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February 2020 Print

From the President



Your GCSMPS Board has exciting happenings for you this month, so mark that calendar!

  • Innovation: Don't miss this signature education event led by Drew Boyd called Innovating Inside the Box.  Thursday, February 6.
  • Infrastructure: One of our most anticipated luncheons of the year: our Annual Public Infrastructure Panel on February 20, at JACK Casino. Eight esteemed panelists at the forefront of public infrastructure upgrades discuss upcoming trends, moderated by longtime SMPS leader Nancy Goins. Seats are limited, so register soon! If you are interested in being a table sponsor for this event, reach out to our Sponsorship Chair, Jason Weier.
  • Inspiration: Prepare for spring and channel your inner Marie Kondo—give some of your gently used professional attire back to your community. Participate in our annual Dress for Success campaign and win a prize for your firm! This year, the friendly competition runs from February 20 – March 31, 2020.  More details are in this newsletter.

I hope to see you at this month's events!


Take care,

Jen Sturges, CPSM

Greater Cincinnati SMPS President

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Calendar of Events

February 06, 2020
2:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Messer Construction Co.
643 W. Court St.
Cincinnati, OH 45203

Better thinking happens when you think inside the box. Learn how to be more creative now.


February 20, 2020
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Jack Casino
1000 Broadway Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Annual public infrastructure updates from vital public works organizations in our region.


March 05, 2020
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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

A guide to proven BD action items to implement


March 19, 2020
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Jack Casino
1000 Broadway Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Experts share insight into development trends in healthcare


April 02, 2020
7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

332 E. 8th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Advance the visual appeal of your firm with InDesign tips & tricks for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced users!


April 21, 2020
8:00 AM to 8:30 AM

First Watch

Member Breakfast Week - Connecting Across the Region


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#SMPSgivesback - Get Involved!

Your professional apparel could give another man or woman the confidence to enter or return to the workplace, make a great first impression, and land a job that could change his or her life. We are looking for new and gently used professional apparel that is clean, in good repair, and ready to wear. All donations go to Dress for Success or the Brighton Center's Well-Suited program.

Collection bins will be available for pick up at the February Education Event. The bins will be retrieved on March 31. The firm that collects the most clothing will receive $200. So start strategizing, shopping, and cleaning those closets!

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Step up your skills in February and beyond with more than 4.5 CEUs on programs to elevate your career. SMPS members receive the best rates on programming.

Webinar: Writing to Win Business

Firms that communicate well have an advantage to winning work and maintaining relationships. Join us online and discover how to pull it all together. Access to the on-demand recording is included.
1.5 CEUs


Managing a Decentralized Marketing Team

Workflows, workspace, what else? Find out what’s at stake and how to be successful when managing a remote marketing team.
Access to the on-demand recording is included.
1.5 CEUs


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SMPS Marketing Compensation and Metrics Survey

2019 results are now available for the SMPS Marketing Compensation and Metrics Survey. Even so, it's not too late to add your 2019 data! View our infographic for an overview of key results from the 2018 survey.

Since 2014, the SMPS A/E/C Salary Survey has provided annual updates and comparison reports to the SMPS community, educating marketers about hiring and spending trends of participating companies. This study is the largest compensation and metrics survey of marketing and business development professionals in the A/E/C industries available today.


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Build Business

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. 

Learn more about recently announced Keynote Speakers:



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Linking to Your GCSMPS Board

Due to personal reasons, Katy Crossen made the difficult decision to resign from the GCSMPS board and from her role as President-Elect. Luckily, we have a strong board full of fantastic chapter representatives who are helping to keep this transition as smooth as possible for everyone involved. One of those representatives is Melanie Pliskin, our 2019-2020 Education Chair and new President-Elect.

Melanie has served on the board for three years and has been a member of the AEC industry for nine years. Having volunteered for SMPS since 2015 on both local and regional committees, Melanie has a long-term understanding of the organization, board and its operations. She was named the 2016 Flying Pig award recipient. Please join me as we welcome her into her new role!

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GCSMPS Member Amanda Koehl (Owner of Pixels + Ink) has been guest speaking and leading workshops at several SMPS Affiliates, including Northeast Ohio and at the SMPS Southern Regional Conference in Ft. Worth, TX.

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New and Renewed Members

Extend a warm welcome to our newest member:

  • Adrienne Daniels, Shook Construction

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

  • Eric Anderson, CPSM, KZF Design
  • Dawn Bardone, Terracon Consultants, Inc.
  • Elizabeth Baron, CT Consultants, Inc.
  • Diane Hansbury, Heapy Engineering
  • Karen Holtman, SHP
  • Paul Moran, CPSM, HGC Group of Companies
  • Melissa Putnick, CPSM
  • Adrienne Reubusch, Miller Valentine Group
  • Jeni Schmidt, Elevar Design Group
  • Bethany Smith, FSMPS, CPSM, Messer Construction Co.
  • Pegi Yocom, HD
  • Shawn Campbell, Jones Warner Consultants

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Job Postings on GCSMPS

Job Posting
Jan. 16, 2020


Job Posting
Jan. 23, 2020


Technical Writer


Job Posting
Jan. 24, 2020


Job Posting
Feb. 4, 2020


Senior Marketing Coordinator

Hastings+Chivetta Architects

Job Posting
Feb. 4, 2020

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