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Welcome to the Greater Chicago IAHSP Regional® Chapter (GCIRC)


The Greater Chicago IAHSP Regional Chapter (GCIRC) is a professional organization of Accredited Staging Professionals® (ASP®) located in the Greater Chicago Area representing the Home Staging Industry.  Our chapter is part of the larger International Association of Home Staging Professionals® (IAHSP®), established in 1999.  Our members use proven methids and standards of excellence grounded in a Code of Ethics.


  • Our professional mission is to become the essential real estate resource for howmeowners, REALTORS® and investors in preparing properties to sell and live. 
  • Our organizational commitment is to enhance the lives of our members through education, networking, marketing and support.
  • Our chapter focus is to provide valuable meetings & events to address our members` interests nd needs as small business owners in the home staging field.
  • Our community contribution is through our annual World Wide Staging Services Week® volunteer project.
Want to know more?
Want to Join the Chapter, but live too far from greater Chicago? 
Represent a business that offers services or products that would be useful to our members?


Upcoming Key Dates
Next Chapter Meeting Date & Topic
Wednesday, November 19,  2014
10am to 12 noon 
Arlington Design Center
601 W. Campus Drive

This month the topic is:
"2015 Brainstorming Session"
Bring your "BUGS" and ideas to "COMBAT" what bugs you!
What BUGS you in the Staging World?
What BUGS you in our Staging Chapter?
What BUGS you in your personal Staging Business? 
following meeting from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Any newer member who has not yet attended the orientation is welcome!
 Contact Linda Minogue if you plan on attending at 


Fun Field Trip for July`s Meeting!
Thanks to Gina Metzger our Events Chair for a great July Meeting.  Our visit to Orleans Homes Model Home Tour was very informative and we had a great lunch at the Long Grove Cafe.
Orleans Homes
23505 N Sanctuary Club Drive
Kildeer, IL

REMOTE Chapter Status Now Available!
We will now be able to offer Remote Chapter Membership to anyone who lives approximately 100 miles or more from our Chapter Meeting location.  Dues are reduced by Half!  You will be able to "Hang Out" in our meetings and view presentations by our affiliates and special topic presenters.  You can do this thru Google+ Hangouts.  Please contact Linda Minogue for more information on Remote Membership.

June Chapter Meeting
Thank you to, Lauren Young, of  Freshly Baked Communications, for her wonderful presentation on Branding Your Business With Instagram! 
Also, to our affiliate Cort Furniture.
Folders and discount cards were passed out to everyone.

Do you know anyone


who wants to become an ASP?

Staged Homes will be holding the next local training class on June 17-19, 2014, in Northbrook, IL.  If you woulld like to sign up or get more information see the link below.

May 2014 Meeting
 May meeting
This month President elect and Social Media Chairperson, Terri Votanek, shared her presentation to Realtors and current President, Linda Lanci, shared her presentation to a group of Homeowners.  Both shared their Power Point presentations to the group to give them some ideas to help sharpen their own presentations.

March 2014 Meeting 
Thank you to our March guest speaker is Jim Votanek, Associate RE Broker, of @properties, who will do a presentation on "Business Building".  


February Chapter Meeting was themed
We LOVE Our Affiliates
 At February`s chapter meeting we are honored our affiliates because we value their partnership with us in our staging businesses.  Each affiliate took a few minutes to present their business or say something NEW about their business.  

January 2014 Chapter Meeting 
John Maxwell - Presenter
Sandler Training

Who is Leading the Sales Dance?

A great presentation was given by John Maxwell.  In every profession, including stagers, there are talented people who love what they do but are uncomfortable with selling.  John Maxwell of Sandler Training did a great presentation to our chapter to help us become better at selling our staging services to realtors and home sellers.

Greater Chicago Regional Chapter Recent Events 
World Wide Staging Service Week 2013 (WWSSW)

An unbelievable day of transformation, dedication, and appreciation to a very deserving Bridge Family.  The Greater Chicago IAHSP Chaper deserves a big Thank You for all your time, talent and donations to make this project succesful. 

Chapter Holiday Party
December 11, 2013
Giuseppe`s La Cantina
Des Plaines

November Chapter Meeting
2014 Chapter Brainstorming Session
We all took time to brainstorm and generate ideas for the chapter in 2014. The session generated many ideas to address the specific needs of our members, professionally and personally for the upcoming year.

Also, at our November meeting:
  • Our Sherwin Williams representative, Annmarie Fabbi, gave us some color tools available thru Sherwin Williams to help us in our staging business.
  • Stage the Stager: Lisa Blackmore, Mary Kay representative, gave us a mini makeover prior to having photographer Rod Pickett take professional head shots for us to use in our marketing

Linda Minogue, our 2013 President, having her photo taken by Rod Pickett

October Chapter Meeting
Wow Factor Photography for our Portfolio`s and Website/Online Presence
Rod Pickett of Rod Pickett Photography showed us what a HUGE difference using professional photography makes in our staging portfolio and online presence. For more information on Rod Pickett Photography and to view his portfolio visit:www.rodpickett/

The Greater Chicago Chapter participated in the
Illinois Assocation of Realtors Fall Expo & Conference
Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles
October 2-4, 2013
The Greater Chicago IAHSP Chaper created a "Staged" living room in our expo booth. Conference attendees from all over the state of Illinois were invited to learn more about Accredited Staging Professionals (ASP`s) in their areas and the benefits of staging.

Social Media Workship Held in August


Presented by Lauren Young

Freshly Baked Communications

 Social Media Worhshop


Great workshop on Social Media help in August. We all came away with many new marketing ideas

July`s Chapter Meeting

The 2013 World Wide Staging Service Week project was launced by our two wonderful Co-Ambassadors, Lee Colbourne and Gayle Cortez. Lee and Gayle took us through a pictorial tour of the property and highlighted the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead to create a welcoming home for our recipients. Thank you for your efforts to get our project going!

We are now in full swing to start our fund raising efforts and get ready for our site visit, which is tentatively planned for Mid- August.

June`s Chapter Meeting

"Technology, Social Networking & Marketing Yourself Online"
Presenter: Jim Votanek, Baird & Warner, Glen Ellyn, Sales Support Manager

Our social media knowledge took a huge leap forward after hearing all the beneficial information detailed by Jim in his presentation. He provided suggestions to all of us take our businesses to the next level. Thanks to Jim for all the valuable tips! Contact Jim at 630-942-6950 or at

Roundtable Discussions on PINTREST
Facilitated by Sue Proud

Visit our new Pinterest Board at

April Chapter Meeting
Friendship Village Schaumburg

Joan Scheibe - Color Trends

The presentation for our April Chapter meeting was "Color Trends". Joan Scheib of John Scheib Interiors, explained color theory and the importance of color selection in staging and photography.

March Chapter Meeting
Brook Furniture Rental`s New Showroom



March Meeting at Brook Furniture Rental`s New Showroom
Brook Furniture Rental representatives (left to right): Paula Reagan, Tara Patryn, Amanda Elrich, Chris Mostyn, Debbie Copot

Brook Furniture Meeting
Our Vacant Staging Panel Discussion, with our contributing experts, Chris DeBoo (SIMPLYSTAGING, LLC), Nora Flaherty (Staged to Sell) and Barb Gros (Refreshing Space) was expectionally worthwhile and enlightenting! We spent 90 minutes posing questions to our panelists regarding all facets of staging vacant properties; previews, bids, preparation and client sources. They shared their years of experience and insight. Thank you ladies for such a valuable experience!



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