What will set you apart as a Professional Estimator?

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 (waldropfred718@gmail.com)  or visit our website https://aspe19stlouis.org for more information.

Awards Galore for ASPE Metro STL Chapter 19

St Louis Metro Silver
Silver Award 2020

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.

award Frank
ASPE Chapter 19 Long Logo

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.

See the calendar of events here.

Follow us on Eventbrite to be notified of Chapter Meetings.

  • Cyndi Walker 11/19/20

ASPE Ch 19 Estimator of the Year Award

Estimator of the Year Announcement

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.

Jason Emerick – Commercial Account Executive at Hallmark Stone Co.

ASPE 2020 Scholarship and Election Results

Every year our American Society of Professional Estimators Metro St. Louis Chapter 19 advertises to students in colleges and universities studying in construction related programs to apply for a $1,000.00 scholarship. This year we had some absolutely outstanding applicants.

Thanks to the generosity of several construction general contractor and subcontractor companies who donated money or objects for our silent auction and for the wonderful attendance at our 2nd annual Trivia Night on March 7th, our Metro St. Louis Metro Chapter of the American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE) is able to award not one, not two, not three, not four, but five scholarships this year!

The highest scoring applicant was Lydia Juengling who attends Kansas University in the school of architecture. She will be awarded a check for the $1,000.00 scholarship we typically award.

As the Trivia Night was so successful in raising funds for our scholarship, we are happy to award $500.00 to each of the next four highest scoring applicants.  They are Nicole Martindale (Iowa State), Benjamin Steger (University of Missouri – Columbia), Nicholas Raush (Drury University), and Anna Schwartz (University of Missouri – Columbia).

We wish all who applied great success in their future endeavors. They are each perfect examples of the people who are needed for the future of our industry.

We hope to hold our scholarship fundraising Trivia Night next March once again. Check our website www.aspe19stlouis.org early next year for the announcement and join in the fun. 

The results of our election for next year’s board is in. Returning board members are: John Smith, CPE (The Lawrence Group) as President, Everett Myers, CPE (McCarthy) as 1st Vice President, Mary Rotter (Golterman & Sabo) as 2nd Vice President, Jim Stukenberg (Freelance Estimator) as Treasurer, Cyndi Walker (Golterman & Sabo) as Secretary, and as Directors: Jason Emerick (Hallmark Stone); Jeff Judge (C.E. Jarrell); Diane Rinck (Paric); and Fred Waldrop, FCPE (Clay Pipe). We welcome new board member directors Cameron Beattie (Holland Construction) and Kyle Hoefel (Bazan Painting). The first board meeting of our new Chapter year will be a virtual meeting on Friday, May 15th to swear in our new board, plan our upcoming activities and announce our “Estimator of the Year Award”. We look forward to a successful 2020 / 2021 year. Be sure to check the website often for meeting notices – you may be interested in the topics to be presented starting in September and we urge you to join us.

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