Engage and Celebrate: 2017-2018 President’s Welcome Letter

  • September 1, 2017
  • Greetings from SMPS/LA! I am honored to serve as the 2017-2018 SMPS/LA Chapter President. When I first joined SMPS Oregon in 2008 where I “stumbled upon” the A/E/C industry, I wouldn’t have believed it if someone told me I’d eventually serve as Chapter President.

  • Greetings from SMPS/LA! I am honored to serve as the 2017-2018 SMPS/LA Chapter President. When I first joined SMPS Oregon in 2008 where I “stumbled upon” the A/E/C industry, I wouldn’t have believed it if someone told me I’d eventually serve as Chapter President.

    Having served as Communications Director and Membership Director for the L.A. Chapter, I have built relationships with my fellow Board Members, developed friendships with members and colleagues, and created partnerships within the local A/E/C community. I am thrilled to be a part of this dynamic group of leaders and to grow as a professional services marketer.

    In alignment with SMPS’ mission to advocate for, educate, and connect leaders in the building industry, it is our Chapter’s vision to Engage and Celebrate with you throughout the coming year. We aim to give back to our members, get to know one another on a personal level, and celebrate the successes and achievements we’ll accomplish together.

    Engagement is essential to the A/E/C industry: As business developers, our connections help to develop successful partnering opportunities. As marketers, we excel within our respective firms by making an impact on the communities in which we live, work and play. As individuals, our network of like-minded colleagues gives us the knowledge and confidence to grow in our careers.

    Did you know SMPS/LA is Celebrating its 35-year anniversary this year? Our Chapter was originally incorporated on November 17th, 1982. From our humble beginnings, we have become a strong Chapter with awards and accolades under our belt. We look forward to celebrating our stories and successes with you throughout the year. We encourage you to think about how SMPS has impacted your life/career and to share your journey with the Board, fellow members and colleagues. Stay tuned for more details on our upcoming 35th Anniversary/Holiday Party in November!

    Our 2017-2018 Board of Directors is working together to bring essential tools and resources to our members. SMPS has been a valuable resource in my career, giving me the knowledge, expertise and skill set to flourish. I am grateful to be working alongside Board members who I admire and respect. Together, we are building upon the successful leadership before us (35 years strong) while bringing new and innovative ideas to realization.

    In order to better serve our local A/E/C community's needs, we’ve compiled a survey to determine the types of programs and events that would be most beneficial to you. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SMPSLA2017-18

    If you haven't already, sign up NOW for Taste of SMPS on September 14th where you can Meet and Greet with the NEW Board of Directors.

    Thank you for this opportunity to serve our thriving Chapter. I look forward to Engaging and Celebrating with you!

    Christine Timbre
    2017-2018 SMPS Los Angeles Chapter President
    Hathaway Dinwiddie, Marketing Manager

Farewell Letter

  • July 24, 2017
  • With The Leonardo behind us and the SMPS/LA fiscal year coming to an end, I’ve had time to reflect on my time as President, our success as a Board, and lessons learned along the way.

  • With The Leonardo behind us and the SMPS/LA fiscal year coming to an end, I’ve had time to reflect on my time as President, our success as a Board, and lessons learned along the way.

    When Suria Lee approached me over two years ago and asked if I would be her President-Elect, I was quite nervous and filled with apprehension. At the time, I was relatively young, rather shy and timid, and had no real experience leading others. Many doubts and questions filled my mind, including my abilities to lead and gain support for my ideas and decisions.

    I spent a lot of time contemplating whether I was fit to lead a group of professionals; I held these individuals in such high regard since I entered the industry only several years before. After many conversations and several restless nights, I decided to jump in and commit to the fullest extent possible. One driving factor behind my decision is that SMPS is an organization dedicated to the educational and professional advancement of marketers and business developers in the A/E/C industry. What better organization to learn and grow from than one that was created specifically for someone like me?

    Well… Learn and grow I did! Although this was a very successful and rewarding year, it was not an easy year. It was a year filled with constant change and numerous challenges that I did not expect to encounter. However, it was through these obstacles and learning experiences that I became a better person, both professionally and personally. Participating on the SMPS/LA Board of Directors helped me gain leadership and public speaking skills, develop personal and professional relationships, and increase my self-confidence.

