About the Greater Annapolis Design District

The Greater Annapolis Design District (ADD) is a non-profit organization with the mission of connecting professionals in the design and build industry through networking and professional development opportunities.

Our core values are to collaborate, promote, and educate our members as we strive to be the go-to resource for area residents and businesses seeking a professional service or product in the design and build industry. Through a mutual commitment to excellence and success, we also seek to contribute to the uniqueness of Annapolis through beautification efforts and partnering opportunities with other area community organizations.

Our Members include architects, builders, designers, interior designers, and a variety of product and service providers and showrooms that support the design and build industry. With over 60 independent business Members, we offer everything needed to design, build, renovate, decorate, furnish, repair and maintain a home or business.

Mission & Vision | History | Core Values | Leadership | Committees

Mission Statement

The Greater Annapolis Design District (ADD) connects professionals in the design and build industries through networking and professional development opportunities.

Vision Statement

The Greater Annapolis Design District strives to be the go-to resource for area residents and businesses seeking a professional service or product in the design and building industries.

History

The Annapolis Design District was established in 2007 by several businesses located within the industrial area of Annapolis located off Chinquapin Round Road.  The notion behind the Annapolis Design District was a simple one — to build a “cool” urban neighborhood where leading design/build companies, artists and other innovative/entrepreneurial businesses could create and collaborate.

The founding Members have remained active in the Annapolis Design District over the past decade.  The grass-roots, community-based approach of the Design District has attracted other businesses to join over the years and the Membership has grown to comprise a diverse mix of businesses, property owners, retailers and service providers.  While the hub of the Annapolis Design District remains within Annapolis, the reach of our independent Member businesses spans from the Eastern Shore to Baltimore and Washington, DC.  Therefore, the organization began migrating to the name “Greater” Annapolis Design District in 2019.

Core Values

The Greater Annapolis Design District’s core values are to collaborate, promote, and educate our members through a mutual commitment to excellence and success and contribute to the uniqueness of Annapolis by partnering with other area community organizations.

GOAL 1:  Maintain and grow the membership base and be the go-to resource in the Annapolis area for any design-related service or product.

GOAL 2:  Provide our members with resources to grow their businesses.

GOAL 3:  Support and enhance the vibrancy of the Design District while also preserving the unique history of Annapolis.

Leadership

The Board is made up of volunteers from Member businesses. The Board consists of the following Officers and Committee Chairs.

President
Robert McKellar
robertm@adu.com

Vice President
Lisa Tullai (Acting)
lisa@annapolisinteriors.com

Treasurer
Lisa Tullai (Acting)
lisa@annapolisinteriors.com

Past President
Lisa Tullai
Lisa@AnnapolisInteriors.com

Committees

To advance our goals, the Greater Annapolis Design District has established five working committees. Our hope is that every Member will be involved in at least one of the committees. It is an excellent way to get to know the other Members while advancing the success of the Design District. Below are the five committees and some of the key members.

Please review and contact the appropriate persons of one or more of the committees that might be of interest to you. Committee members are more than happy to answer any questions as well as give you the schedule of future meetings and events.

Membership

To attract a diverse mix of professionals, showrooms, and other innovative businesses to the Design District:

Membership Chair
Denise Diesen
denise@mommysguide.net

Events

To foster creativity and collaboration among Members by organizing and promoting special events which are interesting, educational, and fun (opportunities for participation on subcommittees; inquire for more info.).

Events Chair
Katherine Dashiell
kdashiell@reico.com

Marketing and Communication

To promote Member businesses and the Design District through cooperative marketing, business development and public relations, and provide consistent pertinent communication to our Members via emails and social media platforms.

Marketing Chair
Beth Kuhl
beth@whatsupmag.com

Communications Chair
Lisa Tullai
lisa@annapolisinteriors.com

Beautification

To support local students and encourage their participation in the Greater Annapolis Design District, we work with Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) on annual service projects.

AACC Rep/Student Rep
Janet Haddock
jlhaddock@aacc.edu

Governmental Advocacy

To advocate and be an effective government liaison on political, regulatory and economic development issues that impact members, the district, and the surrounding communities:

Community Liasion
Rita Siprak-Weill
rita@minutemanpress.com