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CSI National Conference Reunites Industry, Puts Opportunities in Focus

By Peter Kray posted 09-26-2021 12:42 PM


CSI National Conference wrapped up a rewarding return to in-person meetings in Nashville, TN this week, with an event marked by sold-out attendance, the unveiling of a new brand and vision strategy for the storied association, and an illuminating series of keynote speakers and workshops focused on the unlimited potential the AECO (Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Owner) industry is poised to harness.

“The new logo and new look represent a new way of thinking about who we are and what we do,” CSI Board Chair Marvin Kemp, FCSI, CDT told the crowd at the Grand Hyatt Summit Ballroom when announcing the association’s new focus, while also remarking on how good it felt to see so many longtime colleagues and friends. “It acknowledges the new direction of a community of professionals who are creating an enjoyable, productive, safe, and accessible future benefiting humanity.”

CSI’s new vision represents the organization’s three strategic directions: Building a community of belonging, being a center for innovation, and elevating the profession. While the new logo illustrates the dynamic process of the construction industry—bold, contemporary, and focused on the future of CSI and its important role in the built environment.

“This fresh start gives us an opportunity to celebrate the history of CSI and to build a new future together,” CSI CEO, Mark Dorsey, FASAE, CAE said.

That same sense of possibility and opportunity—both as an industry and a professional community—was echoed by the conference’s groundbreaking lineup of keynote speakers Curtis Moody, Nancy Novak, and Damon Hernandez. Respectively, the three outlined how breaking barriers in diversity and the built environment, leveraging data to inform the next generation, and looking to the future of cutting edge technology will inform the construction industry for years to come.

“Everyone in our profession designs buildings to hopefully break some boundaries, doing something eye-catching and different than the next architect. But breaking boundaries is not just about buildings, it’s about people. It’s about perception,” Moody said.

Daily workshops also presented an opportunity for attendees to see how they and their brand can benefit from professional and technological innovation.

“I really enjoyed four of the breakout sessions I attended,” said Ken Lambert, Director of Industry Development and Technical Services International Masonry Institute. “Even more so, I think everyone was glad that CSI held the National Conference. I was able to sit down with a colleague I had not met in person because of how long the pandemic shut travel down.”

For CSI members being honored for their contributions to the association, including Distinguished Members and the Class of Fellows, the conference provided an opportunity for their colleagues to honor them in person.

“I cannot imagine my career without CSI,” new Class of Fellows member Susan Bliss said when acknowledging her induction. “My passion for education is certainly here, but just as important are the relationships built throughout the years. That’s a winning combination.”