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CSI Richmond Chapter

President’s Message - September 2015

I wish to welcome everyone to a new year for the CSI Richmond Chapter.  I speak on behalf of the officers, directors, and committee chairs when I say the CSI Richmond Chapter has a great year of events planned.  Thanks to the guidance of the Richmond Chapter’s Immediate Past President, Winnie Sung, the Richmond Chapter finished the past year on a very high note.  The Richmond Chapter’s social and education events were well attended, the Products Show garnered record participation by vendors and attendees, and the Chapter was awarded for the third time in a row the CSI Outstanding Chapter Commendation Award!  Kudos to Winnie—we would not be where we are now without all you did! 


I have many things to report, but first I want to give a brief introduction of the new “Board.”  Many of the officers and directors have returned this year with the intent to continue the Richmond Chapter’s forward and upward growth begun and developed over several years of superb leadership.  Winnie Sung, RA, CCS, CCCA, LEED AP BD+C with Glave & Holmes Architecture will be serving as Immediate Past President.  Steve L’Heureux, AIA, CDT with Commonwealth Architects stepped into the position of President Elect after serving for two years as a Director.  Jon Anderson, CSI, CDT with Tremco Sealants and Waterproofing moved into the position of Vice President also after serving for two years as a Director.  Mike Bricker, RA, NCARB with Balzer & Associates, Inc. and Tony Hawkinson, CDT, LEED Green Associate with Hankins and Anderson, Inc. will be continuing their positions as Treasurer and Secretary respectively.  Anne Durkin, AIA, CSI with the Johannas Design Group, Mary Ann Petry, CSI with Kjellstrom and Lee Inc., and Gib Deshazo, CSI with Emerald Construction Company will be continuing on as second term Directors.  The Richmond Chapter also welcomes three new Directors.  Carissa Mulahn, CSI with MB Contractors served as the Programs Chair last year.  Cindy Cordo, AIA, LEED AP BD+C with Wiley|Wilson and Andy Richmond, CSI with France Environmental, Inc. joined the leadership team of the Richmond Chapter this year. 


The CSI Richmond Chapter has a number of exciting events planned for this upcoming year.  On September 24, 2015, we are kicking off the new year with a social networking event and membership drive at Ardent Craft Ales.  We are very excited about this event.  A special portion of this event will be a drawing held in which the CSI Richmond Chapter will pay for one-half of the membership cost for two prospective members.  That’s a value of $147.50 for two, lucky new members!  We encourage members to please bring a prospective member at no additional cost.  Also, new members who joined CSI within the past year are invited to attend for free.  Richmond Chapter members who have been members for longer than one year may question why the registration fee for them is $20.00.  The cost includes one drink ticket and dinner, but also please think of this as your contribution to growing the membership of the Richmond Chapter.  On that note, were you aware the Richmond Chapter has over 90 active members?  When was the last time you attended a Chapter event?  Please join us for a fun night of social networking to see what the Richmond Chapter has planned for the year and to meet the new leadership.  September 24th should a great time to enjoy the deck of Ardent on a Thursday evening! 


Lastly, we have simplified our sponsorship and advertising opportunity into one package to maximize our sponsors’ exposure on the CSI Richmond Chapter website, in the monthly Richmond Report newsletter, and at all Richmond Chapter events, all for one low price of $350.00.  Also included in this price is the opportunity for sponsors to provide project spotlights in the Richmond Report.  This gives our sponsors multiple opportunities to place their brand in front of our membership, as well as all of our website visitors, and will include a direct live link to your company’s website. Visit the “Our Sponsors” drop-down tab on the Richmond Chapter website for a look. We hope that after considering this opportunity, you will decide to support the CSI Richmond Chapter. 


I say again and on behalf of the leadership of the CSI Richmond Chapter that we look forward to an exciting new year.  Our events are open to all.  Please check your email and the Richmond Chapter website regularly for notices and information about upcoming events.  We also welcome participation from members and will be glad to have your assistance on any committee!  Please feel free to email us or grab someone from the leadership team on September 24th!