President's Message

     From The President...... 



    It’s a new year! One that I am very excited about and honored to serve the membership for the next 12 months! The 2018 CSI year has a lot of fun, learning and celebration ahead for us.

    Celebration you say? As I am sure word is spreading, this year will mark our chapter’s 60th Anniversary!! The Board of Directors have begun the search for interested members at all levels who would like to actively help plan this milestone. We have a proud tradition of leading the institute in so many ways for the last 60 years, as well as our contribution locally to the architectural and construction communities. We owe it to our founding members, current members and emeritus membership to celebrate this with the energy and passion this milestone deserves. Please let a member of the board know if you want to get involved. Much more about the event will unfold this Fall!

    That’s only a sample of things to come. It’s time to look at the end of our last year for a moment. I want to express many thanks to Ryan Hallesy and the Golf Outing Committee. We had a terrific turnout, a great venue and spectacular weather, all ingredients for a fun day! Through our golfers generosity we raised $1,265.00 for the scholarship fund through yardstick sales. All of those proceeds go directly into the scholarship fund. Well done everyone!!!

    This year’s winners!!

    Dale Buker - Oldcastle

    Terry Minarik -Confluence

    Mike Konieczny - Landscape Forms

    Justin Rechtzigel - Stantec

    Congratulations!! (FYI, very difficult to repeat!)


    I want to thank in advance the following Committee Chairs for their leadership. Their volunteerism in the midst of a very busy world is greatly appreciated!

    Awards – Tohnya Adams and Rick Nichols

    Expo – TBD

    Certification – Jerrilyn O’Brien

    Communications – Keith Pashina

    Emerging Professionals/Student –Hannah Fleischaker and Adrienne Rulseh

    Membership – Gary Patrick and Susan Lee

    Programs – Brien DuRouche and Larry Lorbiecki

    Golf – Ryan Hallesy

    (We are looking for EXPO leadership and committee members for all committees)

    These volunteers are the backbone of your chapter. When you encounter these individuals please remember to thank them for what they do!

    Board of Directors

    You also have a newly sworn in Board of Directors. We are here at your service, let us know what’s on your mind!

    George Ramsay, Immediate Past President

    Cynthia Long, President-Elect

    James Bergevin, Secretary

    Mark McPherson*, Treasurer

    Dave Rasmussen, Vice President

    Kasey Howard*, Vice President

    Sandy McWilliams*, Vice President

    Jeremy Nordby, Vice President

    Andy Garner, President

    *New to the Board of Directors

    Corporate Sponsors

    We cannot commit to the programs we run, the events we plan, services we provide or the scholarships we award without the generous contributions of our Corporate Sponsors! Please extend a hand to the individuals that lead these companies and thank them for their contributions!


    Archcon Sherwin WIlliams M.G. McGrath
    Inspec Pella Hufcor
    W.L. Hall Co. Kline-Johnson Rose-Fleischaker






    Your company not on that list? We still need your support! Please consider joining this elite group of companies as you evaluate your marketing dollars. The entire chapter will appreciate your involvement and recognize you for it!

    This Year’s Line-Up

    What can you look forward to this year? First of all, Program Co-Chairs Brien and Larry have a terrific line up for monthly meetings designed to respond to demands made through surveys as well as going out on a limb to bring thought provoking new concepts. Here’s the line-up:

    Sept 18 – Target Center Renovation Tour

                                Dinner/Presentation University of St. Thomas

    Oct 9 – Ryan Companies Presentation and Lunch

                                Lunch in Ryan Atrium

    Nov 14 – Minnesota Building Codes Presentation,

                                Lunch/Presentation at IMS

    Dec 12 – Holiday Dinner

                                At 317 in Rice Park

    Jan 8 – “Wood from the Hood” Tour

                                Dinner at TBD

    Feb 12 – Alliance/Medtronic

                                Lunch at Grumpy’s

    Mar 13 – Unmanned Aerial Systems, Architectural Photography

                                Lunch/Dinner/Presentation at TBD

    April 2018 – EXPO

    May 2018  – Awards

    May 2018  – 60th Anniversary Celebration!

    June 2018  – Golf, Bunker Hills

    Personally, I am very excited that this team has also chosen to participate in Toys for Tots!! Details will come out at our Kick Off meeting September 18th. Let’s raise a lot of money and collect toys for children in need so they can have the happiest of holidays!!

    We are looking into some other activities to make your CSI experience even more enjoyable and fulfilling. We will make those announcements as they develop!


    I have some people to thank!

    First of all, George Ramsay. Your example of leadership and your dedication to the chapter have set standards that I am hopeful to measure up to. I am thrilled you are the Immediate Past- Prez, as I am confident you will be generous with your time when I seek your council.

    Pam Jergensen set a leadership example and mentored many of us sitting on the board right now. She knew the business of running a chapter. I’ll be seeking your council as well!

    Craig Hess was the man who started it all for me. Thank you for your leadership and incredible attention to the details. If there was a VP-Details, I would nominate you for the office permanently. Then we could all be assured we didn’t overlook anything! I’ll be in touch with you, too!

    My thanks George, Pam & Craig for all that you have done & do!

    I want to acknowledge the people I work for, for supporting me and, in fact encouraging me to accept this responsibility with the time to do this job to the best of my abilities. Darren Blankenship, VP-Field Sales of Best Access Solutions/dormakaba and Michael Robinson, Regional Manager for Best/dormakaba and President of Life Safety Hardware Consultants. Thank you gentlemen for your support!

    On a personal note, if you said to me 6 or 7 years ago that I would be doing this, this being, serve as your Chapter Prez, I’da laughed at you (a friendly laugh). I’ve almost always described myself as a “social member”. You know, I’ll come to the meetings, sponsor something at the golf outing, exhibit at EXPO and go the Awards Banquet. (Sound Familiar?) Then I was invited/nominated (Craig Hess) to join the BOD….I said yes! Well the snowball hasn’t stopped yet and truth be told I have enjoyed every single minute of it! The time was right for me, when will it be the right time for you? Get involved, join a committee or accept a nomination, take it from an old “social member”, you will not regret it!!

    Let’s have a great year with the best program attendance and participation ever! Thanks!!

    Andy Garner, CSI, CDT

    Mpls-StP Chapter President 2018