• SMPS/LA CPSM Study Group
  • Monday, March 30th, 2015
  • 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  • PCL Construction Services
    500 North Brand Boulevard, Suite 1500
    Glendale, CA 91203

  • Your marketing skills are vital to the lifeline of your firm. Every day you further your company’s growth by identifying new project opportunities, developing business relationships, and getting your company’s name in front of prospective clients. That’s your job as a professional services marketer. SMPS, the recognized leader in education and information for marketing professional services, offers a credential that recognizes the marketing expertise you have achieved: Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM).

    The CPSM credential is a voluntary certification designed to elevate the professional standards in marketing and influence the future of this vital field. Furthermore, the CPSM designation serves as a mark of distinction for professional services marketers and business developers, raising their standing with their employers, peers, and the public.

    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. This individual further adheres to the ethics and responsibilities of the profession as outlined in the CPSM Code of Ethics.

    When you apply for the CPSM program, you are taking your first step toward joining a distinguished group of professionals who have made a commitment to professional excellence, career advancement, and an ongoing pursuit of knowledge.

    Demonstrate your professional excellence! Resolve to become a certified professional services marketer. Join the SMPS-LA CPSM Study Group to establish a support group of like-minded peers and help prepare for the examination.

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    $50 Members
    $75 Non-Members

    The CPSM Group weekly meetings are on Monday evenings from 5:30pm - 7:30pm starting the week of March 16, 2015 and concludes on Monday, May 11, 2015.

    All meetings take place at PCL Construction Services located at 500 North Brand Boulevard, #1500, Glendale, CA 91203.

    For more information, contact SMPS Los Angeles CPSM Chair - Fawn Radmanich, CPSM at fradmanich@pcl.com or (818) 265-5360.

    To learn more about the CPSM process and eligibility, go to www.smps.org/certification.

    Reservations cancelled more than 72 hours prior to an event will be subject to a full refund of the fees. Cancellations made less than 72 hours but more than 24 hours prior to the event will receive credit for attendance at a future SMPS/LA program. No-shows and cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to the event will not be refunded.

  • Call for Nominations: 2015-2016 Board of Directors
  • Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
  • Submit Your Nominations From Now - to May 7, 2015!
  • Email submission

  • 2015-2016 SMPS-LA Call for Nominations

    Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2015-2016 term, which commences on September 1, 2015 and concludes on August 31, 2016. Currently, the President-Elect, Membership, Sponsorship, Communications, Special Events and Professional Development positions are open for nominations. The Secretary, Treasurer, Programs, and Education positions will not be vacant until the 2016-2017 term. Members in good standing may be nominated for any of the elected positions that are currently available.

    The Director positions are elected for a one (1) year term with a maximum of two (2) terms in each position. The Treasurer and Secretary are elected to a two (2) year term with a maximum of two (2) terms in each position. The President-Elect serves in that office for one (1) year and then automatically assumes the office of the President in the subsequent year.  At the end of that term, each President remains on the Board for another year as immediate Past President.

    Nominations for any of the elected positions may be self-proposed or by petition, and must include all data as outlined in the attached Nomination Form. The closing date for submissions is Thursday, May 7, 2015. The Nominations and Elections Committee will evaluate all nominations in accordance with the parameters and procedures outlined in the chapter's by-laws. The Committee will then identify a qualified slate of candidates for approvals as required.

    Refer to the attached Nomination Form for details on the nomination process, Board responsibilities and eligibility requirements. Please also note that additional volunteer opportunities are available and some Board appointments do not require a vote by the membership.  For questions regarding volunteer opportunities or the nomination process, please contact me directly at (213) 239-8866 or jfong@glumac.com.

    Thank you,
    Joseph Fong
    2014-2015 SMPS/LA Chapter President
    Chair, Nominations & Elections Committee

  • 2014 SMPS Southern California Salary Survey
  • Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
  • See Purchase Now link below to Buy Now
  • Buy Online Now!

  • About the Report
    In early 2014, the three SMPS South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Chap­ters (Los Ange­les, Orange County and San Diego) launched a salary sur­vey that was answered by 250+ AEC mar­ket­ing pro­fes­sion­als in our region.

