In this issue...
Board Members

Board of Directors

Gregg Jones




Charlie Appleby




Stan Elenbaas



Erhardt Construction

Gary Beimers



GB Consultants

J Costen

Board Member


J2 Sales Solutions

    Jeff Murphy

    Golf/Scholarship Chair

    CSI, CDT

    Progressive AE

      Pat Corderman

      Programs Chair

      CSI, CCCA

      Rockford Construction

        Jennifer McCormick

        Membership Chair

        CSI, CDT


          Ed Avink


          CSI, CCS

          Progressive AEAdvertising ChairTechnical ChairCertification Chair

          Jim Hojnacki

          Chapter Historian

          CSI, CCS



            Call For Presenters!

            CSI Grand Rapids Chapter

            Pecha Kucha Night

            (Pronounced “peh-cha ku-cha”)

            20 Images x 20 Seconds

            The CSI Grand Rapids Chapter is hosting a Pecha Kucha Night at our April chapter meeting – Thursday, April 13th at 6:00 pm.

            Pecha Kucha is a dynamic presentation style that includes 20 PowerPoint slides shown for 20 seconds each. This keeps the presentation pace moving and limits the entire presentation time to 6 minutes 40 seconds! For more information go to

            Presentations are open to most any subject:

            • Your Company!
            • Your Products!
            • Your Projects!
            • Your Hobbies!
            • Your Vacation!

            Any chapter member interested in presenting at this meeting is welcome to submit a request to participate. Simply send your e-mail response to along with a brief description of your presentation (please keep this simple). We will send you a template for your presentation later.

            We are looking for six to eight presenters for the night, so get your reservation in soon!

            Give it a try!


            President's Message

            Have you been on CSI’s new website?

            A special announcement was made by the Institute at CONSTRUCT 2016 in Austin here they introduced the new CSI

            First, log-in and update your profile.  There are easy ways to tap into your LinkedIn account to update your information.  The new site and the profile information will help tie you into “Communities” within CSI where you can stay informed and have dialogue with areas of your interest.

            CERTIFICATION – This section is about the CSI Certification Program.  Details about each of the certifications (CDT, CCS, CCCA, and CCPR) and resources for preparing for the exams.  How to register, costs and times of the exams.  If you have not become certified, consider it.  The are many advantages to certification for you, your employer, and clients.

            COMMUNITY – This section is about connecting to others in CSI.  Here you can find a network of people with common agenda, cause or interest, where you can collaborate by sharing ideas, information, and other resources. This section also includes links to CSI regions and chapters, member directory, and career center.

            EDUCATION – This section offers continuing education opportunities including educational programs offered at CONSTRUCT, on-demand and scheduled webinars.  Once you get linked into a “Community” you will also receive invitations to CSI sponsored webinars.

            PRACTICE – This section includes information about CSI produced publications (MasterFormat, OmniClass, Uniformat, and more), a link to read “The Construction Specifier” on-line, and a link to your Practice Communities.

            INSTITUTE – This section is all about what CSI is all about – history, governance, honors and awards, foundation and staff.

            JOIN US – Do you know someone who could benefit from joining CSI?  Direct them to this link.  There you will find information on benefits of CSI, membership fees and registration.  Print out a copy of the  “CSI Resources Brochure” and share it in your office with others.

            There is a lot to get through on the CSI website, but that is what our organization has to offer – certification, education, networking, publications and more.

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            Sheldon Wolfe

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