Metro St. Louis ASPE Chapter #19 met the National ASPE Awards Criteria for a Chapter Achievement Bronze Level Award. Pictured above are John Smith, CPE, (The Lawrence Group), Chapter President and Fred Waldrop, FCPE (Clay Pipe), Chapter Board Member and Chapter Chairman for Certified Professional Estimator (CPE) program, who survived a duck bite while attending the ASPE National Summit Conference.
Our Chapter consistently wins National Achievement Awards due to our dedication to our industry, to educating estimators (current and future), and to awarding scholarships to students studying curriculums within the construction industry.
Being granted the term “Certified Professional Estimator” (CPE) – a nationally recognized program – by The American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE) is an acknowledgement of having estimating proficiency with a continuing commitment to the construction industry, to furthering one’s education, to follow ethical practices and to be motivated for personal growth.
Ten reasons to consider earning a CPE designation:
*Reflects personal achievement and motivation
*Improves opportunities and advancement
*May provide for greater earning potential
*Improves skills and knowledge
*Prepares you for greater on-the-job responsibilities
*Builds self esteem
*Grants you a nationally recognized professional status and credentials
* Demonstrates your commitment to the industry and the estimating profession
* Recognition as a qualified and competent individual
*Ensures that the recipient keeps abreast of construction industry changes
Steps to take to earning your CPE status – have 5 years of experience, take a General Estimating Knowledge Exam (GEK), take a Discipline Specific Test (DST) and submit a 2,500 + word Technical Paper (based on your discipline). The CPE Program is offered in an open cycle format that allows candidates to progress at a self-guided pace. Contact our Chapter Certification Chairman, Fred Waldrop, FCPE (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit our website https://aspe19stlouis.org for more information.
During the Chapter’s 2019 – 2020 year we followed the guidelines of the National Awards Criteria. This helped us better our Chapter and helped our industry. We held regular board meetings to keep our Chapter moving forward, provided five scholarships to deserving students after holding a very successful Trivia Night to fund our scholarship program, started an endowment at Rankin Technical School, provided monthly meetings of interest to our community, and awarded a Chapter Estimator of the Year to Jason Emerick (Hallmark Stone) for his multiple contributions to the Chapter. (Jason serves as our social media guru for website, blogs, EventBrite meeting announcements, etc. and he was our representative at the ASPE Central Region Conferences.) We retained over 90% of our membership from the previous year and added new members for the Award year as well as adding the five scholarship winners to our Chapter’s roster. We are proud to have received the second highest award for our efforts to keep our Chapter involved with the community and benefitting our industry. In addition to our Chapter Silver Award, one of our longstanding members, Frank Kutilek, FCPE was presented with the President’s Award from the National ASPE office. Frank has been very active for over 40 years in ASPE (locally and nationally) and has received the President’s Award three times – 2007, 2009 and 2020.
This year we are holding virtual monthly meetings and hope you will join our award winning Chapter to become involved in your profession and our industry.
Even with the lockdown due to Covid-19, our Chapter has been busy with giving and submitting for multiple awards. We awarded five scholarships to incredibly deserving students in construction or architectural college programs. We submitted documentation for earning the second highest National Chapter Award to the ASPE home offices. Our submittal outlined all the programs our local chapter had done over the last year to serve our membership and our industry. And very importantly, we awarded the highest award a Chapter can give to a member – the “Estimator of the Year Award”. The recipient of this award is Jason Emerick of Hallmark Stone. Two years ago, Jason had never even attended an ASPE meeting. He attended an AGC Estimators Forum meeting our chapter had requested to discuss our programs to the AGC group. After hearing what ASPE and our chapter was all about, he not only joined the ASPE organization, he agreed to serve on our Chapter’s Board of Directors. He brought a newcomer’s energy to our board and some needed expertise in social networking. He set up and updates our website (aspe19stlouis.org), administers our EventBrite meeting notification account, set us up with Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter, provided the sound system for our Trivia Nights, among all else he does so willingly and cheerfully. We are grateful for all he has done for the chapter.