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March New Member Lunch Photos

March 2016 New Member Lunch Photos.

Thank you to all the new members in attendance and Jessica Hemauer.


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Board of Directors Call for Nominations



It's that time of year when we ask you to get involved as a member of SMPS Chicago for your new ideas, talent, and energy to invest in our Chapter's future.

Are you looking to advance your career, develop your leadership skills, build your network, or broaden your company's visibility in the A/E/C marketplace? Participation on the Chicago Chapter Board offers you the opportunity to play a vital role in your professional advancement by developing innovative programs and educational and networking opportunities to serve all levels of our membership.

Open Positions for 2016 – 2017

  • President-Elect (2016 – 2017)
  • Secretary (2016 – 2018)
  • Director of Programs (2016 – 2018)
  • Director of Membership (2016 – 2018)
  • Director of Communications (one chair, 2016 – 2018)
  • Director of Sponsorships (2016 – 2017)

Nominations are due via email April 6, 2016

Please click here for the detailed Call for Nominations.

Questions? Contact President-Elect Tom Petermann at [email protected]

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March 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 Jessica Hemauer, Special Events Co-Director of SMPS Chicago!

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

Where do you work and what’s your role?

Rider Levett Bucknall, we are a cost consultancy, project management, and advisory service firm. My role is Business Development & Marketing. 

Why did you join SMPS Chicago?

I joined SMPS to make connections with others in the A/E/C industry and learn more about my field. 

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

I have gained so many contacts (and friends) from being part of SMPS. It has been the most beneficial organization I have joined. 

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

I feel I was able to get so much from my membership because I became involved in a committee. I have been able to step up as Director of Special Events. This has gotten me over the fear of public speaking and this role has helped me learn a lot as well.

What was the most fun event you attended for SMPS?

The most fun event I attended was the Holiday event in 2014. We partnered with AIA Chicago.

What do you do to kick back and relax?

I enjoy relaxing to A&E. I love their true crime series.

What is your favorite musical group/performer?

My favorite performer would be Stevie Nicks. I also love techno music.

What is the most interesting place you’ve visited?

The most interesting place I have visited I think would be the underground caves in Mexico as well as Jacob’s Well in Austin, Texas. 

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

I was a server at a restaurant where Adrian Young, the drummer of No Doubt was a customer… I also lived with the family of Dan Andriano, a member of Alkaline Trio. I’ve met various Dj’s including Richie Hawtin & Adam Beyer. I’m sure I’ve had more brushes with greatness but I won’t list them all.

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

 If I could spend time with any living person it would have to be a member of NASA so I can learn more about extraterrestrial life and the truth behind area 57. 

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 Wisconsin Forward Award Nominations

NOMINATIONS DUE: Friday, April 8, 2016

Don't wait, nominate today!
Do you know a business development or marketing individual at your organization who has exceeded expectations and contributed to the success of your organization, or the industry as a whole?

If you answered yes, then nominate them for a 2016 Forward Award!

Nominating individuals for a Forward Award provides an opportunity to show employees, and the marketplace, that effective marketing and business development truly does contribute to the growth and success of an organization. It also provides employees with an opportunity to be recognized amongst their industry peers.

This year we are asking firms to nominate individuals for two distinguished awards: Marketer of the Year and Business Developer of the Year. All nominations will be reviewed by the SMPS Wisconsin Board of Directors, with two individuals being selected as this year's winners.

Completed nomination forms are due by April 8, 2016 to Alison Nolan at [email protected]. There is NO nomination fee.

Please note: Winners will be notified prior to the Awards Program.

Plan to attend the ceremony
The Marketer of the Year and Business Developer of the Year award winners will be honored at the SMPS Marketing Excellence Awards Program on May 12, 2016, at ONESTO in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward. Look for more details in the coming weeks!

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Alison Nolan, Awards Director, at 414-290-1993. She'd love to hear from you!

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SMPS Wisconsin Call for Entries

2016 Call for Entries

DUE: MARCH 24, 2016

Do you want to gain industry recognition for your hard work?

Submit your firm's creative marketing projects/initiatives to the 2016 SMPS Wisconsin Call for Award entries!

Many firms choose to enter their work for the visibility and recognition an award can bring to the firm and marketing department - don't be left behind, you should too!

There is one submission category - the SMPS Wisconsin Marketing Excellence Award. Four projects will be will be selected winners, with three winning Marketing Excellence Awards and on receiving Best in Show. Awards will be given only if the entries meet all necessary criteria.

SMPS Wisconsin members and non-members (within the A/E/C industry) can submit. Projects must have been completed between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2015.

What do you need to do to get started?
Entry requirements and submittal steps can be found on the 2016 SMPS MEA Entry Form.

  1. Select your most award-worthy project.
  2. Create a Clarification Statement (answer Entry Questions).
  3. Include photos with your project.
  4. Submit your nomination by March 15, 2016. Please see payment information on the entry form.

Find out more!



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SMPS Chicago March 2016 Luncheon Photos

Here’s the SMPS Chicago photos from the March 9 Luncheon click here. Thank you Bob Elmore for the images and sponsors KJWW and 3rd Coast Imaging.



