SMPS-CHI Blog

2014 May Luncheon Photos!

To see more SMPS Chicago photos from the 2014 May Luncheon click here. Thanks to Bob Elmore Photography for photographing our Chapter event! Please contact Bob with inquiries about these photos, or how he could help your firm document a featured building project: [email protected]

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AIA Convention 2014 (Chicago, June 26-28) Marketing Sessions

AIA National Convention has some marketing communication sessions that SMPS Chicago will be represented at with Kate Brannelly and SMPS National’s Ron Worth.

http://eventscribe.com/2014/aia/aaSearchByDay.asp?h=Full%20Schedule&BCFO=-1&t=Full%20Schedule&popup=1

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Announcing the new SMPS Chicago Board Members

SMPS Chicago is pleased to announce the new Board Members for for 2014-15!

President Elect::

Shelley C. Finnigan, S.E., Technical Sales Engineer – ArcelorMittal

Secretary::

Ampy McIntyre, Business Development – Eckenhoff Saunders Architects

Co-Director of Communications::

Megan FitzPatrick, CPSM, Midwest Regional Marketing Coordinator – Lochner

Anne Kulick, CPSM, Director of Business Development and Marketing – International Contractors Inc.

Director of Membership::

David Copeland, Associate, Business Development Associate – Shen Milsom & Wilke LLC

Director of Programs::

Meghan Murphy, Business Development Specialist – ARCADIS, U.S., Inc.

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Coming Soon – Dine & Shine “How to Respond to an RFQ/RFP”

Stay tuned for date and location of SMPS Chicago’s next webinar on “How to Respond to an RFQ/RFP” brought to you by SMPS National.

http://eo2.commpartners.com/users/smps/session.php?id=12781

 

When it comes to responding to proposals, there are a lot of pieces to the puzzle— and, if you choose the wrong ones, you could lessen your chances of winning the business.

It’s time to take a closer look at what you put into your firm’s proposals and how you respond. Discover how to create a “win theme” and why it’s important to use that theme throughout your proposals’ content and layout. Figure out what information the client really wants to see by taking a look at typical solicitation language. Plus, learn how building a strong relationship with the client can help tilt the playing field in your favor.

Learning Objectives

During this Webinar, you will learn how to:

  • Discover why the client relationship helps determine what the selection committee is really looking for.
  • Be aware of “the fool with the checklist” and understand how reorganizing the submittal, no matter how more logical you think your structure is, might not be a great idea.
  • Write a benefits-based proposal to ensure members of the selection committee—both technical and non-technical individuals—recognize and understand the benefits your team brings.
  • Incorporate your win theme into the page layout as well as the content.

About the Presenter:

Bernie Siben, CPSM, Owner/Principal Consultant, The Siben Consult, LLC

Bernie Siben has three decades of industry experience in strategic consulting and marketing document production for public and private sector pursuits. He has managed and developed strategic plans, SOQs, proposals, and other print/digital materials. SOQs and proposals include transportation; utilities; park/recreation facilities; water quality; asbestos abatement; land planning/development; and environmental permitting/compliance for single projects and ID/IQ contracts. He has written articles for the Marketer, The Zweig Letter, A/E Rainmaker and other industry periodicals.

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Build Business Early Bird Registration Ends May 30

There are only a few more days to register for the SMPS National Conference to be held in San Antonio this year.  Don’t miss the opportunity to save some dollars and boost your skills to meet the business challenges of tomorrow while performing optimally today.

http://www.smps.org/buildbusiness/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May New Member Lunch – BOD Spotlight: Carrie Mandelin, Sponsorship Director!

Welcome to our New Member Lunch spotlight! Each month, a guest from the Board of Directors will be joining us at the new member lunch (NML) to introduce themselves and tell us a little bit about their role and background. This month, we’re joined by Carrie Mandelin, CPSM, Sponsorship Director of SMPS Chicago!

The Sponsorships Committee oversees the development of the Sponsorships Program. The Committee fosters relationships with existing and prospective sponsors and presents to them opportunities to reach various audiences and receive benefits and exposure through financial support of the Chapter. The committee supports the other committees by identifying potential sponsors for individual events.

In advance of this month’s NML, here’s a little bit about Carrie:

Where do you work and what’s your role?

I am the head of marketing for Mortenson Construction’s Chicago office. I manage the internal marketing and graphics team with additional responsibilities of communications and PR.

Why did you join SMPS Chicago?

I joined SMPS Wisconsin when I began my career in the AEC industry. I joined to broaden my marketing knowledge and industry network.

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

Getting involved in SMPS was the best career decision I ever made. The individuals I interact with at events, on committees and being a board member are my friends, not just industry partners. Without the professional development gained through SMPS ‘s  educational programs and technical presentations, I would not be where I am in my career.  

