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John Regener, AIA, CCS, CCCA, CSI, SCIP
Senior Member
Username: john_regener

Post Number: 243
Registered: 04-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 - 11:26 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

On Tuesday March 28, 2006 held its annual Business Meeting, Roundtable Discussion and "Specifiers Forum hosted by SCIP." 53 signed in for the morning Business Meeting and Roundtable Discussion. 33 signed in for the afternoon discussion session.

Minutes of the SCIP Business meeting will be distributed to SCIP Members and Affiliates. Likewise, notes from the discussions sessions will be distributed to all SCIP Members and Affiliates and also those non-members who registered.

SCIP thanks its five sponsors of the meetings.

CSI provided space at the MGM Grand Conference Center for the meeting and lunch. This tangible expression of support for the specifier community was key to enabling the SCIP's annual meetings.

4specs.com hosted the breakfast, morning beverage service and afternoon refreshments. Colin Gilboy's generous hospitality made us comfortable thoughout the discussions.

Platinum Visual Systems hosted audio/visual needs. Kathy Greenway made the logistics of the meeting happen.

Omega Products International hosted a gourmet lunch. Pete Thomsen came through with a memorable time. Omega's longtime generous support of CSI has now extended to SCIP. SCIP member, William Buchholz, AIA, CCS, LEED AP challenged the group to specify for not only sustainable building products but also designs that preserve and enhance our environment. Bill also shared how specifying "Green" has had a very positive effect on his specifications writing practice.

In the evening, Arkema Group (Kynar 500) hosted a fabulous dinner for SCIP Members, Affiliates and guests, complete with magical entertainment that capped the day's activities with humor and wonder. Over 90 attended this third-time special event that has now become a SCIP meeting tradition.

Despite the group's size, we were able to use the roundtable format for of free-flowing discussions. No lectures for this group! The discussions were wide-ranging, most of the group contributed to the discussion (wow! We have knowledgeable people in SCIP), and the discussions were positive and professional. Even the discussions about MasterFormat 2004 and the SectionFormat/PageFormat update were civil without compromising convictions and concerns.

Next year's annual SCIP Meeting will be a challenge because of size. We may have max'ed out on the roundtable format, so the dynamics might be affected. Nevertheless, personally I'm looking forward to meeting again next year.

Any comments from those who attended?

/John Regener, AIA, CCS, CCCA, CSI, SCIP
President, FY 2004-2006
Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice
Melissa J. Aguiar, CSI, CCS, MAI, SCIP
Senior Member
Username: melissaaguiar

Post Number: 34
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 - 04:31 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post


I am currently on break and wanted to respond to your post.

First thing, thank you for having me at the SCIP Annual Business Meeting. I apologize for not being one of the 27 or so members who did not RSVP to you in time. I can blame it on work, right? :-) Thank you for having me even without reservations.

Secondly, I am proudly walking around with my SCIP pin and 4specs.com shirt today at the MGM Grand and LVCC. I made my way through the crowds and found Colin and gave him my annual hug and BIG THANKS for being an instrumental part of my life. I do not know if he realizes how much I truly enjoy his site. I also like the fact that I can call him and he is there, ALWAYS. Like a friend you can always count on time after time.

Finally, I appreciate the opportunity to be with all of you at this moment. It feels great to have one on one contact with my peers.

See you later!
Melissa Aguiar
Ann Baker (Unregistered Guest)
Unregistered guest
Posted on Monday, April 03, 2006 - 01:59 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post


Because of the conflict with CSI University and my obligation as a CSI director to that event, I missed the SCIP meeting, so I will have to trust that others can fill me in later. However, I was fortunate enough to attend the Arkema event in the evening - I've been before, and it has always been a great event. Dinner conversation was enlightening - about specifications practice, of course. Like Melissa, I was very proud to add my SCIP pin to my name tag. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this valuable organization.
Dean McCarty, CCS, CSI, SCIP
Senior Member
Username: dean_e_mccarty

Post Number: 32
Registered: 08-2002
Posted on Friday, April 07, 2006 - 01:40 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I, too, enjoyed the camaraderie of the SCIP group. I feel more welcomed each year, and the wealth of information I get out of the meetings is always valuable. The lasting friendships I am developing out of this group are tremendous.

My day was made last Wednesday on the exhibit floor. As I was waiting to talk with Colin about a manufacturer I had just met who was not aware of 4Specs.com, I met Colin’s wife, Kim, and his wonderful employee, Ruth. What made my day was Ruth’s sincere excitement when I introduced myself to her. She was jubilant about meeting her first “real life specifier.” How could my day get any better after that?

To all the sponsors, thank you very much for your support of SCIP. I will see you next year in Baltimore.
Ron Beard CCS
Senior Member
Username: rm_beard_ccs

Post Number: 125
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Friday, April 07, 2006 - 02:08 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Gee, Dean. She told me the same thing. <g>
Dean McCarty, CCS, CSI, SCIP
Senior Member
Username: dean_e_mccarty

Post Number: 34
Registered: 08-2002
Posted on Friday, April 07, 2006 - 02:41 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post


I feel so used now. Too bad I didn't document the time of day she said this to me. ;)

I guess Colin trained her well.

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