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Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals,
its 17th anniversary
Practice is an international technical resource
organization which assists design firms,
owners, and manufacturers in acquiring
professionally written construction specifications from qualified
independent and employed specifiers, who:
a. advance excellence in preparing
b. promote their special services and expertise
to potential clients.
c. share their knowledge, experience, and
through discussions, conferences, and
d. network for mutual benefit.
A friend of
SCIP PASSES AWAY
Ralph W. Liebing,
Cincinnati architect, died February 9, 2014, at age 78.
Although he was not a member of SCIP, he was a web site
columnist for the Construction Specifications Institute and
wrote a number of papers and articles for CSI newsletters
and other professional outlets. This website has posted his
articles from 2005 to 2010 in our archives. He also
distributed his mid-week blog Per-SPEC-tives every
Wednesday with a warm welcome comment. Yesterday his blog
In September 2013, at the
SCIP Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN, SCIP presented Ralph
Publication Excellence Service Award for
his thought-provoking and call-to-action opinions,
impressions, and ideas about the profession of
specifications writing from all points for view. The number
of issues of Per-SPEC-tives finished at number 257
An article he just
wrote for The Construction Specifier magazine last month is
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/columns/education-then-and-now/. He will be missed.
You can read his
obituary on the funeral home site at
FY2014 ANNUAL SCIP MEETING
and Member Forum
The Annual Meeting at Construct2013
Monday, September 23, 2013.
at the Music City (convention) Center starting
with a breakfast hosted by Draper. The meeting
started with the annual business meeting, followed by the
traditional open forum. Lunch was provided by PPG.
A note pad and space pen gift was distributed to members by Nystrom.
CSI President Casey Robb also addressed the group.
The meeting finished with a special panel
presentation (see below) coordinated by Dave Stutzman that
started after a refreshment break hosted by Assa Abloy.
A new feature of this year's meeting was the use of six
push-to-talk hand-held microphones, one for each 6 members,
sponsored by ICC's International Accreditation Service
Arkema hosted their 10th annual
reception for SCIP members and guests this year at the Hilton
Nashville Downtown with a theme of Nashville music. Scale models
of guitars autographed by Nashville music greats were raffled
off to 12 lucky winners.
See bottom of this page for official group photo.
SCIP annual meeting panel presentation
a windup to the Annual Meeting, a
special panel presentation organized by David Stutzman on the topic Contractor and
Craftsmen Certifications was presented.
SCIP invited three different organizations to
join a dialog with our members:
Firestop Contractors International Association
with its recently established certification program
Bill McHugh, FCIA panelist.
Architectural Woodwork Institute
with its well established Quality Certification Program. Joe
Sorelli, AWI panelist.
Finishing Trade Contractors International
with its proposed certification program
Darkangelo, FCA panelist.
Each organization presented the basics of
their certification programs — how they work, who they certify,
who enforces, and what result is expected. Then we opened the
discussion between our members and the panelists for questions
and answers about each program and for questions about what
here for downloadable
4-page description of
SCIP SPONSORS college of fellows
inaugural edition of the College of Fellows
History & Directory, funding the entire cost of
printing the publication. The donation was
approved by the membership in attendance at the
Annual Meeting in Phoenix in September 2012. The
SCIP logo appears on the back cover. The front
cover is pictured in the panel at left.
The publication was distributed at Construct2013
in Nashville, and is available for $20 from
Amazon.com by clicking on the image of the book
on the left.
SCIP SERVICE AWARDS
announced Service Awards to one person and two organizations
that have provided outstanding services to specifiers over the
past several years.
A Publication Excellence Service Award was presented to
Ralph Liebing, Publisher of Per-SPEC-tives.
Website Excellence Service Awards were presented to
Colin Gilboy, Publisher of 4specs.com , and to the
Rick Jannott, CEO & Bill Jannott,
Co-President of ARCAT.
Their efforts are truely unique and worthy of appreciation of
Click names to view award certificates and
SCIP BOOTH AT CONSTRUCT2013 EXHIBIT hALL
booth was well received this year, thanks to the efforts of SCIP
member and Nashville native Lynn Jolley, who created the concept
and layout for the SCIP booth.
Click here to see photos
SCIP MEMBERS ELEVATED TO FELLOWSHIP
are proud to recognize SCIP members Ronald
L. Geren, AIA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, SCIP
and Joseph J. Anetrella, FCSI, CCS, AIA, LEED AP, SCIP who received their CSI
fellowship medals in Nashville on September 27, 2013.
CONGRATULATIONS, RON! CONGRATULATIONS, JOE!
Watch September 2012 annual meeting on YouTube!
As an experiment,
the annual meeting at
Construct2012 in Phoenix was
broadcast live, recorded on video, and stored privately
on the Internet using Google+ Hangout. To view it, visit
The audio and video are not the best, but it served the
purpose of demonstrating the possibility of engaging other
members who were not able to attend to someday participate in
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a member benefit, SCIP members are entitled to two free calls to
Now! direct phone access to SCIP
Jot down this
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up some matters quickly.
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sure to use the email address that was on file in September
2008 to login.
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GROUP PHOTO at 2013 CSI Convention
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