Michael Markstahler is the
president of RDI
Born March 27, 1950
Michael has a B.A. from the University of
Illinois 1972 as well as two
years of graduate studies.
In the field actual working with tools Michael has a
total of 8 years and 3 months.
Michael has written articles for The
Journal of Light Construction and has contributed
chapters to publications of the National Association of Home
Michael has taught carpentry apprenticeship
courses for Associated Builders and Contractors and has taught
the Structural and Building Design Course for the Graduate
Builders Institute of the National Association of Homebuilders.
Michael has given many educational seminars at
the National Association of Homebuilders Convention on a wide
range of topics.
Michael has been active in several national
professional trade associations. He has been most active in the
National Association of Homebuilders. He has held several offices
with the local chapter, served on and chaired several committees
on the state level, served on the board of directors, several
committees and council posts at the national level. On all levels
his main areas of interest were education and legislation.
Michael first resigned as the Vice President of
the East Central Illinois Home Builders Association in 1990 to
avoid the appearance of conflict of interest when he Was
appointed as a Commissioner on the City of Champaign Plan
After several years of soul searching
Michael resigned all of his national positions and his membership
in the National Association of Homebuilders. As Michael states,
"I had a growing difficulty in reconciling the board voted
national policies of NAHB regarding land use and the environment
and my personal beliefs. I no longer could go up on the Hill and
lobby for issues that I personally disagreed with. NAHB is filled
with many wonderful people but I could no longer with good
conscience be a part of it."
Public Service: In the past Michael has served
on many different local boards and committees. His main area of
interest for many years was his service on the City of Champaign Plan
Commission, which he chaired for four terms. He states,
"I was honored to have participated in the creation of
Champaigns Comprehensive Plan. I regard it as the most
important thing this City has done in this half of the century.
Champaign is on the cusp of many important changes. Only with
good thoughtful planning can we insure that the Champaign of the
future will be a place we all would be proud to call home."
He also represented Champaign on the 150 Corridor Plan Steering Committee.
Today he is a commissioner on Champaign's Human Relations Commission, where
he is the chair of its education committee.
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