President Message: Building and Maintaining Relationships Through a Virtual Network

By Brad Schwab, CSI, CDT posted 08-25-2020 07:43


With the shift from in-person work settings to virtual work settings, traditional methods of building and maintaining relationships have gone out the window. In light of these widespread changes to workplace culture and organization, it is imperative more so than ever that we make an intentional effort to facilitate and maintain virtual interpersonal relationships. 

CSI Chicago’s leadership is dedicated to aiding our members in building and maintaining relationships through a virtual network.  I am humbled and impressed by the effort and innovative virtual solutions our committees are coming up with to continue to support our mission to advance the knowledge for the Design and Construction Community in the greater Chicago area that includes, but is not limited to the following:  building information management, construction technology, and project delivery methods to improve facility performance while fostering relationships and promoting education.

Our Executive Committee has been working hard to ensure the Board of Directors and Committee Chairs have the budget and operational support they need to deliver a quality virtual experience for members and prospective members.  Our Membership Committee is focused on enhancing our online member connection tools and chapter partner benefits while the Program Committee has invested in virtual tools and are delivering quality education programming that allows for quality engagement and networking opportunities.  The Social, CSi2eye and Certification committees are currently in the planning stage for their
upcoming events and exploring different technology programs that can deliver quality virtual experiences. 

We have been focused the last few months on what I like to call the “Front End” of the CSI Chicago experience, but we are also working on the “Back End” as well.  In order for us to build a sustainable model for the future we have to make sure the “Back End” operations are in good shape.  Part of that is getting our new committees (the Future AEC Leaders and Diversity and Inclusion) off the ground.   I am happy to report that both of these committees are currently developing their purpose and their goals to help our chapter continue to be a place to build and maintain relationships for everyone.

If you have any thoughts or questions about CSI Chicago please reach out. 

Brad Schwab

CSI Chicago Chapter President