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June 2010

Addenda #35 American Society of Professional Estimators Great Plains Chapter #35


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MEMBER COMPANIES

Ahern Fire Protection

Kiewit Building Group, Inc.

Bldg Cost Consultants, Inc.

L & L Builders Co.

Davis Erection Co., Inc.

MCM Services

Drake-Williams Steel Inc.

New Steel Inc.

Essex Corporation

Omaha Electric Service Inc.

Heartland Scenic Studio, Inc.

Sampson Construction Co., Inc.

Interstates Const. Srvcs. Inc.

Tempest Company

Kidwell Inc.

SPONSORSHIP AVAILABLE Other Member NEW MEMBER Ben Huck Sampson Constr. Co, Inc June 2009

Annual Web Page and Newsletter sponsorships are available. They are $250 to be included on the web page and the newsletter or $100 to be included in the Newsletter only. Monthly rates are also available.

discounted or free Publications and Software

MEMBER BENEFIT INDUSTRY RECOGNITION & CAREER ENHANCEMENT

National recognition of Certification Program for Certified Professional Estimators – Accredited by CESB.

Estimating Proficiency Exams

National, Regional, and Affiliated Estimating Academies

Benefits include

Leadership opportunities & training

Partnerships with other major industry associations & builders exchanges • Estimator forums website www.commercialestimators.com

Members Only Online Directory


Addenda #35 June 2010

American Society of Professional Estimators Great Plains Chapter #35 CONVENTION INFORMATION

ASPE CHP 35 OFFICERS

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

F E AT U R E S

REVIEW OF LAST MEETING

BOARD MEETING MINUTES & HIGHLIGHTS COMMITTEE REPORTS MEMBER BENEFITS

President Chris Ahrenholtz ahrenholtz@gmail.com First Vice President Justin Short justins@tempestcompany.com

MEMBER COMPANIES ASPE CANONS

CRITICAL CALENDAR ITEMS MEMBER COMANIES SPONSORS

Second Vice President Mark Mentele markm@tempestcompany.com Treasurer David Hanson david@newsteelinc.com

MEMBER BENEFITS UPCOMING MEETINGS NEW MEMBERS SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST: The Annual Convention in July is the next scheduled event. The next chapter meeting is August 25, 2010. More details will be included in the next newsletter

The cover art is an aerial view of downtown Omaha, Nebraska. It was taken July 28, 2006 by Ron Reiring and posted to Flickr.com under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. Original file location is en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ File:OmahaNE_Aerial.jpg


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THE GREAT PLAINS ADDENDA #35

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ASPE CANONS

REVIEW OF LAST MEETING On May 12, 2010, the Great Plains Chapter of the American Society of Professional Estimators met at Grisanti’s Italian Restaurant, 10875 West Dodge Road, Omaha, NE.

After taking a few minutes for everyone to introduce themselves, Mark Mentele and David Hansen took the lead in the featured discussion. The topic of the featured discussion was “Your Price is Right: A discussion on Bid Peddling and Bid Shopping.”

NEW MEMBER Dana Rand L & L Builders February 2010

David and Mark expertly guided the discussion through prepared list of top-

Canon #1 Professional estimator shall perform services in areas of their discipline and competence.

Canon #2

ics, while taking advantage of the opportunity to interject personal observations and

Professional estimator shall continue to expand their professional capabilities through continuing education programs to better enable them to serve clients, employers and the industry.

Canon #3

BOARD MEETING MINUTES & COMMITTEE REPORTS Meeting Date: May 26, 2010

Confirmation of votes for

Time: 11:45 AM

Chapter Estimator of the Year.

Location: Goldbergs

Review of the Chapter

Board Members: Chris Ahrenholtz (present) Mark Mentele (present) David Hansen (present) Justin Short (absent) Discussion topics: Review of May Meeting

submittals for National Awards.

Canon #4 Professional estimator shall safeguard and keep in confidence all knowledge of the business affairs and technical procedures of an employer or client.

Decision made to post Estimator of the Year and Chapter Awards to website. Will be posted after chapter awards are presented at convention.

Canon #5

CHAPTER ELECTIONS Voting was held from May 13 to May 27, 2010. Seventeen of the twenty chapter members voted. There were three write-in candidates for Secre-

NEW MEMBER Jason Prebyl Kiewit Building Group May 2010

tary and four write-in candidates for Treasurer. One candidate has accepted the secretary position, and the treasurer position is pending. Here are the results: President: Chris Ahrenholtz First VP: Mark Mentele 2nd VP: David Hansen

Professional estimator shall conduct themselves in a manner which will promote cooperation and good relations among members of our profession and those directly related to our profession.

