August 2013

At the 2013 IDSA International Design Conference in Chicago, Brian was awarded a special Chairman’s Award for his services to the society as Interim Executive Director during 2012 and early 2013. This special recognition is awarded to individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty in service to the society.

January 2013

Brian has successfully concluded his assignment as Interim Executive Director of IDSA. He began his full-time engagement in July in the DC area and finished in early January, 2013 after leading the search, hiring and transition process for the next permanent Executive Director. Under Brian’s watch, IDSA held one of the most successful international conferences in years in Boston during the summer. He spearheaded the effort to restore and establish partnerships with other design-oriented associations. Brian also advanced the initiatives already underway at IDSA in China and other countries and helped coordinate recent events in the new K-12 educational initiative.

George McCain, FIDSA, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of IDSA said, “Brian has an amazing ability to come into a new situation and immediately analyze the problems, formulate steps to be taken and then execute on the plan, all the while maintaining the respect and cooperation of all involved. Brian’s work is always on time and within budget and his communication skills are exemplary. In sum, Brian is effective, intelligent, drive to perform and fun to work with.”

Daniel Martinage, the newly hired Executive Director adds, “As the new Executive Director of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) I had the fortunate experience to follow Brian who served as IDSA’s Interim Executive Director. Brian provided the most well-prepared and comprehensive transition package that I have ever experienced. He highlighted the critical issues and provided a clear status of all external relationships, internal dynamics and lessons learned during his tenure. I am well prepared to take over and hit the ground running as a result of Brian’s thoughtful and thorough preparation. I highly recommend Brian for other interim CEO and/or acting executive director roles in both nonprofit and commercial organizations.

Brian has returned to the Boston area, resumed his consulting practice and is now available for new projects with current and new clients.

May 2012

In May, Brian returned to Sweden to visit and advise Umetrics, a division of MKS Instruments, a long-time client of Brian Vogel Consulting. The mission this time was to investigate and correct deficiencies in how Umetrics runs projects internally, shares information among the staff and reports status to management. Changes were worked out with the Umetrics staff and new processes are now in place and used throughout the company. Brian continues to be involved with MKS/Umetrics in weekly management calls.

March 2012

In March, Brian had the pleasure to meet up again with Matt Haggerty, Founder of Product Genesis and now President of DCI Engineering. It was great to reconnect with Matt, a long time friend and colleague. Hopefully, we can find new ways to work together once again.