Director Candidates

Internal Vice President
Michael Battaglia
Contact Information:
Michael J. Battaglia Residential Design
Centerville, OH
mbresdesign@woh.rr.com
The AIBD has been a large part of my success as a Professional Home Designer. No matter the outcome of the pending election I will continue to support and promote the Institute and members.

I am running for a position as Director of the American Institute of Building Design. My vision of the future of the AIBD begins with the strength of its members. It is the members of the Institute that I have dedicated past involvement. It has been my way of respectfully returning the favors I have benefited from by other members of our organization.

The members of the AIBD are diverse in their practice, expertise, and successes. Each member has so much to offer in their own way for the future of our selected profession. It does not matter if the member holds a professional, certified, associate or even a corporate membership. Each of our members has a value. That value has to be protected and promoted to the highest levels possible.

To the best of my abilities, I promise to make decisions for the benefit of all members equally.

AIBD History:

  • Member since 1995
  • Ohio Society Secretary. 2003-2004
  • Ohio Society President 2004-2005
  • Marketing Committee member
  • ARDA Chair 2005-2016
  • Board of Directors
  • Copyright Committee
  • High-Performance Home Team since 2012
  • K.I. Chapter member: current
  • Dayton Regional Chapter Member: current
  • AIBD Designer of the Year 2008
  • ICC/IAC/IRC code liaison: current

Community Involvement:

  • Habitat for Humanity Dayton Affiliate since 2005
  • Miami Valley Building Officials Council: Associate member.
  • Dayton Regional Green Residential Action Committee
  • Gary Sinise Foundation Rise Program

Skills and Expertise:

  • Contacts, networking
  • Management, administration
  • Nonprofit experience (i.e. with other organizations)
  • Public relations, communications

Special skills, talents or services:

I can provide a relentless amount of effort in resolving an issue or completing most tasks. I survived the housing meltdown with a new outlook on the profession and believe in the direction the AIBD is headed. Give me a task and it will be done with honesty, transparency, and as soon as possible.

The single most important issue the candidate wants to tackle or goal she/he wishes to achieve:

Recently being assigned/volunteering to be the AIBD Representative to the ICC/IAC my goal to report the actions and be active in these organizations. To represent the AIBD as the professional organization it is can lead to progress in the profession of Home Designers. The ICC/IAC is a major factor in the recognition of the AIBD members. I want to be part of that process.


Internal Vice President
Lyle Breeze, FAIBD
Contact Information:
Breeze & Assocs, Inc.
Tarpon Springs, FL
breezeaibd@aol.com
Lyle takes pride in his career-long effort to keep himself educated in both the classical principles of architecture and in the modern technologies of home design. Having a broad understanding of the history of home design, he is as comfortable designing modern as he is classical styles of homes. Regardless of style, he believes the true measure of the success of a design is in how well it meets the needs of the owner, and in how well it is suited to its specific site.

Lyle is recently serving on the board of directors as the NCBDC liaison, an ex-officio position. He is a past AIBD President and former AIBD, Florida Society President. While serving in that position, he orchestrated the merger of the Florida Residential Designers Association (FRDA) and the Florida Society.

Skills and Expertise:

  • Contacts, networking
  • Management, administration
  • Public relations, communications
  • Writing, blogging, publishing

Special skills, talents or services:

Have previously served in all executive committee positions except external vice president.

The single most important issue the candidate wants to tackle or goal she/he wishes to achieve:

To explore the feasibility of an organization name change to more clearly convey the professional expertise of our members.


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Felicia Foster, CPBD, AIA Assoc.
Contact Information:
Barron Custom Design, LLC
Austin, TX
felicia@barroncustomdesign.com
Felicia Barron Foster celebrates 30 years in the Design & Construction Industry this year. What started as a contract drafting job in high school has turned into a career of helping clients (both builder and custom) design and build homes that fit their budget and lifestyle.
Felicia is a third generation Austinite and a fifth-generation Texan. It was only fitting that she would attend The University of Texas following the family legacy started by her football star grandfather.

Designing in central Texas is not only a career it’s a calling. After many years working with an Architect, Felicia left to work for a builder to get experience on both sides of the fence. In 2003 she started her business on a referral only basis. What she found was as long as you treated people right and stood behind your word then your business would continue to grow.

