Building Connections
CFMA Chicago Bimonthly Newsletter
October 2019  
Letter from the President 
I hope those of you who were able to attend the Midwest Regional Conference came away with some new knowledge and connections.  We welcomed 135 participants from Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois to this year's conference.  A huge thank you goes out to the conference co-chairs, Chris VanTassel and Bill Reidinger, along with their committee, for the hours of work that went into organizing a well-rounded educational offering.  I would also like to thank our subject matter experts who so graciously gave their time to provide the breakout sessions, the exhibitors who keep us on the forefront with their solutions, CFMA's Principal Partners BKD and Viewpoint for their sponsorship, and to Pam Hepburn, CFMA Treasurer, for keeping us up to speed on what is new at CFMA on the national level.  The conference is the result of a partnership between seven CFMA chapters.  This collaboration expands access to resources, speakers, and improves our overall member experience.   
Building off this momentum, we will continue to focus on collaborative partnerships for remainder of the year.  Each of our upcoming monthly programs feature a partnership with another industry association.  
  • October 16: Using Tomorrow's Technology Today - in partnership with ASA Chicago
  • November 13: Economic Update Breakfast - in partnership with Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association
  • December 4: Navigating Document Retention - in partnership with the Illinois Plumbing Council
We are thrilled to offer our members these enhanced networking opportunities; while showcasing CFMA Chicago throughout the industry.
The programming year will come to a close December 18th with the Annual Holiday Social at Empire in Naperville.  The Holiday Social is one of our premier networking events; one you do not want to miss! 
Speaking of what you are missing.  Did you know CFMA is running a 12+ membership campaign?  If you are considering CFMA membership, join now and your membership will be active through March 2021!  Current members, this is your opportunity to share the benefits of CFMA with one of your colleagues.  Consider inviting someone to one of the upcoming programs so they may experience CFMA first hand. 
Collaboration by definition means being an active member of a group that works together to achieve a common goal.  I invite and encourage each of you, as active members, to not only participate in meetings and events, but to also consider how you may contribute to CFMA.  Interested in joining a committee? Have an idea for a topic or program speaker?  Unsure where your time would be best spent, or need more information? E-mail us at and we'll help you make an informed decision.  We are continually looking for partners like you to shape the future activities of CFMA Chicago!
Tamara Kilty 
Chapter President

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  Wednesday, October 16th | 4:00 pm 
Marriott Oak Brook
Joint Program with ASA Chicago

How are you keeping up with the technological advancements that impact your job and career?  Do you find that you're barely able to keep pace with the latest developments?

Join us for a fun, interactive look at what's new and super cool in technology. Learn what's here for us to use now and what's coming in the near future; including the latest information about virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and other tech trends. You do not want to miss this opportunity to learn how to improve your productivity; professionally and personally.   
Stay for a networking cocktail reception immediately following the program. Click the registration button to learn more and to register. 
Guest speaker:
Jim Spellos is the President of Meeting U., whose mission is to help people be more productive and comfortable with technology. More about Jim. 
Join CFMA Chicago and the Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association (IRTBA) for our Annual Economic Update breakfast program on November 13 at Gibson's Oak Brook.  
Guest Speaker Brian Moore, Principal, FMI Corporation, will speak to issues affecting the economy and look ahead to how the economic growth and commercial construction industry will be impacted by the current fiscal state, new governing policies, and changes in D.C.

As a principal and strategy practice leader with FMI, Brian focuses on consulting with contractors on various strategic, organizational and operational issues.  The focus of his work is the identification of future construction trends, market conditions and competitive issues that impact strategic decisions. 

Check-in, Breakfast & Networking: 7:30 am

Program: 8:00 - 9:30 am
CFMA & IRTBA Members: $50
Guests: $75

A construction company needs a document retention policy to maintain a profitable business. Some laws vary from state to state, and not all documents require the same treatment. A retention program provides your organization direction on how long records and information should be maintained, retained, and how to dispose of the record when the retention period has been reached.

This program will cover:
1) Overview of a formal document retention and destruction policy
2) Construction specific topics to consider
3) Risks of not following such a policy
4) Issues with dealing with paper AND electronic documents
5) Electronic solutions.
This is a partner program with the Plumbing Council Midwest.
CFMA & Plumbing Council Members: $50
Non-Members: $75 
Check-in, Breakfast & Networking: 7:30 am
Program: 8:00 - 9:30 am
Location: Maggiano's Little Italy, 240 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, IL

Celebrate the holidays and another successful year with CFMA Chicago as we take the party to the rooftop at Empire Burgers & Brew in downtown Naperville.  Enjoy food, drinks and social networking on an enclosed rooftop patio that provides a year-round outdoor atmosphere along the River Walk.   
Cost: $60 per person

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Ashley Polino - Reed Construction 
William Bartget - Anson Industries  
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Brian Padove - Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP
Sarah Lewis - Superior Construction
Brad McDougall - Fifth Third Bank
James Richard Gaszynski - International Decorators Inc.
Mark Pytka - Luse Holdings
Stephanie Dinkel - Koehler & Dinkel LLC
Faye Zhang - Crowe
Ryan Ventura - VEI Solutions, Inc.
Kiersten Rippeteau - Palmer Consulting Group
2019 Midwest Regional Conference
September 22-23 at the Marriott Oak Brook

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