It was a week ago tomorrow that Carolin and I were heading in to the ASID Washington Metro Chapter’s annual meeting and awards celebration. Sitting there with Carolin, I just couldn’t help feeling so thankful that she’d introduced me to this wonderful group and chapter four years ago. How things had changed since my first annual meeting with Carolin introducing me to just about everyone in attendance. This time, it was me who was helping her remember members she’d met a few times in the past or introducing her to those in attendance that I’ve come to know well during my tenure as the Co-Chair for the Emerging Professionals in our chapter.
The meeting began and was just as entertaining as the networking and conversations, especially as I’ve come to know many of those being honored or mentioned. Then came the awards. A section I was nervous about, mostly because I had hoped Carolin would win a very special award and honor within our chapter. As the awards were announced and winners called, the award I was waiting for came up and the winner’s name was announced: The Sarah Boyer Jenkins, FASID APEX Award.
The Sarah Boyer Jenkins, FASID APEX Award
Honors a chapter member for a lifetime of outstanding and significant contributions to the chapter, the Society and the profession of interior design. Eligible nominees are Washington Metro chapter practitioners who have been ASID members for at least 25 years. Candidates can be currently employed within the interior design profession or retired. Consideration is given to the individual’s service to the chapter and the profession. These contributions may be a combination of, but are not limited to, serving as a chapter officer and/or on a chapter board, chairing numerous committees, a genuine commitment to advancing the goals of the strategic plan of the chapter or significantly contributing to chapter projects such as community service, trade shows, showhouses, etc. Other honors and awards received by the candidate are also considered.
I am absolutely thrilled to announce that Carolin M. Schebish, ASID, CID was the winner of The Sarah Boyer Jenkins, FASID APEX Award for the 2013-2014 year. And although I know I’m partial, I think this award could not have gone to a better chapter member or person. Here are just a few of the reasons that Carolin was nominated and why she won:
Carolin has been a member of ASID since the beginning of her career, late 1970s and has even been a past chapter president (1992-1993). She’s always looking for ways to help the chapter, many times donating time and money to help support various events and activities the chapter is sponsoring or providing to their members. She ensures that all designers she has employed over the years, at Design Exchange, be a part of a professional association, suggesting ASID if they are not already a member of an association. She has assisted the chapter office with several office relocations and has participated almost yearly in the Spring Spruce Up fundraiser.
She is very passionate about supporting and assisting in the education of student designers, providing a work environment for students to intern in her business. She provides support, advice, and mentors all members: from students to emerging professionals to seasoned designers.
Carolin is a very strong member of the design community. She insists and strives on having the most current/up-to-date education for herself and her employees – and attends various events and educational seminars provided by the chapter. She is very passionate about educating others on the strength that ASID has given to the profession and is always willing to support ASID for any new strategic move – especially as the industry and world continue to change over time. If she needs a source for a product or service and does not have a source she’s used before, she always references an ASID Industry Partner or will contact another ASID member for advice and recommendations. ASID is not just a resource for her and her business, but an asset she appreciates and highly respects.
She has been given many awards from the chapter over the years, including:
Presidential Citation in 1994
First Place Design Award 2002
Honorable Mention Design Award 2002
Medalist Award 2007
First Place Design Award 2013
As you can see, Carolin has been an inspiration and mentor to so many over the years. I am not only blessed to know her as a person and designer, but I am honored to be employed at her Design Firm. She has taught me so much already – and I look forward to continuing my journey in the Design field with her as my mentor, employer, and family.