Thank Goodness It's Summer - TGIS Membership Drive

In celebration of the warm weather, SMPS CT is offering a Thank Goodness It's Summer (TGIS) Membership Drive with discounts for new and returning members. Take advantage of all the benefits TGIS has to offer before August 31st!

Discounts include:

  • $100 discount available to any enrolling New Member (total fees of $340 versus standard $440)
  • $100 discount available to any re-enrolling Encore Member whose membership expired prior to December 2015 (total fees of $340 versus standard $440)
  • 3 webinar programs scheduled for July and August, at no charge to enrolling New Members or re-enrolling Encore Members
  • 3-month membership extension award available to any Current Member recommending a New Member who joins before August 31, 2018


For more information contact Ruth Millward, Cathy DeFrances, or Ron Paolillo.


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Lending Library Summertime Reading List

By: Jessica Osborne, CPSM - Marketing Manager, BL Companies

Summertime to me means longer days, sunny skies, and (hopefully!) time spent traveling or relaxing – which allows for some extra time to catch up on some reading, personal or professional. Whether you’re listening to an audiobook while on a road trip, or getting lost in a book while lounging on a beach, books are a great way to pass the time! No matter how you like to get your reading in, I’d love to suggest some materials from the SMPS CT Lending Library. Below are a few of my recommendations:

  • Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (Susan Cain)
  • TED Talks Storytelling – 23 Storytelling Techniques from the Best TED Talks (Akash Karia)
  • Tips, Tricks, & Tidbits – for marketing executives forced, against their will, to be graphic designers (Clockwork Design Group)
  • Knowing Your Value – Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth (Mika Brzezinski)


Do you have any you’d like to add to this list? Better yet, feel free to contribute some of your favorites to the Lending Library and give our members the opportunity to get lost in a great book (to me, there really isn’t a better feeling!).

For more information on check out procedures and donations, visit our lending library page.


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Event Recap: SMPS CT Strategic Planning


As part of this year's strategic planning retreat, SMPS CT was joined by Inspire Corps. Acting as facilitators, they led SMPS CT members on a journey through time to discover the past and future of the chapter. From humble beginnings as a satellite office to the Boston chapter to various accolades and recent growth spurts, SMPS CT has a rich history that has that helped form the chapter as it is today. Our members came away with an understanding of how SMPS CT started and the various factors at play during it's growth stages.  

Inspire Corps illustrating the history of SMPS CT from our beginnings in the early 1980's to present day. 

With a clear view of the past, we were able to start planning for the future. As part of the discussion we took time to relflect on the SMPS Mission & Vision and benchmark our goals against both:

The SMPS Mission: To advocate for, educate, and connect leaders in the building industry. 
The SMPS Vision: Business transformed through marketing leadership. 

Attendees were able to use their creative thinking skills as we discussed critical path items and set goals to make our 2018-2019 program year the best it can be.

SMPS CT members discussing the vision and mission of SMPS.



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SMPS CT Member Post: Why I became a Living Organ Donor

By: Victoria Pancoast

People keep saying “Give one of my kidneys? I don’t think I could do that!” or “Maybe I would do it if it was for a relative, but I am not really sure.” It’s not something I ever thought about doing either, until Deb, a member of my church and friend of the family, had been added to the transplant list at Yale New Haven Hospital in the summer of 2017. I knew that she had been on kidney dialysis three times a week for the last few years. I thought, ‘what kind of quality of life is that?’ and I figured since my blood type is O-negative that maybe I should look into becoming a donor. I had never had major surgery and I didn’t know anything about kidney donation. To be honest, I didn’t even know where my kidneys were located! They weren’t something I ever thought about. 

My husband and kids were a bit hesitant at first, but once I really started considering it, God made it clear that it was something I was meant to do. Literally the day after I told my husband and kids that I was considering being tested, we went to a wedding and sat next to a woman who told us that the bride’s mother had given her a kidney. I hadn’t even mentioned anything about Deb and what I was thinking of doing. I looked at my husband and said, "That’s a sign. I’m supposed to do this.”

I went through a series of phone interviews, tests and then a full day at the hospital to make sure I was physically and psychologically ready to donate. It was a fascinating process and ultimately, I was approved as a match. The team at Yale New Haven Hospital was fantastic and our surgery on February 6th was a success. The day after the surgery, Deb’s surgeon told me that it typically takes 5-7 years for a patient on the transplant list to receive a kidney and there was no guarantee that she would have survived the wait. The photo of Deb and I posted with this blog was taken 3 weeks post-surgery. We have both been feeling great! 

Recently the company I work for, Arcadis, announced that they are building a “People First” culture. A culture where integrity matters, and individuals are valued for who they are. I love that Arcadis values people and improving the quality of life. I truly feel that helping people is what we were created to do. I am so happy that I was a match for the recipient and able to help improve someone’s life through the kidney transplant. I encourage everyone to put people first and look for ways to collectively help one another.

Blog post originally posted on Victoria's LinkedIn profile.


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It's Our 35th Birthday!

Today is SMPS CT’s 35th birthday - on this day in 1982, SMPS CT was officially chartered as the 22nd chapter of SMPS. As part of this monumental occasion, we are starting a blog to share with you all the incredible things our chapter and its members are up to. It’s been a journey filled with achievement and accomplishment for our Connecticut chapter over the past three and a half decades – including recently graduating to a Large Chapter and winning the SMPS Membership Derby at the 2017 Regional Conference. We have grown into an industry-recognized organization known for its top-notch programing and professional development. More importantly, we have become a source of knowledge and career advancement for our members.

Check out the video below to learn more about our recent accomplishments! There’s a lot to celebrate!

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