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Welcome to the meetings, member list, and officer information page for the Chicago chapter.

A Message from our Current Chapter President, Christopher Kottra.

As I take on the role of president of the Chicago Chapter here in 2017, I reflect back on how the chapter has evolved over the last several years. From my perspective, we have a perfect blend of educational and social events, which is what makes ICRI such a great organization. I would like to thank past presidents and Board Members for their commitment to the continued growth of ICRI. I especially want to thank last year’s president Sean Meracle who, in my opinion, has been instrumental in making this chapter what it is today through his involvement over the past decade. I can only hope to carry the torch proudly. We had some great events last year and the Board of Directors and Committee Members are working hard on more great events this year.

When I consider what ICRI represents, I cannot help but think of one of my favorite movies of all time, Top Gun. While I admit the reference is beyond cheesy, the premise of people that are the best at what they do who are working to get better is inspiring. It certainly has been inspiring for me to see industry leaders striving to improve their technical knowledge and grow their professional relationships. That is exactly what ICRI has done for me, and I hope it has for you as well.

The concrete repair industry is not going away. As structures age, the need for repairs will continue to grow and so will the need for qualified professionals to address those repairs. We have a unique opportunity in our organization and throughout the construction industry to help raise the bar for the quality of concrete repairs. One of my goals this year as president of the Chicago Chapter is to expand education and networking opportunities through inter-organizational communication and events.

Unique to our organization is that although the field is competitive, egos get checked at the door. As I watch the interaction among Board Members within committees and throughout general membership, I am always impressed with the level of professionalism shown when working directly with close competitors towards a common goal. There is no question we can all learn from each other. That is how we stay fresh. That is how we maintain our role as leaders in this industry. That is how we continue to grow as a well-respected organization. For every company that is committed to being involved in industry organizations like ICRI, there are probably 3 others that do not invest in those opportunities. Those other companies represent potential for growth and new blood in our organization. I challenge all members to reach out to those not currently represented in ICRI and encourage their involvement. I did not know many people in the concrete repair industry when I first joined ICRI in 2012. That gradually changed after coming to a few dinner meetings, and accelerated exponentially after joining the Board and becoming more involved with events. If you are hoping to get the most out of your membership, then I encourage you to get involved with a committee. We are also always looking for future Board Members, so please ask me or another Board Member if you’re interested.

I am looking forward to another great year. I hope to see you at one of our upcoming events. Also, keep your eyes open for a new and improved ICRI Chicago Chapter website, which we plan to unveil in the spring.


Christopher Kottra
2017 ICRI Chicago Chapter President

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Officers and Directors

Christopher Kottra
Building Technology Consultants, Inc.

Vice President
Jim Fadellin
Hard Surface Solutions, Inc.

Tom Lawler
William Hach & Associates Inc

Past President
Sean Meracle
The Sherwin-Williams Company -
Protective & Marine Coatings Division


Steve Genovese
Western Specialty Contractors

Tom Lavin
The Glenrock Company

Victor Ligocki
McCann Industries, Inc.

George Mulholland
Raths-Raths & Johnson

Thomas Steele
Quality Restorations, Inc.

Michael Wiscons
Building Technology Consultants, Inc.



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