SMPS Chicago Blog

A New Year Ahead Photos

Here’s the SMPS Chicago photos from A New Year Ahead click here. Thank you sponsors The Concord Group, Power Construction, Rider Levett Bucknall, and CCS.

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Are you following SMPS Chicago on Twitter? It's easy peasy to follow us and get event information, news of who's hiring, sponsor shout outs, and member news.

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SMPS Chicago In the News

Illinois Real Estate Journal highlights A New Year Ahead Event in email newsletter and their website.

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A New Year Ahead Raffle Winners

Congratulations to Elena Disabato with dbHMS who received a Free SMPS Year Membership and Susie Straub with Rada Architects who received a Free SMPS Webinar.


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Build Business 2016 Early Bird Registration

Take advantage of early pricing - Register for Build Business 2016 by February 26, 2016.

Save 15% off the full conference rate if you register by February 26, 2016.

August 10-12, 2016

Philadelphia, PA

Find out more

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February 2016 New Member Lunch Spolight

Welcome to our New Member Lunch spotlight! Each month, a guest from the Board of Directors will be joining us at the new member lunch (NML) to introduce themselves and tell us a little bit about their role and background. This month, we’re joined by Nikki Dvorak, President of SMPS Chicago!

In advance of this month’s NML, here’s a little bit about Nikki:

Where do you work and what’s your role?

I work for DLR Group as a Business Development Leader. I focus on our Justice + Civic side, which is a huge sector for our firm. I lead business development efforts for our North Central region, creating and maintaining relationships is what I love to do.

Why did you join SMPS Chicago?

I was exposed to SMPS years back helping my old boss out when he was the current President of the chapter. I loved what I was learning and all of the people I was meeting and wanted to know how I can get more involved. A few years later…here I am!

How has SMPS been beneficial to you, your firm, and/or your career?

SMPS is a great network in general. I’ve gotten project leads out of it, friendships, industry awareness, and had a ton of fun getting involved. The reason I chose business development for my career was because of SMPS. I love learning how everyone is connected. The reason I get the exposure at my previous firm was from a connection I made within SMPS and the great reference someone gave me.

How can a new member of SMPS get the most out of their membership?

Get involved. Get involved. Get involved. Whether it’s a committee or helping out with a special event you get the most out of something when you dive in. We all have different expertise and could help out a bunch of different ways.

What was the most fun event you attended for SMPS?

Our most recent event actually, SMPS A New Year Ahead. It was a joint event between our special events committee and our membership committee.  It was great to see the collaborative effort between members and it was something we haven’t done in a few years. We rolled our holiday party in with our membership drive, it had tons of great people with half of the room being non-members showing up to see what “SMPS is all about” and the other half of the room were seasoned members that could help  tell the SMPS Chicago story and why others should be a part of it.

What do you do to kick back and relax?

Work out. I’m a big runner and I love to kick box. Nothing like getting your frustrations out there with kickboxing. Working out/running clears my head from the day so I make sure to make time for it every week within my busy schedule.

What is your favorite musical group/performer?

I’m a huge county fan – love anyone from Kenny Rogers to Dolly Parton to the Dixie Chicks and Faith Hill

What is the most interesting place you’ve visited?

I went to Ireland in 2013 and ran the Dublin ½ marathon – it was an amazing trip. London was pretty high up there with the history of it all but Dublin was just beautiful. I figure a great way to see a city is to sign up for a race and run through it, right?

Name the most famous person you've had a face to face encounter with ("brush with greatness")?

JoDee Messina – she’s a country artist. My friends and I went to Country Thunder our summer out of High School and ended up talking all night to JoDee’s band. They said she was staying at our hotel so we stayed up and waited for her car to pull up. We ran around the back when she showed up and opened the door for her – she said “hi girls.” Biggest night of our life. After that, we proceeded to see what floor she got off on and went up only to sing her songs in the hallway for the next 30 minutes, needless to say, she never came back out.

If you could spend 15 minutes with any living person, who would it be and why?

This is a tough one – but I’m going with Sandra Bullock. I think she’s amazing at life. 

About the program: Exclusive to our new members, we have a monthly lunch program for the entir  first year of membership!  These lunches are designed to familiarize new members with the chapter, expand their networks, and demonstrate the various ways to become involved.

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SMPS Southwest Regional Conference - Proposals Due March 1

Seeking individuals, teams, or panels to present in the following areas:
• Marketing: Formula for Change
• Business Development: Cure Bland BD
• Leadership: Lifesaving Techniques to Grow Your Brand

Help Marketers and Business Developers in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry reinvent mundane business practices!

Bring your ANTIDOTE FOR THE ORDINARY to Albuquerque, NM this October 12-14th! Become a Speaker - Submit a Proposal by March 1, 2016 to [email protected], attention SWRC Program Committee.

Questions? Call or write to SMPS SWRC Programs Committee Chair: Kimberly Johnson, CPSM Phone: 801.539.8221 Email: [email protected] (Do not send proposals to this address)


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February 2016 Lunch Program Photos

Here’s the SMPS Chicago photos from the February 2016 Luncheon click here. Thank you, Bob Elmore for the images. Thank you sponsor Legat Architects.

Check back for panelist project photos.

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A New Year Ahead Event Raffle Prizes and Incentives News

We are pleased to announce the goodies that will be raffled at the A New Year Ahead Event this week.*

  • 1 SMPS Webinar
  • 1 SMPS Year Membership

These items are high-value and we are excited to be able to give you an opportunity to win.

In addition, as incentive to join SMPS during the derby, the first 10 applications received will get $50 off the membership dues.  

If you are not yet registered, register now before the late fee.

If you are already registered, we look forward to seeing you Thursday.

*Winners must be present to win. 

Event details and registration

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We're on Facebook

Valentine's Day is near, SMPS Chicago's Facebook page could use some hugs. "Like" us to stay in the know on Chapter news and events. Thank you!

Thank you also to Jacki Wilson of Echo Design who leads SMPS Chicago Facebook efforts.


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