April 2019 Print

Annual Conference 2019

2019 Recap:  The Conference Experience

Thank you again to the amazing conference committee, generous sponsors, and the attendees for making this year’s annual conference a sell-out event! On day one, attendees learned all about differentiation (goldfish-style), presentation skills AND coaching, as well as leading meaningful team retreats. The first day ended with an awesome networking reception at Southern Railway Taphouse, complete with old-school arcade games and cupcakes-to-go, courtesy of our sponsor, Cakewalk Strategies. On day two, attendees learned how to extract content from the most challenging of team members, how to truly make our brands sing, and the ins and outs of strategic planning.

We’d like to congratulate Andrea Wilson, the winner of the complimentary 2020 SMPS VA Annual Conference registration from our conference survey participation raffle! We’re excited to dig into the feedback and get started planning next year’s conference. If you are interested in volunteering for the conference committee, please reach out to Jennifer Johnson!

SMPS Virginia members react to our 2019 State Conference:

“Lead the Charge, Lead the Change was one of the best conferences I have attended this year. The speakers, who were brought in from across the United States, were fantastic only surpassed by the networking opportunities with some of the leading professional services marketers in the region! The SMPS Virginia conference was a home run this year.” – Tim Klabunde, CPSM, Principal, Timmons Group

“Enjoyed the sessions, good tools to get our firms to actually listen, presented information I can use and information I can take back to my firm.” – Anonymous 

“SMPS always has the best sessions!” – Anonymous 

“The interaction in each session was awesome.” – Anonymous 

“I loved the single track!” – Anonymous 

“The social was very fun and low-key, which made networking easy!” – Anonymous

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2019 Award Winners

 To the SMPS Virginia 2019 Award Winners!

Marketer of the Year
Jennifer Johnson, W.M. Jordan Company

Volunteer of the Year
Tara Harris, VHB

Rising Star
Danielle Ruble, RRMM Architects

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Welcome New Members

Please join us in welcoming our newest SMPS Virginia Chapter members!

Shannon Mackenzie, Commonwealth Architects
Sara Nicholas, DPR Construction
Ellen Sanders Pelstring, Draper Aden Associates
Jennifer Warriner, Moffat & Nichol
Jameka Williams, EDC
Casey Zahn,Quinn Evans Architects

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Happy SMPS Anniversary

SMPS Virginia recognizes the membership anniversary of the following chapter members:

Tabitha Abnet, Clark Nexsen, Inc. | 6 years
Jennifer Ahmad, NXL Construction Services, Inc. | 1 year
Brittany Boehm, Accumark, Inc. | 1 year
Alyah Bowler, Koontz-Bryant PC | 7 years
Cheryl Browne, W.M. Jordan Company | 16 years
Jennifer Byrd, 2RW Consultants, Inc. | 2 years
Lisa Demmel-Bourne, Moseley Architects | 12 years
Tara Harris, VHB | 12 years
Breanna Hegamin, Clark Nexsen, Inc. | 1 year
Carrie Kane, HDR | 13 years
Angela Kriner, Lynch Mykins Structural Engineers, PC | 1 year
Grace Manser, W. E. Bowman Construction | 1 year
Kelly Miller, RMF Engineering | 3 years
Heather Monk, Froehling & Robertson, Inc. | 5 years
Courtney Neston, Baskervill | 6 years
Angie Pollard, RK&K | 7 years
Shelley Shaffer, HKS, Inc.| 4 years
Janice Sheppard, HBA Architecture & Interior Design, Inc.| 3 years
Colleen Smith, Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc. | 2 years
Thomas Townes, TST Marketing | 22 years
Trang Vu, Timmons Group | 1 year
Anne Wang, Greeley & Hansen | 11 years
Andrea Wilson, Hourigan | 7 years

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Interested in being a sponsor of SMPS Virginia?

SMPS Virginia Chapter offers you an opportunity to reach a target market and network with premier architectural, engineering and construction companies in Virginia. Your sponsorship allows our chapter to enhance the quality of programs, increase the value of membership, build awareness of SMPS and support our community. Included are the sponsorship levels and opportunities associated with each. Special Discounts: Annual sponsors receive 10% discount on annual conference sponsorships. Click here for more information! 

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