Gerdeman to lead PAVE board

Hollywood, FL -- Leading PAVE as the foundation continues the momentum of a banner year is newly elected President Denny Gerdeman. Elected by the PAVE Board of Directors during a March 27 meeting in Las Vegas during GlobalShop, Gerdeman said he is excited about launching the foundation's new initiatives and enhancing existing programs.

PAVE is in good hands. Gerdeman, principal of Columbus-based Chute Gerdeman, has been recognized several times during his career for contributions to retail design and visual merchandising, including an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from CCAD, DDI's Markopoulos Award and Retail Design Institute's Retail Design Legion of Honor. His dedication to the industry has included service on the A.R.E. and PAVE boards, A.R.E.'s DREAM Team, DDI's Advisory Board and other volunteer groups.

Also elected as officers of PAVE were:
· Vice President, PAVE: Linda Lombardi, Godiva Chocolatier, New York
· Treasurer: Richard Ernest, Crown Metal Manufacturing Company Inc., Elmhurst, Il.
· Vice President, Gala: Bill Goddu, Fleetwood Fixtures, Chicago
· Vice President, Education: Brian Davies, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati
Outgoing President Richard Stolls of Lifestyle/Trimco continues his PAVE service as Immediate Past President.

In addition, four directors were elected to the board during a PAVE Annual Meeting:
· Harry Cunningham, Saks Fifth Avenue, New York
· Randy Pender, BLUEPRINT3D, Woodbury, Ga.
· Veronica Romano, FIT and Veronica Romano Creative Services LLC, New York
· Denise Waldo, Leggett & Platt Store Fixtures, Minneapolis

Board members serve three-year terms. Officers serve two-year terms.

About PAVE
Founded in 1992, the Planning and Visual Education Partnership's (PAVE) objective is to encourage students to study in the field of retail design and planning and visual merchandising. Additionally, PAVE seeks to encourage retail management, store planners, visual merchandisers, architects, and manufacturers to interact with and support design students. These objectives are accomplished through competitions, projects, seminars, workshops, and grants and scholarships funded by the annual Gala and other fundraising activities. PAVE is a 501(c)(3) educational foundation administered by A.R.E.

SOURCE: Planning and Visual Education Partnership

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