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CSI Knoxville Chapter President’s Message - December

Posted: Tue, Dec 04, 2018


As we wrap up the Thanksgiving holiday and slide into December, we want to take a moment to thank all those who work continuously behind the scenes at CSI to make this organization a success. Thank you! Your efforts are greatly appreciated!

Well the holidays have now arrived and the time when we should slow down, take a break, and wind down the year unfortunately turns into a mad rush to meet that project deadline or end of the year sales target. A rush to get to that next event through all the traffic, and trying to figure out why in the world that string of lights you just bought last year won’t light up…….unfortunately after you just finished putting everything on the entire tree. Well, no matter what frustrations you may run into this holiday season, take the time to hit the pause button, look through the madness and find the positives that surround you. They’re there. You just have to look for them. Take time to enjoy this season of giving and celebrate with those around you.

Speaking of celebrating and finding a moment to relax, mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 11th for CSI’s annual Christmas Party from 6pm to 8pm. This year in addition to fun, food, music and socializing, we have decided to incorporate the 2018 CSI Awards ceremony into this special event. Make plans to attend this celebratory event and enjoy the time together. Note that this will take the place of our December Chapter Meeting. Be on the lookout for additional information and details in the days to come.

Speaking of trying to meet that end of the year target, the CSI Knoxville membership numbers continue to rise towards our annual goal. Per last month’s Regional membership report, the Knoxville Chapter has seen the most membership growth amongst all the other Chapters in our region. We’re not to our target yet, so everyone keep up the good work and continue inviting guests to our meetings so that we can keep the momentum going.

Looking ahead to 2019, we have some exciting events just around the corner. The January Chapter Meeting will be a special one. On Tuesday, January 8th we will be visiting the historic Blount Mansion where we will enjoy a catered lunch by Calhoun’s at the Welcome Center followed by a tour of Blount Mansion and the Craighead-Jackson House. Make plans to join us as we take a fieldtrip through history.

Vendor packets have been sent out for the 2019 ETN Building Products Show. The date is set for Tuesday, March 12th from 4pm to 8pm and the location is at the Foundry at World’s Fair Park. We have the entire facility reserved for this exciting and informative event and looking to pack the house full with vendors, products, organizations, companies, etc., and yes, food and drink. Space is limited so make plans now to get those packets turned in. We look forward to seeing everyone on March 12th.As you wind down and wrap up 2018, remember to slow down and enjoy the holidays. From all of us at CSI, we wish each and every one of you a blessed and very Merry Christmas!

Mr. R. Aaron Miller, CSI, CDT, AIA
Design Innovation Architects
CSI Knoxville Chapter President



2019 East Tennesse Building Products Show

Posted: Wed, Nov 14, 2018

The CSI Knoxville Chapter is pleased to announce that the 2019 East Tennessee Building Products Show planning is underway.  The event will be held at the Foundry on the Parkon Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 4 - 8 PM. There are 47 booths available.  As always CSI will provide scrumptious food, tasty beverages, and lots of amazing door prizes! There is a report of a jobsite heavy duty coffeemaker worth $300 that is among the give-a-ways. Sponsorships are available at the $2,000, $1,500, and $1,000 level. (See detailed Sponsorship options on the application). 

Booth fees start at $550 if booked before the January 26, 2019 early bird deadline. (slight increase for payment by credit card)

If you have questions please contact the Product Show Chairman, Josh Brock at joshua.brock@generalshale.com or call him at (865) 388-1833.

CSI Golf Tournament - Beautiful Weather & Great Golf

Posted: Mon, Oct 29, 2018

CSI Knoxville held its 15th Annual Golf Tournament at Willow Creek on Monday, October 29, 2018.  The weather was PERFECT! We had 19 teams /  75 players  On the first Flight - Funderburk Electric came in 1st with a score of 49 and Thyssen Krupp Elevators came in 2nd with a score of 52. On the second Flight - ABC Caulking came in 1st with a score of 57 and Green Valley Farm came in 2nd with a score of 59.   With the beautiful weather Monday everyone was a winner!  A big THANK YOU goes to Wes Crow who organized the tournament.

Knoxville Chapter Makes a Plan for 2018-19

Posted: Sat, Aug 04, 2018

Members of the board and committee chairs met last Saturday morning at CSI President Aaron Miller's offices at DIA to particiate in our annual Knoxville Chapter Planning Retreat.  Breakfast was provided by Tyvek and delivered by their wonderful rep Suzan Jordan.  YUM!  Attending her first planning meeting was newest board member Marni Redmond with Exact Tile.  Kathy Proctor facilitiated the discussions as members identified those things that the chapter does well and what things we want to improve in the future.

We discussed some opportunities for collaboration with AIA and other organizations.  Will Dunklin shared the variety of upcoming programs that will take the member meeting off site to lunch and learn.  We will be reviewing the Operating Guide and Bylaws to ensure that they are usable documents.   Donna Covert shared that CSI Flash Mobs will be popping up around town after working hours.  Whitney Kaul presented teh 2018-19 budget that was edited and adopted.

The group refined the mission of the Knoxville Chapter to provide a community to communicate, collaborate, network and educate for the advancement of the design and construction industry.

Supprting this are the 2018-19 goals:

1.Increase the Community (Membership) by 50% before June 2019.

2.Develop a strategy to initialize relationships with institutions of higher learning by Oct. 2, 2018.

3.Develop a marketing plan that addresses visibility/ branding / Communication by Oct. 2, 2018.

4.Maintain/ enhance the community with reproting and review at each board meeting.

What we saw was there are plenty of opportunities for people to get involved and enhance their CSI experience.  Watch for the next issue of the Speck to learn more!


2017 CSI Knoxville Product Show

Posted: Tue, Mar 14, 2017

Josh Brock [General Shale] and John Hockensmith [MHM] put together a first class product show this year at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Knoxville. The show always draws a wonderful mixture of old friends and new ones from the design and construction industry. The sold out show featured new products and services. Registrants were greeted by the Associated Construction Women (ACW) who was gracious to volunteer their services. The new component director for AIA, Dale Powers, was manning the AIA booth to greet visitors also. Knox County Codes department was well represented and was able to talk with lots of designers and builders. The food was fantastic. [we didn't know that shrimp grew that large!!] Thank you for all the volunteer efforts and see you again next year.



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