New York Tri-State Chapter History
The history of the International Association can find its roots right here in the city of New York. In the 1980s Jennifer Parkinson had the idea to merge the east coast based National Association of Image Consultants with the Association of Image Consultants (which was then based out of the west coast) into one organization - the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI).
Jennifer’s idea was realized in 1989 when she and Alyce Parsons became Co-Chairs of the two newly-merged associations trying to find their identity as a single entity. The AICI New York Chapter was born out of that fruitful merger and to this day continues the tradition of crossing land and water to create a cohesive group of professionals that work for professional advancement.
New York has always been considered the 'Great Melting Pot' and, as one of the largest AICI Chapters, it means we welcome members from far and wide. Currently our membership base includes members from across the globe – England, China, the West Indies, Israel, Japan, Korea, Germany, Peru, Brazil, Holland and even a diverse population of Americans from North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Illinois, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
Our membership’s approach to image consulting is as diverse as the membership itself. Our specialties run the gamut from style, color, & wardrobe consultants, media trainers in verbal and non-verbal presentation skills, career coaches, professional organizers, to teachers authors, personal shoppers, cosmetic & skin care specialists, hair stylists, clothing and accessory designers, product developers and etiquette & protocol experts.
The New York Tri-State Chapter of the Association of Image Consultants International is also very proud of its philanthropic partnership with Gilda’s Club, Bottomless Closet, and the Wise Institute by holding image related events and seminars for their members and students.
Meet the Board
Sharon Kornstein AICI, CIP email@example.com
President of Board
Sharon Kornstein, AICI, CIP founder and president of ImageDesign has an undergraduate degree in business rom the Wharton School and brings four years of corporate Wall Street experience and twelve years of fashion related experience to ImageDesign. Sharon studied image consulting at Fashion Institute of Technology and earned an advanced degree in image management from the London Image Institute. Sharon is known for developing an effective visual image for professionally minded men and women by blending their physical characteristics, personal preferences and industry requirements into a unique, comfortable and cohesive style. She has given presentations at such companies as Novartis, Merrill Lynch, Cablevision and Eisner Amper and she speaks extensively to college students on dressing for interviews, dining etiquette and nonverbal communications.
Past President & Treasurer
Elaine brings almost two decades of corporate experience to AICI. A graduate to FIT with her certification in Image Consulting, she is presently working with clients of all ages across the country. Elaine is a key note speaker and can be found speaking at leadership conferences, business schools, companies and corporations. Her clients include C-Suite, emerging executives, politicians, and young professionals.
Secretary & President - Elect
Anne D. Stills is Founder & President of Smashing Daily, LLC, an image consulting firm based in NYC and Paris, France. The firm assists discerning women to identify their unique fashion style and build an investment wardrobe that supports the demands of their lifestyle. Her firms' core focus is fashion image consulting, corporate seminars and group shopping/cultural tours in NYC & Paris. Anne has over 20 years' experience in executive sales in the hospitality, airline ad financial service industries. She has a wealth of knowledge working with private clients as a personal shopper in some of the best in class retail stores such as Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.
Vice President of Education
Niena is the Chief Executive Officer of Real Cosmopolitan Inc., Executive Director of the New York Academy of Image and Creative Director of celsius fahrenheit NEW YORK. She has more than twenty years of image business experience in both New York City and Tokyo and has built a high reputation. She trains top managers, executives, politicians, and celebrities. She is recognized as one of the top media and public relations image branding expert consultants by government ministries and corporate organizations in Japan. Niena published image management books and an image management DVD for global business people. She writes many articles for newspapers, magazines, and 'webzines' and has been appointed to one of the judging committees of The Stevie Award which is one of the world’s premier business award competitions. She has a strong passion to support the companies and individual persons who are active at the global forefront.
Vice President of Membership
As an Image Consultant, Lisamarie Virola Banko focuses on corporate sales and entertainment industry coaching and mentorship. She mentors corporate sales professionals through the sales cycle for a quicker, more successful closure, and coaches professional entertainers, singers, actors, and dancers develop their business skills, etiquette, and work style. She has over thirteen years of telecommunications, conferencing and unified communications and collaboration experience and has been working as a professional entertainer for over twenty years. Lisamarie is active on the Association of Image Consultants International Membership Committee and served as the 2007-2008 Chapter Secretary, and Vice President of Membership last year.
Vice President of Communication and Marketing
Lisa has spent over two decades in the sale and marketing arena. She owns busineeses, Shorr Success and Secure Furture Tech Solutions.
She has delivered Professional Development and Corporate Branding workshops and seminars across New England. Her articles on
style, career development and IT have been published in notable magazines and newspapers including PC World, Providence Business
News, GoLocalProv and Rhode Island Small Business Journal.
Juliannais a recent FIT graduate with a Bachelor of Science in International Trade and Marketing. She works as s Social Media Community Manager and Marketing Assistant during the day and has been working on developing her own home organization and wardrobe consulting business on the side. Julianna is excited to be apart of AICI's community of empowering and successful businesswomen.