    I wouldn’t have had such a great learning experience without a wonderful and hardworking Board of Directors to collaborate with. From our Programs, Education, Special Events, and Professional Development Directors who consistently delivered successful programs and a Sponsorship Director who kept us profitable; to my fellow Presidents’ who were always there to give advice and step in to help when help was needed; our Secretary and Treasurer who kept us on track with financial and operational matters; our Membership Director who constantly engaged our current members and attracted new members; and our Communications Co-Directors who delivered our message to the Los Angeles region… The SMPS fiscal year was a success because of the teamwork and collaboration we had together and that each Board Director had with their individual committees.

    It takes a small army to run an organization - a dedicated army that truly cares about the best interest of its membership. Thank you to the entire Board of Directors and all the committee members, past Board members, SMPS advocates, and friends who were dedicated to making this year a great success. I am going to miss working with each and every one of you and appreciate all that you’ve done for both the Chapter and myself. Cheers to many more successful SMPS/LA years to come!

Election Ballot: 2017-2018 Board of Directors

  • May 15, 2017
  • Vote Now! We encourage you to let your voice be heard by casting your vote.

    Ballots will be accepted through Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 9:00 PM.

    Don’t delay. Claim your voice in this election process, and help SMPS/LA be the best it can be!

  • The 2017-2018 Call for Nominations has closed and we are pleased to present you with this slate of qualified candidates who are willing to serve on the 2017-2018 SMPS/LA Board of Directors. Board members serve for 2-year terms and the board positions that are open for election this year are President-Elect, Director-at-Large/Programs, Director-at-Large/Membership, Director-at-Large/Sponsorship, Director-at-Large/Special Events, and Director-at-Large/Professional Development.

    We encourage you to let your voice be heard by casting your vote.

    Ballots will be accepted through Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 9:00 PM.

    Don’t delay. Claim your voice in this election process, and help SMPS/LA be the best it can be!

    To vote:
    1) Click here for the Election Ballot (via Survey Monkey).
    2) Click here for an Election Ballot Candidate Overview.

    Do you have questions about the election process or how to get involved? Contact President-Elect Christine Timbre at timbrec@hdcco.com or (213) 593-0325 for details.

Call for Nominations: 2017-2018 Board of Directors

  • April 4, 2017
  • Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2017-2018 term, which commences on September 1, 2017 and concludes on August 31, 2018. Currently, the President-Elect, Programs, Membership, Sponsorship, Special Events, and Professional Development positions are open for nominations. The Secretary, Treasurer, Education and Communications positions will not be vacant until the 2018-2019 term. Members in good standing may be nominated for any of the elected positions that are currently available.

  • Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2017-2018 term, which commences on September 1, 2017 and concludes on August 31, 2018. Currently, the President-Elect, Programs, Membership, Sponsorship, Special Events, and Professional Development positions are open for nominations. The Secretary, Treasurer, Education and Communications positions will not be vacant until the 2018-2019 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 two (2) year term with a maximum of two (2) consecutive terms in each position. The Treasurer and Secretary are elected to a two (2) year term with a maximum of two (2) consecutive 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 Monday, May 1, 2017. 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) 593-0325 or timbrec@hdcco.com.

    Attached Forms:

    2016-2017 SMPS-LA Call for Nominations_040317

    Thank you,
    Christine Timbre
    2016-2017 SMPS/LA Chapter President-Elect
    Chair, Nominations & Elections Committee

Remembering Jeffrey Averill, FAIA

  • March 7, 2017
  • SMPS/LA is saddened to learn of the passing of our 2016 Industry Honor Award Recipient, Jeffrey Averill. As UCLA Campus Architect, Mr. Averill oversaw the design of every major campus building for 15 years.

  • SMPS/LA is saddened to learn of the passing of our 2016 Industry Honor Award Recipient, Jeffrey Averill. As UCLA Campus Architect, Mr. Averill oversaw the design of every major campus building for 15 years.

