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PAVE Announces Appointment of Fourteen New Board Members

Updated: Aug 6, 2021

The Planning and Visual Education Partnership (PAVE) Board of Directors elected three new officers and eleven new directors to its board at its recent annual meeting that took place on May 21, 2021. The new board members of PAVE are all leaders in the retail design industry who come from a variety of backgrounds and bring a wealth of varied talents to help PAVE continue to fulfill its mission of connecting students, educators and professionals who support the retail industry in a vibrant, meaningful, and mentoring format.

“As newly selected President of PAVE, I consider it an honor and a privilege to serve this great cause. I am surrounded by the best of the best with the new PAVE Board, and feel we are poised for growth and inspiration for the students, educators, producers, and retailers. Although 2020 was a challenging year for all of us, we are excited to take on all the challenges in the retail community. On behalf of the staff and myself, we look toward our bright future with open arms.” Jerry Fox – President, PAVE

Newly elected officers:

  • Vice President – Rachel Zsembery, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Bergmeyer

  • Vice President of Education – Mark Mappala, Bellevue College

  • Vice President of Events – Joe Baer, ZenGenius, Inc.

Newly elected directors:

  • Alison Embrey Medina, TBA

  • David Terveen, DK Display

  • Glenn Sokoli, Bernstein Display

  • Jalal Hamad, The Home Depot

  • Karen Pearse, Karen Pearse Global Direct

  • Laura Harsch, RDI, One Medical

  • Murray Kasmenn, SmartWork Media

  • Robert Perilstein, Visplay

  • Robin Wagher, National Retail Federation (NRF) Foundation

  • Roya Sullivan, Harlequin Design

  • Tom Fenton, Schimenti Construction

For the complete list of current members of the PAVE Board of Directors, please visit

About PAVE,

Founded in 1992, the Planning and Visual Education Partnership's (PAVE) objective is to encourage students to study in the fields of retail design, planning and visual merchandising. Additionally, PAVE seeks to encourage retail management, store planners, visual merchandisers, architects, designers and manufacturers to interact with and support design students. These objectives are accomplished through competitions, projects, seminars, workshops, grants and scholarships funded by PAVE’s signature events other fundraising activities. PAVE is a 501(c)(3) educational foundation.

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