    The infor­ma­tion cap­tured in this report reflects AEC-industry spe­cific salaries, bonuses, perks, and other key data impor­tant to SMPS mem­bers. It rep­re­sents the many roles served under the umbrel­las of mar­ket­ing and busi­ness development.

    Note to Survey Participants
    An email will be sent to all survey participants (whether an SMPS/LA member or non-member) who provided their email address upon completion of the survey. If we have inadvertently omitted you from this list, please contact Juanita Martinez. She will be able to confirm if you were a survey participant or not.

    How to Order
    If you are a mem­ber of SMPS Los Angeles, please order the report using the “Pur­chase Now” link (found below). If you are a mem­ber of Orange County or San Diego, please place your order through their web­site. Pro­ceeds go to the Chap­ter where you order your report, and we ask that you make your pur­chase through the Chap­ter you most reg­u­larly support.

    Please do not share this survey with others as we are charging non-members and non-survey participants a nominal fee. Revenue generated helps us continue to offer great programming and educational opportunities for our members. If you know someone who is interested, share this link: http://smps-la.org/event/2014-smps-southern-california-salary-survey/

    Sur­vey Par­tic­i­pant, Non-SMPS Member = $25
    Non-Survey Participant, SMPS Mem­ber = $25
    Non-Survey Participant, Non-SMPS Member = $50

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    Thank you for supporting SMPS/LA!



  • Join the SMPS + USC Bridge Program - Submit Your Applications by April 3, 2015
  • Friday, April 3rd, 2015
  • Submit Your Applications From January 2015 - to April 3, 2015
  • Internship will take place at your firm’s local office

  • Are you an A/E/C firm looking for a summer marketing intern?
    SMPS/LA is continuing our marketing internship Bridge Program and is partnering with USC to offer students professional training, interview opportunities and marketing internship placement.

    Student Need fits Marketplace Need
    According to recent studies, more than 40 percent of recent U.S. college graduates are unemployed or need more training to get on a career track. SMPS/LA is committed to bridge the gap between the university and industry. With the current status of the US economy, any good business must understand the importance of marketing and business development in order to be successful.  The Los Angeles Chapter recognizes the high demand for qualified marketing and business development professionals. Our goal is to help USC students studying Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Business, Communications, Journalism or other related fields gain the practical and hands on experience.

    By applying to the SMPS + USC Bridge Program, sophomore, junior or senior undergraduate students will participate in an intensive 2-week training intensive on professional services marketing and have a guaranteed marketing internship interview in a local design and construction firm.  This program is a win-win for all parties.

    Benefit to Students
    - Free to apply
    - 2-week training intensive free of charge (May 19-30) in downtown LA taught by industry professionals
    - Internship interview with a local design and construction firm  (Internship to start June 8, 2015 and be for 10-12 weeks)

    Benefits to Firms 
    - Extra marketing help throughout the summer
    - SMPS/LA Chapter training so you don't have to
    - SMPS/LA screening candidates for you

    Firms - Action Item
    We need your commitment if you are interested in participating in this program. The registration fee to SMPS is $350 and this covers the curriculum and expenses for the two week intensive training. The registration fee excludes compensation/hourly rate agreed upon by both the firm and the student. Please note that this is a paid internship program. Your commitment is needed by April 3, 2015. On May 19, 2015, we will conduct an industry and student meet and greet where you have opportunity to interview a narrowed pool of candidates.

    Submit your applications today!

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    SMPS USC Bridge Program Firm Application_Final


  • Roundtable Program
  • Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
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  • New Member Orientation Lunch
  • Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
  • 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
  • Spear Steak & Seafood House
    800 W. 6th Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90017

  • This New Member Orientation Lunch is an opportunity for our newest members to meet one another. Additionally, board members will assist new members in getting the most out of their SMPS experience.

