2018 Recognition Award WInners
Honorary Affiliate Award / Douglas Barron, Honorary Affiliate AIAD
Owner | DJ Barron LLC
Douglas Barron is the owner of DJ Barron LLC, a Michigan based firm representing building envelope products for ProSoCo, York Manufacturing, GP DensElement and LymTal. His firm celebrated 27 years of service this past April. Douglas inherently understands that the customer is the single most valuable asset of an organization and is dedicated to the ideals of a customer-driven focus.
Douglas is currently involved with the following organizations:
>2011 to Present, Building Enclosure Council of Great Detroit (BEC-GD), 2017-18 Chair
>2009 to Present, Masonry Institute of Michigan (MIM), Board Member
>2008 to Present, International Concrete Restoration Institute (ICRI), Treasurer
Douglas is also involved with the MIM, Generic Wall Design Committee, American Concrete Institute, Michigan Masonry Contractors Association and the International Masonry Institute.
When Douglas is not working, you will find him painting in his art studio or En Plein Air.
Honorary Affiliate Award / Jeanette Pierce, Honorary Affiliate AIAD
Founder | Detroit Experience Factory
Jeanette Pierce is a social entrepreneur and lifelong city resident who grew up in the Morningside neighborhood on the east side of Detroit. She has a bachelor's of arts degree in communication from Acquinas College, and has been walking to work since she moved to downtown Detroit in 2003.
In 2006, while working at United Way for Southeastern Michigan, she founded a grassroots nonprofit that used tours and experiences to take people beyond the headlines and educate them about Detroit's history, culture and community. Today that organization has evolved into the Detroit Experience Factory which operates the only Detroit Welcome Center and creates eye-opening experiences and innovative resources that connect locals and visitors to Detroit's people, places, and projects. Over 95,000 people have taken a tour in the last 12 years to learn about Detroit's assets, small businesses, historic neighborhoods, city planning & development policies and innovative solutions to the challenges the city faces.
Honorary Affiliate Award / Dean Zoyes, Honorary Affiliate AIAD
Vice-President | Zoyes Creative Group
Dean Zoyes has over 20 years’ experience providing creative design solutions and communications for developers, architects, and builders throughout Metro Detroit and around the country. As vice-president of Zoyes Creative Group, Dean manages client relationships for the model making, 3D printing, and environmental graphics output, and provides thought-leadership for the 7-member team he oversees out of the 15-member team.
Inspired by his desire to make models for the Architecture and Construction industry, Dean Zoyes formed Zoyes East, Inc in 1995 in Detroit, Michigan. The singular focus of making models was soon broadened to a wider array of services. By fusing the model shop with other related services of renderings, animations, laser cutting, and 3D printing, Dean turned ZEI into a full-service imaging team, capable of multiple levels of visualization for the construction industry. Dean and his team of Architectural designers, renderers, and model makers have been working diligently providing a high level of realism, while adding greater meaning to all of their visualization work.
In 2009 Dean merged ZEI his wife’s marketing agency, forming Zoyes Creative Group. Aimee’s creative agency focused on a clientele in the design-build industries as well. The combined strength of the two firms is undeniable.
Currently the merged entity, Zoyes Creative Group, employs thought leaders, branding specialists, web designers, graphics professionals, model makers, industrial designers, architectural illustrators, dedicated CAD operators, and passionate craftsmen--all of them unified by a desire to take the firm to the next level.
For the past two-decades Zoyes Creative Group has not only contributed renderings, animations & architectural models, but also branding, identity work, collateral design, website design & development. The combined teams focus on environmental and experiential design for numerous residential, commercial and mixed-use developments in Southeast Michigan and around the country.
Dean is an active member of the greater metropolitan design community, and has been a planning partner for the AIA Detroit’s PechaKucha Night for 5 years. Dean is an active participant in the planning and sponsorship of their quarterly events.