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Save the Date - SMPS Chicago Summer Event

July 22 will be the date of the SMPS Chicago Summer Event. Mark those calendars! Details coming soon. 

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SMPS Chicago New Member Event - June

As this month's official guest, Megan FitzPatrick, CPSM, Communicaitons Co-Chiar of SMPS Chicago, answered a few questions on how SMPS has helped her career and professional growth. Join her at the lunch June 25 to learn more.

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


Where do you work and what’s your role? 
I work at Lochner, doing regional marketing efforts our Midwestern offices.

Why did you join SMPS Chicago? 
?I joined to meet and learn from people in similar roles. I was brand new to the industry in 2002 and was looking for colleagues and education.

How has SMPS been beneficial to you, your firm, and/or your career?

I have met some fantastic and phenomenal people through SMPS. Those folks definitely set the bar very high on how to be great marketers. SMPS has helped me work to put my firm’s best foot forward and challenge myself to take advantage of opportunities to learn.

How can a new member of SMPS get the most out of their membership?

One thing I can suggest is to keep an open mind on who you meet and programs you attend. We all need to make sure our “bubbles” are not too small. 

What was the most fun event you attended for SMPS?

Several holiday events have been a total blast. It’s great to be in a pure fun environment with my SMPS friends near the end of the year.

What do you do to kick back and relax?

I am blessed to have a husband who is an amazing cook. So relaxing is often related to drinks and home-cooked foods. We are also fortunate to be able to travel. We don’t overschedule our trips to make sure we can relax.

What is your favorite musical group/performer? 

I cannot say I have one favorite but I gravitate towards groups or artists with a  Celtic connection, whether that be traditional Irish music new and old or contemporary Irish or Scottish artists. 

What is the most interesting place you’ve visited? 

Bali is the most interesting place. The culture, the food, language and the people are completely unique to Bali. There is beauty in the simplest of food presentations, daily offerings, as well as magnificent impact of the temples, rice paddies in the sunset, and ceremonial dances and performances.

Name the most famous person you’ve had a face to face encounter with (“brush with greatness”)? 
Bill Clinton

If you could spend 15 minutes with any living person, who would it be and why?
This is a tough one to answer. On the condition my husband can come along, I would like to have 15 minutes with Munster Rugby and Irish Rugby Lock and Captain Paul O’Connell. I am hooked on rugby now, the number one sport in our house. It is Rugby World Cup this fall and Paul has been a one for the fixtures in rugby in Ireland for the last 15 year. He recently announced he will retire from international play after the World Cup and will not don a Munster jersey again. 

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The Votes are In

On behalf of your current Board of Directors and the Nominations & Election Committee, I am pleased to announce the election of the following individuals for corresponding positions on the 2015 - 2016 Board of Directors:

  • President-Elect: Nikki Dvorak, Business Development Leader (DLR Group)
  • Treasurer: Dawn Jones, Marketing/Business Development Manager (Hitchcock Design Group)
  • Director of Professional Development: Maura Buechner, Senior Marketing Coordinator (W.E. O'Neil Construction Co.)
  • Director of Special Events: Becky Reichert, Marketing Coordinator (Burns & McDonnell)
  • Director of Sponsorship: Dawn Zancan, Director of Business Development & Marketing (Klein & Hoffman, Inc.)

All other positions on the Board will be filled by members of your current Board whose term continues into 2015-2016.

As mentioned during the election process, I look forward to working with these individuals, in addition to your current Board members, in the coming year. 

In 2015-2016, we will focus on maintaining the caliber of programming to which our membership has grown accustomed, and as we do this, we look forward to hearing hear from you - the most valuable part of our organization - to understand what we can do to improve your experience.

Thank you for your support in electing our newest officers. And, please, join me in September when we officially welcome our 2015-2016 Board of Directors and kick off the next program year.

Best Regards,

Shelley Finnigan

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Members - It's time to Vote

The call for the vote for 2015-2016 SMPS Chicago Board of Directors nominees was sent to your inbox June 2. Your participation is very important to the Board and for the future of the chapter. Take the time to make your voice heard.

Deadline to cast your vote: June 10.

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