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August 21, 2023 edition of the AIBD’s Monday Minute weekly newsletter.


Happy Birthday, SoftPlan! We can never thank you enough for your investment in home design.

SoftPlan celebrates 30 years as a Tennessee corporation this week.


10 Months after opening up in Tennessee, SoftPlan joined AIBD as a Corporate Member and has been our longest-standing Premier Partner.

Take a walk down Memory Lane with Steve as he looks back at his first experience with BIM and what that has led to now.

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Please join us in celebrating the Certified Professional Building Designers who reached a milestone in the month of July.

Please help us celebrate their achievement by recognizing them for their many continuous years of professional certification.
  • Newell Cheatheam (TX), #44-138, 7/1/1974
  • Dale Munsterman (CA), #05-598, 7/11/1987
  • Gary H.Morrell (AZ), #03-127, 7/11/1989
  • Wendy Wright Tatroult (OK), #37-132, 7/12/1989
  • Marc F.Wilson (OK), #37-133, 7/12/1989
  • Michael Francis (CA), #05-608, 7/21/1989
  • Michael Studer (KY), #36-104, 7/10/1995
  • Sherri L.Weaver (MO), #26-114, 7/10/1995
  • Janet Hobbs (TX), #44-463, 7/12/2002
  • David H. Gostecnik (TX), #44-464, 7/30/2002

Help us congratulate our new CPBDs

  • Adam Christensen, CPBD #10-265, from Orlando, FL (8/7)
  • Michael Cozart, CPBD #06-124, from Poncha Springs, CO (8/2)
  • Susan Farris, CPBD #44-835, from Azle, TX (7/31)
  • Jeremy Moore, CPBD #34-173, from Raleigh, NC (7/18)
  • Crystal Richardson, CPBD #44-833, from Houston, TX (6/27)
  • Erik Scheuermann, CPBD #10-264, from Ft. Lauderdale, FL (6/19)
The CPBD Sample Test is free and available 24/7 without an appointment.


How can we help?

Reach out to your Certification Director, Rusty.Hudnet@AIBD.org. You can also call 800-366.2423 x2.

Welcome our new members and those rejoining us!

  • Kyle Black, Student Member from OK
  • Keith Campbell, Professional Member from LA
  • Thaddeus Rubin Dayton, Associate Member from WA
  • Darryl Alan Gillum, Student Member from FL
  • Armen Hogtanian, Professional Member from CA
  • Perry Kelly, Professional Member from TN
  • Audrey Lau, Associate Member from TX
  • Kevin McGuire, Associate Member from TX

Compass Club Report 

Join us in welcoming our newest Compass Club Members (July-August 2023):
  • David Frank (FL) recruited their first Student Member (August).
  • Steven Beard (TX) recruited their first Professional Member (July).
This week’s movers and shakers:
  • Bruce Yancey, FAIBD (OK – Silver), recruited a third Student Member in August and has earned Silver status. 🎉🎊🥳
If you are unfamiliar with the Compass Club, check it out at AIBD.org/CompassClub.


Upcoming chapter meetings, conferences, and more.

  • August 25 – AIBD, Houston (Virtual) 11:30 am CT | High Wind and flood design discussion with Nick Kondejewski – Building official of the city of Seabrook, TX.
  • August 29 – Tuesday @2:00 Webinar (Virtual) 2:00 pm ET – Am I Covered? Understanding Your Professional Liability Policy, by Audrey Lau of Draftrs. Learn how to review your professional liability policy and gain a high-level understanding of what is covered in 10 minutes or less! Draftrs have sponsored a limited number of seats. Don’t miss out.
  • August 30 – AIBD, Eastern Shore (Virtual) 3:30 pm ET | The role of technology in modern residential design.
  • September 8 – Coffee With Bernie (Virtual) 8:00 am MDT. Bernie continues with the topic of how to enhance your design skills. This month, the discussion focuses on project management, planning and executing projects, managing client expectations and communications, problem-solving, and decision-making.
  • March 7 & 8, 2024 – Design & Build North Myrtle Beach – Ocean Drive Beach & Golf Resort, 98 N Ocean Blvd, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582.
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Training and Education

American Training Solutions
  • September 12, 2023 – Mixed topics, 7:45 am to 5:30 pm EDT (2.0 AIBD P-CEs & 3.0 AIBD E-CEs,  5.0 AIA HSW). Maggiano’s Little Italy South Park Mall, Charlotte, NC (A live classroom event). Tickets start at $30.
  • September 14, 2023 – Mixed topics, 7:45 am to 3:25 pm EDT (4.0 AIBD P-CEs & 1.0 AIBD E-CE,  5.0 AIA HSW). Hotel Indigo Baltimore Downtown, Baltimore, MD (A live classroom event). Tickets start at $30.
  • Look ahead for other live and virtual events.
AEC Daily
  • September 12, 2023 – AEC Building Insight Event. Registration opens soon.
  • Look ahead for other live and virtual events.
  • August 22, 2023 –  Pheonix, AZ, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm (8.0 AIBD P-CEs, 8.0 AIA HSW, 2.0 GBCI General Hours), Eagle Roofing Products, 4608 W. Elwood St.
    Phoenix, AZ 85043 (A live classroom event). Tickets are $100.
  • Look ahead for other live and virtual events.
Chicago Build Expo
  • October 11 & 12, 2023 – The Midwest’s leading construction and design show. McCormack Center, Chicago, IL. A live conference experience. Tickets are FREE.
North American Deck & Railing Association 
  • October 29, 2023 – NADRA’s Deck Evaluation/Inspection Certification Live Webinar 9-1 pm ET. A full-day live webcast. Tickets start at $209.
  • 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 coming soon!
Design & Build North Myrtle Beach
  • March 7 & 8, 2024 – Ocean Drive Beach & Golf Resort, 98 N Ocean Blvd, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582.
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AIBD College of Fellows awards $6000 in scholarships.

The College of Fellows Scholarship is awarded each year at the Annual Meeting to at least one deserving relative of an AIBD Professional member. This year, the College awarded four $1000 scholarships to the following students.
  • Joel Esposito – University of Florida
  • Sebastian Antonio Guzman – Florida Southwestern State College
  • Emorie Holland – Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Zackary Kramer Smolko – Texas A&M
In addition, each year, at least one Student Member of AIBD receives the Bill & Annette Farmer Scholarship. This year, the College awarded two $1000 scholarships to the following students.
  • Shanette Mattison – Valencia College
  • Erin Staib – Benedictine College
Congratulations! To all of our recipients!
And Thanks! College of Fellows!
Have a triumphant week!

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