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SPSU Construction Management Department to hold 11th Annual Banquet

SPSU Construction Management Department to hold 11th Annual Banquet

Construction Management banquet

SPSU’s Construction Management Department will hold its annual Construction Industry Advisory Board (CIAB) Banquet at the Cobb Galleria on Sept. 27. The dinner raises money for scholarships and the advancement of Georgia’s largest accredited construction program.

SPSU offers both a Bachelor and a Master of Science degree in Construction Management, as well as certificates in project management, land development and specialty construction.

“The tremendous amount of support that I was able to receive through the CIAB Scholarship proved to be invaluable in preparing me for success in the construction industry,” said Trent Anderson, who graduated on Aug. 4 and has already found employment with general contractor Brasfield & Gorrie. “The CIAB Scholarship allowed me to focus my efforts on participation in CM competition teams, rather than having to find alternatives to financing my education.”

Anderson was captain of the SPSU team that placed first in the 2012 National Mechanical Contractors Association of America Competition. “These competitions have significantly increased my knowledge and awareness of the industry and have helped to supplement the excellent education that I have received in the construction management program at SPSU,” he added.

The CM Annual Banquet also serves as a key networking and recruiting opportunity for the SPSU undergraduates and graduate students, general contractors, subcontractors and construction vendors who attend.

“My first understanding of networking came from my involvement with the SPSU Construction Management department. I realized that you need to place yourself in situations that will lead to potential relationships,” said James Walker, who earned his undergraduate degree in CM in December 2011 and is now a project engineer at Van Winkle and Company. “Events such as the annual banquet led me to an employment opportunity that otherwise I would have missed. The hands-on involvement of construction industry professionals through the Industry Advisory Board and CM alumni gives SPSU students the chance to not only grow academically but also grow into the industry.”

“People tend to do business with people they know,” commented CIAB member Carl Frinzi of Balfour Beatty Construction, who is also a member of the SPSU Foundation Board of Trustees. “The CIAB Annual Banquet puts me with people who have both SPSU and an industry in common.”

This year’s fundraiser marks the 11th anniversary of the founding of SPSU’s CIAB, made up of industry leaders, many of whom employ SPSU graduates.

The evening includes “A Look into the Georgia Economy” by Dr. Roger Tutterow, professor of economics at Mercer University’s Atlanta campus, as well as cocktails and a silent auction. For tickets to the fundraiser, contact Event Committee Chairman Eric James at 678 636-0148 or

A platinum-level table (10 guests, $2,500) includes special recognition in the event program and major publication recognition; gold-level tables (eight guests, $2,000) and silver-level tables (four guests, $1,000) also include special recognition in the event program and major publication recognition.