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William Sunquist, CSI Named CSI Chair

Posted: Mon, Jul 01, 2024

The Construction Specifications Institute will be elevating William Floyd Sunquist, CSI, to Chair of the CSI Board of Directors as of July 1, 2024. The Knoxville Chapter has a soft spot for William who joined CSI in 2004 upon the encouragement of Jim Odle. At the time, William had called upon Jim as a product representative with General Shale. William asked Jim for advice on how to get his products specified in the Knoxville area, and Jim encouraged him to join CSI and get involved with the chapter.   William quickly followed Jim’s lead and became actively involved in our chapter. He rose to Knoxville Chapter President in 2008. 

His career took him to Chattanooga in 2010, where he continued to stay involved in CSI, serving in numerous positions in the chapter. By 2011 he was serving at the Gulf States Region in most of the executive committee positions. In 2019 he was elected as GSR Director to the Institute and in addition chaired the Membership Connection, Nominating and the Investment Oversight Committees. His excellent potential for leadership was recognized by his peers at the Institute level. 

In 2020 the Chattanooga Chapter nominated William and he was elevated to Fellowship. After his term as Director, the Nominating Committee placed William on the slate for Institute Secretary and then Chair-Elect, both elections that he won.

Another passion of William’s is his love for public libraries. He has been a board member and fundraiser for the Chattanooga Public Library and is part of the Friends of Tennessee Libraries. He sits on numerous other boards including UT Chattanooga’s Interior Design School Advisory Board.

A number of people from Knoxville journeyed to Chattanooga to their chapter’s awards banquet where William was celebrated for his next role in CSI. See the EVENTS section below to view that celebration.

Congratulations William! You have the vision for building CSI through the people of CSI, who know all about design and construction. Let’s get started!

New Member News – Chris Leibensperger, CSI

Posted: Fri, Jun 28, 2024

May I introduce one of our newest members, Chris Leibensperger. He is part of the architectural team at R2R Studio here in Knoxville, where he is currently pursuing his architectural license. The firm focuses on a variety of project types including commercial, residential, interior architecture, and brand development design. 

Chris said that he has been able to work on several different projects in the East Tennessee area including the Shops at Bexhill, Southern Craft BQQ in Greeneville, Patriot’s Chicken in Blaine, Monkee’s Retail at the Orangery Village, Sweet P’s BBQ in Fountain City, Tennessee Stud Cidery in Pigeon Forge and the Town Center Plaza in Gatlinburg. He said that his favorite part of the profession is the “wide range of design challenges each project presents, and the impact each project will have on people as the space is used.”

Chris is from Western New York, between Buffalo and Rochester. He graduated from SUNY Alfred State College in 2009. He came to Knoxville in April of 2021 and joined R2R Studio. When asked what drew him to study architecture, he said, ” I grew up building with Lego’s and always seemed to create buildings, towns, or houses. In high school I focused on construction and technology classes [where] my passion and interest in how a building came together really took off.” 

Chris said that he joined CSI to better understand the science of buildings, the different trades in the industry and to network and build relationships. Before moving to Tennessee, he had started getting involved in the local NY CSI chapter. Once here in Knoxville, he was invited to a chapter meeting by Gary Bergeron, FCSI. He hopes to continue to grow and learn, both personally and professionally. 

Chris has a daughter who is 6, a son who is 4, and an 8-year-old black lab mix named Bailey. He enjoys hiking, golf, and an occasional nice glass of bourbon. Please reach out and introduce yourself to Chris and welcome him to CSI Knoxville.

Come Grow with Us!

Posted: Sat, Jun 22, 2024

The Knoxville Chapter is growing and we want you to join the fun too! In the past month the chapter has welcomed 4 new members - Michaelanne Collins from BarberMcMurray, Chris Leibensperger and Maureen Sotak from R2R Studio, and Chuck Whited from Main Street Studio in Cleveland, TN. Lots of new talent and faces at our meetings each month. Don't miss it!

Suzan Jordan Wins Gulf States Region's Highest Award

Posted: Tue, Jun 11, 2024

Suzan Jordan, CSI, CDT, CCPR, was presented the Robert V. Bishop Award this week at the CSI Gulf States Region Conference in Jackson, MS. This is the Gulf States Region’s highest honor. 

Ms. Jordan is a Dupont Tyvek Senior Certified Building Envelope Consultant. She is an authority on the subject of moisture management and the building envelope. She often has classes at CSI meetings and with architects, building officials and building contractors educating the design and construction industry about best practices concerning the building envelope and moisture management. She has remarked that the networking opportunities and relationships fostered in CSI provide avenues to reach more prospective clients and help her be seen as a trusted resource to designers and contractors.

She is a member of the Knoxville Chapter and has served in many roles in both our chapter and the Gulf States Region. She is a familiar face at all Gulf States planning meetings, Region conferences and Institute conventions.

The award is given to a Gulf States CSI member who has rendered extraordinary service to the Construction Specifications Institute and especially the members in the Gulf States which include Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the panhandle of Florida. The CSI Gulf States Region Operating Guide states, “This award will be given to a member having at least ten (10) years of continuous membership and who has portrayed exceptional and meritorious service and devotion to the Gulf States Region and to the principles of The Construction Specifications Institute. This award shall be considered as the highest recognition that can be given by the Region.” 

Recipients of the Robert V. Bishop Award serve as the jury for nominees submitted for this honor. Their service continues to embody the dedication and lifelong service to the Gulf States Region displayed by Mr. Robert V. Bishop, FCSI, CCS. The Knoxville Chapter has one other Robert V. Bishop Award recipient - Kathy Proctor.



Discounted Meal Ticket Still Available

Posted: Tue, May 14, 2024

Starting in January 2023, the CSI dues no longer included the cost of monthly meals. The Knoxville Chapter Board voted on February 6, 2024 to implement a 2024 Meal Plan Option for the CSI Chapter. 

Monthly meal costs are $20 per person for lunch. This can be paid online in advance as you make your reservation at CSI Knoxville.

If you were not able to take advantage of the earlier meal ticket offering, you still can! Purchase a discount meal ticket for $80 which will cover all the rest of the monthly lunches this year. (a $20 savings) You may purchase this online Click here or contact Suzan Jordan (suzanwjordan@yahoo.com) to receive an invoice for this amount.

A reservation for each meeting is still required in order to provide the caterer with a correct food count. You can make that through your monthly Constant Contact announcement.

Students and first-time guests are always free.



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