SMPS Chicago Blog

facades+ November 5-6

Facades+, the premier conference on high performance building envelopes, stands out as an exception to the rule of generic meet-and-greets. The series delivers targeted information on and stimulates dialogue about specific, location-based issues in the fields of facade design, engineering, and fabrication.

This year’s Facades+ in Chicago promises an exciting lineup, with opening keynote speaker Chris Wilkinson, Director of Wilkinson Eyre Architects, followed in the afternoon by keynote speaker John Ronan, Founding Principal and Lead Designer of John Ronan Architects. Day Two of the conference will offer the opportunity to earn extra credits with tech workshops by Autodesk and Thornton Tomasetti, as well as tech workshops from SOM, Thornton Tomasetti, Autodesk, and more!

Visit for more information and to register.

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SMPS Wisconsin November 12 Fly with the Eagles Industry Panel

SMPS Wisconsin

Fly with the Eagles Industry Panel

Panelists from WisDOT, the City of Milwaukee, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Foundation, and Wired Properties, a full-service real estate development, consulting, and construction ?rm, will share their insights on development initiatives in Wisconsin and where their organizations are focusing resources and energy in 2016. Learn first-hand information about:

  • Future State, City and private construction projects in Wisconsin
  • State agency consultant selection processes
  • Status updates on current construction projects in Wisconsin

Possible topics include public-private development, urban planning, sustainability, federal and state grants, and public transportation systems. SMPS members and guests will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists.

Find out more, click here

7:45 a.m. Check-in and networking
8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Breakfast and program

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

$45 for SMPS Wisconsin Members / $70 for non-members

Registration closes end of day Tuesday, November 10. 


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SMPS Chicago New Member Lunch - October

As this month's official guest David B. Copeland, CTS, LEED AP BD+C, answered a few questions on how SMPS has helped his career and professional growth.

For questions regarding the lunch, contact: Lauren Mead, Matthei & Colin Associates, LLC at [email protected].

  1. Where do you work and what’s your role? I work for Shen Milsom & Wilke, a technology and acoustics consulting firm. At SM&W, I am a business development associate, responsible for all aspects of market and relationship development to promote our consulting services.
  2. Why did you join SMPS Chicago? Immediately after starting with Shen Milsom & Wilke, my boss directed me to SMPS as an excellent resource for developing my networking and marketing skills as well as building long-term relationships with current and new clients. Hands down the best AEC industry focused marketing and networking organization in the Chicago area!
  3. How has SMPS been beneficial to you, your firm, and/or your career?I have joined or attended events for several marketing organizations, but SMPS is the absolute best organization for our firm. Through the amazing network of SMPS, I have met literally hundreds of contacts, shared ideas, leads, and teaming opportunities, and learned so much from my peers! It is an amazing group of individuals!
  4. How can a new member of SMPS get the most out of their membership?New members should get out there – attend events, meet their peers, and then join a committee!
  5. What was the most fun event you attended for SMPS? There have been so many great events, so it’s hard to pick just one. I think the Holiday Party last year at Studio Paris was pretty great.
  6. What do you do to kick back and relax?If it’s Sunday during the fall, then there’s a football game with my name on it! Otherwise, I love watching movies and enjoy relaxing in the evening with a movie on.
  7. What is your favorite musical group/performer? I’m a big fan of Coldplay, but also like to listen to jazz and classical a lot.
  8. What is the most interesting place you’ve visited? I spent two weeks in Israel during college – that was an amazing trip!!
  9. Name the most famous person you’ve had a face to face encounter with (“brush with greatness”)? I met Jane Fonda in Atlanta at the opening of the Jane Fonda Center at Emory University. Not sure that counts, but…
  10. If you could spend 15 minutes with any living person, who would it be and why?Queen Elizabeth II – she has been queen for over 60 years and it would be amazing to hear about her life.



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It's Time - SMPS Chicago Sponsorship Drive

2016 SMPS Chicago Sponsorship Drive Kicks Off

Join an elite group of SMPS Chicago partners by becoming a sponsor in 2016. Your support will help us continue to enhance education offerings, increase our membership, continue charity involvement, and heighten the awareness of SMPS as the premier A/E/C marketing organization in Chicago. Sponsorship opportunities include annual sponsorships for all of 2016 to specific program or event sponsorships throughout the year.

Take a look at all our sponsor opportunities (click here).

Do you have a sponsorship question? Ask Dawn! Email Dawn Zancan or phone her at 312-251-1957 today.


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The Value of Being a CPSM

By the numbers, what is the value of being a CPSM?

Get the infographic.

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Images Capturing GEM World Academy Program

Here’s the SMPS Chicago photos from Catalyst for Change: Technology in K-12 Education with Geoffrey Jones click here. Thank you Bob Elmore and other attendees for the images.

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More from CPSM Week - SMPS YouTube Videos

CPSM Week YouTube Channel

SMPS National created four video on the value of being a CPSM. Take a quick two-minute break and check each of them out.


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It's CPSM Week!

Join SMPS National in celebrating Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) Week October 12-16, 2015.

Find out more about CPSM Week, click here.

Quench your curiosity with the CPSM FAQs.


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Fall 2015 Newsletter

Download the latest SMPS Chicago Newsletter featuring a letter from President Nikki Dvorak, a recap of the Heartland Regional Conference, Marc Deneau member spotlight and more!

Newsletter design by Echo Design Group.

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Design Build with Chicago McPier

The Chicago Metropolitan and Exposition Authority has one of the most active public design-build programs in Illinois. Attend this event to learn about McPier’s design-build program and hear from the team that recently won the design-build contract for the $564 million event center and hotel complex. And don’t forget the networking reception!


  • John Nicolls, Director, Construction Management, Chicago Metropolitan, and Exposition Authority
  • Mark Eames, Vice President, Clark Construction
  • Patrick Loughran, Principal, Goettsch Partners


Tuesday, October 20, 2015 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (CDT)

Faegre Baker & Daniels, LLP
311 South Wacker Drive, Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606, USA

Find out more and register!


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