Retail Design Institute Board:
Andrew McQuilkin, FRDIInternational President
A career that spans almost 30 years; starting at Walker Group/CNI 83-86, Freelancing with Patrick McQuilkin 86, Fitzpatrick Design group 87-98, and Gensler 98-01. In 2001 Andrew came to Cincinnati from New York to take a lead creative position at FRCH in the Department Store/Large Format studio planning and design teams. He is now the Retail market Leader for BHDP Architecture, providing an international perspective, vision, and a hands-on capability. Using his experience and knowledge, Andrew incorporates a thorough understanding of strategic concepting, planning, merchandising, design, Client management, project management and construction documentation. As the current International President and together with the International Board, they have successfully engaged a focused effort on the three key areas : bring value to our membership, being the industry authority, and providing professional development. The foundation they have re-established is strong and will become the springboard for moving the Institute forward. Andrew believes that everyone who is elected has the responsibility to advance the mission of the Retail Design Institute and its members. The International Board, including the Chapter Directors, needs to continue to grow and foster a spirit of collaboration, dedication, and accountability.
Paul J. Biondolillo,RDIInternational Vice President
To Paul, every project has a personality, and it’s his job to bring that personality to life. It’s important to Paul to connect the different elements of a project into an environment that tells a single, coherent story. More than places to shop, these are places to be. And while some call them branded retail experiences, he likes to think of them as relevant retail experiences.
Paul is highly skilled at the development of strategic design concepts, brand creation, and creative solutions of retail environments, furnishings and fixtures. He offers an innovative vision of how to give retail brands a voice, and a signature creativity in developing point-of-purchase systems, shop-within-shop concepts, merchandise and adjacency planning, operational layouts, lighting plans, and design development drawings. Not only does Paul bring a creative edge but also extensive knowledge in construction techniques and materials and the fabrication process that go into designing environments and fixtures for prototype and national rollout programs.
Education. | Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Arizona
Luanne Perry, FRDIInternational Secretary
Creative Design Professional with over 25 years experience in Retail, Restaurant, Health and Human Service and Commercial sectors. Main focus is to lead a group of designers through the development of prototypes and roll-out programs while nurturing existing clients as well as the development of new ones. Enjoy mentoring students and young professionals in the design industry.
Leader in development of prototype design, colors and finishes, space planning, mentoring of young professionals
Julie M Starzynski, RDIInternational Treasurer
Julie has been involved with the Retail Design Institute since December of 2003. At first, she was a member, but then got involved with Boston Chapter Board as the event coordinator. Over the nine years of being a member of the Institute, she has held the event coordinator position twice, Boston Chapter Secretary, and now currently holds Boston Chapter Vice President. She has also been the lead coordinator on multiple events throughout her nine year tenure with the Boston Chapter and attended numerous International events and meetings.
Professionally, she currently is the Manager of Store Planning at Carter’s Retail Inc. located in Shelton, CT and formerly held multiple positions (Store Planner, CAD Administrator, and Senior Store Planning Development Specialist) at The TJX Companies, Inc. over her nine year (2003 – 2012) tenure with the company. She recently received her Master’s in Project Management from Pennsylvania State University in 2011 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Philadelphia University. She also is the owner of Star Design and Training which specializes in residential design and AutoCAD training.
Outside of work, she actively participates in road races supporting multiple charities; softball; volleyball; and dirt bike riding and racing. Traveling is another hobby of hers as well as spending time with her dog, Roxy. She currently resides in Naugatuck, CT and will be participating in both Boston and New York Retail Design Institute events in the following years.