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20 Jun, 2018

Event Recap: Summer Celebration 2018

Jessica Gillette

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The 2018 SMPS DC Summer Celebration brought together more than eighty marketing professionals in the DC, Virginia, and Maryland area. The Fathom Gallery was the perfect backdrop for the festivity with its artistic charm and inviting outside rooftop space.

Like previous years, member awards were presented, grants were awarded, and CPSMs and Leadership Development Program participants were recognized. The new 2018-2019 SMPS DC Board was announced by incoming president Justin Jacobs and voted in. New this year, winners of the 2018 SMPS DC Marketing Communication Awards were announced. It was an evening to remember filled with excitement and good cheer as so many deserving members were acknowledged for their achievements. Our 2017/2018 award recipients are listed below.

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The 2018-2019 SMPS DC Board of Directors were voted in at Summer Celebration. Photo courtesy of Sam Kittner.

The Ginny Solomon Golden Tuba Award

The Golden Tuba award is the most coveted honor we award, and just like the Stanley Cup, is passed to the next recipient each year. It is given to a chapter member who has made a signification contribution to the marketing of professional services and whose accomplishments set the standards for excellence. Congratulations to our 2018 winner, Joanna Hoffschneider, ALEP, of Resolute Consulting!

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SMPS DC's Joanna Hoffschneider of Resolute Consulting wins the Ginny Solomon Golden Tuba Award. Photo courtesy of Sam Kittner.

The Rising Star Award

This award is given to a chapter member with less than five years of experience in the industry who has shown dedication to the DC chapter through committee involvement and has the potential to become one of the industry’s shining stars. Congratulations to Kyle Veater of David M. Schwarz Architects!

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SMPS DC member Kyle Veater is recognized as our Rising Star award winner. Photo courtesy of Sam Kittner.

The President’s Award

This award honors a board member for outstanding service to the chapter. This year, we awarded both Mary Noonan, CPSM, of RES and Alex Hallheimer of CannonDesign, who have been co-chairs of the Special Events Committee for the past four years. Congratulations, Mary and Alex!

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Mary Noonan, CPSM, and Alex Hallheimer were recognized for their contributions to the board / chapter with the President's Award. Photo courtesy of Sam Kittner.

New Heights Volunteer Service Awards

The New Heights awards honor committee members who have taken responsibility for major committee efforts:

  • Education Committee – Amanda Cole, Maccaferri
  • Career Advancement – Kate Attillio, DAVIS Construction
  • Community Outreach Committee – Laura Silverman, Affiliated Engineers
  • Membership Committee – Christine Tuomey, Langan
  • PR/Communications – Irene Kwon, ECS Mid-Atlantic
  • Special Events – Jordan Garren, Hensel Phelps
  • SMRT/PRT – Elizabeth Tuico, VJ Associates
  • Procurement/Lunch Programs – Seth Takoch, Woods Peacock Engineers
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Congratulations to our committee members who were recognized as New Heights award winners. Photo courtesy of Sam Kittner.

Pay-It-Forward Grant for Build Business

This grant provides for a chapter member to attend Build Business in San Diego, CA, this August, including covering registration, airfare, hotel, and meals valued at about $2,700. Congratulations to Amanda Cole of Maccaferri!

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Congrats to Amanda Cole on receiving the Pay-It-Forward grant to attend Build Business. Photo courtesy of Sam Kittner.

The Pinnacle Experience Grant

This grant covers full event registration, roundtrip airfare/transportation, lodging for three nights, and meals for this new SMPS event exclusively for senior marketing leaders with 10+ years of experience. Congratulations to Elizabeth Tuico of VJ Associates!

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Elizabeth Tuico received the new SMPS DC Pinnacle Experience grant. Photo courtesy of Sam Kittner.

CPSM Recognition

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. Congratulations to our members who achieved this certification during our program year:

  • Jessica Gillette, christopher consultants
  • Staci Vega, christopher consultants
  • Suzanne Swistak, ECS Mid-Atlantic
  • Becca Starer, Gilbane
  • Casey Bobrow, CBRE Heery
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Congratulations to our newest CPSMs! Photo courtesy of Sam Kittner.

Leadership Development Program

Earlier this year, SMPS DC held our second Leadership Development Series program, a four-part series designed to enhance the leadership, critical thinking, and communication skills of marketing and business development professionals in beginning or mid-manager roles. Participants learned how to identify and adapt their own personal leadership style, build upon and improve strategic business relationships, and develop a strategic plan to enhance their leadership skills to help meet career and organizational objectives. Congratulations to our second class of Leadership Development Program graduates:

  • Bianca Girazian, Silman
  • Suren Gosine, Global Engineering Solutions
  • Courtney Nolan, Dewberry
  • Dayna Powderly, HITT Contracting
  • Koren Stauffer, FORM Architects
  • Courtney Tamura, Perkins Eastman
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We recognized members of our second class of Leadership Development Program graduates. Photo courtesy of Sam Kittner.

2018 Marketing Communication Awards

Congratulations to our MCA winners. To see more about these submissions, check out this blog post.

First Place – Marketing Campaign: HITT Contracting

Second Place – Marketing Campaign: Hickok Cole

First Place – Special Event: Hickok Cole

Second Place – Special Event: HITT Contracting

First Place – Holiday Piece: MBP

Honorable Mention – Website: Langan

People’s Choice – HITT Contracting, 80 Stories