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SMPS WI Presents: More Cowbell for Business Development – The Greatest Hits

More Cowbell for Business Development – The Greatest Hits

“More Cowbell” refers to something you need more of, a remedy. As Christopher Walken said in his role as the infamous Bruce Dickenson, “I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell”. Since performing to local, regional, and national audiences, the More Cowbell Band brings to you a collection of their greatest hits in one full-length presentation.

Side A:

Empowering Your Technical Professionals to Become Business Development Rockstars

As the business developer, you may be the lead singer, but unless you’re embarking on a solo career, your band of doer¬seller’s must each master their parts and together you’ll earn your place on the Grammy stage.

This (jam) session will give you unique, fun and proven methods to inspire even those who play cowbell to amp up their role in the business development efforts of the firm. Join the Cowbell crew in an interactive talk show style discussion with diverse industry experts who will share creative, successful, and positive techniques they have employed that changed the way their technical professionals look at business development, the way their firm’s leadership is measuring business development performance, and how these programs highlight BD Rock Stars firms never knew they had. Attendees will receive our primary research publication More Cowbell Anthology: A collection of business development rock stars!

Side B:

Signature Events That Enhance Business Development Relationships

Creating a signature event is like creating a hit record: It takes the right combination of music and lyrics, blended with passion and creativity, to avoid being a one-hit wonder. Any band can play the same 3 power chords, any firm can throw the same old party – your business development relationships go beyond when you position yourself and your firm as a leader in your industry and community though creative, branded events.

Join us for an encore performance in this interactive discussion with four diverse industry experts who share their insights and strategies for planning, implementing and analyzing signature events that have significantly enhanced their firm name recognition and business development relationships. The More Cowbell crew studied events in three specific areas. Events for a cause – those that benefited a charity of a cause as their principal driver. Events that educate – those opportunities that teach the audience. And events that were simply social in nature – we all like to have fun. Attendees will also be able to access much anticipated Even More Cowbell Anthology: Part Deux containing case studies of those hit signature events!

Breakout Sessions

But wait, there’s more! After the Cowbell program, there will be three breakout sessions to learn even more from these great national marketing experts!


Six Secrets to Staying Relevant for Non-Technical Business Developers

Andrew Weinberg, FSMPS, CPSM and Kate Mullaney, CPSM
In a shifting world of increasing doer-sellers, how can non-technical business developers stay relevant? Non-technical business developers and marketers have unique skill sets that can be leveraged beyond relevance to distinction. This interactive session will be a high level discussion and conversation of how you can and DO leverage your skills to enable your firm to grow doer-sellers, win more work, maintain more clients, and position yourselves as a leader in your firm, industry and most importantly with your clients.


From RFP to Win: Make Your Proposal Stand Out from the Crowd

Donna J. Corlew, FSMPS, CPSM
We spend countless hours refining boilerplate and checking—and double-checking—forms and materials. But what makes a proposal stand out from the rest? In this hands-on, interactive session, we’ll answer three questions using real life examples from the AEC industry:

  • Does the response “answer the mail” in meeting what’s requested in the RFP/RFQ?
  • Does the response clearly convey your knowledge of the client and project—the issues the client is facing, how you propose to solve those issues, the benefits gained by the client, and evidence of where you’ve previously done it? Does it speak to them, or is it just all about you?
  • How does it read—grammatically and visually? Is it easy for readers to pick up on key information and messages?


Discover Your Why

Jennifer C. Newman, CPSM and Jason P. Vesuvio
“People don’t buy what you do, they buy WHY you do it” – Simon Sinek. Simon Sinek discovered that inspiring leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr., along with successful brands such as Apple, think, act and communicate in the same way, completely opposite from everyone else. They all inspire action by starting with WHY! Jason and Jennifer will present Simon Sinek’s Golden Circle Concept and guide you through the process of discovering and articulating your WHY to make you a more inspiring leader and help you develop better leaders in your organization.


7:45 a.m. Check-in and networking
8:00 – 11:45 a.m. Breakfast and programs

  • Side A – 8:15-9:15
  • Break – 9:15-9:30
  • Side B – 9:30-10:30
  • Break – 10:30-10:45
  • Break out sessions – 10:45-11:45

Carroll University Center for Graduate Studies  (different location than the main campus)
2140 Davidson Road
Waukesha, WI 53186

$70 for SMPS Wisconsin Members / $110 for non-members

Special Registration Offer!

Register a group of 3 or more attendees from one firm and receive the member rate. (Groups must have at least one SMPS member on staff to receive this discount. Member number required.)

Registration closes end of day Tuesday, March 15. 

Donna J. Corlew, FSMPS, CPSM
Chief WIT Officer — C*Connect
Driven by a passion for coaching and helping others identify and maximize your unique talents and expertise, Donna works with firms across the US — small, medium, and large — to facilitate market research, make connections, build chemistry, and coach sales, marketing, and seller/doer teams. Donna has almost three decades of experience marketing professional services, with concentration on management and direction of marketing and client development activities. Her clients benefit from a robust network developed over decades in almost every geographic market and service needed to effectively grow your business. Donna achieved the designation of CPSM in 1993 and elevated to the status of Fellow of in 2004. Active since 1987 on local and national levels, Donna served as SMPS National President in 2007-2008.

