President's Message
August 2018
By Martin (Marty) Thornton II, CCS, CSI

As the seasons move from summer to fall, CSI Pittsburgh begins a new fiscal year. Your new board of officers and directors along with the committee chairs have been hard at work preparing for the new year. At the beginning of August, Matt Lander – Second Vice-president, Gail Nagie – Treasurer and myself attended the Middle Atlantic Region’s LEAD (Leadership, Education and Development – formerly known as LOS) conference in York, PA. At this conference, we met and exchanged ideas from other chapter leaders within our region. This year’s focus was on membership, planning a region conference, and planning a product show. The Richmond and Greater Lehigh Valley chapters have successful product shows and presented useful ideas to use. We will have our Holiday Gala and Product Show in December and our popular “Speed Dating” in February. Be sure to look for information in the coming months.
The year begins with celebrating the 60th anniversary of the chartering of the Pittsburgh Chapter. For 60 years, our members have promoted the core values of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) through leadership, education, and certification. The mix of designers, specifiers, technical representatives, contractors, and building owners provides unique opportunities to better communication for the built environment. We will be celebrating our milestone at the Edgewood Country Club on September 15th.
Also happening in September is our Fall Golf Outing. On September 20th, we will be at Birdsfoot Golf Club in Freeport, PA. Contact Mark Womer at to register your team.
In closing, I would like to thank all those that volunteered their time in making the Pittsburgh Chapter one of the best chapters in the Institute. It is an honor to represent you at the Region and Institute levels. Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 15th of September at the Edgewood Country Club.
Thank you.

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