CSI reaches out to young professionals

Alexandria, Va. (May 15, 2008) – The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) today announced that it is creating a new group to support young professionals in the design and construction industry. CSI's Emerging Professionals group will provide recent college graduates and new professionals with networking, mentoring and leadership development opportunities.

"This segment of the industry largely has been overlooked in the past," said CSI Executive Director and CEO Walter Marlowe. "We are reaching out to young professionals to help them connect with their colleagues, discuss issues and explore how CSI can help them advance in their careers."

In March, CSI assembled an advisory task team of professionals to guide the development of the Emerging Professionals group.

"Often, young professionals do not have the flexibility to travel, take time off work or get their employers to pay for conference expenses," said Marlowe. "This group will look for creative ways to get them involved in the industry and CSI."

The new group will provide benefits to young professionals as well as CSI's long-time members. "Mentors often provide guidance in developing skills and gaining technical knowledge," added Marlowe. "At the same time, these young professionals will be able to teach their mentors and others about current technologies and how to integrate them into practical applications."

The group's first event is scheduled for Wednesday, June 4, 2008, from 5:00p.m. to 5:30p.m., during the CSI Annual Convention, in Las Vegas, held in conjunction with CONSTRUCT2008. This "meet-and-greet" will take place at the CSI Leader Lounge. Register now for CONSTRUCT2008 & the CSI Annual Convention at www.constructshow.com.

To help support this new group, CSI recently created an online forum for users to discuss issues and share ideas. The Emerging Professionals forum is accessible at www.csinet.org/forums.

If you are interested in getting involved in the Emerging Professionals Group, or know someone who would be, please contact Caroline Warren, CSI's Manager of Membership and Chapter Relations, at cwarren@csinet.org or 703-706-4726.