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January 2020 Print

From the President



Your GCSMPS board is proud to share that during our final event of 2019, our holiday party, we were able to provide over 25 toys for children in need through Toys for Tots, and our catering investment supported the Freestore Foodbank. We are lucky to have the opportunity to give back to many excellent organizations like these throughout the year, but it feels especially nice around the holidays. Thank you for making that possible. While we're on the subject of giving, let's prepare for our annual clothing drive. One of my personal resolutions is to give more; this is a perfect opportunity to do just that. We will officially begin collecting items in March (gotta love spring cleaning!), but it's never too early to start setting some of your used professional attire aside for those in need. The donations will be going to Dress for Success and the Brighton Center.


Hopefully, you're feeling recharged and ready to hit the ground running this year. There is no better time to join SMPS and volunteer on a committee. There are also opportunities to become a microvolunteer. Please connect with any member of the GCSMPS board for more information.


With that said, we are starting 2020 with a bang! This Thursday, we will welcome SMPS Fellows to the Cincinnati area. Led by SMPS President Melissa Lutz, the Flying with Fellows event will be held on January 9 at THP. Please join us as we learn from these esteemed colleagues from around the region.


Last but not certainly not least, please register for our first program of 2020. January's lunch program topic is Northern Kentucky Economic Development, featuring Lee Crume (President and CEO) and Christine Russell (VP of Strategy). Mark your calendars for January 16, 2020, and please note that this event will be held at the Metropolitan Club.


Let's make 2020 one for the books!

Jen Sturges, CPSM

Greater Cincinnati SMPS President

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Calendar of Events

January 09, 2020
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

THP Limited Inc.
100 E. 8th Street, Floor 3
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Join us this Thursday for an open exchange of knowledge and information shared by esteemed SMPS Fellows in our region. These panelists represent many years of involvement and vast knowledge of the industry, making this event a unique learning opportunity. Join us for Happy Hour at Righteous Room afterwards!


January 16, 2020
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

The Metropolitan Club
50 E Rivercenter Blvd
Covington, KY 41011

What is on the horizon for NKY in 2020?


January 16, 2020
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

700 Broadway Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Interested in learning more about the Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) designation? Attend this free CPSM Study Group Information Session on 1.16.20 from 5pm-6pm at KZF to learn more about your journey to certification.


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We shout our congratulations to the following GCSMPS members who are making waves beyond our local network!

  • Jennifer Danforth, CPSM, for being accepted as a speaker for the Virginia SMPS annual conference.
  • Melanie Pliskin, for being part of the  newest class members of the 2020 YWCA Greater Cincinnati's Rising Star Leadership Program! The program recognizes outstanding, young professional women who advocate for a more equitable world.


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New and Renewed Members

We appreciate the following members for renewing their memberships. We're glad to have you around!

  • Amanda Kladakis, Neyer Properties
  • Melanie Pliskin, GBBN
  • Amanda Roehl, Pixels and Ink Studio LLC
  • Mitchell Sellars, HGC Group of Companies
  • Sarah Shewmaker, CPSM, The Motz Group
  • Mary Timmons, Allied Construction Industries
  • Kyle Waymeyer, LEED AP BD+C, CEM, CMTA, Inc.

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CPSM Study Group

January 29, 2020
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

332 E. 8th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

This is the registration for the 2020 CPSM Study Sessions. The CPSM Study Group Sessions will occur bi-weekly on Wednesday for eight weeks. They will take place at GBBN from 5:00 to 6:00 PM. Can't attend in person? Study Group Sessions can be attended via webconference.


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Step up your skills in January and beyond with 4 CEUs on programs to elevate your career. SMPS members receive the best rates on programming.

Webinar: Refresh Brand Perception

Your firm’s reputation matters more than anything. So it’s time to be prepared and ready to control the unexpected when change happens or a crisis hits. Access to the on-demand recording is included.
1.5 CEUs


Learning Lab: SEO Strategies That Work

Get a look into what it takes to rank at the top of search engine results. During the lab, we’ll also explore tools that pros leverage to win at SEO. Complimentary benefit for SMPS members only.
1.0 CEU


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Build Business

Build Business 2020 brings together today’s leading professionals and decision-makers responsible for bringing in business and building your firm’s bottom line. This intensive three-day conference is packed with powerful learning sessions, dynamic keynote speakers, and an array of networking opportunities that encourage you to make and renew priceless business contacts. 

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Call for Nominations

Help us celebrate excellence in marketing communications with the 2020 SMPS Marketing Communications Awards. Enter for a chance to win the coveted “M” award and be recognized for your creativity, execution, and results. Choose from more than 20 categories and submit your entry by March 1.


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Job Postings on GCSMPS

Job Posting
Oct. 16, 2019

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