FY2022 CSI Cincinnati Board Candidates


David Proudfit, FCSI, CCS, CDT, AIA, SCIP
Dave is Owner and principal of Proudfit Associates, LLC, a specifications consulting firm.  As of last year, he has been winding down his business into semi-retirement.  Prior to starting his own firm, Dave was Director of Specifications for CR architecture + design. 

David joined CSI in 1985 and was immediately put into service as the Cincinnati Chapter’s Technical Chairman.  He served as Chapter President for three years from 1996-1998 and served on many chapter committees.  He is currently the Cincinnati Chapter’s Newsletter Editor and Website Manager and Chair of the Educon Committee.  He is also the current President of the Cincinnati Chapter serving in this position since 2019.  At the Great Lakes Region of CSI, Dave has served as technical and product show committee chair and served as Great Lakes Region Vice President and President.  At the Institute, Dave served on the Technical Committee and was chair of the Nominations Committee.  He also served as a Director of the Institute from 2001-2003 and Vice President of the Institute from 2004-2005 and 2007-2009. I look forward to serving as your president again in FY2022.


Kirk is the President & Owner of BDCL Architects located in West Chester, OH.  BDCL is a firm dedicated to providing full architectural services for some of the top affordable housing developers and managers in the country.  Prior to moving to Cincinnati in 2016 and starting BDCL Architects soon after, Kirk worked several top architecture firms in Columbus for over 16 years.  During that time Kirk was heavily involved in both the CSI Columbus Chapter and the USGBC Columbus Chapter. 

For the CSI Columbus Chapter Board, Kirk served in the role of Director, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, President-Elect, and eventually leading to serving the Chapter as President from 2010-2011.  Kirk also served as the Publications Committee Chair for several years working to refresh the Columbus Chapter newsletter into a nationally recognized publication - receiving the CSI Continuing Publication Commendation at the National Convention in 2010.  While serving as Chapter President, Kirk was one of the integral board members working to forge a relationship between the CSI Columbus Chapter and the emerging USGBC Columbus Chapter, ultimately leading to a partnership creation for DesignColumbus, turning it into the area’s premier education day and expo for the design and construction industries.  After taking a break from serving on the CSI Columbus board to focus on family, the move to Cincinnati, and the creation of BDCL Architects, Kirk is excited to have the opportunity to serve CSI again through the Cincinnati Chapter.

Vice President

Nathan Schneider, BS, CSI, CDT
Nathan manages and estimates commercial drywall, framing and acoustical ceiling projects in the Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky regional area for Valcom Enterprises Inc. with over 20 years of experience within this specialty. Recent additional experience includes architectural sales consultant for commercial ceilings and building envelope enclosure products in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, as well as several years distributor representation for specialty interior product lines. Rounding out his construction experience includes several years of commercial general contracting project management and estimating.

Nathan joined CSI and the local Cincinnati Chapter in 2014 and continues to serve as the chair of the Academic Programs Committee that manages the yearly scholarship program open to students studying construction related fields of architecture, engineering, and construction management. He was elected to a Director role in 2017, and currently has the position of Chapter Secretary. He earned his CSI, Construction Document Technologist certificate (CDT) in 2016. He has expressed his intent to elevate his service to the Chapter as the Vice President.


Michael Pippin, CSI
Michael is a Central Eastern Area Sales Representative for National Gypsum Company since 2012 covering Central and Southern Ohio. He manages National Gypsum’s product sales for Gold Bond Gypsum Board, Proform Finishing Products, and Permabase Cement Board. He promotes National Gypsum’s architecturally specified products through education and technical consultation. Michael’s primary responsibilities include dealer sales, contractor support, and presenting AIA approved educational courses. Michael has been in construction sales for 15 years.

Michael has been a member of CSI Cincinnati for 10 years.


Ronald Lehman, CSI, Member Emeritus, CDT
Ron is co-owner of Ironclay Masonry Products Co. and has been a member of the brick industry for 64 years. Ron has served as president of three building supply companies over the years and has served as president or chairman of four different building supply organizations during his career.

Ron joined Cincinnati Chapter of CSI in 1974 and is the longest standing member of the Chapter. He was immediately put on the Reception Committee and went on to chair that committee. From there, Ron became the 1st chairman of the CSI Product Show for Cincinnati, kept that position for 15 years, and developed it into one of the best product shows in the Great Lakes Region. During and after that time Ron served as a Board Director for several years, was Chapter Treasurer, Chapter Vice President and later served as Chapter President 2006-2007. He now serves as Awards Committee Chair, Golf Outing Chair, and as a current Board Director and looks forward to serve the Chapter as Director once again.


Daniel Frondorf, CPE, CSI, CDT
Dan owns and operates Cincinnati based DG Frondorf and Associates LLC, a civil cost estimating consulting firm. Dan is a member of CSI, CERT, AACE, and ASPE, and has 26 years of service as a construction estimator. Dan also presents seminars and classes on estimating topics and has written several articles on estimating for industry publications. Dan Joined CSI in 2918 and has served on the Membership Committee.


Professional Affiliations:

  • Member of ASPE - American Society of Professional Estimators
  • ASPE Attained Credential: Certified Professional Estimator (CPE)
  • ASPE 2014 National Estimator of the Year
  • ASPE 2018 National Estimating Educator of the Year
  • Member of AACE and CSI
  • CSI Attained Credential: CDT (Construction Document Technician)