2024 President's Message

Dear ICRI Metro New York Members & Sponsors,

I am honored to be your incoming President of the ICRI Metro New York Chapter, and I would like to acknowledge the leadership provided from our Past President (2022-2023) Derek Robertson and last year’s Board. Please join me in welcoming the new 2024 Board of Directors of the ICRI Metro New York Chapter, Past President: Derek Robertson, President Elect: Max McCarthy, Vice President: Gloriana Arrieta Martinez, Secretary: Sara Holcomb, Treasurer: Brandon Samardich, Directors: Alex Somohano, Connie Mugno, Marjorie Lynch, Jasen Geraghty, Bob Antes, Catherine Miguelez, Matt Mowrer, & Dennis Brown, and Administrator: Alessandra Schiano. I look forward to serving the chapter as it’s President, but I am fortunate to be surrounded by a hardworking and talented group of board members.

I have enjoyed networking within our organization and know most of our local members, but for those of you who do not know me, let me share with you my journey in both ICRI and my career. In 2015, as a former contractor, I took a position as Regional Sales Manager – Building Protection at Evonik Corporation. Shortly after, I joined ICRI as a supporting company member and began attending local chapter ICRI meetings and events throughout the Northeast/ MidAtlantic at Chapters: New England, Metro New York, Delaware Valley, Baltimore Washington, and Virginia. In Fall of 2015 I attended my first National Convention in Forth Worth, TX and immediately saw the value in both networking and obtaining industry knowledge.

Since 2015, I have attended all but one National Convention and during this time I was eager to get involved both locally and internationally in ICRI. I served on the ICRI National Board of Directors from 2021-2023 and have chaired the National ICRI Awards Committee since 2019. Locally, I have served as a Board of Director on both the Metro New York and Delaware Valley chapters. In late 2021 I began working with the Euclid Chemical Company as a Technical Sales Representative and I cover Southern New York State, New York City (5 boroughs), Long Island, New Jersey, and Eastern Pennsylvania. My favorite roles, however, are husband to my wife Colleen and Dad to my son Kenny.

In 2024 the ICRI Metro New York Chapter will continue to provide educational presentations and seminars such as Panel Discussion: LL 126 Periodic Inspection of Parking Garages, Sustainability Symposium, Ask the Agency Program, Demo Day, and more, a quarterly newsletter highlighting industry partners and subject matter, social networking opportunities including a Social Networking Event, Annual Fishing Trip, & Golf Outing, scholarship opportunities for students aspiring to participate in our industry, local project awards, and sponsorships to annual ICRI conventions. The benefits of ICRI Metro New York Chapter have great potential for career advancement and ICRI as an organization, brings together Engineers, Architects, Consultants, Contractors, Manufacturers, Suppliers, Property Managers, Owners, and Students for the betterment of the industry.

Thank you to our membership for your continued chapter participation and to our sponsors for your generous support. I look forward to being your President this year as well as working with our chapter’s incredible group that makes up our Board of Directors. Wishing you all a healthy, happy, and successful 2024. I look forward to seeing you soon.
Kenny Hopfensperger
Email: [email protected]
Mobile: 646-276-6635