INCOMING iccifp chairman’s corner
the institute of certified construction industry financial professionals
I am honored to be taking the ICCIFP gavel on the
eve of the 10th anniversary of the first certification
exam. I want to thank John Rogoz for his leadership over the past year as we tackled the continuing challenges that a growing organization faces.
Like all the chairmen before him, John leaves the
Institute in great shape.
I am also excited to be working with our new
Executive Director, Chris Zaucha. I know firsthand the dedication and passion that he brings to
the ICCIFP and certification. He also brings the
trifecta of experience to his new position: construction owner, non-profit manager, and ICCIFP
Continuing to increase the value of the CCIFP credential is our first priority, just as it was when the
Institute was founded. We want to increase the
value to our certified persons – those who have
already demonstrated their knowledge, experience, and ethics.
We are reaching out to educate not only business
owners, but also sureties, bankers, and other
stakeholders. We want to show them why they
want a CCIFP involved in their construction project. They should see the CCIFP designation as an
instant indicator of value.
CCIFPs also have a role in increasing the value of
their investment. I include “CCIFP” after my name
on e-mail, business cards, and correspondence. I
make sure that members of my local chapter know
that I am a CCIFP and I ask why they aren’t.
My Conference badge will include “CCIFP” after
my name, as will all CCIFPs who attend the
Conference. You’ll be surprised at how many
people will ask about it, and when they do, you’ll
have the opportunity to educate them.
Another priority for this year is to continue to
evolve our volunteer experience. We appreciate
that our Institute volunteers donate their time,
expertise, and passion. We will continue to review
our committees so that everyone who wants to
participate has the opportunity to serve with a
reasonable time commitment while maintaining
process integrity and quality.
This year is an opportunity to look back and
celebrate 10 years of the Institute. We are here
because of the leaders who took Herb Brownett’s
vision and ran with it. They created the Institute,
developed professional standards, and held a professional examination – all in one year.
We are here because of all the CFMs who had the
courage to take an examination long after the last
time they had filled in dots on a scantron. We are
here because those people created the value in
the CCIFP designation. To them, I and all other
CCIFPs owe a debt of gratitude. I hope to show
that gratitude in that the actions we take this year
to continue to grow the value of the CCIFP.
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t take this
opportunity to thank Erica O’Grady for her years
of dedicated service as the Executive Director of
ICCIFP. Erica usually made her job look easy, but
as one of those who had a chance to see just how
much work goes on behind the scenes, I can tell
you it wasn’t. Her can-do attitude made sure that
everything that needed to happen did even in the
midst of chaos. Erica has been the glue that held
the ICCIFP together. We all wish her the best in
her new role at CFMA. n
BY JOSELIN R. MARTIN, CCIFP, INCOMING CHAIRMAN
Educate & Celebrate
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