13 Jun, 2016

A Letter from President-Elect, Laura Ewan, CPSM

Laura Ewan

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Dear Members of SMPS DC,

Get ready to celebrate!

After a cold (if nonexistent) spring, it’s finally summer. And for SMPS DC, that means it’s time to celebrate – another amazing year boasting over 50 fantastic programs, the hard work and dedication of our volunteers, and the passing of the torch to our incoming 2016-2017 board.

On Tuesday, June 21, we’ll be hosting our annual Summer Celebration event – Rock the District – on the Takoda rooftop in Shaw where SMPS DC President Katie Garrett will be announcing the winners of this year’s Rising Star, Golden Tuba, and New Heights Volunteer awards. As a membership, we’ll also take this opportunity to vote our new 2016–2017 board into office. As President–Elect, this year has been about learning – how the chapter can better serve our members, what we can do to advocate for our profession, and the type of leader I hope to be during my term as President. I am fortunate to be following in some pretty outstanding (and stylish) footsteps, and look forward to building upon the reputation for excellence our chapter has earned throughout the SMPS community under the leadership of our Past Presidents. I’m also excited to explore new opportunities, programs, partnerships that will engage our members in new ways and increase the value SMPS brings to our community, industry, and firms.

Doing this will require a team of dedicated, passionate, and forward-thinking industry leaders – and I’m proud to say next year’s board is just that. The 2016-2017 slate is an impressive group of seasoned professionals representing diverse specialties, experience levels, and firms across the local professional services industry. It's my privilege to present the 2016-2017 SMPS DC Board slate:

President: Laura Ewan, CPSM – Manager of Communications and Culture, MGAC
President Elect: Pipper Mosley, CPSM – Business Development, Michael Baker International*
Past President: Katie Garrett – Senior Account Director, RepEquity
Secretary: Debbie Chen – Proposal Development Cirector, Louis Berger*
Treasurer: Tom Strandberg, PMP, PSP, CCP, LEED AP – Vice President, O’Connor Construction Management, Inc.
Career Advancement: Amy Cuddy, CPSM – Marketing and Business Development, Ayers Saint Gross
Community Outreach: Melissa Blum – Proposal Development Strategist, MGAC
Education: Ashley Campbell – Director of Marketing, HITT Contracting, Inc.
Lunch Programs: Seth Takoch – Senior Structural Engineer, Woods Peacock Engineering
Membership: Michael Knowles, CPSM – Marketing Director, The Robert B. Balter Company
Principals Round Table: Carol Duke – Senior Associate, HGA Architects and Engineers (NEW!)*
Communications/PR: Jennifer Trezza – Director of Marketing and Communications, WDG Architecture (NEW!)*
Special Events: Alex Hallheimer – Senior Marketing Coordinator, Lessard Design*
Special Events: Mary Noonan – Marketing Coordinator, Wiley|Wilson*
Sponsorship: Justin Jacobs – Director of Business Development and Marketing, GORDON
Chapter Administrator: Stacey Hardy

As is our tradition, we’ll be putting the incoming board members (*) to a vote at the upcoming Summer Celebration. We hope you can all join us to mark this occasion and raise a glass in appreciation for our outgoing volunteers. Registration is open now – reserve your spot today!

See you on the rooftop!

Laura Ewan, CPSM
President-Elect, SMPS DC