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January 16, 2009 Chicago, IL – The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) announces the appointment of Jeanne Heller Fisher as Senior Director of Marketing and Communications. In this role, Ms. Fisher will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Association’s marketing initiatives, including international branding programs, publications, strategic communications direction and website development.

Prior to joining IIDA, Ms. Fisher’s marketing experience includes work in the areas of commercial and residential design sectors for Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc., where she led the NeoCon World’s Trade Fair marketing efforts, as well as the creation of DreamHome, the design house at The Merchandise Mart; Ones to Watch, the annual Chicago design awards; and Designer Portfolios – the online find a designer program for The Merchandise Mart. Additionally, her experience includes marketing posts at the Boston Design Center and Steelcase’s Chicago office. Her solid background in design-oriented sectors will prove to be an asset in developing strategic outreach and programming goals for the Association.

“Jeanne’s expertise in both the communications and marketing arenas will greatly benefit IIDA Members and the profession of Interior Design,” stated Cheryl Durst, Hon. IIDA, Executive Vice President/CEO IIDA. “Leading into a new year, we are excited about adding Jeanne’s enthusiasm and depth of experience to a new generation of the IIDA leadership team, including Dennis Krause, Senior Vice President; Allison Levy, Managing Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs; Lisa Toth, Director of Membership; and Martha Victor, Managing Director of Education and Professional Development, in helping to identify and support the future of Design.”

Ms. Fisher is based in IIDA’s Chicago Headquarters in the Merchandise Mart. She can be reached at 888.799.IIDA or

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The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) works to enhance quality of life through excellence in interior design and to advance interior design through knowledge, value and community.

IIDA is a professional networking and educational association of 13,000 Members in ten specialty Forums in 30 Chapters around the world. Additional information is available on IIDA’s website