2012.07 President's Letter

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Teamwork has been defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “work done by several associates with each doing a part but all subordinating personal prominence to the efficiency of the whole.” However, there is no universally accepted definition of “teamwork” in academic literature.

The Metropolitan New York Construction Specifications Institute is a “team of sorts”. Our non-profit group is made up of architects, engineers, industry professionals, and suppliers, all sharing their time, expertise and energy to improve the built environment. Many of our volunteers have served the organization over the years in several different capacities. This has allowed the organization to grow and given us some flexibility. When someone leaves or moves on, others usually step in taking their place. Nothing works “more perfectly” than a well oiled machine where everyone has a role.

The New York Yankees have won many championships over the years with several different key players. Those players like Derrick Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano, Mark Texeira, Nick Swisher, Russell Martin, CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Phil Hughes, and Mariano Rivera are their core group that makes them go. When a player like Mariano Rivera goes down with a season ending injury, or one retires like Jorge Posada the whole team suffers. Fortunately, others do step up to take their place.

The Metropolitan New York CSI Chapter also has a core group. Our super stars that make us winners are Linton Stables, Arnold Kravitz, Bill DuBois, Tom Lanzelotti, Russel Carpenter, William Jacquette, Susan Kaplan, Anthony Drummond, Angela Centanni, Ruma Som, Clifford Marvin, Bob Crane, Bert Korteling, Kenneth Raikowski, Denis Italia, Louis Rosario, Mary Hosley, and Jeff Matles make things happen…and, there are many who support our organization from behind the scenes, like Scott Tobias and our entire membership and members of associated groups that attend our monthly events.
We are a championship team and a great group for networking. Come join us.

Jeff Matles, CSI
Chapter President