National Directors

Michael J. Battaglia

Contact Information:
Michael J. Battaglia Residential Design
182 Cushwa Drive
Centerville, OH 45459
(937) 439-1933

Michael Battaglia began his career in residential design in 1975. He is a graduate of ITT Tech of Dayton with an Associate’s degree in Architectural Engineering. Michael spent many years of working in architectural firms and as a staff designer for various home builders and throughout those experiences; it became clear that the profession of home design was the path he needed to follow. In 1990 Michael opened Michael J. Battaglia Residential Design providing home design service to private clients and builders. While Michael has mainly designed homes and projects for clients in Ohio, his work can be found in additional states including Arkansas, Arizona, California, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Virginia. Michael’s passion for residential design has been enhanced with interest in the development of the Science of Building. Michael believes Historic Design Styles and the Science of Building can coexist without having to compromise.

Newell Cheatheam, CPBD, FAIBD, TIBD

Contact Information:
Newell’s Designs
22531 Lost Creek Road
Kady, TX 77450

O. Newell Cheatheam, CPBD, AIBD, TIBD O. Newell Cheatheam is President of Newell’s Designs, Katy, Texas. Newell is a Certified Professional Building Designer. Registered Licensed Texas Interior Designer, and serving as National Central District Director of the AIBD since January 2014, as well as on the Marketing Committee. On a state level, he has served on Texas Institute of Building Design (T.I.B.D.) Board of Directors on and off and numerous committees since 1974. As a frequent Parade of Homes judge across the Texas, Newell has been recognized as a professional and industry leader in the design field. Over the years as a member of the National Home Builders Assoc and Greater Houston Builders Assoc. since 1976, he has served on Assoc. Council, New Membership Committee (NAHB 2014-135 Red Spike), Retention Committee, Building and Standards Committee, and Government Affairs Committee, Remodelers Council, and Bay Area Builders Assoc. Bd. He has volunteered in leadership positions of numerous non-profits assoc. in the Local and State Associations and served as Publicity Chairman for Numerous Organizations. He is a professional networker and enjoys social media.

Chip Hudson

Contact Information:
Hudson Home Designs
Portfolio Home Plans, LLC
Prattville, AL
(334) 365-4567

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 Home builder, Certified Green Professional (CGP) and specialized in Building Information Modeling, CAD programmer, web designer, Artist and woodworking. 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.

Bernie Kern

Contact Information:
10081 P.O. Box
Colorado Springs, CO 80932-1081

As the principal owner of BBKern DESIGNS, Bernie has developed code approved working drawings for new custom and model residential homes, multi-residential, additions, remodels, and light commercial projects for nearly 30 years. He assists clients in all stages of building design, including planning, design fees, budget, education, specifications, special services, and consultation. Over the span of 30 years he has collected his best residential plans. As a professional member of AIBD, Bernie is currently serving as president of the AIBD, Central Colorado Chapter.