David A. Stubbs II Awarded 2024 ICON in Education Design Award

June 2024 — David A. Stubbs II from VS America, Inc. has been awarded the 2024 ICON in Education Design Award as an Industry Influencer by Learning By Design. He turned his lifelong love for education into a global movement that changes how we think about space, functionality, and flexibility in schools. As the creator of Shift+, a holistic reconfigurable furnishing line, he has introduced a new way to design school spaces worldwide.

David's contributions to the education design industry are exceptional. His mentorship and unwavering commitment to enhancing K-12 learning environments have set him apart. His unique approach distinguishes him, which is a testament to his creativity and innovation. His relentless dedication to improving educational spaces for students has made a tangible difference in transforming education. (Source: Learning By Design)

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Robert Dickson Named to DA's Top Influencer List

May 2024 — EDmarket Board member and Chief information officer at Wichita Public Schools Robert Dickson, has been named one of District Administration's Top 100 Education Influencers of 2024. ❝This recognition belongs to our incredible team at Wichita Public Schools - USD259,❞ wrote Dickson on LinkedIn. ❝Together, we are shaping the future of education and empowering students with 21st-century skills.❞

Dickson oversees the district's virtual school, Education Imagine Academy, which was recognized as Microsoft Showcase School in its second year. He also oversees the digital literacy and citizenship instructional training department to help empower students with 21st-century skills.

District Administration's first annual comprehensive list of some of the country's most influential, impactful leaders and innovators in K12 education, from coaching to edtech to the superintendency. Collectively but in varying capacities they're helping shape the future of students across the country — and around the world — by turning their passions into actions.

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Ian Kilpatrick Appointed DLR K-12 Education Leader

May 2024 — DLR Group proudly announces the promotion of Principal to Ian Kilpatrick, AIA, NCARB, as the new K-12 education leader. In this position, Kilpatrick is responsible for overseeing the DLR Group studios that design K-12 education learning environments in the Southeast region of the United States. Kilpatrick has a passion for creating spaces that inspire student engagement and motivation and believes that well-designed, sustainable environments are essential for the overall well-being of students, comparable to the impact of modern medicine. Ian's exceptional leadership is further underscored by his membership in the prestigious EDmarket A&D Council and his designation as a 2023 EDmarket NexGen Rising Star.

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Paragon Adds New Team Members

May 2024 — Paragon Furniture is pleased to announce that Emily Blocker has joined as the new VP of Sales & Marketing. With over a decade of sales leadership experience and a proven track record of improving sales operations and team performance, Emily brings valuable expertise to the role.

Additionally, Kelly Forman has been appointed as the new Director of Strategic Partnerships. In this role, Kelly will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with architecture and design (A&D) firms, expanding the dealer network, and directly engaging with end users on important educational projects.

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