AIBD's Compass Club Recruitment Program

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Compass Club Report

Congratulations to...Β 

Paul Brown (Bronze Member - MO) for winning the 22/23 Individual Compass Club Recruiter of the Year with a whopping total of 14 points between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022)
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Welcome to our new Compass Club members (July 1, 2022, through today)
  • Hunter Godfrey (TN) recruited a Professional member in September.
  • Beatriz Castro (TX) recruited a Professional member in August (And with it reached the 2500 Compass Club point plateau)
  • Heather Baldwin (OH) recruited a Professional member in August.
  • Angel Silva (TX) puts us on the board and posts the first 2 points for 22/23 by recruiting a Professional member in July.
The 2022-23 movers and shakers!
  • Mike Keesee, FAIBD (FL), has reached the elusive 100 Point Plateau! Mike recruited his 9th Professional member since July 1. Together with three Associate members, he's accumulated 21 points this fiscal year, and it's not even half over. Mike founded the Compass Club in 2001 and was awarded Design of the Year for doing so. In 2010 he reached 50 points, earning his CC Diamond Level Pin. A new form of recognition will be introduced at this year's Annual Compass Club event in Nashville (August 3, 2023). Thank you, Mike! For such a great idea, and for working so hard to spread the word for AIBD! πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸ₯³
  • Dennis Fletcher (Bronze - MD) recruited his first Professional member for 22/23, which is his fourth in two months, quickly amassing 8 points.
  • Jeff Evans (SC) recruited a new Professional Member and is just one point from leveling up to Bronze membership.
  • School is in session, and Bruce Yancey (Bronze Member - OK) has recruited five new Student members and is only three points from becoming a Silver Level Member.
  • Andy McDonald (LA) is credited for one new Professional member and has leveled up to the Bronze Level. Congrats! Andy! πŸ™Œ
  • Sam Morgan (Bronze Member - UT) has recruited one new Professional member and earned the points needed to reach Silver membership. Congrats! Sam! πŸ™Œ

The 2021 Bill Ding Membership Awards winners!
Professional members who have recruited three new Professional members or 1 Corporate member during the fiscal yearΒ  (July through June) receive 12 additional months of membership. Here are our 20/21 Bill Ding Membership Award Winners.Β 
  • Dan Baumann (MN) (6 Professional members + 1 Educator member)
  • Bernie Kern (CO) (7 Professional members)
  • Bill Murray (TX) (3 Professional members)

