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Design Products, Inc. is a member of the District of Columbia Building Industry Association (DCBIA) and has been providing and serving food for their annual Community Improvement Day for the past 14 years. Fort Mahan Park in northeast DC was the focus of the 17th annual CID on Saturday, September 12th, 2009. DCBIA is the professional association representing both commercial and residential real estate industries in our nation’s capital with members engaged in all aspects of real estate development.



The Design Leadership Council (DLC) is a group of principals from top interior design and interior architecture firms in the Washington/Metropolitan area. At this year's Neocon East 2009, following a panel discussion on the impact of the economic situation on the design world, awards were presented to this year's "Dream Team" for Design Excellence – an exceptional group of Washington area business leaders who were selected by the DLC for their outstanding service to the design community. Alisa Lange, principal of DPI, was one of the recipients.

The 2009 "Dream Team" Recipients were:
Jair Lynch, Jair Lynch Companies
Real Estate Broker
Art Santry, CB Richard Ellis
General Contractor
Dave Fletcher, RAND
Guy Razzi, SKA Engineering Vendor
Alisa Lange, Design Products, Inc
Project Manager
Steve Tassi, Studley
MEP Engineer
Larry Beam, Girard Engineering
Associate Consultants/Others
Jack Devine, Artists Circle Fine Art Donna Martin, AVI-SPL(AV)



Alisa Lange, President of Design Products, Inc. is on the President’s Council of Higher Achievement-DC Metro - a non-profit organization that provides middle school children from underserved areas year-round academic enrichment programs and preparation for top high school placement. Higher Achievement is a champion of three principles: talent is everywhere, intellect is built through effort, and opportunities matter. Founded in 1975, Higher Achievement operates achievement centers that serve hundreds of students each year in Washington, DC, and Alexandria, VA, and in 2009, Higher Achievement will open its first Baltimore Achievement Center at full capacity.

On November 4, 2009, Higher Achievement was presented an international award from First Lady, Michelle Obama, as a "Coming Up Taller" winner for excellence in education of underserved youth in arts and humanities. There were more than 400 nominees from across the world. The 7th grade scholar who accepted the award - despite strict rules to walk calmly across the stage, shake the First Lady's hand and only say "thank you"... sprinted across the stage and gave Michelle Obama a big hug. While posing for a photo with her, she leaned down and asked him, "What are you thinking?"... with an enormous grin on his face, he said "I'm just happy. Just so happy." Read the Washington Times article »