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Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter

December 2012

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I apologize for the tardiness of this newsletter, with the hustle and bustle of the holidays it is easy to let a few things fall off the radar.

The good news is that it has enabled us to put even more great info into this month's newsletter for you.

Other than our own chapter event, we would like to highlight the industry event coming up this month in the "TAP" event.  More info in the newsletter.

As an annual housecleaning exercise on our part and yours, we would like to have those interested parties that want to attend every regular chapter meeting that we have sign up on our standing reservation list.  Last year's list will be adhered to for the January meeting, however we will fully clear out the names from last year's list.  More info can be found here.

Please let us know if you have any ideas for future newsletters.


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 Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter Editor

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Upcoming Events
Programs Committee

 Indianapolis Chapter CSI January Chapter Meeting: NFPA 285

Thursday January 17, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM EST

Riverwalk Banquet Center


What is on TAP

Wednesday January 23, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM EST

Indiana Landmarks Center


2013 Standing Reservation List

Tuesday December 31, 2013 at 1:00 PM EST

Riverwalk Banquet Center

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Andy McIntyre, CSI, CCPR
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Greetings fellow CSIers! The Holiday season is upon us! Many of us are knee deep in gift planning, meal planning, and travel planning. For so many it is a time of joy and happiness and we wish you the best for safe travels and quality time with friends and family.


Next month is a busy month for our Chapter. Our January 17th program will be covering NFPA 285 where the intersection of the energy code and fire code meet. Our evening Program speaker will be our own Scott Perez, whose insight and experience with this requirement will be welcomed as he sheds light on this very important issue. We will also feature an afternoon Education seminar on specific material and their use relative to NFPA 285.


January 23rd will feature "What is on TAP 2013?" TAP is the Trade Association Professionals, of which CSI is a part. This half day event & networking will take place at the Indiana Landmarks Center downtown. Come hear author John Stahl-Wert speak on Leadership. Do not miss the all-star panels on professional development and economic forecast for the coming year. This cooperative and innovative educational opportunity is being made available for $65 per person. Food and Beverages will be available at the Networking Reception at 5:30pm. We are expecting 150 attendees for this year's event! Our Chapter website csiindy.org will be the host site for registration for this very diverse group of organizations sponsoring this event. I invite you to attend!


The President's "curious" reply is taking a hiatus this month and will return in January. 


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I wish you all Happy Holidays and a safe New Year's! 
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Forecasting what's next...


On Wednesday January 23rd this half day event & networking will take place at the Indiana Landmarks Cook Theater. Come hear author John Stahl-Wert speak on Leadership. Do not miss the all-star panels on professional development and economic forecast for the coming year. This cooperative and innovative educational opportunity is being made available for $65 per person. Food and Beverages will be available at the Networking Reception at 5:30pm. We are expecting 150 attendees for this year's event! 

Come hear international bestselling author John Stahl-Wert speak on leadership and management. His bestselling books "The Serving Leader" and "Ten Thousand Horses" will be made available at this event. 

This year's economic session will feature guest speaker and moderator Gerry Dick, with Inside Indiana Business. The Industry Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Delta Faucet will be given during our final panel session.
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YouTube Channel  
Visual Education


The Indianapolis Chapter CSI has entered into a new phase of the digital communication era, and now has a dedicated YouTube Channel for the benefit of our membership.

Please look forward to upcoming updates.

Table Tops

Jeremy Hoffman

Indianapolis Chapter CSI


The Indianapolis Chapter of CSI is accepting reservations for Table Tops for upcoming Chapter meetings.  The list of programs for upcoming Chapter meetings is published in this newsletter, the web site, or contact Program chairman Andy McIntyre, so if you would like to target a particular meeting, make sure to get your reservation in early.  We do have a limit of four spaces available for Table Tops in a standard meeting room and 10 if we have a double room.


Table Tops are an opportunity to promote your company, products, or services to all attendees of our regular chapter meeting during the social hour.  There is a maximum of 20 minutes for Table Top presentation at a regular Chapter meeting.  You have the floor for maximum of five minutes during the dinner to communicate to the entire group if there are four presenters. If there is a greater demand, the 20 minutes will be divided by the number of presenters and rounded down to the nearest 30 seconds.


