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June 2017

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Is Your CFO a Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional?

The Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP®) designation is the only accounting certification for construction financial professionals accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) under ISO 17024:2012. The ICCIFP provides the construction industry with a third-party verification of an individual’s knowledge and experience—essential to ethical financial management in the industry's complex environment.

The CCIFP designation:

• Demonstrates commitment to and dedication to continuing education and quality improvement.
• Establishes our profession as having, valuing and maintaining the highest possible standards of knowledge, competence and ethical behavior—as high as any other profession on which business and the public rely.
• Sets our profession apart as one with its own unique skill set and body of knowledge, a level of attainment over and above that of financial generalists.
• Promotes the spread of best practices within the industry.
• Gives certified persons a powerful edge in an increasingly competitive industry and marketplace

All Credentials Are Due June 15!

Have you registered for NAWIC’s 2017 AMEC in Anaheim, California? If not, register today. Then, don’t forget to send in your credential forms.

Your credential forms may be found at > Credentials and are due to the NAWIC Office on or before June 15, 2017. You may learn more about credentials on the Conference website as well. Please remember to register for AMEC before you send in your credentials.

We look forward to seeing you in Anaheim for NAWIC’s 62nd Annual Meeting and Education Conference!

NAWIC Elects New Region Directors

Four of NAWIC’s regions have elected their newest group of Directors. These exceptional women will be officially installed at the 62nd Annual Meeting and Education Conference in Anaheim, Calif. Congratulations ladies!

Pacific Northwest Region
Lauline A. Mitchell

South Atlantic Region
Kristey Stewart, CIT

South Central Region
Laurie Jimenez, CBT

Southeast Region

Karen Hager, CBT, CIT

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Say Thank You to Dede Hughes By Advertising in the Daily Bulletin

Ad space is now on sale in the official newsletter of NAWIC’s Annual Meeting and Education Conference—the Daily Bulletin. Would you like to promote your company, announce news or recognize or congratulate someone at the 2017 AMEC? Or perhaps you’d like to say farewell to NAWIC’s retiring Executive Vice President Dede Hughes. Or maybe you’d like to officially welcome NAWIC’s new Executive Vice President Beth Brooks. If so, consider advertising in The Daily Bulletin, a daily newsletter distributed to all attendees at NAWIC’s Annual Meeting and Convention on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Advertising in The Daily Bulletin is an inexpensive and convenient way to reach members attending AMEC in Anaheim, Calif. To advertise, complete The Daily Bulletin Advertising Form located at or go to > Links. Return the form by July 10, 2017 to to be included in the Wednesday edition of The Daily Bulletin.

Please note, if you plan to purchase a Daily Bulletin ad on site at AMEC you must supply a camera-ready ad or choose from a limited number of pre-designed templates that will be available.

Limited space is available—first come, first served! For more information, contact

Deadline for Chapter Table Sales at the NAWIC Mini Trade Show is Now!

Plans for the 2017 NAWIC Annual Meeting and Education Conference (AMEC) are well under way. The NAWIC Mini Trade Show will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 17, from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Chapters and regions are invited to participate in this event. This program is being offered as a cost-effective method for chapters to increase non-dues revenue by increasing sales of their NAWIC items. Each chapter will be responsible for collecting sales tax on the items that they sell at AMEC. A form will be given to you so you can give the NAWIC office your sales tax money and the office will pay all taxes with one check.

Tables are available to chapters at $100 per table. A maximum of two chapters may occupy one table. Region tables, for three or more chapters, are also available for $150. Space is limited and all tables will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reservation forms and the rules and regulations governing the event will be sent to all chapter presidents. You may also download the form and rules online at

All reservations for tables are due to the NAWIC Office July 1, 2017. A check, made payable to NAWIC, must accompany the Reservation Form. Sorry, no verbal commitments or requests will be honored. For more information, contact Dede Hughes at

NAWIC members love to buy NAWIC items. Don’t miss out on this once-a-year opportunity to display your items and network with NAWIC members. Return your form today!

Send in Chapter Dues Updates

The deadline is June 30, 2017.

It’s getting close to renewal time, and the NAWIC office needs your help to ensure all renewals reflect accurate chapter dues.

The Chapter Dues Update Form was emailed to all chapter presidents and chapter treasurers on May 23, 2017. To download a Chapter Dues Update Form, go to > Member Center > Chapters > Chapter and Member Forms.

This information is necessary to update the NAWIC Database in order to generate 2017-2018 Online Renewal Invoices. Please complete the Chapter Dues Update Form, and submit it to the NAWIC Office no later than June 30, 2017.

Send in Chapter Leadership Updates

The deadline is July 15, 2017.

Your 2017-2018 chapter officers should be elected by June 30. Current chapter presidents should complete the Chapter Leadership Update Form, and return it to the NAWIC Office as soon as the results are in but no later than July 15. The
Chapter Leadership Update Form was emailed to all chapter presidents on May 23, 2017. Please note: We only maintain records for the offices of president, treasurer and membership chair. To download a Chapter Leadership Update Form, go to > Member Center > Chapters > Chapter and Member Forms.

NAWIC Adds New Partner—Columbia Southern University

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Columbia Southern University recently welcomed NAWIC as a member of its Learning Partnership program!

As a member of the Learning Partnership program, employees or members of NAWIC receive a 10 percent tuition discount toward any Columbia Southern University online associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree program. CSU degrees cover such topics as business, criminal justice, human resource management and occupational safety and health. As CSU is a family business, immediate family members of NAWIC’s employees or members will also receive this 10 percent discount when they enroll in CSU.

