2023 Awards Recipients

2023 AWARDS Recipients

Congratulations to the Recipients of 2023 CSI Honors and Awards. Recipients will be honored during CSI Celebrates scheduled for Thursday, October 5, 2023, at CSI’s National Conference, Minneapolis, Minn.

Distinguished Membership

Ronald L. Geren, FCSI, Lifetime Member, CCS®, CCCA®

CSI’s highest honor is being presented to Ronald L. Geren, FCSI, Lifetime Member, CCS®, CCCA® for his long career and history of service to the architecture, engineering, construction, and owner (AECO) industry and to CSI. The ceremony will take place Oct. 5 during CSI’s National Conference in Minneapolis, Minn.

Distinguished Membership is the most prestigious honor CSI offers. The CSI Board of Directors confers this distinction to those members who have performed continuous, distinguished services to the construction industry in fields of activity related to the purposes of the Institute.

Ron joined CSI in 1999 and his distinguished service began on day one. The recipient of numerous professional honors and awards, he has been a force of reason and determination within CSI. When Ron has seen a need for change or leadership, “he has simply and quietly stepped up and provided what was needed to accomplish the goals,” said colleague and fellow CSI member Neil Davison, RA, FCSI, CCS®, CCCA® Ron lead the effort to ensure the orderly transition from a board focused on the day-to-day operations of CSI to a strategic entity that is leading the organization into the future. He then stepped up to serve as CSI’s first board chair.  
Ron is active in education at all levels, often presenting at chapter meetings and lecturing for graduate-level courses at institutions of higher education. He has been a significant influence on countless CSI members, architecture students, and others working in the construction industry. In addition to serving as lead author and technical reviewer of several CSI publications, he also has contributed to the advancement of construction technology through his numerous articles and books on specification writing, the building code, and the construction industry. CSI is proud to honor Ronald L. Geren with Distinguished Membership.


Fellows of the Institute are chosen by their peers. Nominees must maintain membership for not less than five years and have notably contributed to the advancement of construction technology, the improvement of construction specifications, education, or by service to the Institute. Please congratulate the 2023 Class of Fellows:

Lynsey Kay Hankins, CSI

Pamela C. Jergenson, CSI, CCS®, CCCA®, CDT®  

2023 Awards Recipients

Robert P. Brosseau Award for the Advancement of CSI

This award is presented to a CSI member who is recognized by peers as a one who takes on a leadership role focusing on education and the training and mentoring of students and emerging professionals. This recipient has directly or indirectly affected the education, certification, emerging professional, or academic programs within their local construction community.

Jack Philip Morgan, FCSI, CCS®, CCCA®, CDT®


Communications Award

This award is presented to a Chapter, Region, or Organization which has implemented a comprehensive communications program, inclusive of multiple types of communications programs.

CSI Cincinnati Chapter

The Los Angeles Chapter of CSI (LACSI)

The Speck, Stacy Colbaugh, CSI, CDT®, Editor


Distinguished Service Award

This award is presented to a CSI member who has been identified by their peers as providing notable and significant contributions in service in one or more of the following: exceptional leadership at the chapter, region, and/or Institute levels; outstanding innovation by establishing and implementing programs, methods, or other ideas which further the presence of CSI in the local, region, or national construction industry;  a superior educator and mentor for members of the chapter; and/or a prominent technical expert who is sought out for their knowledge and expertise.

Randall Lewis, CSI

Environmental Stewardship Award

This award recognizes those who have become a “Steward of the Environment” within their city, county, state, region, etc. A “Steward of the Environment” is one who not only espouses but actively and publicly is an environmental practitioner. The award recipient has been identified by their peers as one who has:  demonstrated environmental stewardship through innovations in promoting environmental awareness in the construction industry; and practiced sustainability through design, technology, or construction means and methods in a prominent manner; and/or educated and mentored others in the advantages of designing for sustainability.

Erin Spadavecchia, CSI, CDT®


Outstanding Contribution Award

This award is presented to a CSI member, chapter, region, or group that has made commendable contributions above and beyond those normally performed as part of a chapter, region, or Institute officer, committee, or member. The recipient of this award has: furthered the influence of CSI in the local construction industry; increased the visibility of CSI in the local construction industry; and/or provided a value-added service to their chapter, region, or Institute.

Ethan Johnson, CSI


Outstanding Emerging Professional Award

This award is presented to CSI Members 35 years of age or younger, with 3 years or less of membership in CSI, who is recognized as having made commendable contributions to further the mission of CSI in one or more of the following: exceptional accomplishments that bring CSI at the Chapter, Region, or Institute levels to the forefront of the design/construction industry; promotion of one of the tenants of CSI Education, Certification, or Development of Technology to benefit the design/construction industry; exhibition of exceptional leadership at the Chapter, Region, or Institute; and/or contributions of significant work to assist with operations that provide a value-added service at their local Chapter, Region, or Institute.

Nestor Lobos, CSI-EP

The Construction Specifier Article of the Year Award

The Construction Specifier Article of the Year Award is presented to the author(s) of an original article published in the Construction Specifier Magazine during the current fiscal year. Individual articles are nominated by the Construction Specifier Magazine Editorial staff and judged by the Specifier’s Editorial Advisory Board.

“Building for Better Resilience in WUI Zones, from The Construction Specifier, February 2023

                By Rick Roos


Moll/Betts Student Excellence Award

The Moll/Betts Student Excellence Award was established to promote the greater awareness of CSI to students enrolled at bona fide institutions of higher education in a course of study related to the construction industry, including (bit not limited to): Construction Architecture; Landscape Architecture; Interior Design; Construction Engineering; Construction Management; Construction Technology; Engineering; or other design or construction related field. The award is granted to the two students with the highest scores in the CDT exam during the fiscal year.

Kaitlyn Kurdziel, CDT®

James Stenze, CDT®

Outstanding Chapter Commendation

This award is presented to chartered chapters that meets the designated pre-requisite core criteria, as documented in the appropriate form, and has provided the required supplemental data. As chapters earn Commendations, they may reach the following milestones (note: the number of years is not required to be consecutive): 

Five years - Bronze Level

Ten years - Silver Level

Twenty years - Gold Level

Thirty years - Platinum Level

Akron-Canton Chapter (Silver) Little Rock Chapter (Silver)
Boston Chapter (Silver) NEW!! Los Angeles Chapter (Silver)
Central Pennsylvania Chapter (Gold) Memphis Chapter (Silver)
Charlotte Chapter (Bronze) Metro New York Chapter
Chattanooga Chapter (Gold) Minneapolis Chapter (Gold)
Cincinnati Chapter Mississippi Chapter (Gold)
Denver Chapter (Silver) Mount Rainier Chapter (Bronze)
Fort Worth Chapter (Silver) Oklahoma City Chapter (Bronze)
Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter (Silver) Phoenix Chapter (Gold)
Indianapolis Chapter (Silver) Portland Oregon Chapter (Silver)
Knoxville Chapter (Silver) Puget Sound Chapter (Silver)

Suncoast Chapter

Chapter Cup

The Chapter Cup is awarded to the chartered chapter with the greatest percentage (%) increase in total membership, as reported in their Outstanding Chapter Commendation application in the current awards cycle. The membership increase will be based upon the Institute’s membership records as of June 30 of the fiscal year ending immediately prior to the nomination deadline. The winning chapter must have also received an Outstanding Chapter Commendation.

Cincinnati Chapter

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