SMPS Chicago Blog

Patricia Rosenzweig – In Remembrance

SMPS Chicago and the A/E/C industry mourn the passing of architectural marketing pioneer, Patricia Rosenzweig. Pat passed December 19, 2015 after a brief illness.

Pat was very much a leader as a non-architect architectural services marketing professional. She initiated the marketing group at Perkins & Will in 1976. She continued in the field including running her own professional services marketing firm and serving as OWP/P/Cannon Design Principal and Director of Marketing until she retired in 2007. Throughout her career, she mentored numerous architects – not only in marketing, but in their own careers. She continued her skillful work in that regard as a full-time counselor on a volunteer basis at the University of Chicago's office of Career Planning and Advising Services.

She is survived by her sisters Lois Lange, Gloria (Neil) Furst, and Nancy Platt.

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Pat participated extensively in SMPS Chicago in its early years and was a frequent presenter at various conferences and educational programs.

Thank you to Mary Jo Graf (also a former SMPS Chicago Chapter founder/member) for assisting with this information.

SMPS Chicago is grateful for Pat’s leadership and many contributions to professional services marketing.

The memorial will take place at The University of Chicago Bond Chapel Wednesday, January 13th at 10:30 AM. This will be a time for current and former colleagues, students, and friends to come together to remember and celebrate the incredible life of Pat. A reception will follow the memorial, for which we will provide additional details later in the week.

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Happy New Year from SMPS Chicago

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2016 MCA Program

2016 Call for Entries are now open! Get started on your nomination package today by readying more about the SMPS Marketing Communications Awards Program and checking out past winning submittals.

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WTS 2016 Awards Nominations

The WTS Greater Chicago Chapter will be honoring innovative transportation projects or services at our 2016 Annual Awards Banquet. Now is your chance to nominate and honor a transportation solution, a person who is an outstanding role model, or to recognize a business for its support of the goals and purpose of WTS. This years' awards include:

  • WTS Greater Chicago Chapter Member of the Year
  • WTS Greater Chicago Chapter Woman of the Year
  • NEW: WTS Greater Chicago Chapter Secretary Ray LaHood Award (Man of the Year)
  • WTS Greater Chicago Chapter Employer of the Year (Small Organization & Large Organization)
  • WTS Greater Chicago Chapter Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award
  • WTS Greater Chicago Chapter Innovative Transportation Solutions Award

Deadline: January 8

Find out more here.

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Member Appreciation Event Photos

Here’s the SMPS Chicago photos from the Member Appreciation Event click here. Thank you, Bob Elmore for the images. Thank you sponsor SMPS National.



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Deadline Extended until December 18

You’ve not missed out on the opportunity to join the special group of SMPS supporters – the Annual Sponsor Team. We’ve extended the deadline until December 18. By December 18 we’d need your written commitment and your firm’s logo, that’s it!

Review the opportunities here. To add your firm’s name to the Team, please contact Dawn Zancan or phone her at 312-251-1957 today.

Has your firm already said “Yes!”? We sincerely thank you for your support and we look forward to 2016.

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SMPS WI December 10 Holiday Event (MKE)

Join us for our Milwaukee holiday networking event where we will use our smarts and networking skills to Escape MKE! Clocks, locks and secret passages... we will split into two teams of SMPS marketers locked in a fully themed room with two goals; collect the hidden asset and escape the room before time runs out! To complete our mission we will need our wits, teamwork and a lot of critical thinking.

Time and Location:
December 10, 2015
5-6 p.m. - Happy Hour
Pizza Man Wauwatosa
11500 West Burleigh Street
Wauwatosa, WI 53222

6:30 p.m. - ESCAPE MKE
Escape MKE
3333 North Mayfair Road
Wauwatosa, WI 53222

Our mission begins at 6:30 p.m. sharp! If you will be meeting us at ESCAPE MKE please arrive early. The mission will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and entrance after this time is not allowed.

$45 for SMPS WIsconsin Members and Non-Members

Click on the link to register or to find out more information on this exciting event!

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SMPS WI December 10 Holiday Event (Madison)

Madison Holiday Networking Event

Come to mix and mingle with Madison-area communications professionals! Enjoy an array of appetizers sure to heat things up and drink specials that will warm you from inside out. You won't want to miss it! Both members and non-members are welcome and it's the perfect opportunity to celebrate the holiday season with your marketing friends and community!

Participating Organization Members include SMPS Wisconsin, AAF Madison, Ad2 Madison, AIGA Wisconsin, AMA Madison and PRSA Madison.

December 10, 2015
5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

The Brink Lounge
701 E. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI

$10 for Guests/Non-Members

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Coordinators, 12/9 MC2 Topic: Annual Reviews for AEC Marketers

Calling All Marketing Coordinators! Join SMPS Chicago for the latest program in a series tailored specifically for you - the Marketing Coordinators Connection (MC2).

Program Topic: Annual Reviews for AEC Marketers

In a technical environment, where you may or may not have a supervisor with a marketing background, how can you prepare for your performance review? Join us for a discussion on how to best handle yearly performance reviews for marketing and business development professionals within the AEC industry.

Get more info here.

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