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2015 Call for Entries - Marketing Communications Awards

38th Annual SMPS Marketing Communications Awards

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Pinnacle Awards Now Open

The SMPS Pinnacle Awards are all about recognizing and honoring excellence in marketing and communications within the A/E/C industry. If you’ve been lucky enough to work on some awesome projects, please submit it and you just might win a coveted Pinnacle award.

All members in good standing are eligible. Award winners will be presented with their honors at the Heartland Regional Conference Pinnacle Awards Ceremony hosted at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Illinois.

More information and online entry forms:

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SMPS Chicago New Member Lunch - December

As this month's official guest, David B. Copeland, CTS, LEED AP BD+C, Membership Chair of SMPS Chicago, answered a few questions on how SMPS has helped her career and professional growth. Join him at the lunch next week to learn more!

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

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.

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.

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 hands-down 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!

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!

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 Summer Party last year at Carmichaels was pretty great. Also, it’s always fun to meet new members at the monthly lunches!

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.

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.

What is the most interesting place you’ve visited?  
I spent two weeks in Israel during college – that was an amazing trip!!

If you could spend 15 minutes with any living person, who would it be and why?
Elvis, of course. No? Oh, then I’d want to meet Jim Lovell from NASA. I would love to hear first-hand the amazing events of Apollo 13.

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2014 December Hollywood Holiday Photos

To see more SMPS Chicago photos from the AIA Chicago and SMPS Chicago Hollywood Holiday event at Studio Paris 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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Are you ready to go beyond?

Get ready to go beyond with your A/E/C marketing and business development. In August 2015, Build Business comes to Los Angeles, where you'll experience top-notch, industry-related programs, outstanding keynotes, and lots of networking. You'll also make priceless business contacts, hear the latest on what makes the A/E/C industry tick, and bring a wealth of new knowledge back to your firm. Internet pioneer and best-selling author Tim Sanders, plus actor and National Geographic Young Explorer Chris Bashinelli join the program as our keynote speakers.

Start planning for Build Business: go beyond today. Registration is now open! 

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Thank You Hollywood Holiday Sponsors

Red Carpet Sponsor:

Leopardo Construction

 Directors Cut Sponsors:


Oscar Winner Sponsors:


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