August 2017 Print

President's Message

So long summer! As August signals the back-to-school season, it is time for the 2016-17 Board of Directors term to come to a close. As the 2017-18 Board of Directors transitions on September 1st, we are still hard at work finalizing our strategic planning initiatives and programming calendar. Our monthly client luncheon programs will reconvene in September, but in the meantime, SMPS Sacramento is still offering great opportunities to Join, Participate, Grow, and Connect, including:

  • SMPS Sacramento Annual Meeting: August 22nd – There is still time to register for our Annual Meeting which will include the presentation of the Member Awards. Join us to celebrate the lucky recipients of the Rising Star, Capital City Marketer, and President’s Award. This fabulous luncheon at the Firehouse Restaurant will also serve as an opportunity to thank our outgoing 2016-17 Board of Directors and volunteers for their service, as well as welcome our 2017-18 Board of Directors. Incoming Chapter President, Tracy Jenkins will also be providing a sneak peek on several of the great programs planned for the Fall!

  • Mentoring Pathways Program: Be on the lookout for the applications to join our signature member-only program. Opportunities to be either a mentor and/or protégé will be available, and I encourage all of our members to engage in this program. I have been fortunate to participate twice as a protégé and twice as a mentor. It is one of the best member benefits available and I am eager to sign up again!

  • Call for 2018 SMPS PRC Conference Speakers: September 11th – Have you considered presenting at an SMPS conference? The Pacific Regional Conference (the Wave) presents a unique opportunity for presenters to connect with 300+ marketers and business professionals in the A/E/C industry from a diverse regional area. The 2018 PRC Conference will be held in Napa from February 7th to 9th. The Programs Committee is currently soliciting proposals from individuals who bring a fresh perspective to the roles that technology, mobility, project delivery methods, sustainability and resiliency, and firm diversity and culture influence how A/E/C services are marketed.

I am also pleased to announce that Christy Ryan with Ascent Environmental will step into the role of Chapter Treasurer on the 2017-18 Board of Directors. A member since 2014, Christy has been actively involved with the Mentoring Pathways Program and will continue to serve as Co-Chair. Christy’s enthusiasm to take on a new role on our Board of Directors further highlights the leadership opportunities that SMPS Sacramento strives to provide to all of our members. Interested in becoming a member? SMPS Headquarters has extended their special membership promotion for the month of August which includes a $95 savings!

I would also like to extend congratulations to the newest recipients of the Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) designation: Megan Blackwell (Otto Construction), Tracy Jenkins (IEC Corporation), and Rebecca Weldon (Stafford King Weise Architects). Are you ready to test for this designation? Be on the lookout for upcoming information about CPSM week, an opportunity to take the CPSM pledge, and information regarding upcoming exam study groups.

For the last 12 months it has been an honor to serve as Chapter President amongst a fantastic Board of Directors, including Tracy Jenkins (IEC Corporation), Lori Burbridge (Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers), Liz Lewis (GEI Consultants), Michelle Mathewson (Glumac), Marc Nerius (Brown & Caldwell), and Karen Carr (Stafford King Wiese Architects). I would not have been able to take on this role without the support of my firm, Drake Haglan & Associates, as well as my internal marketing team at the office. SMPS Sacramento has a fantastic support system of Past Presidents, Fellows, and long-term members who continue to provide guidance and wisdom to our volunteers. A special thank you to my husband, Benjamin, and our 14-year old pug, Charlie, who are my biggest fans, and are always incredibly patient while I’m “SMPS-ing.” I look forward to continuing to volunteer with SMPS Sacramento. Thank you for the opportunity to represent!

 Summertime

Lesley Cocores | SMPS Sacramento President
Marketing Manager | Drake Haglan & Associates

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