2017 ASID Carolinas Spring Conference

2017 ASID Carolinas Spring Conference
Featuring our Student Day with the Otto Zenke Awards Luncheon
and Excellence In Design Awards Gala

April 7, 2017 | 9:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Embassy Suites Charlotte/Ayrsley
1917 Ayrsley Town Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28273

ASID Carolinas is coming to Charlotte for our Spring Conference, featuring Student Day, Mini Conference and Excellence in Design Awards Gala on April 7, 2017 at the Embassy Suites Charlotte/Ayrsley. This year's event promises first-class educational programs with leading speakers and panelists with authentic networking events. 

Register today and join us in Charlotte! Early registration ends March 17th!

Registration Information

Registration for the 2017 ASID Carolinas Spring Conference is open.  Follow the link below for online registration.

Registration Fees


Registration Type By March 17th After March 17th
Designer/IP ASID Member $60 $70
Designer/IP Non-Member $75 $85
Student ASID Member $20 $20
Student Non-Member $30 $30
Student Luncheon
Friends & Family
$30 $30
Gala Attendee Member $80 $90
Gala Attendee Non-Member $100 $110
Gala Attendee Student  $80 $90
Gala Attendee Guests $80 $90

Cancellation Policy


Please note cancellations are subject to a $15 processing fee. Cancellations after March 29th will not receive a refund.



A discounted rate of $119 has been negotiated with the Embassy Suites (limited rooms available!). To make your hotel reservation at the Embassy Suites in Charlotte/Ayrsley, please call the hotel directly at 704-970-5400 prior to the hotel cut off date of March 17th. After the hotel cutoff, the discounted rate cannot be guaranteed.



If you have any questions, please contact our offices at 704-940-1717 or email us at administrator@nc-sc.asid.org. Thank you, again, and we are looking forward to seeing you April 7th for this great event!

Thank you to our Patron Partners

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Schedule of Events

9:30am - 3:00pm  Registration
10:00am - 11:00am  Concurrent Sessions
  101 – CEU (.01 CEU Credit)
Where We Choose to Thrive: A Discussion of Aging-in-Place Communities
  • BJ Miller, FASID
  102 – Student Programing
Panel: What Design Professionals Look for
when Hiring
  • Cameron Wilson, IIDA, ASID,
    Assoc AIA, LEED AP
    Vice President & Studio Leader, LS3P
  • Margaret Donaldson, ASID
    Founder & Principal, Margaret Donaldson Interiors
  • Christi Spangle, ASID
    Co-Founder & Partner, Barbour Spangle Design
  • Ruth Cline, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C
    Partner & Studio Principal, Workplace Interiors-Little
11:15am - 1:00pm Otto Zenke Awards Luncheon
  • Laura McDonald Stewart, FASID, IIDA, LEED AP
1:15pm - 2:15pm Concurrent Sessions
  101 – CEU (.01 CEU Credit)
Selling Luxury
  • Chris Jones, Hansgrohe
  102 - Student Programing
Panel: Alternative Design Careers in Interior Design
  • Emily Walser, ASID, LEED AP
    Workplace Consultant, Steelcase Inc.
  • Rebecca Compton, ASID, CKD
    Certified kitchen & bath designer, Gallery 406 Interiors
  • Shane Jones, Allied ASID
    Designer Account Executive, Sherwin-Williams Paints
  • Sharon Valentin
    Interior Designer, Ethan Allen
  • Kimberlie M. Wade, Assoc. IIDA
    Interior Design Instructor, The Art Institute of Charlotte
2:30pm - 3:30pm  Joint Student and Designer Programming
Forum: Professional Development, Social Media and Business Etiquette
  • Laura McDonald Stewart, FASID, IIDA, LEED AP
  • Starr Miller, Allied ASID, CAPS
    Principal, Starr Miller Interior Design
  • Geri Cruickshank Eaker, Allied ASID
    Founder & Designer, Freespace Design
  • Ashley W. Hall, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, CDT
    Interior Designer, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting
6:00pm - 7:00pm Excellence in Design Awards Gala Reception
Black Tie Optional
7:00pm - 10:00pm Awards Ceremony and Entertainment
  • Evening emcee:
    Chris Jones, Hansgrohe



Ms. Miller's expertise combines real estate, interior architecture, urban development and senior living to bring vision and cohesion to complex projects. Miller’s background began as a partner with Cox Development (Medical Office Building) in East Tennessee and later Biltmore Development (Mixed Use) in North Carolina. Managing the planning, up-fit architecture and construction process for these design build developers inspired her founding of, The Vision Group, (www.visgrp.com) in 1992.  She has represented the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), both with the state of Tennessee and the National ASID board in leadership positions, earning a Fellowship into the society in June of 2012. 

Christopher Jones
Christopher W. Jones is the Sales Training Manager for Hansgrohe. He has 20+ years of experience in training and course development: delivering training and designing and writing courses for not only Hansgrohe’s field sales reps and their clients but also to professionals such as Architects and Designers. He is an experienced professional speaker, published author and has a passion for delivering dynamic programs to the industry. He has a Masters Degree in Adult Education from Auburn University and this has given him extensive knowledge that he integrates into all of his training and educational events.

Laura McDonald Stewart, ASID, RID, LEED AP
Laura McDonald Stewart received her BS in Civil Engineering from Southern Methodist University and her MFA in Interior Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. After eight years in the commercial interior design field she founded PLiNTH & CHiNTZ, the interior design blog and industry resource that prepares a new generation of designers to enter the workforce. Stewart also manages METROCON Expo & Conference, the largest not-for-profit, self-produced, interior design-related annual regional expo and conference in the U.S. She has served on the ASID National Board and in 2016 was named a Fellow of the American Society of Interior Designers.  She currently sits on the interior design department advisory councils of both The Art Institute of Dallas and Texas Christian University, and was the recipient of the 2009 NCIDQ Louis S. Tregre Award.