Certified Construction Manager (CCM) Study Group - 2017

The Gulf Coast Chapter of CMAA will continue its effort to grow the professional status of its membership by forming a Certified Construction Manager Study Group this January.  The Group will meet in eight (8) conference call sessions to receive training on “CMAA’s Standards of Practice” with the objective of preparing the participants to take the exam and obtain their Certified Construction Manager (CCM) credential.

The conference calls will be held from 3:30 to 5:30PM every other Thursday beginning January 26 and concluding on May 4.  Participants will be responsible for obtaining their own Study Kits from the CMAA website (www.cmaanet.org) and the instructors will provide homework assignments and lead Q&A during the calls.

The CCM credential is the gold standard for professional construction managers.  Those interested in joining the Study Group should notify Bill Lacher at [email protected] and he will provide a class schedule by return email.



Bill Lacher, CCM, LEED AP
Best Management Practices Consulting, LLC

[email protected]

21256 Spring Clover Lane
Covington, LA 70435

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2016 Big Game Raffle

Saints Football?

LSU Football?­

Pelicans Basketball?



Once again CMAA will be partnering with the Metairie Rotary Club to sell “Big Game” raffle tickets.  The attached prize list includes LSU and Saints game tickets for this fall and Pelicans tickets for next season NBA games.

The list includes a number of highly sought after tickets for the LSU vs Alabama game!!

Rotary uses 100% of the funds it collects to benefit non-profit organizations.  Rotary also shares a portion of the funds with the Gulf Coast Chapter and we use the proceeds to fund our scholarship program.

Please contact Bill Lacher ([email protected]) to obtain tickets for you to sell.  The drawing for the prizes will be in mid-August at a Rotary meeting.

We ask that all members give this a try, remember, 100% of the money goes to non-profit organizations such as the food bank and the boy scouts. All prizes have been donated by Rotary members and there is no administrative overhead.

Please participate by selling your share. 


Click here for Prize List


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Call for Volunteers - CMAA National Conference on Capital Projects Symposium

The CMAA Gulf Coast Chapter is happy to announce that it will be hosting the CMAA National Conference on Capital Projects Symposium on April 2-4, 2017. The Symposium, to be held at The Ritz-Carlton, is a high-level conference exploring how professional construction and program management enhances quality of life by fostering improvements in our built environment and better use of resources. The event will feature education session, plenaries and keynotes, local project tours, and networking opportunities galore! The CMAA Gulf Coast Chapter hosted this event in 2013 with great success. Details on this year’s Capital Projects Symposium, held in Austin, Texas, can be found at http://www.capitalprojectssymposium.com/.

As host chapter to this outstanding event, we will help to organize the local project tours, identify volunteers to facilitate technical sessions, man the host chapter/concierge table and assist in identifying local presenters and topics. The Chapter will also be hosting its annual golf tournament during this time as an added bonus activity for the Symposium.

We are very excited about this event, especially since the 2013 event was such a success (and a lot of fun). We want our members, non-members, and owners to get involved with the planning now so that we have another excellent experience! As project managers and construction managers, we excel at planning, organizing and scheduling activities for projects and this is no different. To that end, we are looking for volunteers for the following roles in support of this national event:

- Host Chapter Committee Chair—this individual will head up the local committee, will work with Chapter and National Board members and representatives to support the Symposium.

- Golf Tournament Chair—this individual will lead the efforts for the golf tournament to be held in conjunction with the Symposium.

- Host Chapter Committee Members and Volunteers—will support the Chair in the Chapter’s support activities.

- Golf Tournament Committee Members and Volunteers—will support the Chair in the planning and execution of the golf tournament.

More details and information on each of these areas is available from Lisa Cookmeyer ([email protected]).

Please contact Chapter President Jonathan Charbonnet ([email protected]) to volunteer in any of these categories. The Committee Chairs will also have the opportunity to meet with the CMAA National Executive Committee when they meet at The Ritz-Carlton in mid-July.

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3rd Annual CMAA Golf Benefit Wrap Up

What a great event last Friday! The CMAA Gulf Coast Chapter 3rd Annual Golf Benefit was an outstanding event with excellent turnout at Lakewood Country Club in support of scholarship funds. The weather was fine and rain held up long enough to complete the course.

