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September Program Recap: Women in the A/E/C Industry – Leading the Way!

SMPS Research Triangle officially kicked off its 2017-2018 program year this week with an insightful panel discussion featuring talented female professionals from throughout the Triangle. Participants included:

Zena Howard, Managing Director of the NC Practice, Perkins + Will
Cara Greening, Director of Business Development, BridgePoint Construction
Terri Hall, President, Clark Nexsen
Sallyann Hulick, Chief Marketing Officer, BSA Lifestructures

This high energy panel of women leaders in the AEC industry was led with expert questioning by Theresa Leahey, Director of Business Development at Affiliated Engineers, and an …Read More »

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Member Spotlight: Diane Ditzel, CPSM

A Baltimore native (and therefore lover of crab cakes, Old Bay, and the Ravens), Diane Ditzel joined the A/E/C industry after graduating from Villanova University the spring of 2008. After relocating to Raleigh, Diane transferred her SMPS membership to the Triangle Chapter and jumped right into committee involvement by joining the Programs Committee. Over the past year she has served as a Co-Director of the Programs Committee and has now moved into the President Elect role for the 2017-18 term.
Outside …Read More »

Congrats to Kim Fowler: SPMS-RT 2016-2017 Member of the Year!

The SMPS Research Triangle’s Member of the Year Award was instituted to recognize the achievements of outstanding contributors to our chapter. One winner is selected annually based on their length of service and the impacts of their service. Congratulations to 2016-2017 Member of the Year Kimberly Fowler, CPSM!
2016-2017 Member of the Year Kim Fowler, with Chapter President Danielle Davis
Kim is an enthusiastic supporter and integral part of the SMPS Research Triangle Chapter. An active member for over a decade, she has served …Read More »

Member Spotlight: Member Spotlight: Brian K. Emmett, PE

A longtime marketer in the A/E/C industry, Brian Emmett joined SMPS in 2002. Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, Brian worked for the Los Angeles District of the US Army Corps of Engineers before joining the industry in 1986.
Outside of SMPS, Brian is involved with the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Carolina Hurricanes Booster Club, the University of Michigan Alumni Club, and the Longview Baptist Church’s Baptist Men organization.
Brian is an avid SCUBA diver. In the United States alone, he has …Read More »

Member Spotlight: Member Spotlight: Toni Martin

Hailing from the white sandy beaches of Pensacola, Florida, Toni Martin has been in the A/E/C industry for seven years. Formerly a graphic designer for an advertising agency and member of the Military Police in the U.S. Army, Toni joined SMPS five years ago. She has participated in several committees since joining and in 2016 was elected to the Board as Director at Large.
Toni enjoys connecting with other local coordinators and credits SMPS for helping her grow as a marketing …Read More »

25 Things I’ve Learned from SMPS Triangle

This year SMPS Research Triangle turns 25. It’s hard to believe that we have been helping marketers and the AEC industry at large educate, advocate, and connect for a quarter century! I can still recall my first SMPS meeting in 2011. I was new to Raleigh, new to marketing, and felt like I was in way over my head. I remember feeling so intimidated! Six years have passed since then, and it’s amazing what I’ve learned along the way. So, …Read More »

Jerry Blow featured in the Marketer!

Have you seen it yet? SMPS-Research Triangle’s very own Jerry Blow is the featured photographer for the latest issue of SMPS’ Marketer Magazine! Jerry’s photos can be found throughout the latest issue, highlighting many famed Triangle-area landmarks! Here’s what SMPS CEO Michael Geary had to say: “With every issue of Marketer, SMPS honors its member photographers by featuring their work throughout the publication. The February 2017 issue highlighted Jerry Blow, a member of SMPS Research Triangle. We are proud to feature …Read More »

Program Recap: Strategic Marketing Plans You’ll Love

Contributed by Jennifer Barker, CPSM, WK Dickson
The February 14 program was all about putting together strategic marketing plans that feel the love. Veteran industry marketing and business development experts Jennifer Allen and Nancy Padgett shared their experiences and knowledge in developing marketing plans throughout their career and were able to walk the audience through their proven process.
Starting with the strategic planning phase, this is where you dream and imagine the possibilities. But this is also where you have to take …Read More »

Member Spotlight: Member Spotlight: Ashlin Spinney

A Raleigh native, Ashlin Spinney has been part of the A/E/C industry for three years. Ashlin joined SMPS as soon as she started her job at Ramey Kemp & Associates, utilizing the group as a great tool for a newcomer in the industry. Ashlin is also part of the Communications Committee and has enjoyed updating the SMPS website and learning more about WordPress.
When Ashlin isn’t in the office, she likes participating in charity walks and events that help raise money …Read More »

Program Recap: When Will Virtual Reality be a Reality in the A/E/C Industry?

January’s Program was an introduction to Virtual Reality and how it could shape the future of the A/E/C industry.  Jason Cooper and Jason McGuigan of Horizon Productions were the presenters of the program. Virtual Reality has primarily been enclosed to the world of gaming, but it has slowly started making its way out into other markets.  Virtual Reality’s main draw is its interactive nature. People who put on the VR head set are fully immersed in the environment.  This is …Read More »