SMPS Triangle Blog

Program Recap: Your Doer Seller Mentality! A panel discussion.

We all have a responsibility to bring in new business, whether you’re a business developer, marketer, or a technical professional. This week’s program was all about business development and how the role translates throughout all aspects of your company.

Why join SMPS – A personal perspective.

By: Pat Perkins, Marketing Coordinator, O’Brien/Atkins Associates
When I first became involved with A/E/C marketing, I came in as a temporary substitute for a colleague going on maternity leave. My “real” position was the firm’s corporate Librarian and Records Manager. I knew nothing about marketing much less how to handle SF254s and SF255s (the current day SF330), the “go-no go”, or what “positioning” entailed.
I was slightly aware of SMPS at the time, but my colleague did not introduce me or invite …Read More »

Program Recap: ACTIVATE Your Resources

The beginning of a New Year brings with it a renewed sense of hope, excitement, a resolution for things to be different in the future, CHANGE….Newness and CHANGE go hand-in-hand. As we say hello to 2016, this idea of change is fresh on all of our minds. What will this upcoming year, five years, twenty years hold for me, for my career? How will this year be different than the year before? What can I do differently that will position …Read More »

Member Spotlight: Nikki Ricketson

Nikki joined SMPS shortly after moving to Raleigh in 2013. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Programs Committee. She has worn a number of different hats during her 15 years in the A/E/C industry – starting as an office manager, then project coordinator, and even accounts payable and receivable until she found her true calling in the business development and marketing world. At PEG, Nikki focuses on marketing, branding, and community involvement.
In addition to SMPS, Nikki has served as Co-Chair …Read More »

Define Success

By: Lynette Sandlin, CPSM
Regional Marketing Manager
Lechase Construction
Not too long ago I was driving home from work and while listening to the radio I heard a commercial from Strayer University. On the commercial, the gentleman was talking about success and how he viewed himself as a successful individual.  But first, he cautioned, you must define the word success because success can come in many forms. What one might consider successful, another may not. So I pose this question, how do you …Read More »

ACTIVATE: The Changing Landscape Photo Gallery

Thank you to moderator Terrence Holt for leading our discussion with panelists Jesica Averhart, Adrienne Cole, Joseph Hopkins, and Bob Geolas! We enjoyed a terrific conversation about growth, development, and the future of the Triangle.
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Postponed: Site Tour of Duke University Athletic Facilities

The site tour of Wallace Wade and Cameron Indoor Stadiums at Duke University, originally scheduled for Friday, November 13th, has been postponed until Spring 2016. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to sharing a more comprehensive site tour with you in the Spring. Registrations will be refunded within the next 30 days. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Burlin at

Member Spotlight: Cargina Taylor

Cargina Taylor has been in the A/E/C industry for four years.  Before she joined the industry, Cargina worked in banking for 25 years in Sales Support (Mortgage Sales and Small Business Administration Sales).
She was born in New Bern, NC and it wasn’t until she was an adult that she realized the serene beauty of the City of New Bern. She loves the fact that it sits right at the spot where two beautiful rivers meet!  She thinks it’s a fun …Read More »

Program Recap: Activate Your Energy Leadership!

“Where the mind goes…energy flows…”
Executive Coach Nicoa Dunne captured her audience’s attention with her positive energy at this month’s SMPS Triangle event.  She began her presentation with a short YouTube clip and asked the audience how they would respond in this situation. Drawing attention to the pause and deep breath the Dad takes in the before he reacts to the situation – Nicoa points out that we all have a Choice  in how we respond to any given situation. “Where …Read More »

The Kick-Off: A New SMPS Year

Last Week SMPS Research Triangle kicked off their 2015-2016 year at Tyler’s Taproom in downtown Raleigh. It was great to see everyone, including some new faces, since the summer “off”.  After some socializing and catching up with one another, Amy Burlin, this year’s Chapter President, introduced the new board and recognized committee members. We also gave away a free book and something new this year – a free registration to the 2016 SMPS Southeastern Regional Conference to be held in Charleston, …Read More »