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September 2018: Interview Preparation & Strategy Workshop + Owners Panel Breakfast
Merrick & Company
5970 Greenwood Plaza Blvd.
Greenwood Village, CO
Friday, September 28, 2018, 7:00 AM - 11:30 AM MDT
Category: Education

Join Dena Wyatt and owners across the public, private, and government sectors to engage in a two-part discussion and workshop to hone presentation skills and interview strategy.

For the breakfast portion of this workshop, we've enlisted a panel of Owner representatives from the City and County of Denver, National Western Center and several Federal and private organizations.

These decision-makers will share their thoughts and expectations on consultant presentations, covering everything from format and content to interview style, and the right tactics for true differentiation.

With this panel format you will have the opportunity to learn from selection committee leaders on interview best practices and proven presentation approaches. 

Following breakfast, accomplished interview coach, Dena Wyatt, Principal of Marketing Evolutions, Inc., will facilitate a workshop to integrate the Owners’ feedback into your presentation. Integrative activities and break-out sessions will address presentation tools, team cohesion and practical coaching and interview preparation techniques. 


•    7:00 – 7:30: Registration

•    7:30 – 9:00: Breakfast with the Owners

•    9:00 – 9:30: Networking

•    9:30 – 11:30: Workshop with Dena Wyatt

  Early Bird Ticket Prices (cut off is 9/21)
  $75   Members (SMPS CO members may register guests at member rate for this event only.)
  $105   Non-members
  Ticket Prices (after 9/21)
  $100   Members
  $130   Non-members (No discounts available for non-members after 9/21)






Dena Wyatt | Principal/Founder — Marketing Evolutions
Dena Wyatt is the Principal and founder of Marketing Evolutions, Inc. Dena successfully works with individuals and teams in the design and construction industry to create a more robust personal presence and message that transforms presentations, builds trust and wins more work. Dena has worked in the A/E/C industry since 1994, is a former Dale Carnegie instructor and trainer, is a past president of SMPS Colorado Chapter and served on the Board of Directors for several years. She received the Leonardo Award for lifetime achievement in marketing excellence from the Colorado Chapter of SMPS. She has presented training workshops, keynotes, and facilitated partnering sessions for the AIA, AGC, ABC, SDA, CREW, SMPS, and NAWIC.




Anna Goodrich | VP of Construction — Lennar Multifamily Communities
Ms. Goodrich’s formidable professional career in real estate development, construction, and consultancy encompasses more than twenty-five years. She has consistently created high performance teams and provided executive oversight for the development and construction of complex large-scale projects in Europe, Russia, Africa, Middle East, Southwest Asia, and The Americas. As an executive advisor in real estate development, she evaluates and successfully executes projects by drawing on her multi-disciplined experience and education, integrating finance, design, and construction. Her expertise is evident by her ability to oversee multiple projects from visioning, through financing, construction and implementation in both global corporations and innovative entrepreneurial organizations.

During her tenure, she has been responsible for land acquisition and disposition strategies, pro forma achievement, large-scale master plans, entitlements, market positioning, project design, operational interface, and overall program and construction management. Her project focus in the mixed–use sector encompasses ground-up projects of all genera, including residential, hospitality boutique product, urban repurposing destination resorts, high rise, historic renovations, iconic resorts, and city center redevelopments.




Brad Dodson | Deputy Director, Mayor's Office of the National Western Center — City & County of Denver
Brad Dodson is a multi-skilled leader with a proven history in managing large-scale development projects with complex financial structures. In his most recent role as Principal Project Manager in the Denver Department of Finance, he was responsible for managing the redevelopment of the former Gates factory site at I-25 and Broadway and crafting innovative financial structures for the Colorado Convention Center expansion and the Stapleton redevelopment. Prior to his work with the city, Brad had a highly successful, decade-long career in the Fortune 500 financial services industry. His personal passion for inclusive development that connects communities both physically and economically led him to the National Western Center. He is thrilled to be part of this transformative project!

Brad holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans. He lives in Denver with his wife and two young daughters.




Deborah Turner | Engineering Supervisor/Infrastructure Project Management in Public Works — City & County of Denver
Deborah has over 20 years of experience in design, project delivery and program management with the last 12 years in municipal government. Her first eight years were spent in the private sector designing vertical projects such as the US Courthouse in Denver and the Colorado Convention Center Expansion. Deborah now specializes in transportation projects for the City and County of Denver including bridges, underpasses, pedestrian bridges, reconstruction of roadways, intersections, bike lanes, etc.




John Burke | Development & Construction Manager — City of Westminster
John worked as a Civil Engineer in the private sector for 10 years and has invested the last 14 years working for the City of Westminster. He recently managed over $50 million dollars in infrastructure projects to complete Westminster Station which is part of the Regional Transportation Districts Commuter Rail system that connects Westminster to Denver and Denver International Airport.

For the past two years, John was asked to help the City of Westminster become the next Urban Center on the Front Range as the Development and Construction Manager of the City’s New Downtown Westminster. To date, he has negotiated over $250 million dollars in private investment to build over 500,000 SF of mixed-use commercial, residential, office, entertainment and hotel development.

In addition to his full-time job with the City, John is a trainer for the APWA Public Works Institute and has given several speeches at APWA, ACEC, SMPS conferences and provides training for private consulting firms on what it takes to win projects. He is also the author of a book titled: “RFP - Request For Personality, Win People, Win Projects.”  



Robert G. Datson, RA, NCARB, PMP, DBIA, CM | Lean Chief of Design & Project Management — Colorado Department of Military & Veterans Affairs
Bob has managed the design and construction of projects for the Colorado Army National Guard for the past fifteen (15) years. This includes 14 DoD MILCON as well as numerous Operations and Maintenance funded projects. The projects have received AIA, US Air Force Design, ENR Awards, as well as Silver, Gold, and Platinum LEED Certifications. Prior to this he spent twenty five (25) years in private industry. Bob managed architectural services in the design build firm, CyberCon and served as a staff architect with Fentress and Gensler.


Dena Wyatt, author of “BE. The Winning Presentation” and John Burke author of “R.F.P. Request for Personality: Win People, Win Projects” will both have a limited quantity of their books available at a discounted conference price of $10 (cash only please).

Both books are available on Amazon: