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BYLINE: Cheryl Durst is Vice President and CEO of the International Interior Design Association, a professional networking and educational association of 13,000 Members with ten specialty Forums in 29 Chapters around the world. She speaks to audiences across the United States to bring Interior Design to the forefront of the public consciousness. Cheryl is a LEED-accredited professional and a past Executive Board Member of the Chicago Chapter of the U.S. Green Buildings Council. In 2001 the IIDA Board of Directors named Cheryl an Honorary Member in recognition of her accomplishments within the Association and the Interior Design Industry. Cheryl and her family live in Chicago. For more information on IIDA, visit www.iida.org.

Broadcast BIO: Interior Design goes far beyond picking out curtains, drapes and carpets. Interior designers create the spaces where we spend our lives, including classrooms, offices, airports, hospitals, hotels and stores. With us is Cheryl Durst, Vice President and CEO of the International Interior Design Association. The Association has 13,000 Members with ten specialty Forums in 29 Chapters around the world. Its Members include designers, architects, educators, students, manufacturers and other professionals. For more information, visit
www.iida.org. Welcome, Cheryl. Why is it important for the public to understand interior designers and their work?

Full BIO: As Executive Vice President and CEO of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Cheryl S. Durst is responsible for guiding the efforts of the 13,000-Member Association. Cheryl joined the Association as a Headquarters Project Manager in 1997, and rapidly rose through the ranks, becoming Senior Director of Education and Professional Development. In that capacity she supervised continuing education, government and regulatory affairs and conference management. As Executive Vice President and CEO, Cheryl has successfully navigated the Association and its Board through a serious debt crisis and 18-month financial turnaround. She has implemented policies, procedures and an operational structure that has put the Association on firm financial footing.

Cheryl has extensive background in product and program marketing development and implementation. She 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 Cheryl's accomplishments within the Association and her contributions to the industry at large, the IIDA Board of Directors conferred Honorary Member status to her. Cheryl 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. Cheryl is a LEED-accredited professional and a past Executive Board Member of the Chicago Chapter of the U.S. Green Buildings Council. Cheryl is also a wife and mother. She and her family live in Chicago. For more information on IIDA, visit www.iida.org.

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