    "You can see Jeff’s influence in every part of campus. He made sure that every design element fit into the campus vocabulary and enhanced the image of UCLA. He was smart, direct and unafraid to challenge our architects if something didn’t work. He was the conscience of the campus, a great advocate of design and a good steward of the university." - Peter Hendrickson, UCLA Associate Vice Chancellor of Design and Construction

    In honor of Jeff, SMPS/LA will be making a contribution to the UCLA Architecture Fund in his name.

    Learn more about Mr. Averill's accomplishments: 

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SMPS/LA President’s Letter

  • July 26, 2016
  • Greetings from the SMPS Los Angeles Chapter Board of Directors! I am honored to serve as the 2016-2017 SMPS Los Angeles Chapter President and am proud to share that the Chapter’s dedicated Board is working hard to formulate another great year of programming for its members.

  • Greetings from the SMPS Los Angeles Chapter Board of Directors! I am honored to serve as the 2016-2017 SMPS Los Angeles Chapter President and am proud to share that the Chapter’s dedicated Board is working hard to formulate another great year of programming for its members. During the 2015-2016 educational year, the Board worked diligently to solicit feedback from its members, program attendees, speakers, and sponsors to understand the types and formats of programs that would provide the best return on investment for members. The Board is taking the information received from program feedback, conferences attended, and the membership survey (please take a couple of minutes to respond if you haven’t already. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SMPS-LA2016-17ProgramSurvey) and is tailoring this year’s programming to meet the specific needs of our members.

    Last year was a very successful year for SMPS Los Angeles. A couple of highlights include rebranding of The LEONARDO, launching of SMPS Gives Back – a volunteer arm of the Chapter focused on giving back to our community, the holiday party at The Broad followed by a reception at Vespaio, highly attended monthly educational programs, multiple construction tours including the Wilshire Grand and Petersen Automotive Museum, and several client panels/roundtable discussions. Both this past year’s LEONARDO awards ceremony and monthly educational programs have had the highest attendance the Chapter has experienced in recent years. The Board is excited to take last year’s success and build upon it to create another successful year of programming and networking opportunities.

    A Taste of SMPS, a free program for members and non-members, will be held in late October to introduce the new Board and provide information about the benefits of becoming and being a member of SMPS. There will be opportunities to learn about the different upcoming educational and networking opportunities SMPS offers, hear success stories from seasoned marketing professionals in the A/E/C industry, engage with the Board members, volunteer for different committees, and network with other members and past SMPS presidents. There will also be a raffle to win a SMPS membership and a free registration to this year’s Pacific Regional Conference which is being held in Alaska this February!

    The Board plans to build (no pun intended, hehe) another great year of educational and networking opportunities. Members can prepare on attending monthly educational seminars and quarterly client panels, construction tours, SMPS Gives Back volunteer events, and networking happy hours. As always, there will be an annual holiday party and The LEONARDO. Stay tuned for more detailed program information through our weekly e-blasts and follow us on social media to stay up to date on Chapter activities!

    I am excited and honored to serve the Los Angeles Chapter and work collaboratively with the 2016-2017 Board to provide educational tools and resources that will help our members become dynamic and influential marketers and business developers. SMPS has been a valuable resource in my career, giving me the knowledge, mentorship, training, and skill sets needed to conquer any obstacles or challenges that have come across my path as a professional services marketer. I am grateful to be working alongside a Board of colleagues and friends who I admire and respect. Together, we are building upon the success of the leadership before us and bringing new and innovative ideas to fruition. We look forward to executing another great year filled with educational programming and networking opportunities!

    Rayna Feliciano_SMPS_2015_006
    Rayna Feliciano
    KKCS
    2016-2017 SMPS Los Angeles Chapter President

Year End Programming Survey 2016-2017

  • June 29, 2016
  • The SMPS/LA Year End Programming Survey 2016-2017 is now available!

    Survey respondents who are SMPS/LA members will be entered into a raffle to win a free registration to the Pacific Regional Conference this coming February in Alaska! The winner will receive an early bird registration plus two nights’ hotel stay up to $325. Only SMPS/LA members qualify for the raffle.

  • SMPS/LA Year End Programming Survey 2016-2017

    Please take moment to complete this important survey found here.