3rd VP: Jonathan Hatcher Secretary: Jerry Onik Directors: Isaac Davidson Jason Prebyl Justin Short The Chapter Year runs concurrent with the National ASPE Business Year, starting on August 1st and running through July 31st.

Professional estimator shall conduct themselves with integrity at all times and not knowingly or willingly enter into agreements that violate the laws of the United States of America or of the states in which they practice. They shall establish guidelines for setting forth prices and receiving quotations that are fair and equitable to all parties.


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ASPE CANONS This story can fit 150-200 words. One benefit of using your newsletter as a promotional tool is that you can reuse content from other marketing materials, such as press releases, market studies, and reports. While your main goal of distributing a newsletter might be to sell your product or service, the key to a successful newsletter is making it

useful to your readers. A great way to add useful content to your newsletter is to develop and write your own articles, or include a calendar of upcoming events or a special offer that promotes a new product. You can also research articles or find “filler” articles by accessing the World Wide Web. You can write about a variety of topics but try to keep your articles short.

Much of the content you put in your newsletter can also be used for your Web site. Microsoft Publisher offers a simple way to convert your newsletter to a Web publication. So, when you’re finished writing your newsletter, convert it to a Web site and post it.

The subject matter that appears in newsletters is virtually endless. You can include stories that focus on current technologies or innovations in your field. You may also want to note business or economic trends, or make predictions for your customers or clients. If the newsletter is distrib-

Professional estimator shall utilize their education, years of experience and acquired skills in the preparation of each estimate or assignment with full commitment to make each estimate or assignment as detailed and accurate as their talents and abilities allow.

Canon #7 Professional estimator shall not engage in the practice of “bid peddling” as defined by this code. This is a breach of moral and ethical standards, and this practice shall not be entered into by a member of this society.

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This story can fit 100-150 words.

Canon #6

uted internally, you might comment upon new procedures or improvements to the business. Sales figures or earnings will show how your business is growing.

Canon #8 Professional estimator and those in training to be estimator shall not enter into any agreement that may be considered acts of collusion or conspiracy (bid rigging) with the implied or express purpose of defrauding clients. Acts of this type are in direct violation of the Code of Ethics of the American Society of Professional Estimators.

Some newsletters include a column that is updated every issue, for instance, an advice column, a book review, a letter from the president, or an editorial. You can also profile new employees or top customers or vendors.

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Canon #9

NEW MEMBER

NEW MEMBER

Jonathan Hatcher

Gabriel Kidwell Kidwell Inc May 2010

Ahern Fire Protection May 2010

Professional estimator and those in training to be estimator shall not participate in acts, such as the giving or receiving of gifts, that are intended to be or may be construed as being unlawful acts of bribery.


MISSION STATEMENT

Www.sites.google.com/site/aspe35

The American Society of Professional Estimators serves construction Estimators by providing education, fellowship, and opportunity for professional development.

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL ESTIMATORS GREAT PLAINS CHAPTER 35

Upcoming Chapter Meetings August 25, 2010 - Ethics in Construction September - TBD October - TBD November - TBD Upcoming Board Meeting: July - TBD August - TBD September - TBD I N

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PRESIDENTS MESSAGE

CRITICAL CALENDAR ITEMS June 1-9, 2010 Chapter Delegate(s) and Alternate(s) submitted to Society Business Office at least 30 days prior to Convention for voting

June 1, 2010 Nominations for Chapter President of the Year due to the Society Business Office Chapter Activity, Achievement, and Member Sponsorship Award Nominations due to the Society Business Office Voting strength of each Chapter determined by the Society Business Office Chapter Annual Report due to the Regional Governor and

Society Business Office Committee and Technical Board Chairs reports due to respective VP’s

June 15-30, 2010 Final Dues Renewal invoices to be sent out by Society Business Office

June 30, 2010 Last day for chapters to notify Society Business Office of chapter election results June Anniversary Dues Members deleted from Membership if not paid

July 1, 2010 Last day to submit Certification Applications (Cycle 2)

July 7-10, 2010 Annual Convention and Estimating Academy

July 20, 2010 Deadline for August/ September Estimating Today articles to the Society Business Office

July 31, 2010 Fiscal Year End – Renewal dues due to the Society Business Office for members to be included in the membership directory July Anniversary Dues Members deleted from membership if not paid

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the new Great Plains Chapter #35 Newsletter. Your contributions are welcome. If there is something you want to see in this newsletter, please contact me.


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