Today Felicia has a successful business and a steady stream of referrals. Her company is continuing to grow in areas that compliment design- from development to building. Felicia’s company is also growing across state lines and into many other parts of the country.
She believes that it doesn’t really matter where you do business as long as you do it the right way- take care of your clients, treat them with respect, tell them the truth (even if you don’t get the job) and you will earn the trust and respect of your clients. As long as you follow these principals the work will come but more importantly, the career will blossom.

Skills and expertise:

  • Contacts, networking
  • Management, administration
  • Nonprofit experience (i.e. with other organizations)
  • Public relations, communications

Special skills talents or services:

  • Certified Building Designer
  • AIA Intern
  • Previously managed account for largest nationwide homebuilder
  • Award Winner- Max Awards, TIBD, ARDA
  • Greater Austin HBA 2017 Remodeler of the Year
  • Volunteered time with Mobile Loaves & Fishes’ Community First- Master planned community for the chronically homeless
  • St. Jude Fundraising Committee
  • Leadership committee for Austin Infill Coalition
  • Member of GA HBA, TAB, NAHB
  • Member of TIBD, AIBD
  • Choses for special City Council working group- coordinate issue with Council and City Manager that affect affordability and implementation of a new land development code
  • Custom Design- New Construction and Remodel Addition
  • Green Building specialist
  • Production building design and Implementation
  • Development Feasibility
  • Small Commercial Design
  • Student Housing

The single most important issue the candidate wants to tackle or goal he/she wishes to achieve:

I am committed to be the voice for all members and the clients they represent.


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Ted Hake, CPBD
Contact Information:
Hake Custom Design, LLC
Canton, OH
hakedesigns@gmail.com
Ted Hake is the owner of Hake Custom Design LLC in the Canton, Ohio Area with more than 20 years in business. His work received numerous awards over the years and he is currently serving as a national Director of AIBD and on the local BIA board of directors. Ted is a professional AIBD member and a Certified Professional Building Designer, as well as Certified Green Professional of the NAHB.

Skills and Expertise:

  • Event planning, fundraising
  • Nonprofit experience (i.e. with other organizations)

Special skills, talents or services:

I just have a different perspective of looking a things,sometimes it gives new ideas!

The single most important issue the candidate wants to tackle or goal she/he wishes to achieve:

No single goal, but just to improve the AIBD overall.

 

 


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Chip Hudson

Contact Information:
Hudson Home Designs
Portfolio Home Plans, LLC
Prattville, AL
hudson1@hhdplans.com

 

Chip Hudson, is the Owner of Hudson Home Designs and Portfolio Home Plans, Authorized sales agent for ArchiCad and Artlantis in Prattville, Alabama. Chip has been an expert in Residential Design for over 20 years. He is a Licensed Homebuilder, Certified Green Professional (CGP) and specialized in Building Information Modeling, CAD programmer, web designer, Artist and woodworking, and enjoys crafting and repurposing furniture. Over the years Chip has taught 3-D modeling to a vast array of Architectural and Design firms and also served as an adjunct at Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Phoenix City Alabama. As a president of the AIBD Alabama Society which he has served since 2011 he also frequently serves as a judge for the Alabama Home Builders Remodeling competition. With the success I have achieved past and present I owe much of it to the clients I have served.

Chip is currently serving as a director.

Skills and Expertise:

  • Event planning, fundraising
  • Nonprofit experience (i.e. with other organizations)

Special skills, talents or services:

Web marketing strategies.

The single most important issue the candidate wants to tackle or goal she/he wishes to achieve:

Completion of copyright Task Force to increase exposure for AIBD and its membership.

 

 


Robert J. Klob

Contact Information:
Robert Klob Designers, Inc.
Chandler, AZ
robk@rkdzns.com 

Robert Klob is the son of an elementary teacher & general contractor in a small farming town in Southeastern Colorado, Robert Klob has been around construction sites for most of his life.  His passion escalated when he was in his teens and met William “Bill” Nielsen, the only architect in nearly a 100-mile radius.   Although he initially had aspirations to teach and follow his mother and grandmother, Robert became Bill’s apprentice and his 30+ year journey in Architecture began.

In addition to already serving as a director, Robert is also chairman of the ARDA Committee.

Skills and Expertise:

  • Writing, blogging, publishing
  • Teaching experience, curriculum development
  • Public relations, communications
  • Management, administration

Special skills, talents or services:

Actively designing residential projects since 1986, numerous awards and accolades. Specializing in designing concrete homes, custom homes, remodels & additions. Design experience in 19 states & 8 countries. Member of several boards & committees (including ARDA Chairman). Regular design based column in a national trade magazine.

