February 2018 Print

President's Report

I hope 2018 is off to an amazing start and that you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season!

In the blink of an eye December was gone and so was 2017.  And January 2018 for that matter. Personally, I’ve been insanely busy.  We’ve all been there – being pulled in many directions, challenged to keep up with the pace of life and constant flow of activities. Yet I always find that despite being so busy, SMPS Connecticut sure knows how to get stuff done! 

At the beginning of our program year I encouraged everyone to “water the bamboo” so our planted seeds would grow and thrive.  I’m happy to report – the seeds are growing!  Busy as we all are, we’re progressing.

For starters, take a look at how our digital footprint and levels of social media engagement have grown since September when our program year began. Twitter increased 1%; LinkedIn, 14.7%; and Facebook 19.8%.

And our membership!  We’ve added 18 talented professionals from some of Connecticut’s prominent service providers. We’re now a chapter of 127!

So what will 2018 be like?  Here are a few of my thoughts and questions for all of us:

  • Challenges. Sometimes a good challenge lights a necessary fire. Are there program topics that would help inspire you to accomplish a goal?  It’s time for us to consider 2018-2019 program offerings.  Share your ideas with Jessica Parkins or Rita Joy.
  • Celebrations. I'm so proud of what I see other accomplishing. Truly. So let's applaud and learn from each other's victories. We have several social media channels. How about using them to toot your horn and promote what you and your firm are doing. Did you write an article or blog post? Did your company land a big project? Have you been promoted? Was your firm featured in an industry article? We want to help showcase you and your company. Please share your celebrations by e-mailing Marta Dabrowski. And please follow us to keep abreast of what our chapter and members are up to.
  • Chances. Maybe it's time to take a chance - all bets on you! Don't struggle with self-doubt. How about pairing up with a mentor for guidance, motivation and support? Kathy Nanowki of our leadership committee can help. 

If the characteristics of bamboo can be likened to our chapter, we are firmly rooted and committed to continuous growth. So, keep watering that bamboo! I can't wait to hear your plans and goals for this year.

From the bottom of my heart THANK YOU to all who sponsor, volunteer their time or attend our programs. I look forward to seeing you soon!


Sharon Pomeroy, CPSM
President, SMPS Connecticut 2017/2018


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Member Milestones

 Welcoming our new members.

Welcome New Members! 

Daniel Brown

Marketing Manager
Steffian Bradley Architects

Crystal Grim
Director of BD & Marketing
Svigals + Partners

Kelsey Morander
Marketing & PR Specialist
CME Engineering

John Olson
Olson Photographic, LLC

Kate Tornyai
Marketing Assistant
Fuss & O'Neill, Inc.

Hilary Adorno
Project Manager
Golden Egg Concepts

Sarah Lahr
Marketing Coordinator
Anitnozzi Associates PC

Jessica Brown
Marketing Coordinator
edm architects & engineers

Jacqueline Rowe
Marketing Specialist
Murtha Cullina LLP

John Scheib
Northeast Collaborative Architects

Hannah Milliken
Communication Specialist
Freeman Companies LLC

Lynn DiGiovanni
Luchs Consulting Engineers LLC/
DeCarlo & Doll Inc. 

Kristen Torvinen
Marketing Coordinator
Loureiro Engineering Associates Inc. 

Taylor Richards 
Marketing Assistant 
TO Design LLC

Abigail Tirone
Assistant Marketing Coordinator
Burns & McDonnell 




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Chapter News

This Could be You! SMPS CT Seeks Program Committee Chairs for 2018/2019 Program Season!

SMPS CT is seeking  energetic and engaged SMPS Program Committee Chairs for our next program season, interested parties should email President-Elect Samantha VanSchoick. Nomination forms forthcoming, self-nominations are welcome. 

SMPS CT has a Lending Library!

As a special benefit to SMPS Connecticut members, we are offering an exclusive library of publications and webinars devoted to marketing in the A/E/C industry. General business publications with relevance to our industry are also available. We’re also looking for donations and recommendations – if you have any favorite books, articles or other materials that are gathering dust on your bookshelves, please consider donating them to SMPS CT to share with your fellow members! Check out the SMPS CT website for more information. If you have any questions or would like to make a donation, please contact Jessica Osborne.

