26 Jul, 2010

SMPS DC Hits it Out of the Park in Boston!

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SMPS DC was well-represented at the 2010 Build Business conference, with approximately 30+ members making the trip to Beantown. The Chapter enjoyed comprehensive educational programs and talented speakers, meeting SMPS members from across the nation (and Canada!), and catching up with our old friend Build Business Larry.

When Chapter members weren’t busy attending programs, they were presenting: SMPS DC Board Member Tim Klabunde (WHGA) was selected to speak on Marketing’s Role in the Relationship Development Process and SMPS DC President Pat Ellis (Faithful + Gould) moderated the program, and Board Member Ige Guobodia (US Cost) led a CPSM/Chapter Leadership Panel. Sylvia Montgomery of Hinge also was invited to speak at the conference, her session focused on Professional Services: How Buyers Buy.

The awards ceremony was especially meaningful for the Chapter, as SMPS DC was honored to receive three distinguished awards from SMPS National for the 2009-2010 year:

Build Business 2010 AwardsChapter Newsletter
SMPSDC received 1st place recognition for our quarterly Industry publication. This win was the culmination of two years (and eight newsletters) worth of hard work from the Chapter’s PR/Communications Committee lead by Chairs Emily Boyd (AECOM) and Frankie Bailey (McDonough Bolyard Peck). Thank you to our members who served as contributors, editors, and promoters – your efforts did not go unnoticed! PR/Communications committee members Erin Orr (Fox Architects), Deborah Hayward (Studio39), and Frankie Bailey.

Program of the YearBuild Business 2010
The Education Committee, and Chair Ige Guobodia, works tirelessly to provide quality programs throughout the year, so when the Chapter was recognized as providing the best program in the Nation (and Canada!) it was truly gratifying for all. The winning program, “The Social Media Revolution: Is it fit for the A/E/C Marketing Mix?” empowered attendees to make the decision whether social media is a fit for their firm and tangible ways to implement and maintain a social media program. This event inspired the Chapter to initiate a social media plan and subcommittee, and engaged many members (as well as the Board) who were new to this communication avenue. Special thanks to our social media mavens who lead the charge and continue to keep SMPS DC on the cutting-edge: Erin Orr, CPSM, Jennifer Bottomley, CPSM (Wisnewski Blair & Associates), Brian Reilly, CPSM (SmithGroup), Hanna Tadesse (Syska), and Deborah Hayward. Education committee members from left: Erin Orr, Brian Reilly, and Jennifer Bottomley

Build Business 2010 AwardsExtra-Large Chapter of the Year
We’ve done it again! For the second year in a row SMPS DC was honored to be recognized as a leading chapter by SMPS National. Submitting for the Striving for Excellence (SFE) award is a complex process, and results of programs, communications, member services, and growth must be tracked throughout the year. Congratulations to the SFE Committee, special thanks to Deborah Hayward for pulling together three amazing submittal designs, and Alison Carney, CPSM (Balfour Beatty) for guiding the SFE Committee to success.

In conclusion, there is much to celebrate and we hope Chapter members are proud of what we have all accomplished in the past year - SMPS DC is an award-winning chapter three times over! Look to the new Board coming in and get involved because 2010-2011 will be a great year.

Build Business 2010 Photo Galleries courtesy of SMPS National:

View SMPS DC Photo Gallery

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