May 29

SMPS Heartland Regional Conference 2019

Join fellow SMPS members from regional chapters at the Heartland Regional Conference in Detroit this May!





October 2017 Print

From the President

Thankful for Our #remarkable Chapter

One of the things you quickly learn as president is the importance of delegation. The last few weeks have been an absolute mad house for me. Between work, family, and life in general, I’ve often found myself wondering how to give GCSMPS the time and attention it deserves. Then I remember the #remarkable members, volunteers, and board of directors I can lean on. Everyone in our chapter lends a hand to make our programs and events successful. From the newest member just trying to figure out where to get involved to our most seasoned members who we can turn to for guidance, each of you is an integral part of why our chapter is not only amazing, but also remarkable. 

In this month of showing gratitude, it seems appropriate to say THANK YOU. Thank you for the hours you spend attending chapter events. Thank you for sharing ideas that become program and education event topics. Thank you for continuing to make our chapter #remarkable. 

By now, you’ve no doubt sampled the #remarkable topics and speakers in store for our programming this year. And, this is just the beginning! We are ending 2017 on a high note with the following events:

  • November 16 – we’re back at Jack Casino to continue our discussion on how technology is affecting the built environment
  • December 5 – we’ll discuss when to tweak or totally redo your firm’s branding
  • Celebrate the season on December 12 with fellow GCSMPSers, clients, and friends at our holiday party


And just wait until you see what’s in store for 2018. Look for a new calendar card with all the details.

Stay #remarkable,

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Calendar of Events

Member Breakfast Week


Rise and shine with GCSMPS - breakfast is on us! Join us for our GCSMPS Member Breakfast Week to catch up with old friends and make new connections.

Not a member? Not a problem! Come meet other members and guests and learn more about SMPS!

We're making it easier than ever for you to join GCSMPS for breakfast. We're hosting breakfast meetings across the region so you can stop by for a bite near your office or close to home - whatever works best in your schedule.

We will have three different locations during our fall Member Breakfast Week. See details below. 

  • Dayton - Wednesday, November 8 @ 8:00 a.m. at First Watch at Town & Country
  • CincinnatiDowntown - Wednesday, November 8 @ 7:30 a.m. at First Watch on 7th Street 
  • Cincinnati North - Friday, November 10 @ 8:00 a.m. at First Watch at Kenwood

There is no agenda. Just mark your calendar and stop by for some breakfast and networking. We ask that you register so we can save enough seats for the group. We hope to see you there!

For any questions, please contact Kristin DeBord at membership@greatercincinnatismps.org


November Program | Technology Conversation Continued

Join us this month as we continue to discuss technology and how it affects the built environment 

The Future is Already Here; How Will Disruptive Technologies Change the Way We Do Business?

Join us for a panel presentation featuring businesses from the Brandery. Rob McDonald, the Co-Founder of Brandery, will lead us through a discussion of various up-and-coming technologies and how they will impact the construction industry. Rob will be talking with our panelists from Matt from Datarole, Natasia from Wyzerr, Adam from Losant, and James from Martin. Each company is based in Cincinnati and has introduced technology focused on data, consumer feedback, artificial intelligence, internet of things, and communication.

Robert McDonald, Moderator
. Rob is the Co-founder of The Brandery, a top-10 globally ranked technology accelerator. In addition, Rob is a Partner in the Business and Finance group of Taft Stettinius and Hollister, LLP. Rob also co-manages Vine Street Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund that invests in mobile and web based technology businesses.

Matt Lenahan, Founder and CEO of DataRole - 
Matt Lenahan is CEO of DataRole, an enterprise platform delivering the most accurate property data to the P&C insurance industry. Over the last decade, Matt has worked in the real estate, mortgage, and insurance industries and today leads his team in unlocking data-driven opportunities for top insurance companies like American Family Insurance, Allstate, and more.

