They Are At The Post!.......

Annnnndddd we’re off!

That’s right folks, it is May.  And when the first Saturday in May rolls around it is time for the Kentucky Derby, what could be considered the most famous horse race in the world.  Hundreds of thousands of people, from around the world gather, in Louisville, Kentucky the first weekend of May to take part in festivities and watch what has been dubbed “The Run for the Roses” and the “Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.” So, who do I think is going to win this year’s Derby?  Well…if I was a betting man (and I am), I would place a “Boxed Superfecta” (4 horses to finish 1,2,3,4 in any order) bet on CSINext! No folks, I haven’t lost my mind….

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Hello everyone, Spring as arrived, baseball season is underway, and to borrow a cliché’ from former Cincinnati Reds great and Hall of Fame announcer Joe Nuxhall we here at CSINext are “rounding third and heading for home.”

That is right folks CSINext is getting ready to slide “Charlie Hustle” style, headfirst into the last quarter of the CSI fiscal. And what a trip around the bases it has been this year! We have really "hit it outta the park" as they say!

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March Madness Is Here - Time for Cheer & Green Beer!!!

Well folks March is here; the winter cold is slowly moving out giving us a start to some very warm days and the opportunity to mingle with those who are coming out of hibernation.  As the saying goes, LET THE MADNESS BEGIN!

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Special Delivery for CSINext!

Roses are red, violets are blue, boy I wish winter was over don’t you? Slowly we are getting there folks, while February may be ripe with sounds of snowplows and shovels for some, the sounds of cheers, jeers, and ripped up college basketball brackets is just around the corner in March. 

Speaking of around the corner…I hear the beeping sound of a delivery truck (OSHA compliant of course) backing up to the CSINext dock for a delivery.

Well would you look at that?  A large box from the “Programs Department,” and one from “Certification Preparation.” Well, why wait…lets open these bad boys up and see what we have.

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Happy New Year & Welcome to CSINext 2023!

Happy New Year folks and welcome to 2023!

Hoping everyone in the CSINext family had a safe and joyous Holiday season!

Taking a quick look back at 2022, what a great year it was here at CSINext.  Our membership grew to over 120 members from within the United States and around the world, we had several members achieve their CSI professional certifications, we collaborated with Columbus State Community College to present the CSI CDT Bootcamp, Margaret Fischer of the Architectural Woodwork Institute knocked it out of the park with the AWI Casework Storage Standard presentation in December to finish out the year, and our Chapter sponsors continue to grow and support us in making CSINext one of the most unique and noted Chapters within CSI.

With all that, you are probably wondering if 2023 can top it right? The answer is a resounding YES. 

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Being Thankful, Pumpkin Pie, & CDT Bootcamp

Hello again everyone, is it already November?

Yes it is…and exciting times continue here at CSINext!

Here in the United States, we are at the beginning of the holiday season, and it all starts November 24th when we celebrate Thanksgiving.  Way back in the 1600’s, this traditional gathering, started by early colonists, celebrates life’s blessings.  It is always a time of gatherings, celebration, and indulging in way too much pumpkin pie – but nonetheless it kicks off one of the most joyous times of the year.  So, this month, we here at CSINext celebrate you…our Chapter Members.  Without you and your support of not only CSI and CSINext, none of what we share here would be possible. May you and your families have a joyous and safe start to the holiday season wherever you may be!

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Lots of Treats in store for CSINext!!!

Hello again everyone, and welcome to October! The fall season is upon us here at CSINext, and as we begin to put away the summer we are equally getting ready for the upcoming Holiday and winter season.  As Halloween is approaching, CSINext has made sure our members have more treats than tricks! Let’s dig into the candy bucket and see what we have on tap…..

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Interested ins the CDT? Sign up for the CDT BOOTCAMP 2022!

The CSCC CDT Bootcamp has been rescheduled to Saturday November 19th, 2022. 

If you have already registered, your registration will be carried over. If you cannot attend a refund will be issued, please let us know and a refund will be issued.

