Sandy Beckel Receives the Lifetime Achievement Award


Sandy Beckel, CDFA received the Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest SDA honor, at EDSymposium 2022 for her tireless contributions over her 27-year membership. Since joining in 1995, she has exhibited a continued commitment on the ground level serving her local chapter and SDA National.


Sandy has contributed to SDA National through organizing EDSymposium events, Regional Director leadership, and serving on the National Membership Committee.


She is currently leading the chapter in her fourth term on the board as Past President. Her curiosity, tenacity, and kind nature has encouraged member participation, raised thousands in funding through the chapter’s Business Partners program, and inspired others to continue to seek out educational opportunities through SDA. In honor of SDA member and friend, Sandy initiated the Carol Powers Ernst scholarship which gives members an opportunity to attend National Conventions and broaden their knowledge as design firm administrators.


Certified Design Firm Administrator (CDFA) credentials have been an important part of Sandy’s career since 2002. She has continued maintaining her credentials to date. At every opportunity she promotes CDFA certification to other members and demonstrates how it has enriched her career.


The Minneapolis / St. Paul Chapter has had the privilege of witnessing Sandy’s dedication and enthusiasm for SDA for decades. With the passion sparked by national conventions and local connections, Sandy gladly continues to mentor new and current chapter members. She takes pride in sharing all the knowledge she has gained through SDA with everyone she encounters.