Brian Vogel is pleased to announce the addition of several new clients for 2010 including MKS Instruments of Massachusetts, Fahrenheit Design in Austin, TX and the Bressler Group in Philadelphia, PA.
Brian was introduced to MKS Instruments by Jesse Ambrosina, formerly of Cooper Perkins and now a VP with Foliage . Brian’s role at MKS is to mentor and provide coaching to the project leader and the development team for a new gas monitoring system being developed for the security industry. With Brian’s help and advice, the team successfully shipped two separate orders of systems on time to their lead customer and are well positioned to build this and similar products into a major business. This mentoring role continues with other projects and project leaders.
Bryan Hunter, the Founder and President of Fahrenheit Design (FHT Design), engaged Brian to help him and his team to begin the process of determining their positioning within the design industry and to frame out the steps to “get the word out.” Their goal is to roll out their “articulated” positioning by the end of this year via a newly designed website.
Peter Bressler, the Founder and Chairman of Bressler Group, engaged Brian to help him and the three managing directors work out the remaining details of the management transition that Peter initiated as he throttles back his day-to-day involvement in the business. Brian remains involved as an advisor to both Peter and the management team.
In other news, Brian had the great pleasure of introducing two of his favorite people – Gerhard Pawelka, CEO of Cooper Perkins, one of Brian’s first clients, and Matt Haggerty, founder of Product Genesis and now CEO of ProGen, a management consulting practice specializing in strategic product development. The meeting was held at Cooper Perkins’ new facility in Lexington, MA, and the discussion revealed many things in common between Cooper Perkins now and the many years of successful work at Product Genesis. Brian believes the two leaders will develop a great friendship in the years to come.
Brian is pleased and honored to announce that he was named a Fellow of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) at the 2010 IDSA national conference in Portland, OR. He was named a Fellow for his elected leadership roles at IDSA over many years and for his contributions as the Interim Executive Director of IDSA during summer of 2009. During that assignment Brian interrupted his own consulting practice, moved to the DC area for 5 months, helped IDSA recover from some operational issues and personally led the search for his full time replacement, Clive Roux, the current CEO of IDSA. Brian wishes to thank all those members and staff that supported him over the years and contributed to this honor.
Brian completed his four month assignment as Interim Executive Director of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) in Virginia.
He was engaged by the IDSA Board of Directors to lead IDSA after the departure of the previous Executive Director and, as part of his assignment, hire the next permanent Executive Director. Brian is pleased to announce that he successfully completed this assignment, helped turn IDSA around, and hired the next director in time for a proper transition prior to the national conference in Miami which was also very successful, especially considering these tough economic times.
Please refer to the “Testimonials” section for quotes from key IDSA leadership regarding Brian’s performance as Interim Director.
During this special assignment, Brian was also engaged in another project locally in the greater Boston area with a new client, Adaptive Optics Associates (AOA), a division of Northrop Grumman located in Cambridge, MA. This project involved helping AOA expand and promote a special service unit offering commercial and industrial customers custom electro-optical design and development services leading to full manufacturing.