We are taking nominations for new board members for April meeting elections. Positions available for this year include:
President-Elect (3-year term, July 2018 – June 2021, including President and Past-President roles)
Treasurer (2-year term, July 2018 – June 2020)
(2) Directors (2-year term, July 2018 – June 2020)
If you are interested in a leadership role in our chapter, please contact Gregg Jones – firstname.lastname@example.org
Nominees for Grand Rapids CSI Chapter President-Elect
No nominees at this time.
Nominees for Grand Rapids CSI Chapter Treasurer
Gary Beimers, FCSI, CCS, CSC, SCIP
Independent Specification Consultant
BIO: Member of CSI since 1990. Has served on the Grand Rapids CSI Chapter Board as President, Treasurer, Director and several committee chairs. Current Grand Rapids CSI Chapter Board Treasurer. Has served on the Great Lakes Region CSI Board as President, Director and several committee chairs. Has served on the CSI Institute Board as Secretary, Director and several committee chairs. Gary is recipient of the Great Lakes Region Bud Reed award and Institute Fellow.
Nominees for Grand Rapids CSI Chapter Director
Elise M. Love, P.E.
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
BIO: Ms. Love holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University and has since worked for WJE for nine years. Ms. Love serves as a structural/building envelope engineer with WJE and is involved in a diverse range of projects including the investigation, analysis, and repair of existing structures and the building enclosure. She is involved in the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and RCI, Inc. She is a member of both the Detroit Metropolitan and Grand Rapids chapters of CSI, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Detroit Metropolitan Chapter for two years.
Statement: Ms. Love plans to utilize her experience as a member of the Board of Directors for the Detroit Metropolitan Chapter of CSI to prepare her for and assist her in this role with the Grand Rapids Chapter. She hopes to utilize her continuing relationship with the Detroit Metropolitan Chapter and its Board of Directors to assist with coordination of joint events in the future. She also hopes to bring perspective as a younger member of the chapter and from her experience at a non-traditional A/E firm.
Tremco Roofing & Building Maintenance
BIO: I was born in Remus Michigan, where I graduated from Chippewa hills high school. After high school I attended Hillsdale College, where I received a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and business administration. After graduating college, I played defensive back for the New Orleans Saints and then the Carolina Panthers for 3 years. After my playing career was done I accepted a job with Tremco in Buffalo, NY where I worked as a field sales representative. This summer I moved back to Grand Rapids Michigan with my wife Catherine Hixson, where I accepted a new role as architectural representative for the state of Michigan. My wife and I recently had our first child this fall and her name is Scarlett.
Statement: I hope to bring enthusiasm and a desire to learn from all of the great resources in the Grand Rapids chapter. I also hope to share with others my experiences, and become a trusted resource in the roofing industry for the chapter.
Area Sales Manager
ATAS International Inc
Lives with Wife Karen in Lyndon TWP near Chelsea, MI.
Hobbies are Golf, Fishing & Cars.
35 years in the construction trades and building materials sales.
ATAS International Product Representative.
Member of 3 CSI and 2 AIA Chapters.
I believe that my love of architecture and the ever changing technology that impact’s our profession is something that I can offer to the chapter. I have come to appreciate what the membership has done to promote this passion and continue the education of all that are involved. I am willing to do whatever is needed to further this culture.
Justin DeMarco, CSI, CDT
Business Development, Neopor®
BIO: Justin DeMarco CSI, CDT is kindly requesting your support as Director within the Grand Rapids Chapter of CSI. Justin has 13 years of industry experience following his B.B.A. in International Business and German from GVSU and M.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Dallas. Justin’s current role as North American Business Development Manager at BASF has him working closely with every facet of the industry to help guide smart decisions toward building more efficiently and sustainably for a better tomorrow. His responsibilities also have him leading Marketing and Communications efforts in his division including but not limited to Market analysis, Press Releases, Social Media (organic and campaigns), Web Site Management, Continuing Education creation and promotion, Targeted product bulletins, as well as bringing in new technology to best communicate product value propositions (specifically AR and VR). He is a core team member of the cross functional and cross divisional group tasked in organizing the approach BASF takes related to BIM. Additionally, Justin sits on BASF’s Global Marketing Team representing North America for rigid insulation providing him both a global perspective of the construction industry as well as a pipeline of new ideas. Justin is a member of several other construction focused associations including PCI, SIPA and EPS-IA. Justin lives in Grand Rapids Township with his wife Marisa and daughters Olivia (4) and Ava (8mo). Thank you for your consideration.
STATEMENT: I don’t bring 40 years of specification experience to the board… In fact, many reading this have been writing specs longer than I’ve been alive. What I absolutely bring are fresh new ideas coupled with the desire and ability to implement them. As a member of the board, I would be in the best possible position to quickly gain agreement then proceed as well as offering a new perspective to ongoing organizational topics. I feel strongly about CSI growing (both locally and nationally) that I had also applied as a Director-At-Large position with the National organization prior to being nominated in our chapter. At my request, BASF is sponsoring a booth at CONSTRUCT in October and I will personally be there to support it. I’m especially interested in making CSI-GR the organization of choice for all those in West Michigan with any connection to the construction industry. Many of the ideas I have for our chapter are aimed toward improved communication as well as the recruitment of younger members. Recruiting younger members starts with younger members stepping up to leadership roles, so that’s exactly what I’m doing. The initial ideas I would like to implement once on the board are:
– Social Media
o Break down the monthly newsletter into bite sized pieces and post for consumption of users that don’t read the entire newsletter.
o Post regular updates and reminders about meetings and speakers.
o Find me on: LinkedIn HERE / Twitter HERE
o Guide the board through a marketing review for organization self-reflection. Ultimately answering three questions: What does CSI-GR offer to prospective members? What could/should it deliver? What things do we need to do to get there?
o Bring a fun new CSI-GR event to fruition called “Craft Brews & CEUs” aimed to attract a younger demographic to our organization less interested in the formal dinner meeting. Only current CSI-GR members would be allowed as presenters as to further encourage any interested in presenting to join our organization to collaborate with us.
o Review several other meeting/event concepts to grow the chapter as well as everyone’s local network within the AEC industry.