The single most important issue the candidate wants to tackle or goal she/he wishes to achieve:

Promote AIBD to obtain greater acceptance & recognition within the design community.

 

 


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Bradley Madison, CDT, CM-BIM, BIM-R
Contact Information:
Madison BIM Consulting LLC
Mooresville, NC
Bradley@MadisonBIMConsultingLLC.com
Bradley Madison has been involved in the design and construction industry since 2000 and has been a long-time advocate of Building Information Modeling. He has in-depth experience in both commercial and residential projects. He has worked with several companies in several roles including Project Manager, and BIM Manager. Bradley also has extensive project experience utilizing BIM technology to complete projects successfully. As an OPENBIM advocate, he works with all project participants no matter the BIM authoring software they utilize. His passion is BIM Education and working with clients to achieve their goals with the latest technology and collaboration. He holds the Construction Document Technologist, CDT, accreditation from the Construction Specifications Institute, the Certificate of Management – Building Information Modeling, CM-BIM, from The Associated General Contractors of America and is a certified instructor of the CM-BIM Education series with the AGC, and most recently the BIM-R Certificate from the AIBD.

As a Board member with the AIBD Bradley wants to continue and enhance the BIM-R program within the AIBD. I want to not only work with designers but also manufacturers of residential products and contractors so that their information is fully integrated into the model. I want to continue to educate designers and contractors on the benefits of BIM. As well I want to work towards a deliverable standard where we turn over a full digital twin of our clients home so that all design elements, equipment, and the data-rich information is provided at the completion of construction. The life cycle of our client’s homes begins with the information contained inside the digital twin. From new construction through renovations we have the opportunity to better serve our client and the homes we design.

Skills and Expertise:

  • Contacts, networking
  • Management, administration
  • Teaching experience, curriculum development

Special skills, talents or services:

Building Information Modeling Education.

The single most important issue the candidate wants to tackle or goal she/he wishes to achieve:

To help grow the BIM-R program and utilize his experience and expertise in BIM to help educate designers and builders.

 


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Sam Morgan, CPBD
Contact Information:
S.W. Morgan Fine Home Design LLC
South Jordan, Utah
sam@morganfinehomes.com
Sam Morgan is the Managing Member of S W Morgan Fine Home Design LLC in South Jordan Utah. Sam began his career in the construction industry in the 1980’s, building homes, as well as, commercial and government projects in Southern Oregon and Northern California. He spent 10 years as a Real Estate Developer of single and multi-family homes as well as commercial properties in Utah prior to the Great Recession. As a self-described “code junkie”, you will often see him at code training, seminars, or just curled up with a “good”902-page book at his desk.

As well as currently serving as a director, Sam is also chairman of the AIBD, Salt Lake Metro Chapter.

Skills and Expertise:

  • Contacts, networking
  • Event planning, fundraising
  • Nonprofit experience (i.e. with other organizations)

Special skills, talents or services:

Respondent skipped this question.

The single most important issue the candidate wants to tackle or goal she/he wishes to achieve:

Membership growth.

 


Joseph Sirilla
Joseph Sirilla, BIM-R
Contact Information:
Keesee Associates
Maitland, FL
jsirilla92@gmail.com
Joseph Sirilla has a stout, relevant presence in our industry representing the AIBD (American Institute of Building Design) as the Central Florida President, the Director of the AIBD’s BIM-R Taskforce representing AIBD’s BIM-R vision, and with custom home design as a Senior Designer at an award-winning Architectural firm, Keesee Associates in Maitland, Florida.

Joseph has been engaged in the design and construction industry since 2002 and continues to evolve as the needs of the market change, and as the complexity of the design community grows. He remains industrious in using all of the different skill sets developed by working in the diverse aspects of construction over the years. As a residential designer, residential BIM industry professional, and a leader in the advancement of residential design and home builder joint efforts using BIM toolsets, Joseph joins the usually closed-ended trade professionals in efforts to build a better building.

In AIBD, Joseph currently works with the board of directors as the chairman of the Institute’s BIM-R Task Force and of the AIBD, Central Florida Chapter.

