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With a clear agenda ahead, CPI invested in a structured program of comprehensive technical development and marketing supported by NCMA technical and marketing staff, as well as from NCMA’s testing laboratory and use of its training facilities. In early 1992, the officers of CPI began a series of discussions with NCMA about autonomy and how it affected many of its Canadian members who were outside the realm of NCMA. The officers also inquired about the ownership of intellectual assets paid by CPI member dues and subsequently learned that NCMA maintained that while CPI was self-funded and self-directed, it wasn’t autonomous. As a division of NCMA, assets paid by CPI members belonged to all members of NCMA including members of CPI. In contrast, the CPI leadership stressed that autonomy and asset ownership were crucial to the members of CPI in continuing support of the CPI-NCMA relationship. By mid-1993, CPI members had invested about $1 million developing programs and resources in support of interlocking concrete pavement. In an attempt to remain with NCMA, the CPI leadership proposed that it incorporate as a legal entity and then contract with NCMA for services. NCMA declined the offer as it held the potential to divide NCMA operations. This led to a difficult decision by the CPI Board to leave NCMA which was taken at a joint CPI-NCMA meeting on August 4, 1993 held at Hotel Le Chantecler in Quebec, Canada. Anticipating this change, Charles Gamarekian, Larry Nicolai and David Streeter formed and funded an interim corporation, G, N & S, Inc. to hire David Smith as Director and solicit membership to join the new coalition. Many phone calls were made to members of CPI with a request for a commitment and a down payment towards membership dues. The response was overwhelmingly in favor with many paver manufacturers joining the new organization. In September 1993 G, N & S transitioned to the Segmental Concrete Systems Association (SCSA). David Smith was hired as its Director and Milt and Sally Collins of Collins Associates with offices in Sterling, VA. were contracted for administrative services. First ICPI office in Sterling, VA The initial notion was that SCSA would eventually represent segmental concrete retaining walls (SRWs), as well as other manufactured concrete products. The fledgling SRW industry at the time was influenced by a handful of licensors and licensee manufacturers were concrete masonry producers. Since there was no NCMA representation of the SRW industry at the time, several licensors admired the vision of including SRWs in the new organization. However, there wasn’t sufficient time and energy from the SCSA leadership and from other volunteers develop a program that would attract SRW licensors and manufacturers. Having determined that SRW industry representation would remain with NCMA, the SCSA refocused onto concrete pavers and held its first organizational meeting on October 16-17, 1993 in Rosemont, IL, near Chicago O’Hare International Airport. This meeting also attracted several Canadian paver manufacturers represented by Tony Iacocca with Oaks Concrete Products based in Milton, Ontario. The meeting resulted in by-law approval by 66 charter members consisting of 35 manufacturing companies, producer, 26 suppliers or associates, and 5 contractor companies. The charter members as listed on the next page. 2 4 • I C P I C O M M E M O R AT I V E P U B L I C AT I O N