The Table Top presentations are FREE, one time, to new members, and cost current Indianapolis Chapter members only $75.  Non-members get the same opportunity for $125.  A 30 by 60 table with a cover and skit will be included.  All proceeds go to support the Chapter.


Another opportunity for a Table Top is during an Education Seminar.  The cost is if you combine it with the Chapter meeting and Education Seminar the cost would be $100 for current members and $150 for non-members.


If you would like to schedule a Table Top for a future meeting or seminar, contact:


Jeremy Hoffman - CREW Technical Services

jhoffman@crewtech.com  or (317) 713-7777

Make sure to put 'Table Top Request' in the subject line  

Perfect Attendance Pins

What number are you? 


If you have received a Perfect Attendance Pin in the past and know what your last achieved number is, please contact Ken Schmidt, either at the chapter meeting or shoot him an email. 


In an effort to ensure we have accurate records, this would be greatly appreciated.

Employment Opportunities

Job Corner 




Ruskin, a division of Tomkins Building Products, competing in both the Mechanical and Architectural markets with air handling products.  In business since 1957 is the World's largest supplier of air handling products in both the US and World Markets. Is looking for an Indiana Sales Representative.  If you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity, please contact


John Sens

Ruskin Co.

816-761-7476 office

816-914-3989 Cell




Architectural and Industrial Products, Regional Sales Representative - Mid West and Near South


Cincinnati based manufacturer of engineered railing systems and industrial products, in business for 60 years, has a position for a Regional Sales Representative (title is RSM, but no direct reports). Virtual office, can live within 6 hours of Cincinnati, min. 35% overnight travel required, possibly more for first year.


Experience required: Major responsibility will be promoting and selling railing systems through architects and contractors, so min. 5-10 years selling technical products to architectural/ building markets. Minor responsibility will be industrial products sold to OEM's/distributors/contractors, so some experience in the general industrial sales field will be a plus.


Must have experience in developing and selling through independent rep organizations as well as directly to architects/contractors in non rep areas.


Competitive Salary/bonus package with car allowance, excellent benefits package (health, dental, 401K, etc.) Salary requirements must be included. Please contact:

Ron CreboVP Sales/Marketing

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cell ph 859 240 2220

Certification Quiz
Jack Morgan - Quizmaster


1. When using a Procurement Contract, which of the following will differ from their use in a Construction Contract situation.


a. Invitation to Bid, Bid Form

b. Instruction to Bidders, Agreement

c. Division 01

d. All of the above


2. The best type of specifications to invite improved products and innovations of the manufacturer is:


a. Performance

b. Reference Standard

c. Either Open or Closed

d. Proprietary


3. The most effective method to organize the Project Manual when using Multiple Contracts is:


a. Write a single Project Manual that includes the requirements for all Contracts.

b. Prepare a separate Project Manual for each Prime Contract.

c. Show division of Contracts on one set of Drawings.

d. Have a meeting after bidding and let subcontractors divide up the Work from the single Project Manual.


4. Who employs the Construction Manager (CM)?


a. Contractor

b. A/E

c. Owners

d. Multiple Contractors


5. The single contract that the Owner has in a Design-Build delivery method is a contract for what?


a. The design

b. The construction

c. The project management

d. The design and construction  


Answers located at the end of this newsletter....
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Chapter Photos
October 2012


We hope you have enjoyed seeing these previews of the latest images from our events.  To view more, visit our online photo album.
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Liebster blog awards
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Early in December, fellow blogger Randy Nishimura honored me by nominating my Constructive Thoughts blog for the Liebster Award. "How cool!" I thought. "It's nice to know someone actually reads what I write!" Being a specifier, I know how rarely that happens, and the relatively few responses to the hundreds of articles I have written suggests those articles don't fare much better.
The thrill quickly dissipated as I read the description of the award; it's for bloggers with fewer than 200 followers. The upside is, though my blog is relatively unknown, someone thinks it might be worth reading.
The statistical tools available for websites give a little better idea of how many people at least look at my blog posts. Suffice it to say, mine have not gone viral. I have only twenty followers, but the statistics show I have many more readers. The number varies greatly, depending in large part on how it is publicized, something I'm not good at. Posting a notice on LinkedIn about a recent article brings in more traffic, and a spike in page views always follows a link in the CSI Leader.
Randy's blog post included some information about the Liebster award, but, specifier that I am, I had to learn more about it. As I tracked backwards from his nomination, I found several variations with different requirements. Eventually, the rules seemed to stabilize at these: 

  • Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog. Thanks, Randy!
  • Link back to the blogger who awarded you. http://sworegonarchitect.blogspot.com/
  • Copy & paste the award to your blog.
  • Nominate 5 blogs that you enjoy to receive the award who have less than 200 followers.
  • Inform them of their nomination by leaving a comment on their blog.
These rules are much simpler than those Randy passed on, which included responding to a list of questions asked by the person making the award. However, in fairness to Randy, I'll respond to his questions.
  • Do you have ambitions for your blog? If so, what are they? Continuing my ambition for the articles I have written for more than fifteen years, I hope they are useful and used.
  • Where would you live if you could live anywhere you wanted on Earth? So many choices, and I have seen but a few! In the end, proximity to my family is the most important criterion.
  • Imagine you've won the lottery. If you had to nominate one charity to inherit your largesse, what would it be? Again, so many choices! Our current favorite charity is Hope Academy in Minneapolis. Hope is a privately funded school that provides a safe education - and hope - to inner-city kids. www.hopeschool.org/
  • What is your favorite example of architecture? I love arches, so it's tough to decide between Roman and Gothic. The Romans took the arch and built an empire; Gothic cathedrals are a perfect expression of structure, making a megaton structure look as if it could float away.
  • What excites you most? At my age, waking up is pretty good.
  • If you could change one thing about the city or town in which you live, what would it be? I would add a couple of good restaurants.
  • Are you a glass half-full or half-empty person? I'm a glass is twice as big as it needs to be person.
  • What advice do you have for the young people in your profession? You didn't learn everything you need to know in school. Those contractors have a lot of practical knowledge you lack.
  • Has technology changed your life for better or worse? Definitely for the better. As a sci-fi reader, I appreciate the marvels, but I am able to ignore those things that are done simply because they can be done.
  • What's the first item on your wish list? After the family is taken care of, more travel.
  • Do you make and keep New Year's resolutions? I'm sure I made resolutions at one time, but the only one I remember - the last one - was to quit smoking, New Year's Eve, 1971. I did it!
And now for my nominations. The envelope, please!
After seeing the various ways this award has been made, I'll deviate a bit from the rules. I don't know how many followers my nominees have; I hope I don't offend anyone who has hundreds of followers!
The next nominees don't have blogs, but they should; encourage them!
Finally, visit Randy's post, http://sworegonarchitect.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-liebster-awards.html, which includes his nominations for the Liebster Award, all but one of which I had been following already. Follow those links, and I know you will find a lot of interesting thoughts and useful information.
Happy New Year to all!


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Education Foundation 


You have the opportunity to donate directly to the foundation in a secure way in order to boost the number and financial quality of the scholarships.  The donations to this foundation are tax deductable.  If you are considering this good deed and have any questions about the tax aspect, please don't hesitate to contact the Foundation.




Board of Directors' Minutes

Online Archive 


Minutes of the Indianapolis Chapter CSI Board of Directors can be read here.  Please contact the president with any comments or questions.
Standing Reservations 
Meeting Arrangements Committee
For those of you who know you will be attending each chapter meeting and don't want to mess with making sure they have a spot each month, the Chapter offers to its members in good standing the Standing Reservation List.
Please review the terms of this program at the following link.
Quiz ANSWERS:  1. - d; 2. - a; 3. - b; 4. -c; 5. - d 
In This Issue
Table Tops
Meeting Innformation

December 13, 2012

Skyline Club
Guests: $25
6:00 Social Hour
7:00 Dinner
8:00 Program
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