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Stronger Together: New Class of Fellows Discuss the Importance of CSI During the Pandemic

By Peter Kray posted 09-30-2020 12:24


The 2020 Class of Fellows, including Alan Mitchell Horne Sr., CSI, CCS, CCCA, CDT®, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, USGB; Elias S. Saltz, CSI, CCS, CDT®; Lee Ann M. Slattery, CSI, CDT®, CCPR, LEED AP BD+C; Robin E. Snyder, Esq, CSI, CCS; and William Sundquist, CSI, will be honored Thursday, November 5th, during the virtual Honors & Awards Ceremony


Here, they reflect on how being a member of the CSI Community has helped them weather the COVID-19 pandemic and how CSI members and their colleagues continue to support each other.


“During this pandemic, it’s extremely important for people to stay connected, both professionally and personally. Being a member of CSI means that I am part of a community that shares the same concerns and struggles. Each member is facing professional challenges and it’s invaluable to know there are colleagues who can offer support and advice. Phone calls, message boards and even Zoom social events are helping members avoid feelings of isolation.”

- Robin E. Snyder, Esq, CSI, CDT®, CCS, SCIP


“I believe CSI prepares you to face many life challenges because that is what we learn and what we do. No doubt, the current pandemic will be replaced with another challenge in the future, but being prepared to handle a crisis and navigate rough waters is a personal skill I have certainly developed and enhance during my CSI journey.”

- William Sundquist, CSI


“During the pandemic, it’s been great to have the continued support from other CSI members. Whether through discussions on CSI Connect, virtual meetings with chapters and the region, and even fun virtual events, such as a happy hour, trivia game, or scavenger hunt, we were able to stay connected. With the expansion of CSI’s learning library, we have more resources available to us to earn those continuing education credits that are needed by many for certification renewal. By engaging on CSI’s social media channels, we are also able to connect with the Institute and its members that way. Chapters need to find ways to stay in touch with their local members and provide valuable resources and support to them. This is a great time to invite members to join a committee, or invite them to a long range planning meeting (even held virtually), to ask them about ideas for programs and events, membership growth opportunities, and how the chapter can provide membership value.”

- Lee Ann M. Slattery, CSI, CDT®, CCPR, LEED AP BD+C


“Being active in CSI has meant having a nationwide network of folks with complementary knowledge and similar experiences. Participating with those folks in online discussions, frequent Zoom meetings, planning and educational sessions, and general camaraderie has been extremely comforting in the current environment.”

- Elias S. Saltz, CSI, CCS, CDT®


“I think the current situation, with many design phase people working from home, would not be possible without CSI MasterFormat.”

- Alan Mitchell Horne Sr., CSI, CCS, CCCA, CDT®, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, USGB