SMPS Chicago Blog

Kate Brannelly, FSMPS is selected as a member of SMPS National Fellows Committee

CHICAGO, IL (January 14, 2016) Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc. (RRJ), a national engineering, architecture, and forensics consulting firm, located in Willowbrook, Illinois, is pleased to announce that Kate M. Brannelly, FSMPS, Director of Business Development, has been selected to serve as a member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Fellows Committee.  Elected a Fellow in 2001 and a member of SMPS since 1987, she has served in numerous leadership roles in both the Chicago and Boston SMPS chapters.  Kate has been a member of the Chicago chapter since 2003 and currently serves as a member of the Executive Advisory Panel and is the Fellows Champion for the chapter.  She served on the Chicago SMPS Board of Directors from 2003-2005 and has been a speaker at several educational programs. 

In this national leadership role, she will be responsible for leveraging the expertise and thought leadership of SMPS Fellows across the U.S. to support and enhance activities at the chapter, regional, and national levels.  Her areas of focus will be to raise the profile of Fellows as resources to SMPS members, chapters, and the A/E/C media; develop knowledge sharing opportunities for Fellows; and guide and encourage Certified Professional Services Marketers (CPSMs) to pursue the Fellows recognition program.

Kate has 28 years of marketing and business development experience with global and regional multidiscipline design and consulting engineering firms in Chicago and Boston.  A marketing leader in the A/E/C industry, she has received numerous awards from SMPS for her marketing leadership and branding concepts.  She is a member of the Chicago Building Congress along with several other industry-related client organizations.

About Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc.

Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc. is a national engineering, architecture, and forensics consulting firm that provides investigative, design, repair, and testing services for building structures, enclosures, and materials.  RRJ's architects, structural engineers, and field/laboratory specialists employ an evaluation methodology that combines a knowledge of building sciences and construction materials with the firm's analytical and testing capabilities to deliver an integrated approach to assess and resolve structural, architectural, and building system behavior and performance issues.  RRJ attributes its 50 years of success to delivering sound solutions and technical excellence to the continuity of Principal leadership and involvement in every project.  Serving clients across the nation, RRJ maintains its corporate offices and testing laboratory at 500 Joliet Road, Suite 200 in Willowbrook, Illinois.

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Future City Chicago

Future City Chicago competition took place in January 9. SMPS Chicago sponsored the Best Future City Marketing-Big Idea award. President Nikki Dvorak and Special Events Co-Chair Jessica Hemauer served as judges. The Best Future City Marketing-Big Idea award was for the future city that best combines the artistic display and use of materials for models of their Mini- Presentations (at their table) with the essay (how well did the team create a vision, solution and benefits -marketing their project plan) and clear messaging (how clearly did they articulate their ideas and solutions).

Best Future City Marketing-Big Idea Award Winner: Senn Thomas Middle School - Valley Hill Team

Check out some pictures of Future City

Read the Final Winners Press Release

Read the full list of award winners

Read the Future City Fact Sheet

Congratulations to all Future City participants!

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January 2016 Lunch Program Photos

Here’s the SMPS Chicago photos from the January 2016 Luncheon click here. Thank you, Bob Elmore for the images. Thank you sponsors Skender Construction and Lean Construction Institute.

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Volunteer Opportunity


HRC Conference Co-Chair
Jennifer Kilgore
Singleton Construction, LLC
[email protected]


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2016 Annual Sponsors - Thank You

Thank you Annual Sponsors! Click here to see the full list and find out more about these firms.

Sponsorship Opportunities exist throughout the year. If your firm is interested in becoming involved with a future program or event, please contact [email protected].

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CPSM Scholarship Application 2016

Planning to apply for Certified Professional Services Marketer certification? SMPS Chicago will award three $250 scholarships. 

Download the application form here.

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SMPS Chicago Special Event

Come celebrate a year of success and a new year to come with members and new faces in the industry. 

Help support your local chapter in a competition headed by SMPS National by bringing a non-member to this event! 

When: February 18, 2016, 5:30-8:30 pm

Where: Mercer 113, 113 West Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL

Registration is now open.





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