President's Page

    A Message from Our 2017 Board President... Mr. Chris Kottra

    As 2017 winds down, I look back on what a year it has been. Most people I  have spoken with have indicated that there was plenty of work available this  year keeping them very busy. That is a great sign for things to come as it  seems building owners are more willing to spend money on repairing their  facilities. There will always be new challenges. This year, which brought  new certification programs and regulations in jobsite safety, was no  exception.  The Chicago Chapter of ICRI has always strived to provide  programs relevant  to the industry’s hottest topics. Our dinner meeting in  February highlighted  innovative award-winning projects from 2016. In a joint meeting with ACI in April, adhesive anchor certification programs were discussed. OSHA’s regulation on silica exposure was the focal point of the roundtable discussion in September. Our seminar held in October summarized the latest trends in corrosion mitigation. The upcoming November dinner meeting will include a presentation on avoiding mistakes in concrete repairs, and I hope to see everyone at Westwood Tavern in Schaumburg for this informative session.

    ICRI Chicago has also tried to sprinkle in a fair share of social events throughout the year. The golf outing in June was another big success raising funds for student scholarships. The Cubs rooftop event in September was a great opportunity to take in some fall baseball, and catch up with our colleagues. Our holiday party is sure to be a good time as well. This year’s holiday party will be held at Pyramid Pizzeria in Addison. As a thank you to our members for your support and participation throughout the year, admission to our holiday party will be free of charge.

    Serving as president this year has definitely been rewarding. I was able to get to know more of you at our various events, and I have learned to appreciate the hard work of my predecessors. ICRI Chicago is a volunteer organization, meaning there is no paid staff behind the scenes at the local level keeping everything running. Everything from communication to educational events to social outings are all planned and executed by the officers, board of directors, and their committee members. These committed individuals volunteer their time and efforts to help ensure ICRI Chicago remains a premier industry organization. That should not go unrecognized. As such, I personally want to thank all the board and committee members for their hard work this year. Let’s not stop there, though. I hope we can pass the torch on to future boards that can take what we have done and continue to improve upon and refresh it. If you are interested in helping to carry that torch, please reach out to a board member. It is a great opportunity to influence future programs, and make changes to our organization.

    Thank you for your continued involvement in ICRI. I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season and I look forward to seeing you all soon.


    Christopher Kottra
    ICRI Chicago Chapter President

    ICRI Chicago Chapter Recognizes Our Past Presidents

    Any organization is only as successful as its leadership. This is especially the case with volunteer organizations such as ICRI Chicago Chapter. From very humble beginnings, our chapter has grown in both size of membership and level of activity throughout our history. Here we honor and say thank you to those who have given their time and hard work to further our mission, many of whom are still active in the chapter today!

    2016 - Sean Meracle

    2015 - Steve Genovese

    2014 - Alex Szatanek

    2013 - Jeff Zeitler

    2012 - Jeffery Smith

    2011 - Craig Frier

    2010 - Patrick Martin

    2009 - Mike McCluskey

    2008 - Thomas Laird

    2007 - Stephen Niewiadomski

    2006 - William Mahler

    2005 - Mark Nelson

    2004 - Gary Hayes

    2003 - Leland Sizemore

    2002 - Torrey Thompson

    2001 - Joseph Amrein

    2000 - Todd Spindler

    1999 - Kelly M. Page

    1998 - Jim Corbett

    1997 - Marty Sobelman

    1995 - Marty Sobelman

    1994 - Tom Kline

    1993 - Bill Wolski

    1992 - Ron Bartlestein