Stay Connected! read SMPS/LA’s Newsletter – Spring 2016

SMPS 2016 State of the Society

  • April 8, 2016
  • In 2014, SMPS National developed the Society’s Strategic Plan that sets the direction and framework for SMPS and describes the timeless ideology which helps move the Society forward to serve its members, their firms, and the profession as a whole. Over the past year, SMPS National has been hard at work developing programs and educational resources to further the goals and objectives of the Strategic Plan and assist members with building business for their professional services firms.

  • In 2014, SMPS National developed the Society’s Strategic Plan that sets the direction and framework for SMPS and describes the timeless ideology which helps move the Society forward to serve its members, their firms, and the profession as a whole. Over the past year, SMPS National has been hard at work developing programs and educational resources to further the goals and objectives of the Strategic Plan and assist members with building business for their professional services firms.

    Goals & Objectives of the Strategic Plan

    Awareness: SMPS will be widely recognized and valued for its knowledge and expertise in practices that build business for A/E/C professional services firms.

    Education: SMPS will provide marketers and business developers with the necessary knowledge, skills, tools, and expertise to develop, manage, and drive success for professional services firms.

    Membership: SMPS will be a thriving network of professionals interested in the practice of marketing and business development for professional services firms.

    Infrastructure: SMPS will have a financially sustainable funding model with an efficient and nimble board, staff, and volunteer structure aligned with the Strategic Plan.

    Society Accomplishments

    Markendium | SMPS Body of Knowledge: If you are considering taking the CPSM exam, SMPS is releasing a new study guide called Markendium, which further defines the Six Domains of Practice. Markendium is a six volume e-publication that will be debuted at Build Business Synthesis in August and will serve as the primary source of study material for CPSM certification. An informal session on how to leverage the Body of Knowledge will be held at Build Business Synthesis. Already studying for the CPSM Exam? Don’t worry because questions based on Markendium will not be added to the test until summer of 2017. www.smps.org/Education/The-SMPS-Body-of-Knowledge/

    New CPSM Study Guide: If you are taking the CPSM exam this year, a new study guide is available for download at www.smps.org/Certification/. The CPSM Study Guide, Volume 3.0, contains additional study questions, a 75-question practice test, and updated list of suggested reading that is currently in print.

    Roadmap to Certification: If you are preparing for the CPSM exam, SMPS has developed the Roadmap to Certification available at www.smps.org/r2c. This program will help you plan, study, and prepare to take the CPSM exam. It includes:

    • Two-day immersion course held in Atlanta on May 12 and 13
    • 90-day study program that includes virtual assignments and instructor time
    • Faculty office hours during monthly webinars for Q&A, discussion, and feedback
    • Practice test based on the Six Domains of Practice
    • A Study Hall, which is your virtual access to and guidance from CPSMs
    • New study tools and materials, including an online resource library for each of the Six Domains

    Prepare to Win: This January SMPS offered a new virtual workshop series. The first series was all about proposals – planning, organizing, strategizing, designing, and writing. The series featured instructor-led courses once a week for four consecutive weeks, included take-home materials and assignments to reinforce lessons learned, and module-related questions and group discussions on a forum for information sharing. More than 200 professionals registered for the series and another program is coming up in June. Stay tuned! www.smps.org/Education/Prepare-to-Win/

    Business Development for the A/E/C Industry: SMPS is hosting a business development workshop tour in seven cities across the United States including Columbus, Washington DC, Austin, Portland, Minneapolis, Phoenix, and Philadelphia. So far, SMPS has trained more than 3,000 professionals in entry-level business development strategies to develop and maintain a successful business development program for professional services firms. www.smps.org/bdworkshops/

    Build Business Synthesis: Build Business will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on August 10-12. As a participant, you will experience your choice of never-before-seen breakout sessions, provocative keynote speakers, and plenty of networking to make priceless business contacts. Check out the schedule of events at www.buildbusiness.org/smps-build-business-2016-synthesis/.

