SMPS Chicago Blog

CPSM Scholarship Winner Announcement

SMPS Chicago is proud to announce the recipient of the 2017 CPSM Scholarship, Matt Dvorak with Primera Engineers. Matt has 14 years of AEC experience including roughly eight years of Chicago chapter involvement, specifically serving on the Communications Committee for the 2015-2016 program year. This $850 scholarship will go towards travel and course expenses for the “Roadmap to Certification: The CPSM Immersion Course” in Atlanta this May.

“As the most recognized credential for marketing professionals in the AEC industry, I’m motivated and excited to join a distinguished group of professionals who have made the commitment to professional excellence and an ongoing pursuit of knowledge,” Matt explains. “I’m sincerely grateful to SMPS for this support and look forward to continuing my involvement in the Chicago Chapter as a CPSM in the coming years.”

Congratulations to Matt!

SMPS, the recognized leader in education and information for marketing professional services, offers a credential that recognizes the marketing expertise achieved: Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM). To find out more about the CPSM certification, please visit  Your SMPS Chicago chapter also offers many CPSM study resources and support for our members.  If you have any questions about CPSM certification or what resources the SMPS Chicago chapter offers, please contact Maura Buechner at [email protected]


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SMPS Fellows Nominations Due April 24, 2017


The Fellows of SMPS represent the highest level of experience and leadership in marketing within the design and building industries. Besides earning this prestigious recognition, Fellows often serve as a resource to our chapters and the Society and provide insight, ideas, programs, and mentoring support. In addition, these individuals teach, write, and speak on marketing issues outside of SMPS, working to advance the profession of marketing professional services throughout the architectural, engineering, and construction industries.

Qualifications to Apply:

  • SMPS members who have been active in the Society for at least 10 years of the previous 15 consecutive years
  • 15 years experience as a marketer and/or business developer in the A/E/C industries
  • Have held a current CPSM certification designation for a minimum of five years

Fellows are selected by a jury of Fellows appointed by the Fellows Delegate of the SMPS board of directors. New Fellows are honored during Build Business, the SMPS annual conference and recognized in Marketer, the Society’s bi-monthly journal.

Interested in Applying?

Fellows Recognition Program Guidelines

Fellows Application

Deadline to submit application: April 24, 2017

For More Information

Contact Mary Cruz, SMPS Headquarters, at 703.549.6117, x225 or [email protected].

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MCA Deadline is Approaching Fast


Don’t miss the chance to showcase your firm’s marketing efforts in the 40th annual Marketing Communications Awards (MCAs). If you haven’t heard, HubSpot recently named the MCA program as one worth entering. (We think you should take their word for it.)


Here are the steps:
Step one: Check out the categories to decide which ones to enter
Step two: Register online to get the process started
Step three: Make sure your finalized entry folder is received at SMPS headquarters no later than April 3. If you're able to postmark it by March 27, you'll receive the early entry fee!
Step four: Sit back, relax, watch a little Netflix, and wait for the results

Oh, before we forget, all winners will be notified by May 12 and honored at Build Business, the SMPS annual conference this July in Indianapolis.

Questions? Check out our recorded webinar, visit our website, or contact Molly Dall’Erta at 703.549.6117, x231.



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Leadership Workshop at HRC April 5

Members, check your email for the Leadership Workshop short survey to RSVP. 

April 5, 3-5 p.m.

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
Smithfield Room
600 Commonwealth Place
Pittsburgh, PA  15222


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SilverEdge Joins 2017 Sponsors


SMPS Chicago would like to welcome SilverEdge to the 2017 Annual Sponsors team. SilverEdge will be supporting the chapter through Silver Sponsorship. Thank you!

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SMPS Chicago March 2017 Program Photos

Here's are the photos from the SMPS Chicago March Program Women in AEC Career and Professional Deveopment Panel last week

Photo Gallery

Thank you Bob Elmore for the photos. Thank you Direct Binding & Printing and SilverEdge for your support.

Attendees, don't forget to complete the quick program survey in your email.

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SMPS Chicago Spring Social Photos and Winners


Here's are the photos from the SMPS Chicago Spring Social last week. Thanks to everyone who attended, especially those who brought guests! What a fun night of networking to kick off the Membership Derby.

Photo Gallery

Congratulations raffle winners:

SMPS Membership - Wayne Stuart, Global Builders Inc.

Markendium Books- George  Chrisopulos, 3rd Coast Imaging Inc. 

Thank you Bob Elmore for the photos. Thank you Silver Sponsor Lewis Paper for your support.


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Membership Derby is Back - Save $50


And they’re off! The SMPS Chicago Membership Drive is out of the gates! Join SMPS between now and May 31st and we’ll take $50 off the price of membership. To join and save $50, send all applications to:

Shreena Shah

150 South Wacker Drive
Suite 2150
Chicago, IL 60606

Download the application


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SMPS Wisconsin Half Day Workshop March 23

Date/Time: Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 7:45 am - 12:00 pm
Location: GRAEF, 125 S. 84th Street, Suite 401, Milwaukee, WI

Gracewriting: Words with Power and Grace

Wimpy writing just doesn’t get results! Gracewriting® teaches you to write with power by being clear, concise and correct. We help you write with grace by putting your reader’s needs first.

In today’s lightning-fast business environment, no one has time to read wordy emails, letters or reports. It’s just good business to write succinctly and correctly, creating energized documents that connect with the reader. Our workshop involves a lot more than putting pen to paper. We play games. We compete. We make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! What does that have to do with better writing? Everything!
Be ready to be big and bold as you experience Gracewriting®.

7:45 a.m. Check-in and networking
8:00 – 12:00 p.m. Breakfast, snacks, and program

Cost: $100

Register Now


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