FASI Executive Director Wade Swormstedt has been named a "Friend of AACSRE" (The Academic Advisory Council for Signage Research & Education). The AACSRE Board of Directors includes 13 representatives from its university members. In addition, AACSRE appoints "Friends" to serve in an advisory capacity.
In a press release, AACSRE stated, "With the interdisciplinary nature of the field of signage study, AACSRE often looks to professional knowledge leaders for inspiration relating to emerging issues and 'hot topics'. Given the importance of this knowledge, as well as the interest of these professionals in engaging, AACSRE created a special category of membership. These individuals, recruited in the same fashion as their academic counterparts, are identified by the Executive Board and, after consideration by the full membership, are invited to become a Friend of AACSRE. Wade Swormstedt and researcher Jennifer Klena have been appointed as Friends, and both participated in the Fall 2016 AACSRE Board meeting held October 13 at Gemini Inc. (Cannon Falls, MN)."