Business Fundamentals: Protecting Yourself, Your Work, and Your Business

Learn and share risk mitigation strategies and tools for you and your business.

As a small business owner, you’re challenged with protecting and ensuring the future of your firm. Managing risk limits your liability and is a key factor in minimizing economic and reputational damage, but many designers are not risk management experts. Learn how small business solutions for insurance and contracts available through ASID can protect you and your business. Share your own best practices with your peers in this interactive session.

Format: Peer-to-peer
Attendees will interact with each other in virtual breakout rooms. Attendees’ camera and audio capabilities will be turned on for this session. This session will not be recorded.

Jeremy Welsh, CIC

Executive Vice President, Commercial Lines

HUB International

Jeremy Welsh is an Executive Vice President with HUB International, a top 5 global broker, working out of the Washington, DC office. Jeremy has nearly 20 years of experience in property, casualty, and risk management consulting, with a specialty in the Design professional industry. Jeremy is a frequent speaker at nonprofit and design industry events across the nation. He has authored numerous articles and is published in “Interior Design in Practice: Case Studies of Successful Business Models.” Jeremy designed the exclusive ASID professional liability insurance program for over 15,000 designers nationwide. He is a leading expert on professional, management and cyber liability and affinity program offerings.

Alan Siegel, Hon. FASID

Partner

Levy Sonet & Siegel, LLP

Alan M. Siegel, Esq., Hon. FASID has 40+ years of legal experience within the design and architectural industry and has represented the interests of interior designers, architects, product designers, and industry resources. For over twenty years, Alan served as national legal counsel to ASID, and is the author of the ASID interior design form contracts. For his years of service with ASID, Alan was named an ASID Honorary Fellow. He currently serves as the general counsel for the Association for Contract Textiles, Inc. (ACT). Additionally, Alan is a member of the National Board of Trustees of the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA), as well as trustee of the Angelo Donghia Foundation. Alan is the co-author of "A Guide to Business Principles and Practices for Interior Designers," and is a frequent lecturer and contributor to the design industry and trade group publications.  

Beth Diana Smith, MS, Associate ASID

Owner + Principal Designer

Beth Diana Smith Interior Design

Beth Diana Smith is the owner and principal designer of Beth Diana Smith Interior Design, a full-service interior design firm focused on the discerning client who desires a curated home with thoughtful details. She prides herself on her bold, eclectic style while creating a home’s story through renovation, curated pieces, and customized design. After Beth spent more than a decade in corporate accounting and finance, she decided to pursue interior design full time and obtained a degree from the New York School of Interior Design. She brought along a distinct set of skills such as budget management, presentation creation based on client needs and the ability to adapt quickly. Beth has been on NBC and HGTV and featured in various outlets including House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Real Simple, Lonny Magazine and Business of Home.  

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