11 & 12 - Building Insight Spotlight Event, Live Virtual

Look ahead for live in-person and virtual events.

CEAcademy (AIBD Continuing Education Provider)December 5 - Austin, TX

December 7 - San Antonio, TX

December 14 - Fort Worth, TX

Look ahead for live in-person and virtual events.

Chief Experts Academy (Dan Baumann, AIBD Professional Member)

December 11 & 12 - Intermediate Classes

December 13 & 14 - Advanced Classes

Both at Hampton Inn Suites Minneapolis St Paul Airport-Mall of America, Bloomington, MN. Tickets start at $895.

Design & Build North Myrtle Beach (Hosted by AIBD)

March 7 & 8, 2024 - Ocean Drive Beach & Golf Resort, 98 N Ocean Blvd, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582.

Design & Construction Week (International Builders' Show + KBIS)

February 27-29, 2024 - Las Vegas, NV. Get your free expo pass.

North American Deck & Railing Association

December 8 & 15, 2023 - NADRA's Decks Done Right Education Program Live Webinar, Two-Part series 9-2 pm ET – Part I December 8th and Part II December 15th. A full-day live webcast. Tickets start at $299.

January 3-5, 2024 - NADRA 2024 Summit and 2023 National+ Deck Competition Awards. Find Hotel Reservations HERE. Sponsorship and tickets are coming soon!

Structural Insulated Panel Association

January 29-31, 2024 - SelectSIPs Expo and Annual Meeting 2024, Embassy Suites Phoenix-Scottsdale, 4415 E Paradise Village Pkwy S, Phoenix, AZ 85032. Full conference tickets start at $720.


Custom Finishes for Fine Homes

Siding & Trim, Custom Patterns, Ceiling Boards and Shiplap.

Contact Us: 704.528.7136


Recent Committee Activities

Building Codes and Standards Committee

Committee Chair Jack Butler is appearing in front of the Florida Building Commission's Admin Technical Advisory Committee, asking for a non-binding advisory opinion regarding the local amendments adopted by Broward County, FL.

Broward has adopted a code other than the Florida Building Code, the South Florida Building Code, which precludes our unlicensed members from practicing their profession.

Jack also confirmed that the International Code Council concurs with AIBD's interpretation of the two key phrases that have caused licensure issues across the country, which are in the same sentence of the IRC: “special conditions” and “additional construction documents.”

Anticipating getting nowhere with the Florida Building Commission, Jack has contacted the authors of Florida House Bills 267 and 481, asking if they would be willing to amend their legislation to include definitions for "Local Administrative Amendments," "Special Conditions," and "Residential Design Professional."

CLICK HERE for a preview of Jack's report to be presented to the Board of Directors this Wednesday.

Conference Committee

Chairman Ted Hake presented the proposed contract for the 2024 AIBD Annual Meeting and Design & Build Conference venue. After carefully reviewing the agreement submitted by the Embassy Suites San Antonio Riverwalk-Downtown, committee members Traci Kelley and Brandon Clokey recommend its approval.

The staff is seeking a few more minor tweaks and clarifications. The Board of Directors will consider the final proposed contract on Wednesday. The tentative dates are July 25-27, 2024, with the ARDA Dinner at the event's conclusion on Saturday, July 27

Have a triumphant week!

American Institute of Building Design (AIBD)

The American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) is a professional association that promotes the highest standards of excellence in residential building design. AIBD offers a variety of resources to its members, including continuing education, networking opportunities, and marketing assistance. AIBD is a valuable resource for anyone interested in a career in residential building design. If you want to improve your skills, network with other professionals, and stay up-to-date on the latest trends, AIBD is the perfect organization for you.

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