Presidents Message April 2010 Jay Norton, CSI

Presidents Message April 2010 Jay Norton, CSI

For the THIRD month in a row Id like to put a plug in for our annual CSI Golf Tournament, the proceeds of which go towards our Scholarship Fund. Dave Spice is once again heading this effort and is looking for sponsors. Please contact him at DAS Products, 480-838-0821 or dspice@dasproducts.com Our Scholarship Fund, managed by the Ken Lockhart Foundation is one of our most worthy efforts and I urge each of you to support it. Especially in tough economic times such as these it is important to be a sponsor or donor. If your company cant do that, at least sign up to play a round of golf and bring a client. Now for this months discussion:

When was the last time you stopped and seriously thought about ÏCSI, what is it all about? Well, to be honest with you, I hadnt thought about it myself until recently when someone asked me. I gave an answer that entailed discussing the advantage of having architects, engineers, contractors and product manufacturers representatives networking and learning about each others profession/business/trade through meetings, social events and educational opportunities. I was close but not complete as I would imagine most of us would be.

The Editorial Policy of the Construction Specifier magazine pretty much fills all the squares. If you want to read it just go to the page of the current issue where it lists the magazine staff, publishing staff, circulation, etc. At the bottom of that page which is usually the first page after a couple of advertisements in each issue. It states in part:

ÏThe Construction Specifications Institute, founded in1948, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing the process of creating and sustaining the built environment for the benefit of the construction community by using the diversity of its members to exchange knowledge. CSI serves the interests of architects, engineers, specifiers, contractors, product manufacturers, owners, facilities managers, and others in the construction industry.

I believe CSI as a National organization certainly is dedicated Ï_to advancing the process of creating and sustaining the built environment for the benefit of the construction community by using the diversity of its members to exchange knowledge. and our Phoenix Chapter does this. Our programs at each of our meetings consistently Ï_serves the interests of_

Each of the other professions/businesses/trades listed have their own organizations and I can certainly understand why CSI has a paucity of contractors, engineers, owners, and facility managers. This why we must endeavor to maintain an active liaison with their organizations here in the Phoenix area. Joint meetings and educational presentations by these organizations are essential to our continued relevancy within the construction community. We should be especially proud that many of our CSI members are also active members of their respective business, trade or professional organizations.

The key though is PARTICIPATION! In any organization, attending the monthly meetings is wonderful but if you can give back to that organization as well as receiving the benefits you receive from that not only makes you a person who does their job better but it helps the organization better serve all its members. Our Phoenix Chapter new Ïyear is coming up starting in July. Please see fit to vote for the people who you want to lead our CSI Phoenix Chapter through 2010-2011 and consider volunteering for one of the many committees we have to serve, not only out chapter, but that contribute in Ï_advancing the process of creating and sustaining the built environment for the benefit of_

See you at our luncheon meeting on Thursday, April 8th at 11:30 A.M.

Jay Norton, CSI

CSI Phoenix Chapter President

CSI Southwest Region

CSI Insitute