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

Get involved. Get involved. Get involved.

What was the most fun event you attended for SMPS?

Too many to choose just one – everything SMPS does is amazing!

What do you do to kick back and relax?

I love to read.

What is your favorite musical group/performer?

Honestly, I don’t have just one. I like all kinds of music.

What is the most interesting place you’ve visited?

Saint Lucia

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

Hasn’t happened yet.

If you could spend 15 minutes with any living person, who would it be and why?

Chelsea Handler. I find her hilarious.

About the program: Exclusive to our new members, we have a monthly lunch program for the entire first year of membership!  These lunches are designed to familiarize new members with the chapter, expand their networks, and demonstrate the various ways to become involved.

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2014 April Luncheon Photos

To see more SMPS Chicago photos from the 2014 April Luncheon click here. Thanks to Bob Elmore Photography for photographing our Chapter event! Please contact Bob with inquiries about these photos, or how he could help your firm document a featured building project: [email protected]

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April New Member Lunch – BOD Spotlight: Steve Nargang, Communications Director!

Welcome to our New Member Lunch spotlight! Each month, a guest from the Board of Directors will be joining us at the new member lunch (NML) to introduce themselves and tell us a little bit about their role and background. This month, we’re joined by Steve Nargang, PE, Communications Director of SMPS Chicago!

The Communications Committee is responsible for the Chapter’s communications through its newsletter, social media, website, and media. The Committee will also work with each committee to ensure information flows to the chapter to allow for member participation and inclusion in all Chapter activities.  This committee keeps the chapter connected to each other, ideas, and opportunities.

In advance of this month’s NML, here’s a little bit about Steve:

Where do you work and what’s your role?

Gage Consulting Engineers, Inc. – Vice President, Director of Development – responsible for overall growth of the firm

When and why did you join SMPS Chicago?

Started attending in 2010, became an official member in early 2011 – mainly for the connections with other professionals in the A/E/C industry.

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

I’ve met countless networking partners and many new clients for Gage Engineering thru attending events and committee interaction. I’ve gained professional development thru the educational programs and technical presentations.

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

Get out of your comfort zone by trying new things and meeting people outside your normal circle. Join a committee right away, start connecting and contributing.

What was the most fun event you attended for SMPS?

Attending the Build Business national conference last year was a great experience professionally, and a lot of fun with the group we had there.

What do you do to kick back and relax?

I’ve been a musician since childhood (starting with classical piano), and have a recording studio where I do sound engineering & mixing. Since forming a band about 10 years ago, I’ve taken up the drums and other types of keyboards.

What is your favorite musical group/performer?

I’ve always been a big fan of Rush, and attended their latest Chicago concert – with a guest appearance of the Stanley Cup on stage. My favorite band over the last few years is Porcupine Tree.

What is the most interesting place you’ve visited?

Queenstown, New Zealand – one of the most beautiful places on earth

 

About the program: Exclusive to our new members, we have a monthly lunch program for the entire first year of membership!  These lunches are designed to familiarize new members with the chapter, expand their networks, and demonstrate the various ways to become involved.

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Members – Have you heard of the SMPS Lunchtime Learning Labs?

SMPS is now offering FREE Lunchtime Learning Labs to members! Led by topic experts, these 30 to 45 minute programs fit conveniently into a busy work schedule.

Watch for Learning Labs on these topics coming soon:  Working with Prezi, Proposal Blunders You Don’t Know You Are Making (But You Are), Stand Out and Differentiate Yourself, and Working with InDesign. The idea for these short, to-the-point labs is to provide members with another opportunity to receive quality educational content on professional services marketing within a time frame that suits crazy schedules.

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Mega Membership Madness Update

The fifth and *final* round of the Membership Drive is underway and we saved the best prize for last! So give it one last final push to recruit a new member who you think would benefit from networking with the best group of marketing and business development professionals in town! The winner will not only receive a $50 gift card to a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant and One complimentary Webinar Sponsorship for your firm (a $150 value), but also two tickets to the CMA Songwriter’s Presents Whiskey Jam at Joe’s Bar!! Round ends April 15.

Be sure to share the SMPS love with any potential new recruits and you will be eligible to win some awesome prizes! http://smps-chi.org/2014/01/mega-membership-madness-2/

Round 3 Update

Congrats to Leann Dockins, CPSM of KJWW who was the winner of the 3rd round of the Mega Membership Drive prize drawing for her recruitment of Regina Serna of VOA Associates. Thanks for your hard work, Leann!

Round 4 Update

Congrats to Megan FitzPatrick, CPSM of Lochner–winner of the 4th round of the Mega Membership Drive. Megan not only onboarded Regine Jeune of DB Sterlin Consultants, but also Jacqueline Whittington of Lochner. Congrats Megan and we appreciate all that you do for SMPS!!

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