President's Message Aug 2017

    “Back to the Future!”

    It appears to be that a new sheriff is in town, not to rule but to guide the chapter into the next phase of growth. I’m honored to take another stint in the president’s role, to make us stronger and continue with the leadership by building upon successes of the past. Again, it is my heartfelt thank you for placing your trust in me.

    Our guiding theme this year is lead off by an acronym, T.E.A.M.S or Training, Education, Awards, Membership, and Social. With using this, our hope as a board is to make a difference in the built environment in our RVA market. We aspire to grow the chapter thru our exposure in the education and social events and using the CSI Awards programs to recognize the achievements of our individual members. Our monthly meetings will be fresh with new and exciting locations and topics, of which we are already planning the Annual Christmas Party and Past Presidents night, The Product Show, and our Monthly Lunch & Learn programs. Many past successes with these programs have and will lead us into the future.

    Our chapter is strong, both financially and with very dedicated members. We have several members that have been recognized by the Mid-Atlantic Region and CSI National with many prestigious honors. The strength of our chapter is deep, but without new members, it can quickly become much like some of the other chapters that are in trouble. Downturns in the economy, job layoff, and companies cutting back on memberships have hurt our organization, and some chapters experienced high negative growth rates. Richmond Chapter needs to keep looking toward the future, and bringing new members into the fold. Membership is a key item to this year’s success, and in which we are urging you to “bring a friend” to every CSI event you attend.

    Enough for this month. I look forward to seeing you at our next event, chatting about your concerns and hope to see some new faces!


    Robert W. Vaughn CSI, CBS, GBS
    President Richmond Chapter CSI