NeoCon East, the design exposition for commercial interiors with a focus on the federal government, will feature a range of keynote speakers and CEU accredited seminars for an anticipated 7,500 industry professionals.

The event, set for Oct. 28-29 at the Baltimore Convention Center, will feature more than 30 CEU-accredited seminars and 40 speakers focusing on a range of topics organized across 12 educational tracks:  Office Design;  Facilities Management; Facilities Construction/Renovation; Green Design; Government Interiors and Services; Healthcare & Senior Housing;  Health, Safety & Welfare; Hospitality; Institutional; Lighting; Professional Development and Residential.

All 60-minute seminars are free to government employees with an employee ID. Additionally, all seminars sponsored and hosted by GSA are free to all attendees. Visitwww.neoconeast.comfor a complete listing of tours, association forums and special events. Following is a summary of NeoCon East seminars:

Avraham Mendall Mor
“Color of Light”
8 a.m., Oct. 28

Avi Mor is a partner at Lightswitch Architectural in Chicago. He serves as a committee member for the US Department of Energy and is a forum reviewer for The Next Generation Lighting Industry Alliance.

Jaime Kern
“How to Market to the Federal Government” and “Expediting Procurements”
9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Oct. 28

Jaime Kern has been with the Integrated Workplace Acquisition Center’s (IWAC) Business Development Division since January 2009, most recently as a Customer Service Representative. She participates in trade shows, conferences, and other customer and industry outreach efforts on behalf of IWAX.

 Nathan Thomas
“Distinctive Wallcovering Trends”
9:30 a.m., Oct. 28

Nathan Thomas is a designer and owner of Nathan Thomas Studios in New York. The winner of Bravo TV’s TOP DESIGN Season 2, Nathan’s design philosophy is highly influenced by the built and natural environments, taking notes from his everyday surroundings and incorporating them into his design. His broad skill set encompasses all aspects of interiors – from custom furniture, lighting and textile, to event styling.

 Howard Skoke and Priscilla St. Jacques-Glusko
“Foundation for Growth: A 4-Year Look Back at Olympus Americas, Inc.,  A 350,000 sf North American Headquarters in Center Valley, PA”
1:30 p.m., Oct. 28

Howard Skoke, AIA is principal at EwingCole Architects, Engineers, Planners in Philadelphia, Penn. He is a nationally recognized expert in the planning and design of facilities for a variety of research, corporate, and institutional clients including NASA, USDA, Jefferson Lab, Smithsonian Institution and Olympus Americas. Priscilla St. Jacques-Glusko is the Senior Business Development Manager for Haworth, Inc. Philadelphia, Penn.

Leatrice Eiseman
“Future Color Trends”
8 a.m., Oct. 29

As a prime consultant to Pantone Inc., Leatrice Eiseman, a color specialist, has been called “the international color guru” and her color expertise is recognized worldwide. Lee is the author of seven books on color and has made appearances on major television stations including HGTV. 

Kevin Kelly
“Furnishing the Future When the Future is Now”
9:30 a.m., Oct. 29

Kevin Kelly, AIA, is director of workplace for the GSA Public Buildings Service in Washington, D.C. He has 14 years of national and international experience practicing architecture, and 18 years with the US GSA Public Building Service. 

John Storyk & Beth Walters-Storyk
“Corporate and Residential Interiors - The Acoustics Concerns Are Not That Different From Pro Audio Studios”
9:30 a.m., Oct.29

John Storyk and Beth Walters-Storyk, are founding partners of Walters-Storyk Design Group (WSDG), an international design firm dedicated to architectural and audio-video-systems design and installations with offices in New York, South America and Europe.  Mr. Storyk’s first project and recording studio was Electric Lady Studios for Jimi Hendrix in 1969. Ms. Walters was on the FIT Gallery's exhibit and installation staff for over 10 years. Together, WSDG have been responsible for over 2,500 studios, broadcasting facilities, home theaters and performance facilities.

 Abigail Perkins
“Office Design for Productivity”
11 a.m., Oct. 29

Abigail Perkins is an industrial designer with Anthro Corporation in Tualatin, Ore., whose furniture solutions are used wherever technology is used for healthcare, education, government, and business markets.