Skills and Expertise:

  • Contacts, networking
  • Event planning, fundraising
  • Management, administration
  • Nonprofit experience (i.e. with other organizations)
  • Public relations, communications
  • Teaching experience, curriculum development

Special skills, talents or services:

I believe that with my outlook for the Organization, my viewpoint of where AIBD education should be lead, and my skill sets of teaching and curriculum development I can help the Organization take steps in a direction that will depict relevance and authority in our industry.

The single most important issue the candidate wants to tackle or goal she/he wishes to achieve:

The one goal I feel is the most important would be engaging with younger generations to show them what our Organization can offer them professionally and intellectually.

 


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Benjamin Tabolt
Contact Information:
CDG Project Studio
Colorado Springs, CO
ben@cdgprojectstudio.com
AIBD has been such an influential part of my career and business development. I have been blessed with the opportunity to speak on multiple occasions at AIBD conferences, and I am proud to have numerous AIBD members as clients and more importantly, as friends. I am excited about the opportunity to serve AIBD further and allow my voice to be heard in helping to shape what AIBD will become in the future.

Through my experience as a presenter and instructor, as well as working with multiple AIBD members, I have witnessed a significant technology gap that the organization has been pushing to overcome. I was involved in the organization and implementation of the AIBD BIM-R Certification program, and I see that as an excellent step in the direction of both educating AIBD members in new design technology, as well as helping AIBD pioneer a new residentially minded approach to the technology. I also would like to give voice and input to how AIBD can begin to reach out more effectively to the next generation of designers. As a younger business owner, I have the experience of navigating the current design community and attempting to interject new ideas, project delivery techniques, and services to clients. I also have employed a younger workforce and have learned to adapt our office to a different type of culture to create a thriving work environment that invites newer designers to contribute and encourages their individual growth.

I would like help AIBD to reach out more effectively to a younger design generation to help them feel included and valued within the organization. Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to contributing to AIBD in any capacity in the future.

Skills and Expertise:

  • Contacts, networking
  • Management, administration
  • Teaching experience, curriculum development

Special skills, talents or services:

BIM experience.

The single most important issue the candidate wants to tackle or goal she/he wishes to achieve:

Making AIBD relevant to the next generation of designers.


Keith Zoni
Keith Zoni
Contact Information:
Zoni Design Group
Salida, CO
keith@zonidesigngroup.com
It’s really an honor to be nominated for a position on the Board of Directors for AIBD. AIBD has been a great organization to be a part of and has helped me grow both professionally and personally. I have met a diverse group of accomplished associates and made some very good friends. During the last three years as a member of AIBD, I have had the privilege to serve as both the Vice Chair and current Chair for the Central Colorado Chapter. It’s been a wonderful experience to work so closely with my chapter members and to bring new members in. I’ve also enjoyed volunteering when needed at AIBD events and on committees. I feel that I am now at a point where I can do more to serve all members of AIBD and see this as great opportunity to do so.

I have worked in the building design profession for the last 26 years. I started out my career in Tampa, FL as a truss designer and sales representative for a lumber company. Moving on to purchasing and construction management for a regional home builder and then taking on the enormous task of developing the Architectural department for a national home builder and becoming their Architectural Manager. I held the position of Project Manager for an Architectural firm who specialized in very large complex commercial projects in California, Arizona, and Colorado. I worked for the State of Vermont overseeing Government historic preservation and restoration projects as well as working with the state legislature to fund those projects. I’ve operated my design firm for 8 years beginning in Tampa, FL and then relocating to Salida, CO. My firm has completed many custom mountain homes, multi-family dwellings, tenant improvements, collaborated with local architects on commercial and development designs as well as construction administration and management.

Involvement in my community is of crucial importance to me. I sit on the Board of Directors for The Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce. I’m an active member of The Salida Sunrise Rotary Club. I am also passionate about supporting young people interested in design and construction. From time to time I offer mentoring to high school students and I volunteer on career day to speak to students about what it is Building Designers are and what we do.

Skills and Expertise:

  • Contacts, Networking
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Construction management
  • Purchasing / Estimating
  • Management, Administration
  • Nonprofit experience (i.e. with other organizations)
  • Public relations, Communications
  • Teaching / training experience, Curriculum development

The single most important issue the candidate wants to tackle or goal he wishes to achieve:

Work with State Legislators to recognize AIBD as a professional organization the same way they do with AIA for architects. Create stricter requirements to protect our profession from those who are not qualified building designers.


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