2019 Marketing Communications Awards Entry Info

This competition is held annually on the SMPS Society level but only comes around every other year for SMPS CT. The event recognizes excellence in marketing communications by professional services firms in the A/E/C industries.

Benefits of participating in the Marketing Communication Awards Golden Gala include:

  • Exposure to potential clients and media
  • Feedback on your firm’s marketing projects
  • Inspiration for future campaigns
  • Opportunity to showcase your firm’s marketing successes

*Winning firms will receive 1 free registration.

2019 SMPS Connecticut Award Categories

Below is the list of eligible categories as defined by the society. Click here to read the submittal requirements for each category.

  1. Brochure: A print or digital publication describing your firm’s general capabilities. A brochure has a limited shelf life, as a firm’s capabilities, staff, and projects change over time.

  2. Corporate Identity: The creation of a new identity for a new firm/brand extension, or the rebranding of an exisitng firm.

  3. Internal Communications: Any print or digital communications vehicle intended for an employee audience, including but not limited to a recognition program, awards program, or communications associated with mergers, acquisitions, or new businessline initiatives.

  4. Promotional Campaign: A comprehensive, multi-tactic campagin that takes place ove an extended period of time to promote a specific company message, event, program, or project. The campaign must include a combination of tactics and media - print, digital or multimedia and implementation strategies.

  5. Special Event: An event created to promote an anniversary, new name, office opening, dedication or groundbreaking, etc.

  6. Video: Created for client-specific pursuit, external or internal communication purposes.

  7. Website: Created for external or internal communications.

SMPS CT will only accept entries for the above-listed categories. If you’d like to submit an entry for a category not listed, we encourage you to do so through SMPS Society's MCA award program. For your convenience we have followed the same category and submission guidelines as the Society, making it very easy to submit on the same project.

Submittal Requirements

Only projects completed January 2017-January 2019 will be eligible for submission. Please read each category’s submission requirements carefully before entering. Entries submitted that do not follow the submission guidelines will be disqualified and will not be considered in the judging process.

Entry Submission Cost:

Member submission - $100 for the first entry, add $50 for each additional submission

Non-member submission - $150 for the first entry, add $75 for each additional submission

Online payments can be made in the 2019 Marketing Communications Awards Submission Payment Portal or checks can be made payable to SMPS CT and mailed to SMPS CT, c/o Jessica Parkins, Petra Construction, 98 Rebeschi Drive, North Haven, CT 06473. Please include a piece of paper indicating the names and number of entries you're submitting on with your check.

Submitting an Entry

Entering is as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4!

  1. Review the award categories (listed above) and submittal requirements to learn how to prepare your entry.

  2. Register your entry. *Please note that our electronic entry intake form is for SMPS CT tracking purposes and acts as a registration form. Judges will be judging on the contents of your digital entry.

  3. Submit your entry no later than Friday, March 29, 2019, at 11:59 AM via email to Jessica Brown at jbrown@edm-ae.com. If the file size of your entry is too large to email please use your preferred file sharing service to send in your entry.

  4. Pay for your entry. Questions? View our online purchasing instructions.

*Entry deadline is Friday, March 29, 2019, at 11:59 PM

MCA Frequently Asked Questions

First time submitting an entry, or do you still have questions? Check out the MCA FAQ sheet!

Marketing Communications Awards Golden Gala Event Details

This won’t be your typical awards ceremony. SMPS members and non-members alike are encouraged to dress to impress, walk the gold carpet and enjoy a night of awards, dinner, and networking! In addition to the MCA entry awards, we will honor 3 non-entry awards that night: the Grace Waldvogel Member of the Year, 2019 Trailblazer Award and 2019 James Bancroft Lifetime Acheivement Award.

The event will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Farmington Gardens, Farmington, CT.

Visit the Golden Gala: SMPS CT Marketing Communications Awards for more event details!

Thank you to our Expert Judging Panel

Tim Asimos - VP and Director of Digital Innovation, circle S studio

Tim Asimos is a catalyst for disruption in A/E/C marketing, providing keen insights on modern marketing and an uncommon perspective gleaned from nearly 20 years of experience both inside and outside the A/E/C industry. As vice president and director of digital innovation at circle S studio, Tim helps clients develop innovative strategies in website development, content marketing, account-based marketing and marketing technology. A national speaker and syndicated blogger, his expertise has been featured in numerous industry publications, webinars, programs and at conferences around the country. Tim is a longstanding SMPS member and a Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM).

Amy Graver - Marketing and Creative Director, Elements®

Amy Graver is the principal and creative director of Elements®, a marketing communication and graphic design agency celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, who specializes in helping A/E/C clients grow their business. Graver was named one of the 50 designers in the nation to watch by Graphic Design USA magazine, she co-founded the CT AIGA chapter and served on the executive board as its first VP, served on the CADC (Connecticut Art Director's Club) board for 9 years - two as its president. Graver also wrote a book on graphic design "Best Practices for Graphic Designers, Grids and Page Layouts" that has been printed in several languages and is a standard in many universities. Graver has numerous many national and international design awards for her work and her studio has been regularly featured in various publications. In addition, she regularly contributes written articles to industry publications and serves on several boards including the Branford Town Green and Shoreline Chamber of Commerce among others. 

Courtney Hendrickson - VP of Municipal Services, Connecticut Economic Resource Center

Courtney has over 15 years of experience as a local economic developer with expertise in commercial real estate and business retention and attraction. Passionate about local government and its direct impact on residents and business, she oversees CERC’s services to municipalities, including economic and land-use support such as regulatory process improvement, commercial real estate analysis, and targeted business retention and recruitment strategies.

Prior to joining CERC, Courtney served as Assistant Town Manager in Enfield, CT, revitalizing the town’s Thompsonville section and developing a business incubator, and as Economic Development Director in Farmington, CT, targeting bioscience industry growth through strategic partnerships. She also was the director of community development for Connecticut Main Street Center.  She began her career in Austin, Texas, working on large scale economic development projects for the city manager’s office. She received a bachelor’s in government and sociology from Connecticut College and a master’s in public affairs from The University of Texas at Austin.

Courtney is immediate past president of the Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS) and the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW CT). She was chosen as CEDAS’ Member of the Year in 2012 and received CERC SiteFinder’s Local Economic Developer Award. Courtney is past chair of MetroHartford Alliance’s Regional Economic Development Forum, past co-chair of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) P3 Retail Program in Connecticut, and a graduate of Leadership Greater Hartford’s QUEST leadership development program. She regularly conducts municipal trainings across the state and presents at conferences, such as the CT Conference of Municipalities and the Northeastern Economic Development Association, and is committed to the advancement of women in economic development, local government and commercial real estate.

Valerie Puchades - Director of Marketing, GUND Partnership

Valerie Puchades is Director of Marketing at GUND Partnership and SMPS Boston Chapter President. A Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) with 20 years of experience in AEC, she uses her background in strategic planning, marketing and operations to help set strategy and identify opportunities to tell stories through traditional and digital media.