and Articles

Winter 2008
Issue #67
(current issue)

Archives - 2003 to Present

KnowHow is a publication that provides technical and membership information.
(Editor needed)

SCIPping Along
May 2014

(current issue)

Archives - 2006 to Present

SCIPping Along  is a status Report from the SCIP Board.

Liebing Articles
August 2010

(current issue)

Archives - 2005 to 2010
A series of insights by Ralph Liebing that give an unique perspective to the practice of writing specifications. This is the latest issue.

Links to 2010 SCIP Ads in:
The Construction Specifier

Spec News
Archives - 08/2006 to 01/2007
A series of news items for specifiers by Mark Kalin on building products, LEED tips, and more.

10 Things Specifiers Wish Product Reps Knew

A helpful report by CSI for product representatives and manufacturers.

(If you wanted the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals,
click here.) celebrated
its 18th anniversary
September 2014

Phone Direct
818) 390-7692

 Serving the Specifier Community for 47 years.

      Specifications Consultants in Independent 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 construction
b.   promote their special services and expertise
      to potential clients.
c.   share their knowledge, experience, and resources
      through discussions, conferences, and educational
d.   network for mutual benefit.


Karen Zaterman
at Annual SCIP Meeting in Phoenix, AZ
at Construct2012

Remembering Karen Zaterman
After a successful 6 month battle with T-Cell Lymphoma, including a Stem Cell transplant, it appears Karen, 55, might have been done in by the chemicals that saved her. Liver, Kidney and Spleen failure. It will take a few months apparently before the autopsy report is finished.

Thank you for the memories Ö
Mako Koiwai, Karenís co-driver in Life and Racing 

Karen was an Affiliate SCIP Member from 2006 to 2013.


The SCIP Board of Directors recently approved a new Sponsor Program, following its recent incorporation. SCIP has applied for tax exempt status as a 501(c)(6) nonprofit District of Columbia corporation, currently pending approval by the IRS. This will allow SCIP to host events such as Specifier Workshops described below to develop best practices for the specifications process. Donations will help SCIP open the Workshops to all specifiers and publish the results for all participants and sponsors.

Sponsor donations made after April 1st of each year will receive sponsor benefits until the annual renewal date of June 30 of the following year. Donation checks made out to SCIP should be sent to the SCIP Treasurer at the address listed in the Officer Directory. More details on the SCIP Sponsor Program are available at the following link:

Scip Sponsor Program

AND workshop

The FY2016 Annual Meeting at Construct2015 will be held on
Tuesday, September 29, 2015.
his year the annual meeting will be held off the convention center property at a location to be determined. SCIP will be hosting the meeting independently from the Convention. Although the starting and ending times will be similar to previous years with the business meeting, meals and breaks, the program portion will consist of a Workshop that is still in the planning stage. We anticipate that Arkema will sponsor a special event in the evening as in past years, but it will not be confirmed until early September.

Go ahead and make your travel arrangements to arrive the evening before, so you don't miss the business meeting with the announcements, awards, discussions, and networking in the morning, the noontime luncheon, the official group photo, and the Workshop.

More details will be published here when they are available.

Exhibition and Conference for Architectural Coatings and Substrates
June 8-10, 2015 at the Eden Roc Miami Beach, Miami Beach, FL

This event has been cancelled, but may be
rescheduled as a Virtual Conference.



Photo by Randy Reifsnider


Click here for photos of attendees at SCIP annual meeting during afternoon refreshment break.

Thanks to Marilyn Smith for the great photos.

See bottom of this page for official group photo.


SCIP Booths at past CSI Conventions
Click for larger view
2012 Phoenix   2013 Nashville   2014 Baltimore


announced Service Awards to five members and three board members. Five EIEIO Awards were also issued.

Sponsor Awards were presented to three organizations that have provided outstanding services to specifiers over the past several years.
Their efforts have enhances our annual meetings and worthy of our appreciation .

Click  to view award certificates and descriptions


The new Board of Directors took office on July 1, 2014 and will serve until June 30, 2016.

President, David Stutzman
President-Elect, John Carter
Immediate Past President, David Lorenzini
Vice-President, Peter Jordan
Vice-President, Linda Stansen
Secretary, Marilyn Smith
Treasurer, Stephen Falk
Affiliate Director, Don Harris

A copy of the Secretary's official report can be downloaded here.

SCIP SPONSORS college of fellows publication

SCIP sponsored the 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 by clicking on the image of the book on the left.

SCIP has a lawyer on call
s a member benefit, SCIP members are entitled to two free calls to LegaLine.
Read more


As an experiment, the annual meeting at Construct2012 in Phoenix was broadcast live, recorded on video, and store privately on the Internet using Google+ Hangout.
To view, visit

The audio and video are not the best, but it served the purposed of demonstrating the possibility of engaging other members who were not able to physcially attend to someday participate in the proceedings..

Now! direct phone access to SCIP
ot down this number: (818)390-7692. Now you can reach SCIP Membership Chair/Treasurer directly. Although this is not a toll free number, you might want to clear up some matters quickly.

member database UPDATE

The member database has been in effect since February 2009. Members should have updated their own profiles by now. We need your email address to notify you of important news, send you newsletters and election ballots, and provide your address to Arkema for invitations to the special events at CONSTRUCT. If you have a problem accessing your, contact the treasurer.
Access the Member Database under Quick Links.

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 SCIP GROUP PHOTO at 2014 CSI Convention
Baltimore, Maryland

Click photo for larger image.



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