Chapter Leaders

John Emshwiller

John Emshwiller is co-chair of the Los Angeles Chapter.

John Emshwiller is a Senior Associate and Design Director with more than 19 years of professional brand design experience. He dedicates himself to providing clients with authentic designs and strategies that when completed are impactful and consistent with company’s visual identity.

John Emshwiller, Gensler
Gensler
Los Angeles

Heather Testa

Heather Testa is a co-chair of the St. Louis Chapter

Heather Testa has over 31 years of experience working in the graphic, industrial, and environmental design fields. In 1997, she founded Ten8 Group with a vision of creating a company which would focus on using design to solve problems and build brand identities in a three-dimensional space.

Heather Testa, Principal, Ten8 Group, St. Louis MO
Ten8 Group
St. Louis, MO

Elizabeth Skolmen

Elizabeth Skolmen is a Seattle chapter co-chair.

Elizabeth (Lizzy) Skolmen received her BA in Graphic Design at Western Washington university. During her time there she minored in both Industrial Design and Sustainable Design, giving her a unique sense of spacial awareness and fondness for built environments.

Elizabeth Skolmen
IA Interior Architects
Seattle

Carlo Giannasca

Carlo Giannasca is a multi-award winning graphic and environmental designer who today is a partner at globally recognized Frost*collective where he is Head of Urbanite, one of Australia’s foremost authorities on brand in the built environment.

During his career spanning 30 years he has fostered highly respected creative partnerships with architects, interior-designers, builders and developers to deliver major branding, strategic signage and wayfinding schemes for the public and private sectors.

Carlo Giannasca, Frost*collective
Frost*Collective
Sydney

Danny Roberts

Danny Roberts is an Atlanta Chapter Co-Chair.

Working in Graphic Design, Advertising, Signage & Wayfinding for 25 years, Danny Roberts is Vice President of Advertising & Design at APCO Signs. His responsibilities include Branding & Identity, Marketing Strategy, Print and Collateral Material, Web & Digital Design, National Advertising Campaign, Exhibition Design, Product Design and R&D.

APCO Sign Systems
Atlanta

Chris Fato

Chris Fato is a co-chair of the San Francisco chapter.

A self-proclaimed “sign guy,” Chris Fato has been designing and problem-solving in the signage industry for 13 years. His experience encompasses a broad array of interior and exterior wayfinding, corporate branding change-outs, and many projects in the banking and medical industries.

Chris Fato
Gensler
San Francisco

Barton Strawn

Barton Strawn is a Project lead at Coel Studio. He received a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Marketing and Entrepreneurship and a Bachelor's of Environmental Design, Architecture at the North Carolina State University. His specialties: are brand development, product development, team management, and strategic planning.

Barton Strawn, Infinite Scale
Coel Studio
Salt Lake City

TJ Daly

T.J Daly is co-chair for the Richmond Chapter.
T.J. joining Acorn Sign Graphics marks a strategic milestone in the company’s journey over the past ten years with growth from a small, local sign company of 5 Associates to a leading national provider of custom architectural signage with more than 40 Associates.

T.J. Daly
Acorn Sign Graphics
Richmond

Zach Kotel

Zach Kotel is a co-chair of the Denver Chapter.

Zach Kotel’s background lies in fine art, specifically painting and drawing. With many years of experience in almost all traditional art media, Zach has an exceptional eye for composition, leading to conceptually sound designs.

Zach Kotel
ArtHouse Design
Denver

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