President's Message

Hello and thank you for your interest in the CSI Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Our January program was opened with the acknowledgment by a toast to Kermit Duncan, AIA, CCCA, NCARB, and now FCSI. He was elevated to the College of Fellows this fall at CONSTRUCT and for those who have not heard please CLICK HERE to read more but I want to highlight one question that was asked of him as he reflected on 30+ years in the industry and his association with CSI.

What advice would you give to newer CSI members just entering this industry, or that you wish a colleague had given you?

Get involved with CSI programs and become a leader in the Chapter, Region, and Institute. In addition to building a network of reliable partners in the construction industry, you develop skills that you will use in your work and personal life. Preparing to be a presenter gives you an opportunity to gain even more knowledge on subjects that you have already experienced. No one in our industry does everything, but we all rely on others to do their part as we do our part. The best way to work as a team member is to have an understanding of how to interact with your teammates to deliver the best project.

“Get involved…, develop skills…, gain even more knowledge on subjects that you have already experienced.” This could not be better said. Each year members are asked to do more, to learn more, and to bring more colleagues and clients to CSI. This is the life blood of our chapter and it is how we deliver the mission “…to improving the communication of construction information.”    

This is done every day by everyone. Each month we have a new program, this spring we are launching an eye to eye event for manufacture reps can meet with design professionals, there is a CDT prep course starting soon, the Awards celebration is going to include TopGolf indoors and finally, we are going golfing outdoors! Get involved, develop skills, gain more knowledge.

On a more solemn note one of our own has past; Greg Ochs. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Respectfully Submitted,

James R. Bergevin || CSI, CCPR, CDT