ACI CNY Newsletter - November 2013

Sign up for the "The Alaskan Iditarod" on 11/20!

In This Issue:

  • President's Message by Greg Novitzki, P.E., LEED A.P.
  • "The Alaskan Iditarod" presented by Spencer Thew on 11/20 - Register by 11/14!
  • ACI Certification Exams offered 12/4 & 12/5 - Register by 11/18!
  • ACI CNY Event Calendar for 2013-2014
  • Membership Renewal Reminder
  • ACI CNY Sponsors

President's Message

The Saunders Concrete Plant Tour was great! Thank you for a job well done to Tracy Saunders, Gary Markinson, and the whole crew at the Nedrow plant. It was great to have a large turnout for this event. I believe that on-site visits like this one are crucial in helping all involved in a construction project gain a fuller understanding of what it takes to get a load of ready mix concrete to a job.

And now for something completely different…

Please join us this month for an evening with Spencer Thew, P.E./L.S. Spencer will be talking about his experience in running the “Greatest Sled Dog Race in the World." This promises to be a very entertaining talk from one of our industries' stalwart figures. Spencer started his own company as a young man upon leaving the military and has run the Iditarod--he lives “outside of the box."

Greg Novitzki, P.E., LEED A.P.

Wednesday, 11/20
"The Alaskan Iditarod" presented by Spencer Thew
DoubleTree Hotel, East Syracuse, NY

Please join us!

4:30 PM Board Meeting
5:30 PM Registration
6:00 PM Presentation & Dinner

$35 Member
$45 Non-member
$15 Student


Click here to register/pay online. Or send an email to Amanda Latreille at with the number/names of people attending from your company or organization. You will need to bring cash or check to the event for payment.

Registration due by Thursday, 11/14.

A little about the presentation from Greg Novitzki:

Please join ACI CNY for a memorable evening with Spencer Thew, P.E./L.S., past President and CEO of Atlantic Testing Laboratories LTD. As construction professionals, our meetings tend to be a bit technical (or as others may call them--dry) in nature. I encourage you to join us this month for something different; something stimulating. This is a spouse/significant other friendly evening that everyone on your staff or in your family will enjoy.

Spencer has given this presentation chronicling his experience in preparation for and performance at the Alaskan Iditarod before and has always impressed and inspired his audience. This is a presentation that you will not forget!

Click here for more details about this event on the ACI CNY website.

Photo by Frank Kovalchek.

ACI Certification Exams offered 12/4 & 12/5

ACI CNY is pleased to offer the following Certification Exams this December at CME Associates in East Syracuse:

ACI Field Testing Technician Grade I (Course & Exam)
ACI Concrete Construction Special Inspector (Exam)

***Important: Anyone who received his or her Grade I Certification in 2008 MUST be re-certified in 2013.***

Please see the flyer for more information, including fees. You can complete the flyer to register via snail mail. Or ACI CNY offers easy online registration and payment. To register online, please visit the Events page on the ACI CNY website.

The deadline to register is 11/18.

If you have any questions about certification, please contact Niel Zuern.

ACI CNY Event Calendar for 2013-2014

Please mark the following dates on your calendar:

9/18/13 - "Architectural Concrete" by Ken Hover (1 PDH)

10/16/13 - Concrete Plant Tour at Saunders

11/20/13 - "The Alaskan Iditarod" by Spencer Thew (click here to register)

1/22/14 - "A Historical Perspective on Structural Design" by Thomas Boothby (1 PDH)

2/26/14 - "Masonry Concrete Testing and Inspection Requirements" by Christopher Latreille (1 PDH)

4/2/14 - Annual Design & Installation Awards Banquet

Membership Renewal Reminder

Renewals were due 10/1. If you have questions about renewing your ACI CNY membership, please visit our Membership page or email Amanda Latreille at Thank you!

ACI CNY Sponsors

Special thanks to our 2012-2013 ACI CNY sponsors:

 Atlantic Testing Laboratories





CME Associates, Inc.


 C & S Companies

Essroc - Italcementi Group

Jefferson Concrete Corp.


Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt

Precast Concrete Association
of New York

Propex Concrete Systems

Ryan Biggs Associates

SJB Services, Inc.

Whitacre Engineering Corp.

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