Three Trending Topics.
One Afternoon. Three CEUs.
(and it’s free!)

These days, it seems time is more valuable than just about anything. Except maybe your professional certification. The NBS CEUnami event respects both.

You’re invited to discover new ways of seeing and doing. Learn best practices. Gain foresight. And earn a few CEUs at the same time. Attend just one or all three. Food and beverages will be provided along with a creative and intellectual buzz that will inspire new thinking about your work. But register now, space is limited.

About the CEUnami Series
CEUnami offers a concentrated educational experience. It is a dynamic convergence of innovative thinking, professional growth and networking opportunities for architects, designers and experts from affiliated professions.

As host and co-sponsor, NBS will leverage its industry partnerships to provide engaging speakers and relevant content that is applicable to a variety of design projects. The Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) has approved all courses for CEU credit.

Registration ends April 17, 2015.

If you would like to attend part or all of this session after registration closes, please contact:

Natalie Davis


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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Fundamentals of Sound

presented by
James Kasschau, President & CEO, ICF Group
Designers – 0.1 CEU; Architects – 1 LU

4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Effective Presentation Skills

presented by
David Gerson, Senior Director of Americas Marketing & Global Activation, Interface
Designers – 0.1 CEU; Architects – 1 LU

5:30 PM - 6:15 PM

Networking Reception

6:15 PM - 7:15 PM

Wellbeing in the Workplace

presented by
Kevin Butler, Senior Ergonomist, Steelcase
Designers – 0.1 CEU; Architects – 1 LU

Fundamentals of Sound

Presented by James Kasschau, President & CEO, ICF Group
Designers – 0.1 CEU; Architects – 1 LU

This course introduces the nature of sound waves, their properties and perception. The adverse implications of noise in the workplace are reviewed. Causes and remedies of air borne and impact sound transmissions are discussed along with how the quality of sound within a space can be improved. Concepts of sound reflection, reverberation and diffraction are explained. Passive and active acoustical solutions to sound quality problems that confront the workplace are described along with a review of appropriate metrics to measure their efficacy.

Course Objectives:

  • Introduce the basic science behind sound
  • Review the impact of noise in our daily lives
  • Overview of sound transmission paths
  • Understand room acoustics and sound propagation
  • Provide a possible solution set of remedies to noise abatement
  • Better the understanding of acoustics and their importance to design
James Kasschau

President & CEO, ICF Group

James Kasschau is the CEO of the ICF Group of Companies. Mr. Kasschau holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Lehigh University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Stern School of NYU.

Effective Presentation Skills

Presented by: David Gerson, Senior Director of Americas Marketing & Global Activation, Interface
Designers – 0.1 CEU; Architects – 1 LU

Learning how we communicate our message and developing the use of the 4 presentations skills during this training session will help you in your professional and personal life, improving client/customer presentations, event speeches and sales communication.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe how we communicate our message, prepare for audiences, and identify what media best suits their needs
  • Identify 4 presentation skills
    (Posture, Speech Control, Eye Contact & Gestures)
  • Practice presentation skills and review examples of effective presentations
  • Group discussion of other presentation types


David Gerson

Senior Director of Americas Marketing & Global Activation, Interface

David Gerson is Marketing and Public Relations Director for Interface Europe where he helps to guide the communication strategy in over 20 countries across the EMEA region. In that capacity, he and his team are responsible our global impact, thought leadership and overall brand awareness.

Immediately prior to taking this role, he served at the Sr. Director of Customer Experience for Interface based in Atlanta, Georgia. That position gave him the opportunity to host delegations from over 65 countries around the world that were interested in experiencing how Interface evolved from a typical manufacturer of carpets to a sustainability champion and design leader recognized for excellence around the world.

Delivering presentations, training sessions and generally motivating people is a life long passion for him. He has studied the art of story telling and creating effective presentations, which has led to opportunities to deliver speeches to groups as large as 400.

Outside of work, he loves vegetable gardening, spending time with his family, riding his bike and watching rugby. He currently resides in Hilversum, Netherlands with his wife, 3 kids ages 9,7 and 5 and 2 dogs.

Wellbeing in the Workplace

Presented by: Kevin Butler, Senior Ergonomist, Steelcase
Designers – 0.1 CEU; Architects – 1 LU

As students of the workplace, at Steelcase we know place shapes behaviors and experiences. And yet the power of place is still often overlooked.

Through more than a decade of research projects, we’ve been intently investigating ways to leverage the workplace to achieve organizational goals. So, as workplace wellbeing has emerged as a business issue of growing importance, it’s been on our radar for several years. And the more we looked at and learned about it, the more we realized it was important to learn more.

So we completed a focused research project in 2013 to understand the growing importance and expanding dimensions of worker wellbeing. As we researched and dug deep, we reached new insights about the positive drivers of wellbeing and the power of the workplace for achieving it. We would like to share our latest findings, the output of a team of our WorkSpace Futures researchers in Europe, North America and Asia.


Kevin Butler

Senior Ergonomist, Steelcase

Kevin Butler is a Board Certified Professional Ergonomist who holds both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering.

Although Kevin has extensive experience as an ergonomics consultant, for the last several years he has been almost completely dedicated to the holistic topic of Wellbeing. While Kevin’s primary role at Steelcase began in understanding the meaning of workplace Wellbeing by bench-marking and best-practice-sharing, it has evolved into maximizing his knowledge and expertise as a practitioner. This is realized by assisting organizations of varying sizes in the design and implementation of their Ergonomic and Wellness program development efforts, always striving to leverage the workplace as a resource to increase both individual and organization Wellbeing.

Kevin holds professional affiliations with several organizations that include but are not limited to the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.