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Welcome to the


Greater Chicago IAHSP Regional® Chapter!


The Greater Chicago IAHSP Regional Chapter (GCIRC). This Chapter was founded to provide a core professional business association for Home Stagers® throughout the Greater Chicago region. Our goal is to foster growth, unity, and networking among peers in the Staging community. Through our efforts we hope to elevate the professionalism of Home Staging throughout Greater Chicago and surrounding areas and work to continually expand our quality of services.

To join the GCIRC, members must remain in current standing as both an ASP® or ASP Master® Stagers or ASP REALTOR and IAHSP Member as long as they are members of the local IAHSP Chapter. All members are subject to our Ethics guidelines for participation and business conduct.

We also welcome Affiliate Business Members - companies, vendors or service providers who support our Staging efforts in Greater Chicago and the surrounding areas. Affiliate Business Membership will include annual fees of $150.00, which allows these business owners to market directly to our Stager members as well as host our meetings as scheduled. For information on joining our chapter, please email Greater Chicago IAHSP Regional Chapter President, Linda Lanci at

Our Goals Include:

  • Business Networking and Group Vendor Discounts
  • Unity
  • Professionalism and Ethics
  • Education
  • Promotion & Marketing
  • Joint Projects

Upcoming Key Dates

Next Chapter Meeting
July is Field Trip Month!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
July Field Trip
Model Home Tour and Lunch
Orleans Homes
23505 N Sanctuary Club Drive
Kildeer, IL
Join us as we view/tour a beautiful model home, learn about color trends, paint applications/products and more! Several of our GCIRC members will give some informal presentations.
Lunch will follow at
Long Grove Cafe
235 Robert Parker Coffin Rd.
Long Grove, IL  60047
RSVP to Gina Metzger, our Events Chair.

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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