SMPS Chicago Blog

Great, Big Thank You SMPS Chicago HRC Volunteers

A big thank you to all the SMPS Chicagoans who invested countless hours to ensure the upcoming 2015 Heartland Regional Conference is an enriching, educational and fun event for all in attendance!

From the Icebreaker Social held in the Palmer House's historic Golden Empire Dining Room to the extensive list of quality programs; every aspect of the conference required a talented team of dedicated individuals to make it happen. In particular, SMPS Chicago would like to thank the conference co-chairs, Pam O'Deen-Pishler, Mortenson Construction and Leann Dockins, CPSM, KJWW Engineering. This energetic duo worked tirelessly for over a year to bring an outstanding HRC to Chicago.

Currently nearing a record-setting 300 registrants, this conference is sure to be a huge success! We hope to see you there May 6-8th!

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The Society recently launched ECAMPUS, which combines e-learning and professional development in a "when you want, where you want" format. From content marketing and relationship-building to ROI and social media, ECAMPUS focuses exclusively on marketing, business development, and leadership.

Watch the short tutorial, and you'll receive a coupon code for a FREE class. Then, consider sharing the course catalogue with your boss and telling them you have access to this training because of their support of your SMPS membership. Another idea? Consider hosting a brownbag with your office and leading a follow-up discussion. If you have other ideas for taking advantage of the ECAMPUS offering, be sure and share them with the rest of us!

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Registration for Single HRC Events Now Available

If you haven't registered yet for the SMPS Heartland Regional Conference, please register now. The conference this year is action packed with great speakers and fantastic events. Come mingle with friends, ignite your passion for A/E/C marketing and enjoy all that Chicago has to offer. You don't want to miss this conference.

If you can’t make the entire conference, we now offer registration for specific conference events including the Ice Breaker, the Pinnacle Awards and the After Party at John Barleycorn.

Spouses and Non SMPS Members can register too!

Register online today!

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There is still time to register

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Let's ask the April Program Panel

Are you attending the April 15 program in Oak Brook? Get the most out of the program by sending questions to our four panelists Mike Breclaw, Barbara Riekse, Larry Debb and Ryan Collins. Please email your questions to Kate Garassino at [email protected] by 5:00 April 10. Thank you! We look forward to seeing you at our April program.

For more details about the program click here

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New Silver Sponsor - The Concord Group

SMPS Chicago is pleased to welcome a new Silver Sponsor to the Sponsorship Team - The Concord Group. Find out more about them!

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SMPS Chicago New Member Event - April

As this month's official guest, Ampy Martinez, Secretary of SMPS Chicago, answered a few questions on how SMPS has helped her career and professional growth. Join her at the lunch April 23 to learn more.

For questions regarding the breakfast, contact: Lauren Mead, RTKL Associates, Inc., [email protected]

Where do you work and what’s your role?
Business Development for Eckenhoff Saunders Architects

Why did you join SMPS Chicago?
SMPS was a great resource to collaborate with other Marketers especially when you work in a small firm with a small marketing department. SMPS offers knowledge and tools for current market trends and practices for the AEC industry.

How has SMPS been beneficial to you, your firm, and/or your career?
I have built a lot of relationships over the years that have helped lead to opportunities that I otherwise would not have known about.

How can a new member of SMPS get the most out of their membership?
Attend networking events and introduce yourself. Join a committee to build closer relationships with professionals in the industry.

What was the most fun event you attended for SMPS?
The Summer Cookout at Carmichaels.

What do you do to kick back and relax?
Dinner with friends and family.

What is your favorite musical group/performer?
Eric Church and Luke Bryan.

What is the most interesting place you’ve visited?
St. John’s Island.

Name the most famous person you’ve had a face to face encounter with (“brush with greatness”)?
Oprah Winfrey.

If you could spend 15 minutes with any living person, who would it be and why?
Malala Yousafzia – I would like to thank her for her ongoing dedication and fight for a girl’s right to education. She is a joint recipient of 2014’s Nobel Peace Prize and the leading spokesperson for women’s rights and is setting an example for women and girls around the globe.


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