The San Diego Chapter was founded in December 1983 by a Chapter
Organizing Committee composed of Jeffrey Platt (Dunphy Construction
Company), Douglas Griffin (University Mechanical Contractors), Robert
Merrick (R.E. Hazard Jr., Inc.), Donna McGrath (Deloitte & Touche LLP),
Jack Lupien (John Burnham Insurance Services), Donald Tartre (KPMG Peat
Marwick) and David Bohne (M.H. Golden Company). The Chapter was
organized around the idea of promoting the personal growth and
professional development of San Diego's construction financial managers.
In March 1984, the Chapter Organizing Committee reorganized as the Board
of Directors. In addition to the organizing committee, the board
included Keith Eshelman (The Brady Companies), David Larson (Arthur
Anderson & Co.) and Karen Zepernick (Trepte Construction Co.).
The Chapter's first meeting was produced by Jeffrey Platt in April 1984.
Over 120 construction financial managers attended this meeting,
indicating the community's strong interest in CFMA. The April 1984
meeting set the pattern for what was to become the Chapter's basic
educational and networking forum - semi-monthly luncheon meetings at
which a topic of current interest is presented and discussed.
At the April 1984 meeting, attendees were asked to consider membership
in CFMA. Within six months of the meeting, Chapter membership exceeded
100 members, establishing the San Diego Chapter as one of CFMA's leading
The first board of directors adopted a practice of identifying and
trying new and additional services that could be of value to members.
The first such expansion was a half-day training seminar that was held
in 1984. At this seminar, a group of construction industry experts
presented several topics of interest to construction financial managers.
These seminars have been held annually since then.
The Chapter sponsored the first of many roundtable meetings in 1986.
Roundtable meetings are used to discuss and review technical topics that
are best presented in a discussion format rather than as a formal
presentation. This forum also offers attendees an opportunity to create
mutually supporting professional relationships.
In 1987, the Chapter made the first of what became annual scholarship
donations to educational institutions that serve San Diego construction
The San Diego Chapter was designated the first "Chapter of the Year" by
CFMA National Office in 1988. The Chapter went on to win the same
designation in 1989 and 1990, and has won numerous service awards since
The Chapter sponsored a golf outing in 1990, and has sponsored golf
outings each year since then. These outings have become very popular, as
they offer members an opportunity to spend time together in an informal
Jointly with San Diego AGC, the San Diego Chapter created the San Diego
Construction Industry Compensation Survey in 1990. The Chapter and San
Diego AGC have offered this survey to their members annually since then.
In 1999, the Chapter organized a North San Diego County chapter to
better serve members in that area. The North County chapter sponsored
its first general meeting in March 2000, and has sponsored general
meetings since then. With alternating monthly meetings, the San Diego
Chapter meetings are held in Mission Valley and the North County Chapter
meetings are held in San Marcos. Members are welcome to attend both or
just the one most convenient for them.
In 2001, the
Chapter made it's first endowment contribution to San Diego State
University's Campanile Foundation to assist in establishing a
Construction Engineering and Management Program that will offer a
bachelor's degree in construction management at the University. The
Chapter continues to donate the proceeds from the Fall Seminar and Golf
Tournament to the SDSU Construction Engineering and Management program
As we just
passed our second decade of service, we would like to express our
appreciation to the members, officers, directors and many others who
have promoted the personal growth and professional development of San
Diego's construction financial managers through participation in CFMA.
We look forward to continuing to serve our members, the construction
industry and our community.