Building Connections
Bimonthly Newsletter of Chicago CFMA
March 2019  
Letter from the President 
Last week the chapter hosted its Annual Meeting in conjunction with the March Hacking a Construction Company program. At that time the membership approved the 2019 - 2020 new board member and officer slate.  I am honored to begin my second year as your board president and look forward to a successful year for our chapter surrounded by dynamic leaders making a difference in our industry. 
My first course of business is to thank outgoing board member Courtney Hartnett, Milord Construction, for her leadership and commitment during her three-year term on the board.  Courtney will continue to share her knowledge with CFMA through her involvement on the Program and Build Chicago Award committees.  I'd also like to welcome our new board member Joel Dziedzic, BKD, LLP.  Joel has been an active member of CFMA and currently chairs the Internship Committee.   The officers remain unchanged for the coming year.  Vice President, Bill Reidinger, Assurance Agency; Treasurer, Jason Vanden Bosch, CBIZ, MHM; and Secretary, John Metz, Christopher Glass and Aluminum, will continue to provide oversight and strategic direction for the chapter. 
In addition to our board members, our chapter is represented by many leaders; some at the local CFMA level, some at the national level, and many who are viewed as leaders throughout their respective industry.  The "Build Chicago" Awards Luncheon serves to annually recognize a Construction Contractor, a General Member, and an Associate Member in the construction finance industry, who exemplify the highest level of leadership and support for CFMA, their community, and the industry.  I would like to take this opportunity to personally congratulate our 2019 "Build Chicago" Award winners, Joel Dziedzic, Jen Haub, and Power Construction for their service and leadership. I encourage you to join us on Thursday, May 9 at the Standard Club to celebrate these honorees and the Chapter's success over the past year.
Finally, thank you for renewing your membership commitment to CFMA.  Membership in CFMA demonstrates your leadership in the industry.   If you have not yet renewed, we encourage you to do so to prevent a lapse in your member benefits. I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming program or committee meeting, or at the Annual conference in Las Vegas this June.      
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. - John C. Maxwell. 
Tamara Kilty 
Chapter President
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Leadership: You Make the Difference 
Wednesday, April 17 | 8:00 am 
Maggiano's Oak Brook
Leading an organization is more challenging than ever, making leaders sometimes wonder if it would be better to go work at their local coffee shop. 
Utilizing over 20 years of experience in psychology, with business expertise developed in the trenches, combined with humorous stories of his own leadership failures, our guest speaker, Dr. Jeff Van Meter (without psychobabble) describes the psychological skills leaders should master to create their dream organization. Moving beyond emotional intelligence, these skills will help make you a more valuable member of your current organization, becoming the type of person your team will trust and rely on.  
Dr. Jeff Van Meter
is a recovering Engineer, Theologian and Psychologist.  He has served as a business and leadership consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), Cypress Leadership Development and the Lead Life Institute.  
Attendees will leave energized and ready to take on their next challenge. 
7:30 am - Check-in & Breakfast Buffet 
8:00 am - Program

$50.00 CFMA Members 
$75.00 Non-members
For the fourth consecutive year, CFMA Chicago Chapter will partner with Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago to participate in National Rebuilding Day, on Saturday, April 27.  Volutneers will repair and make improvements to a home in Chicago Heights.   
Volunteers Needed!
All skill levels are welcome and needed.  Family members, including students age 14 and older are welcome to volunteer as well.

Volunteer Time Slots
8 am - 1 pm & Noon - 5 pm   Lunch will be provided.
Limited spots are available for the morning shift.  Please consider volunteering during the afternoon shift.

Ready to volunteer?
Call or email Dave Sauerman (312-564-1237).  Provide your cell number and email, along with your preference for morning or afternoon shift.

Click Here for a workday fact sheet with FAQ and more information about the home, including address, our Chapter has been assigned. 
Join CFMA Chicago Chapter for the 11th Annual "Build Chicago" Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 9th at the Standard Club.  Help us celebrate this year's award recipients for their leadership and innovation in the Chicago construction industry. 
Keynote Speaker: 
John Choate is the managing director of SA-720TM, a consulting firm providing seminars on cross-functional teamwork and strategic planning based on principles derived from the U.S. Special Operations community. He draws on his personal experience as a Navy Seal to implement strategies to work more effectively together.  
Individual Tickets : $95.00
Table of 10: $850.00
Location: Standard Club of Chicago: 320 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago
Time: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

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Click Here to purchase an ad in the "Build Chicago" Awards Program Book.  Upon registering, you will receive confirmation and ad specs.  
Adam Simmonds - Walsh Construction 
Daniel Cohen - CIBC Bank USA 
Jacob Wilson - Chubb
Paulina Makarska - Builtech Services 
Juan Rodriguez - Builtech Services
Darci Lee Pierce - United Airlines
Michael Brod - Aon Risk Solutions
Michael Suglich - Midwest Interstate Electrical
Mary Zurlin - Syscon

Mark Your Calendar for these 2019 Dates

Some dates are tentative and subject to change. 

April 17: Developing Leaders Worth Following - Breakfast Program
April 27: Rebuild Together Chicago Volunteer Event
May 1: Cash Forecasting Education Seminar - Breakfast Program
May 9: Build Chicago Awards Luncheon at the Standard Club
June 1-5: CFMA National Annual Conference in Las Vegas
June 19: Suicide Prevention Summit with AGC
July 18: Summer Social at Lagunitas
August 29: Golf Outing at Maple Meadows
September 23: Midwest Regional Conference
October 16: Technology/Construction Apps - Followed by Networking
November 13: Economic Update - Breakfast Program
December 4: Document Retention - Breakfast Program
December 18: Holiday Social

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