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CSDA News October 2012 / No. 12-050
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CSDA News October 2012
No. 12-050

The Association of Cutting Professionals 

Fall Board Meeting Minutes Available Online

The minutes from the September 7, 2012 Board meeting in Chicago are now available here on the CSDA Website. The can be viewed by Clicking Here.

Winter Board and Committee Meetings to be Held in Scottsdale

The CSDA Winter Meetings will be held December 6-7, 2012 at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. The committee meetings will be held on Thursday, December 6 from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM with the Board meeting following on Friday, December 7 at 8:00 AM. CSDA has secured a room block at the hotel with a rate of $175 per night. To make hotel reservations at the Westin Kierland, please call 800-354-5892 and reference CSDA.

CSDA Board member Tim Beckman is organizing a golf outing after the Board Meeting. Please contact Tim at 513-604-0466 or email if you are interested in taking part.

For more information on the Board and committee meetings, please contact Erin in the CSDA office ( or call 727-577-5004.

Operator Certification Courses One Month Away

The association will offer a slate of training courses for sawing and drilling operators November 5-10, 2012 at St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, Florida. Three courses will be offered, and students can choose to attend the class that best suits their needs or expand their knowledge in all sawing and drilling disciplines by taking all three. Courses offered include Slab Sawing & Drilling 201, Wall Sawing 201 and Wire Sawing 201. Each session offers both classroom and hands-on training from experienced and knowledgeable CSDA instructors. For more information, or to sign up for these classes, View the 2012-2013 Training Brochure or visit our Training Page.

Also note the newly-launched Cutting Edge course is available online, 24/7 at This course acts as a prerequisite for the 201 Operator Certification courses and can be taken at home or at the office when convenient for the operator.

New Membership Categories Introduced

In its continued effort to serve an ever-changing industry, CSDA has once again broken the mold. Two new membership categories have been introduced that will allow the association to cater to the needs of those who offer concrete polishing and ground penetrating radar (GPR) imaging services. Many CSDA members have embraced technological advancements and added services to expand their sawing and drilling operations into full-service companies. Some have even created separate divisions or businesses. Now, with these new member categories, CSDA is well placed to represent those who offer these specific services.

The two new categories—Polishing Contractor and GPR Imaging Contractor—have been added to the CSDA Membership Application Form and website, and are available for contractors with immediate effect. If you know of any contractors who specialize in these areas and may be interested in joining CSDA, have them call 727-577-5004 or email

Free World of Concrete Registration

Registration for the World of Concrete 2013, scheduled for February 5-8, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada, is open. CSDA is once again offering free registration, a $75 value, as well as discounted prices on seminar classes. Look for the registration banners on the CSDA and Concrete Openings Websites, plus the CSDA Facebook page. The association is also looking for members to support its cause by placing a link to the free registration on company websites and emails. CSDA gets a rebate for every registration made using the association’s unique link and code, which is See you in Las Vegas!.

2013 Convention and Tech Fair Registration Opening Soon

What better place to get away from it all and concentrate on making your business thrive than the beautiful Florida Keys? Join the Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association near the Southernmost Point of the Continental U.S. for the 41st Annual CSDA Convention and Tech Fair. The event will be held at Hawks Cay Island Resort on Duck Key, Florida from February 28 to March 2, 2013, and preceded by two days of Board and committee meetings. Registration opens soon through the CSDA Website, so look out for notifications arriving in your inboxes. CSDA has secured room rates of $199 / night (resort view), $249 / night (water view), $269 / night (lanai).

There have been several requests to the office regarding bringing a large number of family members to the convention. For those attendees looking for more space than a traditional hotel room, Hawks Cay offers two, three and four bedroom villas. The group rate for a two-bedroom villa through CSDA is $499 per night. These villas are separate from the main hotel building, but still close to all resort amenities. Some are located on the water with boat docks. Villas are limited, so it is best to make your reservations early. To reserve a villa or hotel room for the convention, call 800-432-2242 and mention CSDA.

CSDA Representatives to Attend ICPSC 2012

CSDA President Jim Dvoratchek will present an introduction to CSDA for attendees of the International Concrete Polishing and Staining Conference, scheduled for October 11-14 in Duluth, Georgia. Jim will be joined by Past President Doug Walker and committee chairs Mike Orzechowski and Sid Kilgore, who will be part of the presentation and will also take part in a roundtable discussion during the event. For more information, visit  

CSDA Events at World of Concrete 2013

The association has a number of events planned for the Las Vegas trade show, including training classes, meetings and seminars. The first ever CSDA Concrete Polishing class headlines the training schedule, and will be held February 6-7, 2013. This is one day after the first WOC-based CSDA Core Drilling Operator Certification course, which will be held February 5-6. Completing the lineup is the CSDA Estimating class, which is scheduled for February 6-7.

The CSDA Board will meet on the morning of Wednesday, February 6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. All members are encouraged to attend and learn more about what the Board, committee members and staff are doing for the membership. In addition, the CSDA Next Generation Committee will meet on February 7 at the show, to discuss progress and upcoming events. The group is geared towards industry professionals of younger generations who are interested in networking and becoming more involved in shaping the association and industry—now and in the future.

For more information about any or all of these events, call 727-577-5004 or visit

2013 Convention Keynote Speaker Announced

CSDA is pleased to announce that Seth Mattison will be the keynote speaker for the 41st CSDA Convention and Tech Fair in Duck Key, Florida, February 28 to March 2, 2013. Seth’s primary interest is in workforce trends and his generation—the Millennials. His presentations focus on creating a better understanding of the generation gaps between younger and older workers today, how to repair them and how bridging them can lead to greater creativity, productivity and worker satisfaction. For more information about the 2013 Convention and Tech Fair, visit or call 727-577-5004.

Diamond Award Competition Closing Soon

The entry deadline for the 2013 Diamond Award is Wednesday, October 31. The competition is administered by the International Association of Concrete Sawers and Drillers (IACDS), of which CSDA is a member organization. The competition calls on contractors from all over the world to submit a recent challenging job, or one where expertise and innovation helped to make the job a success. Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges, before winners are announced and presented with their awards at the 2013 Bauma exhibition in Munich, Germany next April. Winners receive complimentary flights and accommodation for the ceremony. Visit for more information. Entries can be sent directly to IACDS or via CSDA.

40th Anniversary Books Available

The 40th Anniversary Book remains on sale to all members. This 32-page color book is a great way to learn more about the history of the association and promote the industry to potential customers. Visit and click on the “Products” link to order online, or email Quantities are limited, so don’t miss out on this snapshot of CSDA history!.

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