    BD Seller-Doer Symposium – Building Your Bottom Line through Business Development: This workshop was created specifically for technical professionals who are responsible for bringing in work through business development activities. It was designed with the middle to senior level management staff in mind and those who are responsible for developing, managing, and advocating these activities among their staff and leadership. The workshop is being held in conjunction with Build Business Synthesis on August 10 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.buildbusiness.org/bd-symposium/

    New SMPS Website Coming Soon: SMPS National has a new association management platform and is switching website platforms. Stay tuned for a new website with a better look, speed, and functionality!

    Upcoming Surveys: SMPS National is going to conduct a member and non-member perception study and needs assessment to understand how SMPS is perceived and the value it provides to the industry. Survey participants will include members at all career levels and non-members such as bosses, principals, other industry leaders, etc. Also to be released soon are a new Salary Survey and Business Development Survey.

    Membership: 2015 had a 83 percent member retention rate and SMPS has almost 7,000 members nationwide.

     

Call for Nominations: 2016-2017 Board of Directors

  • March 24, 2016
  • Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2016-2017 term, which commences on September 1, 2016, and concludes on August 31, 2017. Currently, the President-Elect, Programs, Education, Communications, Secretary, and Treasurer positions are open for nominations. The Membership, Sponsorship, Special Events, and Professional Development positions will not be vacant until the 2017-2018 term. Members in good standing may be nominated for any of the elected positions that are currently available. The closing date for submissions is Thursday, May 19, 2016.

  • 2016-2017 SMPS-LA Call for Nominations

    Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2016-2017 term, which commences on September 1, 2016, and concludes on August 31, 2017. Currently, the President-Elect, Programs, Education, Communications, Secretary, and Treasurer positions are open for nominations. The Membership, Sponsorship, Special Events, and Professional Development positions will not be vacant until the 2017-2018 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 19, 2016. 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 (323) 859-3146 or slee@koacorp.com.

    Thank you,
    Suria Lee
    2015-2016 SMPS-LA Chapter President
    Chair, Nominations & Elections Committee

SMPS/LA Internship Program

  • January 8, 2016
  • Are you an A/E/C firm looking for a summer marketing intern?

    Join the SMPS Summer Internship Program – Apply Now!

  • Are you an A/E/C firm looking for a summer marketing intern?

    Join the SMPS Summer Internship Program – Apply Now!
    SMPS/LA is continuing its marketing summer internship program for the summer of 2016 through targeting USC, UCLA, Loyola Marymount University, and Cal Poly Pomona to offer students interview opportunities, marketing internship placement, and professional training in the A/E/C industry.

    Student Needs fit Marketplace Needs
    According to studies conducted in 2013, more than 40% of recent U.S. college graduates are unemployed or need more training to get on a career track. SMPS/LA is committed to bridging the gap between the university student and the A/E/C industry by providing university students studying business, communications, journalism, architecture, engineering, construction, or other related fields, hands-on experience through internships within our firms.

    By applying to the internship program, sophomore, junior, or senior undergraduate student finalists will have guaranteed internship interviews with local design or construction firms and experience hands-on training in professional services marketing. This program is a win-win for all parties. SMPS/LA recognizes the high demand for qualified marketing and business development professionals.

    Benefits to Firms

    1. SMPS/LA takes care of recruiting, screening, and reviewing candidates prior to interviews
    2. Additional marketing support throughout the summer
    3. Free SMPS student membership, with access to all SMPS/LA events including free members only events

    Benefits to Students

    1. No cost to apply
    2. Learn the A/E/C market from industry professionals

    Registration
    $350 fee per registered firm covers curriculum, expenses, and an intensive two week training program that concludes with a 10-12 week internship. (This fee does not include the hourly rate or flat rate internship salary to the student throughout the duration of the summer.)

    Internship Training

    1. April 14, 2016 - Industry and Student Meet-and-Greet - Opportunity to interview a selected pool of candidates
    2. April 21, 2016 - Internship Interview with local design or construction firm
    3. May 16-27 - SMPS Industry Training - Specific course modules, details and dates to be announced
    4. June 3, 2016 - Internship commences for a duration of 10-12 weeks

    Click below for the Applications:

    Employer Application
    Student Application

    Deadlines:

    Employers: March 18, 2016 – Deadline to participate
    Students: November 20, 2015 – Deadline to submit applications

    QUESTIONS?