June 2020, Volume 36, Issue 5 Print

President's Memo

Today I write you for the last time as your 2019/2020 ACI-IL President. Normally I would get the chance to officially pass the torch to our Incoming President, as we would all gather together in our formal wear, eating delicious food and spending the night conversing at our Annual Dinner celebration. Given our Country’s current situation regarding the COVID-19 polices, we were unable to host a gathering of that size this year.

Dang, you mean I don’t have to speak again?!

Annual Dinner
But hopefully we won’t be away for too long! We had planned this year to re-vamp our Annual Dinner celebration – most importantly, we had decided to move the date from May to the Fall; previously we had always held our dinner the day before Mother’s Day, a conflict for many. We also wanted to incorporate more and more awards for our members and their amazing achievements within the industry, through ACI’s Excellence in Concrete Construction awards program. Please stay tuned for more information to follow, we are paying close attention to policies regarding larger gatherings and restaurant openings – even if we cannot host an event this year, ACI-IL will be back and better than ever!

Welcome New ACI-IL President
It is time to officially announce your new Incoming ACI-IL President for the 2020/2021 season – please welcome Dan Gancarz! Dan has been involved in the Chapter for several years now, serving as a Board Member and Chapter Officer. He has also volunteered a ton of his time helping us at our Certification Facility in Elmhurst – serving as a proctor for Grade I Field Testing. Many of you know Dan through his work for the Illinois Tollway, he has worked in the Materials Department wearing many hats – helping many of us through the planning, testing and construction of hundreds of miles of concrete pavement for the Tollway System. Again, please join me in welcoming Dan and wishing him the best of luck in his upcoming Presidency for ACI-IL!

Welcome New Chapter Officers
I would like to introduce you to our new Chapter Officers for 2020/2021: President, Dan Gancarz; Vice-President, Nick Beristain; Secretary, Andres Matos-Ortiz; Treasurer, Kimberly Wilson. Also, please meet our Board of Directors for 2020/2021: Brad Pfanenstiel, Peter Stamatopoulos, Sarah Rose, Joe Carlson, Jaclyn Ferraro and Jimmie Price. A few new faces this year, looking forward to seeing what they can accomplish!

Update on Certification Program
There are a few changes to our event schedule for the rest of 2020 due to COVID-19 and Illinois Policy regarding our programs. Our certification program is considered an essential business and has been operating on a limited basis, although we haven’t been able to hold many classes due to size restrictions in Illinois. We are in the process of designing a program where we can still service the needs of the concrete testing industry; from limiting the size of classes, staggering test times and having examinees waiting in their vehicles are just a few steps we will be taking to insure everyone remains safe while still getting you all certified. All classes will require proper PPE (masks, gloves, etc.) and will we have plenty of hand sanitizer for each participant. Equipment and workstations will be sanitized after each use. Please continue to check our website and calendar for updates to our schedule moving forward.

Update on Annual Golf Outing
At this time, we had to cancel our Golf Outing planned for June 18th at Seven Bridges Golf Club. The staff at Seven Bridges has been working with us on a reschedule date, but we will have to see how large gatherings play out in the next several months. We hope to reschedule for later in the summer/fall but given the situation we can’t be 100% certain this will happen. Please stay tuned and continue to check our website and calendar for updates.

Update on Monthly Dinner Meetings
The same goes for our Monthly dinner meetings that would usually start up around September, at this time we are still waiting to see when the larger gatherings will be allowed and then we will make an informed decision on when to restart our Monthly meetings. Again, please check our website and calendar for up to date information.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
I’ve rambled on long enough, time to let you all go – but before I do, I need to thank a few people that were instrumental in my success as your ACI-IL President this past season. To the Board of Directors, all our success this past season wasn’t because of me – it was because of YOU! Thank you to each and every one of you, we couldn’t have done it without the team working together. George Seegebrecht, thank you for everything you do for our certification program. It is because of you that we are able to promote such a successful program and facility! Carol Park, the silent worker behind the scenes – you are the glue that keeps this whole Chapter together, thank you for continuing to support us wherever we need it! To all the past-presidents thank you for your inspiration, your support and your advice throughout this last year. Lastly, I want to thank Ozinga for allowing me to spend the amount of time I do working with this Chapter – without their approval and support, I couldn’t be here.

I hope everyone has a fun, safe, healthy and productive summer! Can’t wait to see you all again, hopefully this fall!


Peter J. Schroeder

Past-President (Officially!)

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A Message from Incoming President Dan Gancarz

For those that don’t know me, I’ve been with Applied Research Associates since the start of my career in 2013 as an on-site engineer with the materials group at the Illinois Tollway. Most of that time I’ve been involved with the ACI-IL chapter. I was able to join the board a few years into my career with some encouragement from the President at the time, Greg Rohlf, and now I’m excited to be the 2020/2021 ACI-IL President! I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve had and the countless people that have helped me along the way.

I’d first like to thank Peter Schroeder for the outstanding job as President and his dedication to the chapter. He’s worked tirelessly to make sure ACI-IL is successful and I’m glad he’ll be around as Past-President to continue guiding the chapter. The recent months have been challenging to say the least. I’d like to acknowledge Peter Stamatopoulos, Brad Pfanenstiel, and all those involved with planning the 2020 Spring ACI Convention in Rosemont. It was a major disappointment that the convention had to be cancelled because of COVID-19. It took years to plan the convention and I could personally see the effort Peter and the team put into planning what would have been an extremely successful convention.

I am excited to welcome the new board members. The chapter has brought in more young professionals and I plan to keep that momentum going. It’s great to have new people and new ideas while still having the institutional knowledge of Past-Presidents to guide the chapter to continued success.

ACI-IL strengthens the local concrete industry by offering education, networking, and certification. We faced challenges with cancelled events, reduced certification classes, and uncertain future restrictions. Our certification program and facility has been a phenomenal success. We will adapt to continue that success and provide necessary certifications to the industry while focusing on the safety and well-being of all those involved. We also might need to get creative with future dinner meetings. There will be challenges ahead, but we have the best chapter and board to face them! Please continue to check our website and calendar for the latest information.

Have a happy, healthy, safe summer and we’ll see you in the fall.

Dan Gancarz

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Calendar of Events

Monthly Dinner Meetings
No dinner meetings are scheduled at this time

Annual Golf Outing

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Upcoming Certification Sessions

Due to the current restrictions on large gatherings, no classes are scheduled at this time. Once we get the ok from the State of IL and ACI National, we will add them to the online calendar. Please keep checking the calendar and we will also send out e-mails notifiying of open classes.

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Certification Sponsors

Thank you to our Certification Sponsors!

Certification GOLD Sponsors:

Certification SILVER Sponsors:

Interested in sponsoring?
Contact Pete Stamatopoulos at 630-804-9577.

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