With your help, the Annual Golf Benefit has quickly become one of the Gulf Coast Chapter’s most successful fundraising efforts—not only in supporting our area scholarships financially, but also a tremendous networking event for Chapter members and industry partners. This year also saw an increase in the number of registered participants, sponsorships and prize donations. When the final donations were tallied, the net proceeds were over $4,000, all of which will go directly to funding the 2015 Scholarship awards, to be announced at the 4th Annual Regional Infrastructure Conferenceon June 10.

Thanks to our many sponsors for helping to make this event so successful. Special thanks to our Ace Sponsors, Katie’s Restaurant (Hill House Chargrilled Oysters) and Abita (Crawfish Boil/After Party). Our Eagle Sponsors included AECOM, Archer Western, Barriere Construction, CSRS, GLF Construction Corporation, GSRES, PNI, PSI, Rimkus Consulting Group, Royal Engineers, Tolunay-Wong Engineers (who also grilled and served a variety of delicious sausage on the course), Vanir, and VolkertCity Blueprint & Supply was our Birdie Sponsor, and Hole Sponsors included HNTBTerracon, and Trigon Associates.

Our outstanding donors included Lakewood Country Club, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Lakeside Toyota, Academy Sports, and Rouses. And of course our many volunteers who made the event possible on all levels!

Winners of this year’s tournament were as follows:

- 1st Place Team: Gulf States Construction Services, comprised of Jason Reibert, Matt Saucier, Jacob Wilkerson and Bryce Fugarino

- 2nd Place Team: CSRS, comprised of John Haarala, Kevin Ferguson, Jonathon Perret and Darin Cooper

- 3rd Place Team: Royal Engineers, comprised of Michael Pugh, Justin Cain, Neil Schneider and John Fogarty

- Longest Drive Winner: Bryce Fugarino

- Closest to the Pin Winner: Jade Rung

Check the CMAA Gulf Coast website for more photos of the event. Also be on the lookout for the “save the date” notice for next year’s tournament event in coming weeks—you’ll also be able to sign up and reserve your spot soon!





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The 2015 CMAA Gulf Coast Chapter Scholarship


Deadline for entries: May 1, 2015 May 22 , 2015


The 2015 CMAA Gulf Coast Chapter Scholarship Application packet is available at http://www.cmaagulfcoast.org/

>> Application Package <<

Submit electronically completed applications to
[email protected]

Incomplete applications will not be considered. The application and all associated attachments must be submitted electronically with delivery receipt confirmation.

Hard copies of transcripts, essays and recommendations must be scanned and sent electronically. Hard copy applications and attachments will not be considered.


Contact Jonathan Charbonnet
[email protected]









The Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Gulf Coast Chapter is dedicated to advancing professional construction and program management worldwide. A member of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and endorsed by the Construction Industry Institute (CII), the CMAA credential offers the gold standard in professional construction and program management.

TTo promote CMAA’s objectives, the CMAA Gulf Coast Chapter will award up to five (5) scholarships to qualified students to help defray the costs of pursuing a degree in Construction Management or a related- degree program (eg, Engineering, Architecture, Construction Technology) in the Chapter’s region. The value of the scholarships varies from year to year, but will typically average $1,000 each.


• • Completed a minimum of one (1) full academic year of studies, and must have a minimum of one (1) full academic year remaining prior to completing the degree being pursued.

• • Enrolled as a full-time student in a Construction Management (CM) degree program, or other CM-related degree program in the Gulf Coast Chapter region, and show a strong interest in a career in CM, as demonstrated by your essay in the application package.

Review Process:

The CMAA Gulf Coast Chapter scholarship selection committee will consider the following in selecting recipients of the scholarships:

• academic performance
• quality of essay on future plans and scholarship interest
• recommendation of faculty advisor
• extracurricular activities

TThe CMAA Gulf Coast Chapter scholarship selection committee will review all complete applications received, and make its recommendations to the CMAA Gulf Coast Chapter Board of Directors for approval. Selected winners will be notified on or about June 1, 2015.

>> Application Package <<

Scholarship checks will be presented to the recipients at the CMAA Gulf Coast Chapter Annual Regional Infrastructure Conference in New Orleans on June 10, 2015. Scholarship winners are strongly encouraged to be present to accept the award; CMAA will pay for scholarship winners’ registration for the Conference

CMAA scholarship awards will be made without discrimination for or against, or harassment, of any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, or citizenship.


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