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Architectural Systems, Spartan Surfaces form alliance

New York—Architectural Systems, Inc., (ASI), a global provider of branded wall surfaces and flooring products specified across all market segments in the commercial and contract arena, has named Spartan Surfaces its exclusive distributor for the East Coast and Midwest U.S.

“We are pleased to enhance ASI’s unparalleled offering of interior finishes through Spartan Surfaces knowledgeable and formidable sales force,” said Nancy Jackson, chief creative officer, ASI. “This strategic alliance is a true industry disruptor, enabling the A&D community to have access to on point surfacing materials with all the benefits of having local representation in their region.”

Ron Jackson, ASI CEO, agreed, citing the synergistic alliance between ASI and Spartan Surfaces. “They are a best-in-class company, and our shared commitment and passion for delivering excellence in a 360-degree, branded experience at every touch point through design development to installation will be a win-win for all.”

Kevin Jablon, CEO of Bel Air, Md.-based Spartan Surfaces, cites ASI’s innovative products as a key draw. “ASI has been a driving force in marketplace trends,” he said. “We could not be more excited to partner with them and represent ASI throughout our footprint.”

Spartan Surfaces operates showrooms in Washington D.C., New York and Chicago. Its territory spans 30 U.S. states.

Beyond developing proprietary products and curating ASI collections for Spartan Surfaces extensive sales team, ASI will be working to educate the distributor’s reps on its vast network of capabilities.

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Nancy Jackson receives Woman of Distinction award

DSC002771San Antonio—Nancy Jackson, president of Architectural Systems, received Shop! Association’s inaugural Women of Distinction award during Shop!X Annual Meeting held at the La Cantera Resort, here. The prestigious award was created as part of the mission of the Shop! Women’s League to promote leadership, education and networking opportunities.

The association honors the inspiring recipients who “have put their hearts and souls into the industry and their companies.” Jackson is well-deserving of this award from a career filled with leadership roles, professional accomplishments and commitment and contributions to the welfare and advancement of women professionals within the design industry including the retail segment.

As a pioneer in the building products industry and a founding principal and president of a leading global distributor of interior finishes, Architectural Systems (ASI), Jackson has established ASI as a one stop shop for translating global brands through materials. Recognized by the A&D community as an advocate of design, Jackson collaborates with design professionals by introducing award winning and distinctive interior finishes to successfully realize their vision. Involved in a broad range of design and education initiatives for professionals and students, Jackson is an affiliate member of AIA and an AIA continuing education passport provider and has lectured nationwide on the advancements and trends in materials with accredited courses.

Jackson also served as an IIDA NY (International Interior Design Association) board member and co-chair of the Hospitality Forum for 14 years and is the 2016 recipient of their Spirit award for dedication to the chapter and the design industry.

She is a vice president emeritus of PAVE (Planning and Visual Education Partnership) and created the Rising Star award, to recognize the achievements of young professionals under 40 within the retail space. Over the past decade, Jackson is a recipient of two PAVE Passion and Dedication awards and is still a dedicated sponsor of the event.

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Jackson elected to IIDA NY board

ArchitecturalSystems-logoNew York—On June 24, Nancy Jackson, president of Architectural Systems, Inc., was inducted into her sixth term as an IIDA (International Interior Design Association) NY Board member. The chapter also recently received three awards at the Chapter Leadership Conference in Chicago including excellence in programs and forum educational activities. Continue reading Jackson elected to IIDA NY board

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February 2012 — Surfaces 2012: Optimism, steady traffic take center stage

Volume 26/Number 16; Dec. 17/24, 2012

Hanley Wood, Surfaces’ owner, claimed a 10% increase in attendance at the 2012 event, while participants noted steady traffic throughout the three-day event. For the first time in years, Surfaces held a feeling of renewed optimism for the flooring industry

“You could tell something is changing and the overall mood of the people was better,” said Scott Levy, executive vice president of operations for Scranton, Pa.-based Arley Wholesale, a tile distributor. Continue reading February 2012 — Surfaces 2012: Optimism, steady traffic take center stage

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Best of Surfaces sets benchmarks across categories

Las Vegas—Six companies brought home the hardware in the inaugural Best of Surfaces competition co-sponsored by Floor Covering News and Surfaces. The awards are certain to set a new benchmark for product innovation and booth design in the years to come at the industry’s premier trade show. Continue reading Best of Surfaces sets benchmarks across categories

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Optimism, steady traffic take center stage

Improving economy gives show best feeling in years

by FCNews staff

Las Vegas—Immediately after the curtain was raised on the stage that was Surfaces 2012, it was apparent to everyone from manufacturers to contractors to retailers that something was different in the air at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Continue reading Optimism, steady traffic take center stage