Grand Rapids, Mich. – Following an extensive national search, BIFMA is pleased to welcome Jennifer Wammack to the newly created staff position of Director of Outreach. Ms. Wammack joined the BIFMA team effective November 27.
Earlier this year, the BIFMA Board of Directors established a strategic objective to increase demand for products compliant with ANSI/BIFMA standards. BIFMA is a recognized leader in the development of voluntary industry standards and guidelines, ranging from mechanical safety & performance, to ergonomics, emissions and sustainability. Compliance with BIFMA standards is one of the hallmarks of our industry, which values innovation and continuous improvement to meet the needs of the marketplace. Effective communication of these values is increasingly important in light of the continually changing workplace and the blending of residential and commercial environments. One of the key objectives for the Director of Outreach is to develop and implement strategies to help address these trends.
Ms. Wammack is a design-centric brand ambassador, who received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Textile Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and had a successful career designing textiles for commercial furnishings. She held design leadership roles at several textile manufacturers, including Milliken Fabric, Guilford of Maine and Valdese Weavers, before shifting her career in 2009 to join IDa Design, an independent furniture design consultancy. Jennifer’s role there included design, strategy, research, marketing, and sustainable practices. She edited the firm’s publications, including Lumen, a quarterly trend report, as well as a trend column for Bellow Press Workplaces Magazine. Jennifer also lectured nationally on the importance of trend tracking for commercial design professionals. She is a guest instructor in sustainable business at Kendall College of Art and Design/Ferris State University, and has lectured at Aquinas College and Grand Valley State University.
About BIFMA – BIFMA is the trade association for business and institutional furniture manufacturers. Since 1973, BIFMAʼs role has been to monitor the state of the industry, serve as a forum for member cooperation and collaboration, sponsor the development and refining of current and future standards, educate on their importance and application, and translate their necessary complexity into more easily understood and implemented formats. – https://www.bifma.org