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Cheryl Durst, NOMAS Lecture
February 19, 2009 06:00 PM
A+A Auditorium (Rm 2104)
Art + Architecture Building
Cheryl Durst is currently the executive vice president and CEO of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and has overall responsibility for guiding the efforts of the 14,000 member Association.
As EVP/CEO, Durst has successfully navigated the Association and its Board, through a serious debt crisis and 18-month financial turnaround, and has implemented policies, procedures and an operational structure that has put the Association on firm financial footing.
Durst has extensive background in product and program marketing development and implementation, and has created sales and marketing programs for Reff, Inc. and the federal sales division of Knoll. She headed meeting planning for the Washington Design Center/Washington, D.C. (a division of Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.). In 2001, in recognition of Durst's accomplishments within the Association and her contributions to the industry at large, the IIDA Board of Directors conferred Honorary Member status to her.
Durst is a former docent for the Museum of African Art and Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, and is an active member of the Organization of Black Designers. She is past President of the Kohl Children's Museum Women's Board. She is a graduate of Boston University, where she received dual bachelors in Print Journalism and Economics. Durst is a LEED- accredited professional and a past executive board member of the Chicago chapter of the U.S. Green Buildings Council.