Columbia Southern University also provides the Learning Partner Scholarship opportunity for members or employees interested in furthering their education and career. The winners of the scholarship will receive tuition for up to three years, or until the completion of their selected online degree program with CSU whichever comes first. To learn more about applying for this exciting scholarship, please visit

Find out more about Columbia Southern University and your Learning Partnership benefits by contacting Christie Ball at or by calling 800-344-5021.

Register for AMEC at NAWIC Online

You do not want to miss NAWIC’s 62nd Annual Meeting and Education Conference in Anaheim, Calif. at the Hyatt Regency Orange County. AMEC is a wonderful opportunity to experience the power of NAWIC! Registering online is quick and easy. You can pay by check, VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Click here to register.

Registration Rates
May 1-June 30, 2017
Members: $685
Non-members: $785

After June 30, 2017 and onsite
Members: $785
Non-members: $885

Reserve Your Room for AMEC

When you register to attend AMEC, don’t forget step number two. Go ahead and book your room at the conference hotel. The 2017 AMEC will be held at they Hyatt Regency Orange County. NAWIC has secured a conference rate of $159* a night for single and double rooms and $179* for triple or quad rooms. Please note that rooms with two beds feature two queen-size beds and some rooms feature limited closet space. Be sure to book your room online at or by calling 714-750-1234. Room rates are guaranteed if booked by Aug. 1, 2017. However, we cannot guarantee availability. Book your room today before our room block is gone!

The Chapter Leadership Training Series Continues in June

The June session of NAWIC’s Chapter Leadership Training Series will be held on Tuesday, June 27 at noon Central time. Please note that the session will be held during the workday.

The session, “Effective Mentoring of Future Chapter Leadership” has a target audience of chapter presidents, but is open to any interested NAWIC member. NAWIC President Connie M. Leipard, CIT will present the session. Topics discussed during the presentation will include:

• Volunteering and answering “What’s in it for me?”
• Establishing an effective chapter leadership mentoring program for success
• Selecting and training effective committee chairs as a platform for growth in chapter leadership
• Train, train, train. Success begins with effective chapter training for leaders.
• And more.

Join this training session to learn about the relationship between the national office and local NAWIC chapters. To join, call the dial-in number at 515-604-9309 or go to on your computer. You will need the meeting access code 391116.

The Power Point presentation will be made available on the NAWIC website ( at least one week prior to the scheduled webinar for review. It is subject to change. Any questions should be directed to Colleen Cribbs, NAWIC National Committee Liaison, at

To see a calendar of future sessions of the Chapter Leadership Training Series, go to > Member Center or click here.

Attend ASHRAE’s 2017 Annual Conference

Attend ASHRAE’s 2017 Annual Conference, June 24-28, 2017, in Long Beach, Calif. Registration is open now at The Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center will be your one-stop shop for Registration, Bookstore, Speakers Lounge, and the Technical Program. Committee meetings will take place at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, the Renaissance Long Beach, and the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center.

The conference includes tracks that demonstrate the benefits of net zero energy and ways to achieve that goal in the design and operation of buildings. The fifth annual Research Summit brings together distinguished researchers to present the latest research results on building science and renewable energy and its impact as we move towards NZE buildings. The conference Technical Program features new tracks that focus on resources to design, build, control, commission and operate these high efficiency facilities:

• Building Life Safety Systems NEW
• Commissioning: Optimizing New and Existing Buildings and their Operation Controls NEW
• Fundamentals and Applications
• HVAC&R Systems and Equipment
• Net Zero Energy Buildings: The International Race to 2030 NEW
• Refrigeration
• Residential Buildings: Standards Guidelines and Codes NEW

The ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) provides high-quality training presented by industry-recognized experts. Choose from full-day professional development seminars and half-day short courses to stay current on new HVAC&R technologies. ALI seminars and courses are approved for renewal of professional engineer and professional architect licenses, as well as for industry certification programs. For more information, visit

To register or learn more, go to

Discount for Members Who Join Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS®) Program

Coming soon! NAWIC and IRMI have teamed up to provide a discount for all NAWIC members who would like to participate in the Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS®) program! CRIS was developed by IRMI to make it easier for construction professionals to secure their success by becoming certified in construction insurance and risk management. Obtaining the CRIS certification will increase your competence, confidence, and credibility when you’re dealing with insurance for your firm. Watch this space for announcements about how to get started, and visit with IRMI in Anaheim at AMEC to find out more!

Visit the NAWIC Store’s June Sale

Purchase a gift for fellow NAWIC members or treat yourself to great NAWIC merchandise. The NAWIC store is a one-stop shopping opportunity.

Items on sale in the NAWIC Store this month include:
• NAWIC stylus pen, now $2.75
• NAWIC valet key ring, now $4.50
• NAWIC can cooler, now $1.75
• NAWIC card case, now $7.50
• NAWIC anniversary tote bag, now $7
• NAWIC portfolio, now $8

Visit the NAWIC Store online here.

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  Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention Upcoming Calendar

June 4: Integrating Suicide Prevention & Mental Wellness into Your Workplace Culture at CFMA’s 2017 Annual Conference & Exhibition

June 7: Suicide Prevention in Construction: Resources & Action Plans to Implement Today at CFMA’s 2017 Annual Conference & Exhibition

June 20: Suicide Prevention Summit hosted by CFMA’s Massachusetts Chapter with MassMen

August 17: Suicide Prevention Summit hosted by CFMA's Middle Tennessee Chapter with AGC & NAWIC

September 26: Suicide Prevention Summit hosted by CFMA’s Las Vegas Chapter 

Click here to read more in the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention's newsletter.

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