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Chairman's Final Message

It is hard to believe that a year has flown by. And what a year it was! I am so proud of what DBIA has accomplished through the efforts of our membership, volunteers and staff. I look forward to a “peaceful transition” of power to our incoming Board Chairman, Praful Kulkarni, AIA. He is a great friend and a leader who will bring new energy and insight to the organization.

Let me recap a few accomplishments we can all celebrate:

2016 was our best financial performance since 2010. The recession was tough on many organizations, and we can put those years behind us now. The Annual Conference in Las Vegas was our highest grossing ever, and we hope to repeat that in Philadelphia in 2017.

The Committee structure is strong, with great leaders and Board liaisons. Without slighting anyone, I want to mention the new International Committee and the growing P3 Committee as helping to guide DBIA into the future.

The newly formed Nominating and Board Development Committees have done an outstanding job identifying potential Board members from a diverse cross section of our membership, and we look forward to serving with those new Board members.

The Documents Committee has been busy. The newly released RFP/RFQ document and the Progressive Design-Build contract co-authored with the Water Design-Build Council are timely and enhance our family of documents.

We have reached out to our friends at AIA, AGC, WDBC, NSPE, CMAA, BOMA, CDBI and others to find ways to collaborate in areas of mutual interest, with some exploring MOU’s to pledge our joint cooperation.

The new Code of Ethics is open for member input until Dec. 31 at this link which will be presented to the DBIA Board for action in February 2017, a major step forward for our organization.

DBIA has had legislative success in many states, namely Missouri due to grass roots advocacy from our members and public owners.

Membership is up more than 10%, including a 200% increase in Young Professionals (under age 35), which is the life of any organization. Please renew your membership and consider sponsoring a Young Professional in your firm for just $75.

The Board is exploring the establishment of an Endowment Fund, through a non-profit that will help to fund necessary research on alternative delivery and other educational advancements.

A new “retired member” category was added for those of us age 62 and older.

Past Board chairs were recognized at a Chairman’s luncheon in November, with a special DBIA pin to mark their achievements.

I want to thank my wife, Denise Quatman, for her support this year and always; and thanks to our national and regional boards for all of their hard work; to our committee chairs and vice-chairs, and to our National DBIA staff, who help this organization excel each and every day.

My best wishes to all of our DBIA members, sponsors and friends, to your families and co-workers for a healthy and happy holiday season and a successful 2017!

G. William Quatman, DBIA, FAIA, Esq.
2016 Chairman, DBIA more

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