    $7.00 Self-parking

    FREE - Members Only Event




  • Special Events Mixer
  • Thursday, May 7th, 2015
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  • Roundtable Program
  • Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
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  • Board Elections: 2015-2016 Board of Directors (Ballots)
  • Friday, May 15th, 2015
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  • Education Event
  • Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
  • 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
  • Frederick Fisher and Partners Architects
    12248 Santa Monica Boulevard
    Los Angeles, California 90025

  • Check-in at 11:45am, with event starting at noon.

    Marketing is becoming less focused on the sheer volume of leads generated, and more concerned with building a database of qualified leads. The size of the lead database matters less than the measure of value it can yield. So how can marketers working from an outdated “batch and-blast” playbook improve the quality of their leads and the rate at which they nurture potential clients?

    Seminar participants will hear first-hand how marketing automation can provide one solution to this potentially troubling marketing question. Automation allows you to transform your “leads” funnel from an abstract, inefficient cost center to a more targeted revenue-generating machine, reimagined with the latest technology and data.

    When it comes to building leads from initial contacts to an actual contract, Marketing Automation may be your answer!

    Danny Roberts

    Members: Free
    Non-Members: $20.00 (event attendance only)
    Bring your own lunch and drinks.

    Reservations cancelled more than 72 hours prior to an event will be subject to a full refund of the fees. Cancellations made less than 72 hours but more than 24 hours prior to the event will receive credit for attendance at a future SMPS/LA program. No-shows and cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to the event will not be refunded.

    Metered and free street parking located on adjacent streets



  • Education Event
  • Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
  • TBD to
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  • Leonardo Awards
  • Thursday, June 18th, 2015
  • TBD to
  • City Club Los Angeles
    555 South Flower Street, 51st Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90071

  • 2015 marks the 32nd annual presentation of the Leonardo Awards Program. The program was established as a means to celebrate the A/E/C industry’s finest professionals. The qualities that earned Leonardo daVinci recognition as the quintessential Renaissance man are the same attributes that inspired the founding Board of Directors to coin the program in his honor. Since its inception, the program has recognized an illustrious consortium of modern-day inventors and creators.

    Please join us as we honor Kim Tanouye of Englekirk Structural Engineers with the Leonardo Award!

    Stay tuned for details.

  • Education Event
  • Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
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  • Construction Tour
  • Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
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  • Education Event
  • Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
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  • SMPS LA/OC Joint Chapter Social Event!
  • Friday, August 21st, 2015
  • 5:00pm to 10:30pm
  • Venue: Members-only club in Los Angeles, CA
    7001 Franklin Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028

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    Dear SMPS Members:

    The Academy of Magical Arts presents you with this exclusive invitation to enjoy a night of fine dining, history, art and elegance at the most extraordinary private club in the world!

    The venue is a members-only club with magical shows and is a must-see in Los Angeles. We have a limited amount of tickets available, so make sure to sign up now before we sell out!

    From your local chapters,

    Exclusive private club, invite only
    Network with colleagues
    World class magic!

    Come join us for an evening filled with food, drinks, fun and enchantment at this Los Angeles historic-cultural monument!

    Friday, August 21, 2015
    Dinner Start Time 6:00pm
    Bus leaves JW Marriott at 5:00pm
    Bus leaves Magical Venue at 10:30pm and 11:30pm

    To learn more about SMPS Build Business:





    To register, use Eventbrite Registration Password: SMPSMAGIC2015

    Reservations cancelled more than 72 hours prior to an event will be subject to a full refund of the fees. Cancellations made less than 72 hours but more than 24 hours prior to the event will receive credit for attendance at a future SMPS/LA program. No-shows and cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to the event will not be refunded.

  • Client Roundtable Program
  • Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
  • TBD to
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  • Education Event
  • Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
  • TBD to
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  • Special Events Mixer
  • Thursday, October 8th, 2015
  • TBD to
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  • Education Event
  • Wednesday, October 21st, 2015
  • TBD to
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  • Roundtable Program
  • Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
  • TBD to
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  • Education Event
  • Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
  • TBD to
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  • SMPS/LA Holiday Party
  • Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
  • TBD to
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  • Education Event
  • Wednesday, December 16th, 2015
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