2011.03 President's Letter

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We had a great joint meeting with the local chapter of the Door and Hardware Institute on February 9. Aaron Smith, Director of Sustainable Building Solutions at Assa Abloy, spoke on the Future of Hardware Specifying to a crowd of nearly 80. At the meeting about 6 new members signed up and one of them was awarded his first year’s dues for free, courtesy of Assa Abloy. We welcome all of our new members. Bert Korteling, Membership Chair, has been doing a terrific job getting new members and retaining our current members. He’s been recognized by the Institute for his efforts, and we certainly appreciate those efforts on the Chapter level.

Our March meeting promises to be as rewarding an experience as last month’s. Ron Bowman, Executive Vice President of Tishman Construction, will be speaking to us on Energy usage, savings and changes in LEED-certified Buildings, a particularly relevant topic these days as fuel costs rise and construction work starts to pick up again. Once again, the dinner and the program are free to those in the design and construction industry. Let your friends in the business know about this and invite them to attend with you on March 9.

Our Chapter is sponsoring a special program for interior designers and architects on March 10 (postponed from last month due to extreme weather forecast). We want to reach a group that has not been particularly well represented in our membership, and a part of our industry that has not always taken specifications seriously. I want to thank Angela Centanni and Tandus Flooring for putting the whole thing together and hosting the event. Thanks go also to Armstrong Ceilings, LumaVisions, Benjamin Moore Paints, and Decorating With Fabric for being sponsors.

We have a lot to be proud of here in the Metropolitan New York Chapter of CSI, including pride in our past. Our Chapter’s 60th Anniversary is being celebrated all this year. I hope you’ve noticed that we are plastering this all over our web site! The plan is to have a large event in September to which the entire construction community will be invited. We will have a more intimate affair in June at our annual business meeting and awards night. The Co-Chairs of the Anniversary Planning Committee are Anthony Drummond and Arnie Kravitz. Contact them if you have an interest in working on this. Michael Bean is working on putting together a presentation on the history of the Chapter which will debut at the June event. You can help him out by sending him photos, old Addendums, or some remembrances that you have written down.

And finally there is the issue of leadership and the future of our Chapter. There are some great opportunities to hone your leadership skills in this organization. Being on a committee—or even chairing one—is a great start and gives you the opportunity to get to know your fellow members. The Board of Directors and the officers of the Chapter are welcoming of new ideas and energy, so please contact Bill DuBois or Arnie Kravitz about volunteering for a leadership position. The future of CSI really is in your hands!

Chapter President

Senior Associate
Perkins Eastman