January President's Message


Happy New Year CSI Memphis!

I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays. Now that the new year has started, the Memphis Chapter of CSI is gearing up for the 2019 BUILD/IT Products Display Show. Booths are starting to fill up quickly! If you want to get involved with one of the best product shows in the Gulf States Region, you can check out the award-winning www.csimemphis.org to download the registration packet. We’re lining up several exciting events lined up for BUILD/IT including a Mock-Bid Day presented by the good folks at Turner Construction and a Booth Crawl at the products show. The year’s show is on Tuesday, April 9th and we will be returning to the Grand Ballroom at the Holiday Inn located on the University of Memphis Campus.

Last year’s show was largely successful due to our wonderful sponsors and vendors and we need your help to have another great event. Just like the previous years, admission to the product show, registration for the seminar and keynote, entry into prize drawings, meals and beverages are all free to BUILD/IT attendees. These perks draw architects, designers, contractors, and engineers from across the Mid-South. I ask that you join our event this year as either a sponsor and help us continue one of our chapter’s great tradition of knowledge transfer. The proceeds from BUILD/IT go to fund the Memphis Chapter of CSI as well as the chapter’s Dempsie B. Morrison Scholarship Fund. You’ll find a registration packet attached.

We also have a great slate of Chapter Meetings lined up. The chapter meeting is Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 11:30AM. CSI Memphis welcomes Jason Weeks of LRK to discuss University of Memphis Laurie-Walton Family Basketball Center. In February, on Valentines Day, Turner Construction will give a presentation on the Construction of the Methodist Hospital Expansion. After that, the chapter will tour the V&S Galvanizing Plant. There’s plenty to do this year and as your chapter’s president I will continue my role to provide plenty of opportunities for knowledge transfer and comradery.

CSI is the best kept secret in the industry, and we need to change that. I would like to challenge every member to bring a friend or colleague to the next chapter meeting. Volunteer your time; we have no shortage of committees to join and a slew of great events planned over the remainder of the fiscal year. Want to get involved? Email us at info@csimemphis.org. If you don’t have the time to volunteer but still want to help, donate to the Morrison Scholarship Fund and help provide opportunities to the next wave of AEC professionals.

Jeffrey Parnell, CSI, CDT, AIA

Architect, HBG Design

CSI Memphis Chapter President