BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Volunteering is an excellent way to expand your network and develop strong relationships with fellow SMPS Colorado members. Serving on a committee is also a great way to learn or perfect skills and develop leadership skills you may not have an opportunity to do on the job.

If you are interested in volunteering with any committee, feel free to contact the committee chair directly for more information; you are also welcome to contact any board member to learn more.

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COMMUNICATIONS

The Communications Committee is responsible for the public image of the chapter through the use of print, digital and social media. The committee publicizes information about upcoming programs and events, and maintains information about the chapter and its members through the website. Major responsibilities include: acting as a brand manager for the chapter, designing and producing all marketing materials, and promoting the chapter through media and digital communications.

Communications Chair Communications Co-Chair Communications Co-Chair
Emily E. Cox
Norris Design
303.892.1166
Stevie L. Reynolds
MDP Engineering Group
720.460.2654
Danielle Fisher
Design Workshop
720.907.9359

EDUCATION

The Education Committee strives to provide educational, professional, and personal development opportunities through a variety of events and formats. Education topics and learning/implementation tools are defined by the Six Domains of Practice:  Marketing Research, Marketing Plan, Client/Business Development, SOQs/Proposals, Promotional Activity, and Information, Resource and Organizational Management.

Education Chair Education Co-Chair

Kelly Bird
Populous
303.382.2780

Cara Perlman
Merrick & Company
303.353.3689


MARKETING EXCELLENCE AWARDS

The Marketing Excellence Awards Committee plans and coordinates our annual awards recognition gala, the goal of which is to recognize marketing excellence in the Colorado A/E/C community. The committee has two key responsibilities, one to oversee the planning and organization of the event itself including event/location planning, PR for the event, logistics and emcee and speaker recruitment, etc., and the other to oversee the awards portion of the event, including calls for entry, judging, and awards announcements at the event.

Marketing Excellence Awards Chair

Dana Williams, CPSM
Hyder Construction
720.932.3267



MEMBERSHIP

The Membership Committee is responsible for the recruitment and retention of professional and student SMPS members through special events, membership drives, on-campus activities, and other direct outreach efforts. The committee plans bi-monthly New and Prospective Member networking events as well as the annual member appreciation event: Memberfest. Additional committee responsibilities include:  welcoming new members to the organization, drafting Member Spotlights for the website, reaching out to members whose memberships are nearing expiration or have expired, creating print collateral on the association and volunteer opportunities, and planning annual Membership Drives.

Membership Chair Membership Co-Chair
Engagement
Membership Co-Chair 
Outreach

Nicole Fatchaline, CPSM
The Beck Group
720.215.3248

Sam Leuck
JE Dunn Construction
303.782.7347

Conor Ryan
EDI
303.676.8089


MENTOR/PROTÉGÉ

The program is an embodiment of the commitment of the Colorado Chapter of SMPS to assist A/E/C marketers in their personal growth and professional development.

Mentor/Protégé Chair  Mentor/Protégé Co-Chair

Julie Witecki
Swinerton Builders
303.423.0632

Emily Murphy
Calibre Engineering
303.730.04348


PROGRAMS

The Programs Committee is responsible for programming monthly industry luncheons and other engagements for the SMPS Colorado chapter. Other engagements include: happy hours and community service initiatives strategically aligned with other professional organizations and nonprofits. The Programs Committee offers the benefit of direct contact with clients and potential clients through requests for speakers and program planning, as well as the opportunity to drive the industry knowledge that is presented for the A/E/C representatives that attend our events. The Programs Committee meets monthly at 10am on the Thursday one week after the SMPS luncheon at JE Dunn - 2000 S Colorado Blvd. Suite 1200, Denver, CO.

Programs Chair Programs Co-Chair

Angela Innes
The RMH Group, Inc.
303.239.2726

Dannie Miller
M.E. Group
720.307.6008


SPONSORSHIP

The Sponsorship Committee is responsible for identifying, recruiting, and supporting sponsors throughout the year. The committee works with other committees to facilitate financial support for programs from monthly luncheons to special events.  The committee sets goals for annual, luncheon, and in kind sponsorship and works to fulfill them. Responsibilities include: attending a monthly committee meeting, brainstorming potential sponsors, assisting with agreements and invoices, and raising awareness of SMPS sponsorship opportunities and benefits.