Our new Compass Club members (July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022)
  • Beatriz Castro (TX) recruited a Professional member in August (And with it reached the 2500 Compass Club point plateau)Β 
  • Heather Baldwin (OH) recruited a Professional member in August.
  • Angel Silva (TX) recruited one new Professional Member in July.
  • Dennis Fletcher (MD) recruited three Professional members in June.
  • Randy Hatchard (MI) recruited a Professional member in June.
  • Tim Enzweiler (KY) recruited a Professional member in May.
  • Joseph Rogers (GA) recruited a Professional member in May.
  • Jarvis Walker (MS) recruited a Student member in May
  • Darryl Messick (CO) recruited a Professional member in April.Β 
  • Rober Blair (TX) recruited a Professional member in April.
  • Jonathan Boone (MS) recruited a Professional member in March.
  • Stefani Thatcher (UT) recruited a Professional member in March.
  • Richard Webster (UT) recruited a Professional member in March.
  • Mollie Ackner (NC) recruited a Professional member in February.
  • Mario Cantu (TX) recruited a Professional member in January.
  • Paul Brown (MO) recruited 16 Student members in December.
  • Brian Smith (TX) recruited a Professional member in December.
  • Dinesh Shah (TX) recruited a Professional member in November.
  • Jason Orlowski (TX) recruited a Professional member in September.
  • Paul Brown (MO) recruited 16 student members at the University of Central Missouri.
  • Roya Azimzadeh (MO) recruited a Student and an Educator member in August.
  • Geoffrey S Jones (OK) recruited a Professional member in August.
  • Steve Smith (TX) recruited a Professional member in August.
  • Casey Thompson (NC) recruited a Professional member in July.
  • Ron Globke (OH) recruited a Professional member in July.
The 2021-22 movers and shakers!
  • Viki Wooster (Gold Member - OR) recruited a new Professional Member and moves up to 228 points. Getting closer to that Diamond pin. πŸ€Έβ€β™‚οΈ
  • Dennis Fletcher (MD) became a new Compass Club member by recruiting three Professional members and quickly became our newest Bronze Level member.
  • Mike Keesee (Diamond Member - FL) recruited a professional member in May. He is now just one point from tying Richard Emigh (Diamond Member - CA) for the Compass Club points record of 80.
  • Congratulations! to Sam Guidry (NC), AIBD Cape Fear Chapter Chairman, for leveling up to Bronze status by recruiting a Student Member in April. πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸ₯³Β 
  • Congratulations! James Wright, Chancellor (OH), AIBD College of Fellows, for leveling up to Gold status by recruiting a Professional Member in April.
  • Congratulations! Bruce Yancey (Bronze Member - OK), for recruiting three new Student Members and a Professional Member to reach the Bronze Member level.
  • Congratulations! Gary Gardo (TN) has entered the Bronze Level by referring a re-joined Professional Member this week.Β 
  • Congratulations! Bernie Kern (CO), for winning the Bill Ding Recruitment Award for 2022. Bernie recruited his third Professional member since July 2021, earning a complimentary membership renewal.
  • Congrats! Sergio Astorga (TX), for recruiting a Professional Member and earning Bronze Level membership in the Compass Club.
  • Paul Brown (MO), the AIBD UCM Student Chapter faculty advisor, recruited 16 new students. YAY! And thanks, UCM! πŸŽ‰πŸ₯³πŸŽŠ
  • It’s an AIBD-HAT-TRICK! – Michael Payne (Silver Member - CO) recruited one student, one associate, and one Professional member in July. His 4 CC points move him into the Silver member level.

The 2022 Compass Club Annual Appreciation Event
We gathered at the Wabasha Street Caves in St. Paul, Minnesota, on July 28, 2022, for tour of the caves and an evening of swing dancing.
Photos and videos!

Check out the pics from the 2021 Compass Club celebration party.Β 
They are free (no cost) to download and segregated into two folders, one set of large images suitable for printing and a second folder with smaller versions sized for the internet.Β 
Our photographer, Rob Miskowitch (https://purplebeephoto.com), has granted us permission to print and use the photos.Β 

To download, select either the large or small folder above, find your photo and click on it, so it appears as a large image on the right. Β 
Finally, click on the arrow pointing down to a line in the lower right corner. This will allow you to save your photo locally.

The History of the Compass Club


The Compass Club was launched in 2001 by a certified Professional member and AIBD Fellow, Mike Keesee (pause for applause).

View the current Compass Club Roster


The program's founding sponsor isSoftPlan Architectural Design Software, who contributed $15,000 to launch and sustain the program (yes, more applause).

When discussing the American Institute of Building Design with other industry professionals, encourage them to list you as their "sponsor" when filling out their AIBD membership application. When this happens, sponsors are rewarded.

  • Earn 2 points for recruiting a new Professional Member and 1 point for recruiting a new member at any other membership level.
  • Members enter the club upon their first recruit with a gift from AIBD and then Compass Club lapel pins are awarded as follows:
    • 5 points – A bronze Compass Club pin.
    • 15 points – A silver Compass Club pin.
    • 25 points – A gold Compass Club pin.
    • 50 points – A diamond Compass Club pin.
  • Individuals who recruit three Professional level members during a membership period receive one year of complimentary national dues.
  • The roster of Compass Club members is below.
  • Each year at the annual meeting, the individual and the AIBD chapter, who amassed the most Compass Club points are recognized.
  • Points are tallied between July 1 and June 30, each year.

Receive a free year of membership!Β 


The β€œBill Ding Membership” recruitment award recognizes Professional level members who recruit three new Professional level members or one new Corporate level member during the association's fiscal year (July through June).

Bill Ding Membership award winners earn their next year’s membership dues waived; a $289 savings!

Note: The award is named after AIBD's first president, William Dingledy, who (according to our research) cleverly named his business Bill Ding Design.

View the current Compass Club Roster


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