Andrew Weinberg, FSMPS, CPSM
Regional Business Development Manager — Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH)
Andrew has served in a marketing or business development capacity in the A/E/C industry for more than 17 years. As the SGH’s first ever full-time business developer in its 60-year history, he is responsible for establishing and strengthening relationships with clients and industry partners, building awareness for the firm’s office in the metro NYC, DC and Chicago markets, leading the initiative to increase the firm’s business development culture. Andrew was recognized as an SMPS Fellow in 2013, and is a CPSM since 2005. He was a chapter board member for 12 consecutive years, has participated in the NY Chapter’s Mentor Program for eight years, and is a member of its Chapter Advisory Council (CAC). At the national level, he is a past chair of the Presidents’ Leadership Symposium (PLS) and currently the chair for the new Seller-Doer Symposium as part of Build Business 2016.

Jason P. Vesuvio
Program Director, Business Development — Faithful+Gould
Jason is the program director of business development for Faithful+Gould Americas, and has 17 years of experience in the architecture/building industry, as a marketer, business developer, and project manager of professional services. His past employers include Structure Tone, HNTB, Pavarini McGovern, and Ellana Construction Consultants. He served as the 2012-13 New York chapter president of SMPS and sits on the board of advisors for Pratt Institute’s CM program and the Manhattan board for the Greater New York Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He also belongs to SCUP, CoreNet, IFMA, ACE Mentoring, ULI, and CMAA. Raised in New Jersey and a proud Brooklynite, Jason is the adoring uncle of 12 nieces and nephews, a hack musician, world traveler, and an Eagle Scout. He’s also not even the best marketer in his home…

Jennifer C. Newman, CPSM
CEO — Ignite Coaching & Consulting, LLC
Jen has served the A/E/C industry for 20 years in a variety of business development and marketing roles. She recently founded Ignite Coaching & Consulting, a full service coaching and consulting firm specializing in doer-seller/business developer training and coaching; relationship, leadership, association and professional development; strategic planning and implementation; facilitation and more. Jens’ combination of a genuine love for relationships and talent for developing and maintaining them coupled with her passion for teaching and her methodical approach to strategy development, implementation, and maintenance have led to her reputation as a leader in the professional services industry. Based in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, Jen serves clients across the country. Together, with her husband Derek, they love to travel and spend time with their family and friends, including their dog and three adult children.

Kate Mullaney, CPSM
Senior Associate, Business Developer: Arts, Community & Education Practice
— HGA Architects and Engineers

Kate has more than 17 years in marketing and business development in the AEC industry. She leads business development for the Arts, Community & Education practice for HGA Architects and Engineers in Milwaukee, making her a new member of SMPS Wisconsin. Kate’s role involves strategy, business planning and reporting, strategic client pursuit, and coaching technical staff. Before joining HGA in January, Kate served as regional business development director for HDR Architecture, director of business development for Cotter Consulting, and director of corporate business development for Primera Engineers. She studied Communications at St. Norbert College in De Pere. Kate is a CPSM since 2009, served as President of SMPS Chicago in 2012-13 and was recognized nationally as the President of the Year. She serves as a member of the Business Development Institute faculty for SMPS National, and speaks regionally and nationally on business development topics. In her past life, Kate fronted a rock band and sang backup vocals in several others.

Registration Information

Please register online with the button above. You can pay by credit card or check. Checks made payable to SMPS Wisconsin can be mailed to Megan Kocchi (see registration page). Please include the title of the program and the names of all registrants.

Register at the door the day of the event with a check for an extra $10.

Cancellations are refunded in full if received by 8 a.m. the day before the program. No refunds will be given after this time. Call Katie Muth with questions at 262-923-7690.

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Sign Up for April Luncheon and Swinging into Spring at Topgolf

Join us in April for a Collar Counties Panel on Economic Growth at the Oak Brook Maggiano's.

Event Sponsors: W-T Engineering, FGM Architects, and Gilbane

More information and registration

May brings a joint night event with ILASLA at Topgolf Naperville. This May 12 event will have something for everyone.

More information and registration.


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Adaptive Reuse Panelist Project Photographs

MedProperties, W.E. O'Neil, and Legat Architects bring you visual representation of some of the projects discussed during the adaptive reuse luncheon. 


12 Salt Creek, Hinsdale, IL

Interior Before

Atrium After

Exterior Before

Exterior After

Arlington Heights Medical Center, Arlington Heights, IL

AHMC Exterior Before

AHMC Exterior After


W.E. O'Neil

London House, Chicago, IL



Legat Architects

Erie HealthReach, Waukegan Health Center, Waukegan, Illinois

Old Bank Interior (photo credit Derek Dunn, Legat Architects)

After (photo credit Connor Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography)

Western Illinois, University Thompson Hall, Macomb, Illinois

University Thompson Hall Before (photo credit Legat Architects)

University Thompson Hall After (photo credit Western Illinois University Visual Production Center)



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