SMPS Chicago Blog

2014 April Luncheon Photos

To see more SMPS Chicago photos from the 2014 April Luncheon click here. Thanks to Bob Elmore Photography for photographing our Chapter event! Please contact Bob with inquiries about these photos, or how he could help your firm document a featured building project: [email protected]

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April New Member Lunch – BOD Spotlight: Steve Nargang, Communications Director!

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 Steve Nargang, PE, Communications Director of SMPS Chicago!

The Communications Committee is responsible for the Chapter’s communications through its newsletter, social media, website, and media. The Committee will also work with each committee to ensure information flows to the chapter to allow for member participation and inclusion in all Chapter activities.  This committee keeps the chapter connected to each other, ideas, and opportunities.

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

Where do you work and what’s your role?

Gage Consulting Engineers, Inc. – Vice President, Director of Development – responsible for overall growth of the firm

When and why did you join SMPS Chicago?

Started attending in 2010, became an official member in early 2011 – mainly for the connections with other professionals in the A/E/C industry.

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

I’ve met countless networking partners and many new clients for Gage Engineering thru attending events and committee interaction. I’ve gained professional development thru the educational programs and technical presentations.

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

Get out of your comfort zone by trying new things and meeting people outside your normal circle. Join a committee right away, start connecting and contributing.

What was the most fun event you attended for SMPS?

Attending the Build Business national conference last year was a great experience professionally, and a lot of fun with the group we had there.

What do you do to kick back and relax?

I’ve been a musician since childhood (starting with classical piano), and have a recording studio where I do sound engineering & mixing. Since forming a band about 10 years ago, I’ve taken up the drums and other types of keyboards.

What is your favorite musical group/performer?

I’ve always been a big fan of Rush, and attended their latest Chicago concert – with a guest appearance of the Stanley Cup on stage. My favorite band over the last few years is Porcupine Tree.

What is the most interesting place you’ve visited?

Queenstown, New Zealand – one of the most beautiful places on earth


About the program: Exclusive to our new members, we have a monthly lunch program for the entire 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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Members – Have you heard of the SMPS Lunchtime Learning Labs?

SMPS is now offering FREE Lunchtime Learning Labs to members! Led by topic experts, these 30 to 45 minute programs fit conveniently into a busy work schedule.

Watch for Learning Labs on these topics coming soon:  Working with Prezi, Proposal Blunders You Don’t Know You Are Making (But You Are), Stand Out and Differentiate Yourself, and Working with InDesign. The idea for these short, to-the-point labs is to provide members with another opportunity to receive quality educational content on professional services marketing within a time frame that suits crazy schedules.

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Mega Membership Madness Update

The fifth and *final* round of the Membership Drive is underway and we saved the best prize for last! So give it one last final push to recruit a new member who you think would benefit from networking with the best group of marketing and business development professionals in town! The winner will not only receive a $50 gift card to a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant and One complimentary Webinar Sponsorship for your firm (a $150 value), but also two tickets to the CMA Songwriter’s Presents Whiskey Jam at Joe’s Bar!! Round ends April 15.

Be sure to share the SMPS love with any potential new recruits and you will be eligible to win some awesome prizes!

Round 3 Update

Congrats to Leann Dockins, CPSM of KJWW who was the winner of the 3rd round of the Mega Membership Drive prize drawing for her recruitment of Regina Serna of VOA Associates. Thanks for your hard work, Leann!

Round 4 Update

Congrats to Megan FitzPatrick, CPSM of Lochner–winner of the 4th round of the Mega Membership Drive. Megan not only onboarded Regine Jeune of DB Sterlin Consultants, but also Jacqueline Whittington of Lochner. Congrats Megan and we appreciate all that you do for SMPS!!

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