James Hassett, Founder and CTO of Martin - 
James Hassett is the CTO and Co-founder of Martin, an Artificial Intelligence enabled virtual marketing expert. Martin performs the role of an entry-level marketing employee, allowing organizations to expand their marketing capacity at a fraction of the cost. James has previously managed engineering teams at Rio Tinto and Tesla, specializing in applying machine learning and control theory algorithms to automate complex processes.

Adam Daniel, Vice President, Enterprise Solutions at Losant IoT - 
Adam is the VP of Enterprise Solutions at Losant. His primary responsibility is working with the customers of Losant to achieve success in their Internet of things journey. Adam supported Hewlett Packard Enterprise build and deploy their IoT solution in a matter of weeks. Adam has 20 years of experience in software consulting and development. During his time consulting at Sogeti, he architected and built large-scale applications for Ethicon Endo-Surgery, General Electric, and other enterprises. As the Technology Director at Hyperquake, he led the technology team which created custom websites and applications for some of the world's largest brands including Procter & Gamble, Warner Bros, and Welch’s.

Natasia Malaihollo, Founder CEO of Wyzerr - 
Natasia is the co-founder and CEO of Wyzerr. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Ms. Malaihollo studied law, with a focus on Intellectual Property (IP). She worked for several years as a patent specialist in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., prosecuting patent applications for major tech companies like IBM, Samsung, and Fujifilm. Ms. Malaihollo studied Computer Science and Legal Studies at UC Berkeley, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in 2008.

11:30 AM: Networking and Registration 
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Program

For any questions on this program or registration, please contact Meg Mueller @ programs@greatercincinnatismps.org or513.233.7081.

Additional Program Sponsorships are available. Contact: Karen Holtman  @ sponsorship@greatercincinnatismps.org.

Online registration closes at 5PM on November 13th. Anyone (including members) wishing to register after this cutoff date will be charged the walk-in rate. Thank you for understanding.

Register here today!

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Bethany Smith of Messer Construction was honored for her volunteer leadership by Allied Construction Industries of Cincinnati at their Leadership Awards Luncheon.

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Get Involved with SMPS

It's that time again! Call for volunteers for Heartland Regional Conference 2019 is out right now. Sign up today to help out with this great event!

Click here to learn more.

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Micro Volunteering Opportunities

If you want to get involved with GCSMPS but don't have much time, micro-volunteering is the perfect option for you. Without spending hours, you can still help out with running the show. Some currently available opportunities are:

  • Photography for events (Contact Communications Chair, Paridhi Vaid, at communications@greatercincinnati.org)
  • Holiday planning help (Contact Outreach Chair, Jen Sturges, at outreach@greatercincinnati.org)
  • 35th Anniversary Gala planning help (Contact Outreach Chair, Jen Sturges, at outreach@greatercincinnati.org)


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New and Renewed Members

New Members       

  • Chris Bills, Brown & Bills Architects
  • Jessica Kentrup, Champlin Architecture
  • Stephanie Kirschner, society for Design Administration
  • Kristen Payne, FTC&H


Renewed Members       

  • Janet Heil, Bayer Becker
  • Kristen Ludwig, Emersion Design LLC

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Every month SMPS HQ offers unique learning opportunities for all the members. This month's free webinar is:

Optimize Your Firm’s Website for Epic Results
Presented by: Tim Asimos, CPSM, Vice President & Director of Digital Innovation, circle S studio

Your website is your firm’s most valuable marketing asset—or at least it should be! A modern website should serve as a platform for differentiation, thought leadership, business development and talent acquisition. However, many A/E/C websites function more like a virtual brochure, and lack the design, organization, content, features and functionality necessary to meet user needs and move the needle.

Tuesday, October 17
2–3:30 p.m. EST/1 p.m.

Learn more here!

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#SMPSgivesback - Get Involved!

Once again GCSMPS will partner with Dress for Success and the Brighton Center. Through donations our business attire donations, we can help individuals as they begin their journey toward economic independence. This year we are inviting representatives from these organizations to the chapter Holiday Party and the Annual Meeting to accept donations from members. Please bring donations to these two events only. For more information, contact Jen Sturges at outreach@greatercincinnatismps.org

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