Denny’s reign in the industry, as well as Chute Gerdeman’s awards and recognition, have made him a well-known presence in the community of retailers, service providers and manufacturers of consumer products. DDI magazine honored him as a Retail Design Influencer. He was inducted into the Retail Design Institute Retail Design Legion of Honor for his lifetime contributions that have influenced and shaped retailing, store design, and the design cultureboth here and abroad. He was also named the 2011 Markopoulos Award winner by DDI magazine recognizing his distinguished career as well as his efforts to give back to the profession. The prestigious honor, named after the late visual merchandising legend Andrew Markopoulos, is presented annually by DDI to one outstanding industry professional. In September of 2014, Denny received design:retail magazine’s annual Luminary award, an award given to “outstanding individuals who have demonstrated unparalleled creative excellence, exemplary professional leadership and unwavering personal commitment to the retail design industry—lighting the way for others, inspiring us with their accomplishments and visionary guidance.”
Gerdeman is president of PAVE (the Planning and Visual Education Partnership) and is a member and past president of the Ohio Chapter of Retail Design Institute. He also has served on the A.R.E. Board of Directors and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for design:retail magazine.
Specialties: Widely regarded by the retail industry as a thought leader, Denny’s work has been published in magazines such as DDI, VMSD, Contract, and Chain Store Age. He is also a requested speaker for retail symposiums around the world including GlobalShop, EuroShop, the National Retail Federation (NRF), SPECS, The Shop in New Delhi, India, and the World Retail Congress.