About AQS: Who We Are
Meredith, and her husband Bill, founded American Quilter's Society with a vision of promoting the accomplishments of today's quilters on a national and international scale. She has built an integrated framework of book publishing, distribution, magazine publishing, quilt shows and contests, newsletter, and appraisal certification, underlined with a dedicated membership organization. In turn, she has pioneered a unique organization within the women's craft industry. Meredith believes in building communities. She serves on the board of directors for the Paducah Bank & Trust Company, is a past board member of the Kentucky Historical Museum. She is chairman and founder of the Museum of the American Quilter's Society, and is a past member of the board of the Luther E. Carson Center for the Performing Arts, Paducah, Kentucky. Meredith currently serves on the Steering Committee for the Paducah Riverfront Development. She has received the Paul Harris Rotary Club award.
Prior to joining AQS, Mr. Louise was managing director for Westminster Securities and its successor Hudson Securities. He was responsible for overall growth of the firm as well as running the Atlanta office and the international sales force. He comes to us with over 24 years of experience in sales, trading, operations, investment banking, customer relations, compliance, and marketing. Before joining Westminster, Mr. Louise was a branch manager with Spelman & Co., Inc., for 10 years where he was responsible for the office of supervisory jurisdiction and branch management of the Atlanta office. Additionally, he established an institutional division servicing the commercial banking environment. Prior to Spelman, he spent five years with small investment banks bringing numerous companies to market. Over his career he has raised hundreds of millions of dollars in growth capital for scores of emerging growth companies. Prior to entering the brokerage industry, Mr. Louise co-founded Sundial Publicity (an advertising and marketing company) and spent six years growing Sundial before selling the company to Host Group Inc.
Rick Loyd has 30 years experience with Schroeder Publishing Co., Inc., as vice president. Rick brings his broad range of experience both in sales and management to the American Quilter's Society as director of show development and sales. AQS has become the leader in award sponsorships due to his professional and genuine relationship with corporate leaders in our industry. He served 16 years on the board of The National Quilt Museum (MAQS). After graduating from John Brown University with a BS degree, Rick married his wife, Lynn; they have two children, Brett Austin and Leigh Meredith. In his spare time Rick enjoys golf, hunting, music, as well as family and church activities.
Lynn has been a valuable part of AQS since its inception. She and her mother, Meredith Schroeder, are responsible for many of the ideas that have made the American Quilter’s Society what it is today. As buyer for the gift shop of the National Quilt Museum, she brings over 10 years of experience in product management. Her ability to determine excellent quality and product potential makes her a qualified person for product development. Lynn currently serves on the National Quilt Museum Board of Directors as well as the Hope Unlimited Family Care Center Board of Directors. She and Rick have 2 adult children, Brett and Leigh.
AQS Marketing Director, Katherine Rupp, joined the American Quilter’s Society after fifteen years as a marketing leader in the New York area where she worked extensively with a number of organizations, including MetLife, First Meridian Mortgage, and the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Most recently, Katherine oversaw all corporate and branch marketing for a multi-state financial organization. A recognized expert in her field, Katherine has been called on as a marketing instructor for several businesses, as well as the U.S. Small Business Administration, Suffolk County, and the Community Development Corporation of Long Island. Katherine was also selected by Business and Professional Women International to be a NGO representative at the 2011 UN Commission on the Status of Women. Katherine enjoys participating in charitable and community initiatives, and has held leadership roles in a number of professional organizations. She first began admiring quilts during extensive visits with family in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
George Townsend brings to AQS a broad cross-section of operational skills and technology experience gleaned from over 38 years of service in government and industry management. A graduate of the University of Idaho, Mr. Townsend was commissioned an officer in the US Navy, where he progressed through numerous active duty assignments and an extensive Naval Reserve career, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander in 1994. He pursued a parallel management and consulting career with a number of major corporations to include Mobil Oil, Nike, Intel and Microsoft. George holds a passion for finding efficiencies, improving business processes and employing technology to grow businesses. Relocating to AQS from the great Pacific Northwest, George enjoys traveling, camping, trivia games and automotive maintenance. He is also a certified marksmanship instructor and enjoys all the shooting sports.
Bonnie K. Browning
Bonnie began quilting in 1979. She teaches and judges at quilting conferences in the U.S. and around the world. Bonnie taught in Melbourne, Australia; in Ankara, Turkey, at the invitation of the Minister of Culture; and judged and taught at the Tokyo International Quilt Festivals, Tokyo, Japan, in 2002 and 2003. Bonnie is a certified quilt judge and is qualified to judge master quilts. She has served on boards of art councils, local quilt guilds, the National Quilting Association, and Quilters Unlimited Showcase. Bonnie is the Executive Show Director for the American Quilter's Society quilt shows (since 1994), serves as a Bernina National Teacher, and has authored nine books on quiltmaking.
Gloria Bolden is the advertising account manager for American Quilter magazine. Gloria is working within the quilt industry and beyond to assist clients in meeting their marketing goals. A Hoosier by birth, Gloria attended Indiana University in Bloomington. She has extensive account management experienced in radio, television, and print. Gloria believes in listening to customers, doing in-depth research, and then developing and executing marketing plans to best suit the client's needs. Her commitment to service fits in beautifully with the American Quilter's Society philosophy and mission. Gloria is available to assist you in your advertising needs.