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April 2019 Program Photos

Check out the photos from the April 2019 Program - Diversity in the AEC Industry: The Potential and Benefits for a Stronger Workforce - with: Michael Sutton, President, Infrastructure Engineering, Inc; Sandra Marks, Senior Vice President, Clayco; Joan Archie, Executive Director of Construction Compliance, University of Chicago Medical Center; and Paul Cerpa, Executive Manager of Diversity and Strategic Development, Illinois Tollway.

Petterino's | April 10, 2019

Thank you Bob Elmore for the photos.

Click here to see the album.

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Apply Today for the 2019 CPSM Scholarship

SMPS Chicago is currently accepting applications for our annual CPSM Scholarship. Which means now is your chance.

The CPSM Scholarship is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in obtaining their certification in the near future. It’s the Chapter’s way of supporting us.

As the Chicago Chapter’s 2017 scholarship recipient, I can say that it played a huge factor in earning my CPSM designation. I had seriously considered studying for the exam in the past but wasn’t sure where or when to start. In addition to the obvious financial support, I found that the scholarship offered me the encouragement and motivation I needed to push forward. It made it a priority for me.

I ordered the MARKENDIUM books immediately and started to actually see a finish line in sight. Though the Roadmap to Certification course is on hold for 2019, access to all six books, the MARKENDIUM LABS online course, and the CPSM study guide will provide you with all of the tools you need to pass the exam. Outside that, our Chicago Chapter has an entire network of CPSMs ready and willing to provide insight and advice.

Even though I’d been marketing in the AEC industry for nearly 15 years when I started reading the MARKENDIUM books, I still found them interesting and insightful. The entire process of earning my CPSM helped serve as a refresher on the intricacies of our craft. It made me proud to be part of this organization and  this industry. I’m grateful to SMPS Chicago for the support and encourage anyone interested to take advantage of this opportunity. Apply today!

Matt Dvorak, CPSM, Vice President of Marketing + Communications, Primera Engineers


The deadline to submit an application is April 30, 2019.   APPLY TODAY >


About the CPSM Scholarship

SMPS Chicago will award one (1) $850 scholarship to a candidate pursuing his/her Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) Certification.

The scholarship can be used toward any of the following: MARKENDIUM: The Essentials (Volume 1-6) ($159), MARKENDIUM LABS Online Course ($150), CPSM Study Guide ($59.99), Fees for the CPSM Exam Application ($245) Examination ($275). Please note that the CPSM Roadmap to Certification Immersion Course is on hold for 2019. Applicants will be evaluated based on their involvement in SMPS Chicago, description of perceived benefits from Certification, and long-term goals in the A/E/C industry.

Eligibility & Submittal Requirements:

  • Scholarship applications will be accepted only from current SMPS Chicago members in good standing.
  • CPSM Scholarship applicants who apply this year for financial support in 2019 must be prepared to take the CPSM examination by December 31, 2019.
  • Submit a PDF of your application to Nicole McGrath-Patti, CPSM at [email protected] with the subject line: YOUR LAST NAME_CPSM Scholarship
  • Deadline for submission is 5 pm on Tuesday, April 30, 2019
  • The Executive Board of SMPS Chicago will review and award the Winners will be notified by May 10th, 2018.


About the CPSM Certification

The CPSM credential is a voluntary certification designed to elevate the professional standards in marketing and influence the future of this vital field. Furthermore, the CPSM designation serves as a mark of distinction for professional services marketers and business developers, raising their standing with their employers, peers, and the public.

A CPSM is recognized as an individual who has met a rigorous standard of experience and expertise in marketing professional services and has demonstrated their knowledge of the practice and related disciplines through a thorough examination of marketing competency. This individual further adheres to the ethics and responsibilities of the profession as outlined in the CPSM Code of Ethics.

Learn more.

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Calling all Members! 2019-2020 Board of Directors Nominations

Are you ready to get more involved as a member of SMPS Chicago? We are interested in your new ideas, talent, and energy to serve SMPS Chicago.

Participating on SMPS Chicago's Board of Directors is a great way 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 SMPS Chicago Chapter Board offers you the opportunity to play a vital role in your professional advancement by developing innovative programs, education opportunities, and networking events to serve all levels of our membership.

Open Positions for 2019-2020

  • President-Elect (2019 - 2020)
  • Treasurer (2019 - 2021)
  • Director of Professional Development (2019 - 2021)
  • Director of Membership (one chair of two, 2019 - 2021)
  • Director of Sponsorship (2019 - 2021)

Nominations are due via email May 15, 2019.

Please click here for the detailed Call for Nominations.

Questions? Contact President-Elect Thomas Fennell IV at [email protected].

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