Serving on the Association For Creative Industries (AFCI) Board of Directors is a unique way for members of the organization to give back and help steer the future direction of AFCI. The individuals serving represent diverse backgrounds and have significant experience in the arts and crafts industry. Today, we introduce you to Roseann Kermes.

AFCI: How long have you been in the industry?

Roseann: I’ve been in the industry for 29 years and a member of the association for 15 years.

AFCI: Tell us about your current role and organization.

Roseann: I’m the owner of Rosebud’s Cottage, a retail store located in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. The store focuses on quilting and fiber arts as well as paper crafts. We host a series of ongoing crafting and quilting workshops, tours and special events.

AFCI: What initially drew you to the association?

Roseann: I joined the association because of the variety of benefits it provides for my business, but my primary motivation was for the resources to purchase products for my store.

AFCI: What do you hope to achieve by serving on the AFCI Board?

Roseann: I want to be an advocate and voice for independent retailers. I want to ensure that the programs AFCI develops and promotes will benefit retailers and help them succeed.

AFCI: What would you say to someone who is interested in joining the association?

Roseann: There are three primary benefits that you will receive when you join. First, Creativation is an event where you’ll be inspired and introduced to new products that you wouldn’t be able to find on your own. Next, the education programs developed for Creativation and throughout the year will enhance your business skills. Finally, networking opportunities that the association provides at live events and online allow you to meet and connect with industry peers.

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