Dear Los Angeles Creatives,
Next Thursday, June 21st, AIGA Los Angeles will be awarding David Mayes and Augustin Garza our Chapter’s highest honor, the Fellows Award. Each of them have been deeply involved with pushing our chapter and creative community forward for over 15 years. Through AIGA Los Angeles, I’ve been lucky enough to get to know them well and have been inspired by their incredible energy, generosity, and ability to make meaningful change.
David Mayes has worked tirelessly on several AIGA LA committees – Programming, Education, Development and Finance – devoting countless hours to help provide a vehicle for the Chapter’s communications and financial health. He is the reason that Typecraft Wood & Jones became one of the Chapter’s longest running sponsors. Instead of focusing on their own sponsorship benefits, Typecraft concerned itself with ways it could help out, convincing all of us that making an investment in the creative community matters far more than just the bottom line. David’s true love for our Chapter has driven him to lend a reliable helping hand as one of our Chapter’s key leaders for over 10 years.
Agustin Garza was one of our Chapter’s most dynamic Presidents from 2006-2008. If I could be half the President that he was, then I can say I have accomplished something. Agustin realized that our Chapter had become complacent, and sought to realize its bigger international and business potential. He immediately got local networks and magazines involved, and went directly to the Mayor Villaraigosa to have our organization recognized as an influential community in Los Angeles. Now he serves on the Mexico Design Council, the Mayor’s Design Advisory Panel, and the NEA Design Panel. You can also catch him explaining the value of design and branding on Telemundo’s News Network. His vision and outreach has inspired us all.
Our event next Thursday evening at 7:30 pm at Royal/T will be a great celebration for these two outstanding Fellows.
Please join me, and many other members of the Los Angles design community, in raising a glass to their incredible accomplishments. I look forward to seeing you!