Sponsorship Chair Sponsorship Co-Chair

Cassandra Bernard
GEI Consultants, Inc.
303.662.0100

Cassandra Vagher
CAD-1
303.427.2231


NORTHERN COLORADO

The Northern Colorado Committee is responsible for facilitating education and programming for marketing and business development professionals in Northern Colorado. The committee often collaborates with other industry organizations to provide bi-monthly networking, educational, and training events specific to the needs of the Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont, and Greeley market. Responsibilities include: attending a monthly organizational meeting, brainstorming ideas for future programs, collaborating with others to plan events, and raising overall awareness of SMPS and its benefits throughout Northern Colorado.

Northern Colorado Chair Northern Colorado Co-Chair

Edie Adams
Olsson Associates
970.635.3726

Liz Newman
McCauley Constructors
970.686.6300


SOUTHERN COLORADO

The Southern Colorado Committee is responsible for facilitating education and programming for individuals who are interested in promoting their professional service businesses in Southern Colorado through marketing and other non-marketing professional roles. The committee often collaborates with other industry organizations to provide monthly networking and quarterly AEC market-driven events specific to the needs of Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and surrounding areas. The Southern Colorado Committee members’ responsibilities include: attending a monthly committee meeting, brainstorming ideas for future programs, collaborating with others to plan events, and raising overall awareness of SMPS and its benefits throughout Southern Colorado.

Southern Colorado Chair  Southern Colorado Co-Chair

Adrienne Tuck
Bridgers & Paxton Consulting Engineers
719.630.3350

Rachel Ribich
Nunn Construction 
719.599.7710


PAST PRESIDENTS/LEONARDO

The Past Presidents/Leonardo Award committee is made up of Past Presidents and Leonardo Recipients. Responsibilities include: 1 - organize and run the One2One Mentor program which was kicked off for the 2013 / 2014 year;  2- continue to present SMPS to the A/E/C industry as the 'go-to' resource for marketing needs and maintain a presence and support AIA, ACEC, AGC and other industry associations at their annual conferences and educational events and providing speakers for said events; and 3 - keep seasoned marketers and business development professionals involved in SMPS.


SMPS LIAISON

The SMPS Liaison serves as an advocate within the SMPS Colorado and is the go-to expert on all things SMPS.  Responsibilities include: having a working knowledge of all things SMPS (events, committee membership, CPSM certification, Career Center, Bookstore, MySMPS, to name a few), have a working knowledge of the goals and activities of the Society’s Board of Directors, and promote benefits to the membership and community. 


Check out what our Members have to say about the benefits of serving on a Committee:

My membership with SMPS and participation on various committees has had immeasurable impact on my career and growth as a professional. Through my participation within the organization, I have garnered numerous professional skills, many of my professional relationships, and a bolstered professional confidence.  If you’re looking for an organization to support that gives back tri-fold what you put in – SMPS is the right pick.” 
– Emily Murphy Siem, Calibre Engineering

“I began volunteering with SMPS shortly after joining the organization and soon found myself as Co-Chair and then Chair of a committee. Being thrust into a leadership position was a great way to accelerate my personal impact and overall comfort with the association and people within. Being a volunteer means you can directly shape the content and direction of the organization. It’s all about coming up with and implementing new ideas and new ways to help members and ultimately our unique sub-sector of this industry as a whole.” 

– Jennifer Mathers

"Serving as a member of SMPS for the last 11 years has given me career opportunities, training and an invaluable network. Using my SMPS network has allowed me to increase revenue for my firm, hash out successful marketing strategies with peers and build lasting friendships. SMPS gives A/E/C marketers and business developers a community that is unsurpassed. Volunteering and serving on committees and now the Executive Board, has been well worth the time." 
 
W. Celeste Davis Stragand, CPSM, Kiewit

“Being part of the Education committee with SMPS has had a profound impact on career.  I am a more valuable employee and more confident person because of the tools that the committee has taught me,from public speaking to writing skills to reaching out to industry leaders.  I have happily dedicated time to this committee because of the lifelong relationships I have gained and the positive direction my career has taken.  I encourage any SMPS member to join a committee to get the most value out of their membership.”   
 Krista Sanderson

What a great way to learn leadership skills before ever taking on such a position at my firm. SMPS gave me the opportunity to manage my own team and the confidence to apply this to my job!” 

 Dana Williams, CPSM, Hyder Construction

“Joining SMPS has impacted my career in many ways: exceptional professional growth training, business development opportunities, visibility for my company. When I joined a committee and started invested my time to contribute back to the organization, my network exploded. It’s been a great value to me and my firm and I’ve made great friends on top of it!” 
– Karen Current, DHM Design