CPSM Certification 

Are you considering starting on the path to earning your Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) designation? Check out SMPS National's website to learn more about eligibility requirements and the application process. If you are interested in participiating in SMPS CT's study sessions please contact Sharon Pomeroy

SMPS CT Job Bank

An important part of the SMPS CT’s mission is to support our members' career development and advancement. In addition to educational events, seminars, networking and mentorship opportunities that help contribute to our members' career success; we also provide a forum for locating career opportunities and for companies to seek skilled marketers in the A/E/C industry. The SMPS CT Job Data Bank is a data resource only, and is not a referral or job placement service.

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March & April Door Prize sponsorships are still available and new this month, we’re introducing the MAX Talks Drink Ticket Sponsorship(s). To learn more visit our online catalog or contact the Sponsorship Committee!

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Thank you Sponsors

Thank you to our Gold Sponsors:



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Mentorship Program

Calling Mentors and Protégés!

One of the foundations of SMPS Connecticut is our commitment to our member’s personal growth and professional development.  This members only benefit will connect experienced professionals with aspiring talent of any age or at any stage of their career development in a supportive, one-on-one environment. Your experience will be unique, based on your needs and availability. This is not a no one size fits all program.  If you are looking to build a strong personal and professional relationship with someone in our industry, please contact Leadership Committee Chairperson, Kathy Nanowski, with questions and more information. 

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Calendar of Events

Going Green is Good for Business | 2/14
Join SMPS CT as we explore the spectrum of all things green from the whole building, to specialized and holistic approaches. We’ll delve into sustainability methodologies including LEED, WELL, Fitwel, Net Zero Energy, Passive House, and others to learn about their goals, applications and benefits.

AEC Industry Award Submissions | 3/14
Join us for a panel presentation by industry experts to learn the ins and outs of award submissions, securing the win, and leveraging victories to boost your firm’s brand and reputation.

Mechanics of Marketing | 4/25
Are you looking for an in-depth and well-rounded program regarding digital media? With the growing demand and constantly changing facets of digital media, SMPS Connecticut is holding an exclusive 3-hour workshop with circle S studio's own Tim Asimos.

You can register for these events on our website.

Merge 2018 | 3/21 to 3/23
MERGE is the theme for the SMPS Northeast Regional Conference, a conference that brings together innovative thinkers from across multiple industries, geographies, and SMPS chapters to discuss the ongoing transformation of A/E/C marketing. Don't miss this week's flash sale! The sale will include $100 off of registration and will only be available from February 14th to 16thRegister today.

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Past Program Recap


Happy birthday, SMPS CT! We celebrated our 35th birthday in November, starting with a panelist program on event management best practices. The presentation was followed by networking hour featuring those delicious cupcakes pictured above. The night concluded with a raffle for a free SMPS membership - congratulations to winner, Cathie Reese of Geomatrix Productions, Inc! Read our Birthday Bash and Event Management Program recap for all the details. 


December's program, Fireside Chat with Carolyn Bligh, featured an intimate fireside chat with past president Carolyn Bligh. Members gathered at The Marquee in Hartford to ask questions and learn about Carolyn's experiences and successful career in the AEC industry. Thank you for sharing your wisdom, Carolyn!

We kicked off 2018 with two special events! First was a team-up event with Leadership Greater Hartford for a free night of networking at LGH's 4th Tuesday After Hours. Our next program was a Photography Social held at TimeFrozen Studios, who you may recognize as one of our annual partners. Owner and photography expert Keith Claytor shared camera basics and taught us in an interactive training that some quick adjustments in Adobe Lightroom can make a world of difference in headshots and architectural photos.


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In Other News...


SMPS CT is excited to announce the launch of our blog! Here you can learn more about our members like past president Carolyn Bligh, recap programs such as our 35th Birthday Bash and Event Management, and get professional development tips and tricks like Gilda Bonanno's points about conquering your public speaking fear. Want to contribute? Contact Marta Dabrowski. 

Gilbane Building Company was recognized for their continued commitment to safety by the Connecticut Construction Industries Association (CCIA) through the 2017 Platinum Level Safety Award.

WSP USA Inc. was recently recognized for their on-going community involvement at CCIA's Annual Membership Meeting held on December 6, 2017. WSP received the 2017 Community Service Award for their Annual Community Service Program. 

Fuss & O’Neill recently announced that Kevin Grigg, PE has been selected by the board of directors as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the firm, effective July 1, 2018. 


Are you a member with news to share? Email us at communications@smpsct.org! Communications Committee reserves the right to edit member news submissions for length and clarity.  


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