Rich Barrett
LymTal International, Inc.

Happy New Year ICRI Baltimore Washington DC Chapter Members and your families! I hope everyone had a great holiday with their family and friends. A new decade is upon us which brings us the chance to continue with the success and growth of our Chapter.

I want to thank Kevin Kline, the Chapter’s Past President in 2019, as well as the Board Members for making 2019 another successful year. Your time and efforts are greatly appreciated. Looking back at our past year, I am excited to continue to grow on our education and scholarship opportunities. Kevin Kline, Kevin Goudarzi and Justin Long have been instrumental in continuing our relationship with the University of Maryland but also in building a relationship with Catholic University and Morgan State. Being involved at the University level offers graduating students the opportunity to gain knowledge of the ICRI and a different career path in the industry. Let’s keep spreading the word!

In 2020 it has become official, our honorary board member for many years is no longer an honorary member. Thank you, Tom Ouska, for your continued drive to make the ICRI Baltimore Washington DC Chapter a top chapter year after year. I would also like to reintroduce Brian McCabe who has taken on a 1-year term to continue making our Chapter great. In addition, I would also like to introduce our two (2) new Board Members this year: Dominic Huey (Structural Preservations Systems) and Luke Valentine (Engineering & Technical Consultants, Inc.). Please be sure to give them a warm welcome at the first quarter dinner meeting.

Over years past our social events have not had great attendance. This year I would like to change that. Let’s commit as a Chapter to change that. Feel free to make suggestions to me at our next dinner meeting or throughout the year with any fresh ideas that you may have.

Our first meeting this year is scheduled for February 13, 2020 and will be a joint dinner meeting with ACI at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Tysons Corner. We will have J. Michael Camarda, of SK&A Structural Engineers and Bill Martell, of CP&R, presenting on the award-winning project completed at the Watergate in Washington, D.C.

Please check out the web site (www.icribwchapter.org) on a regular basis for new postings and information. We will continue to be active on the web site to keep members informed.

I look forward to seeing all of you at our dinner meeting and please feel free to contact me at rich@lymtal.com with any comments and suggestions for this year.

Rich