We here at CSINext in collaboration with Dean Bortz, Professor of Construction Management, at Columbus State Community College in Columbus, OH want YOU to get your CDT.

And that starts with proper and diligent preparation!

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Programs, Cool Stuff, and Conferences

As I mentioned last month, even though summer is winding down CSINext is winding up.  Last week CSINext held its first virtual Chapter Meeting of the year.  We had great attendance and Chris Bennett of Bennett Build presented “Building Bad Slabs: How to increase costs and reduce quality in polished concrete slabs.” Chris is a well-known expert in the world of concrete construction and surface applications and his presentations never disappoint.  Thank You Chris and well done!!

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Certifications, Programs, & a Hack!

Hello again everyone, hope your summer continues to be a great one! As Summer begins to wind down – CSINext is winding up! Last month, I mentioned your Chapter Board held its annual planning session for the upcoming year, and since that meeting things have really been moving forward, not only on the Chapter Business front but the Chapter Member front as well.

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Plan the Work and Work the Plan

Well, hello again everyone, hope everyone is well.  My apologies for length between columns, hopefully I can make up for the lost time here this month. 

The main purpose of a punch list is to identify project items that need to be completed or corrected right?  But we should also use those items in future applications, so we do not repeat the failures of the past.  In this industry we barely have enough time and money to do it the first time – it is imperative to do it right the first time.  And one of the things as industry professionals we can do right the first time is the project schedule. 

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CSINext 2022 / 2023 is Here!!

Hello everyone and welcome to the CSINext 22 / 23 year!  Hoping everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July. 

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Mark Ogg, and I will be serving as your CSINext Chapter President for this upcoming year.  I have been a CSI and CSINext member since 2013. 

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The "Why" of CSI

Last week in Nashville, CSI folks gathered for the first time in over a year to network, learn, and celebrate the achievements of our peers at the 2021 CSI National Conference.  And while it wasn’t like conferences in the past, it was still a great time, and for those CSINext members that were unable to attend you were greatly missed! 

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Welcome to "The Punch List"

Hello everyone and welcome to “The Punch List” … finally!  I could toss in the usual excuses for not getting this column started long ago….you know like being overloaded at work, being consumed in completing graduate school, “honey-do lists”, labor shortages, and a global pandemic…all of which are true….but truth be told…I just hadn’t gotten around to it. Sounds like a job site excuse right?  Well with this first entry that is all about to change.

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June 2018 - CSINext - Does It Again!! What Year!!!

Hello everyone, and Happy Summer!

As the CSI year winds down, I would like to take just a few seconds and thank each and every one of you for your continued involvement in CSI and the especially CSINext Chapter.

To all of the chapter members, Committee Chairs, and Board Members I would like to thank you for the tremendous experience it was to lead the chapter this year.

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CSI National Elections - Voting Now Open!

Hello everyone,

Just wanted to let everyone know the voting ballots for the CSI's National Elections are now open on the Institute's website.

Be sure and vote!!



Call For Officers - CSINext Chapter

 Well folks it is that time…this is the official Call for Officers for the CSINext Chapter!!

The CSINext Board has (3) openings this year:

  • (1)    President Elect (1st year Pres. Elect / 2nd year President)
  • (1)    Director (2 Year)
  • (1)    Treasurer (2 Year)

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Hello everyone, hope this month’s Presidents Message reaches each of you in good spirits!  Spring is right around the corner and for those of us here in the Midwest….it cannot get here fast enough!  This winter was a rough one.  But hey…it is March…and time for March Madness.  Speaking of madness let me give you an update of the crazy goings on here at CSINext!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR CSINext & Welcome to 2018!


Welcome to 2018!

Hello everyone, Happy New Year and welcome to 2018! I hope each and everyone of you had a very happy Holiday season!

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President's Notes September 2017


Hello everyone, happy September! Whew….what a month for CSINext! There is lots of information to cover….so hold on tight!!!

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