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President's Message

Happy Spring Upstate New York! I am glad about the sunshine and warmer weather.

As you can see, despite the challenges over the past year, we remain busy and successful with our virtual events. While there are many things that I have missed about meeting in person, my experience this year of virtual meetings has been extremely gratifying. It has allowed us to provide more programming with a variety of speakers, and most importantly, it has allowed us easily connect with one another across the State.

Next month many of us will be attending the SMPS NERC virtual CAMP (Communication and Marketing Planning) Orientation, May 20-21, 2021. Even though we will not be seeing each other in person, we will be there virtually to enjoy the experience and share our Region’s (virtual) company. I am hopeful that in 2022 we will be in person at the Sagamore in Lake George, NY – our Upstate stomping grounds.

We are also in the midst of planning for the Chapter’s next Board of Directors. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of the board members if you are interested in becoming more involved or have ideas to share.

Hope to see you all soon!


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Have You Registered for NERC 2021 Yet?

Enter to win a free registration for the 2021 Virtual Camp Orientation + 2022 Pre-Registration (a $475 value)!

We’re excited to offer this opportunity to our valued members! Enter to win here.

Select Surveys on the left-hand pane of the Member Area menu and click the “Take Survey” button.  All you have to do is click “Submit” and you will be entered to win!

2 winners will be selected at random by a third party. Survey closes next Thursday, May 6th at noon.

Please note only members in good standing are eligible to win. Registration is not transferable.

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2021-2022 Board of Directors Call for Nominations

The call for nominations for positions on the SMPS Upstate New York Chapter Board of Directors for the term beginning September 1, 2021 is now open and we are asking you to get involved! As a member of SMPS Upstate New York, we are interested in your new ideas, talent, and energy that will help us grow and strengthen our Chapter.

Please contact Sylvia Gershbach, President-Elect, at (914) 466-9515 with any questions about the nomination and election process or about serving on the SMPS Upstate New York Board or Committees.

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Calendar of Events

SMPS NERC 2021 | May 20-21 | Online


Marketing Matters | June 16, 2021 | 3-4pm

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Member Spotlight

Kyle Zawisky, Director of Marketing
Sienna Environmental Technologies

How long have you been a member and how did that come about?
I joined SMPS in 2018 as the WNY coordinator. My firm at the time offered a stipend for employees that wanted to join industry organizations, so the choice for me to join SMPS was easy.  When I made the move to my current company, they were already aware of the value of SMPS and made sure I was signed up my first week!     

Insights about what you gain from your participation in programs and the board:
With anything in life, the energy you get out is equal to the effort you put in. If you take advantage of the programs offered, participate in the events and learn from the resources available to you then you’re going to get more than just the face value of your membership. 

What do you find most valuable about your membership?Like most small firms, I’m a marketing department of one, but with SMPS, I have the support of a whole team. From the informational resources available, to the connections I’ve made - and more importantly the support I get from those connections - makes me WAY more than just a one-person marketing team!

Advice for getting the most out of membership/those considering membership:
Nobody saw this last year coming. A huge focus for us right now, and I’m sure plenty of other organizations, is strategic planning. Being able to access the resource library and find industry data, projections, helpful tools, articles on how other firms are coping and adapting to a COVID impacted industry, has been a valuable resource for us. My advice is to take advantage of the fact that you have access to the greatest resource of A/E/C materials, information and people.

Favorite SMPS memory
Easy. When I needed help finding specific industry information I reached out to another SMPS member who enthusiastically assisted me in finding exactly what I needed in record time! (Shout out to Jessica Smith!) You really can’t beat that kind of support network.

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Welcome New Members

Leslie Terry 
Office Administrator  | Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt 

Julia Green
Brand Manager | Hamilton Stern Construction

Madeline Byrne 
Business Development Coordinator  | Delta Engineers, Architects, Land Surveyors, & Landscape Architects, DPC

Taylor Hickey 
Marketing Assistant  | Creighton Manning Engineering, LLP

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Call for Sponsors

Support our mission to advocate for, educate, and connect leaders in the A/E/C Industry.

SMPS Upstate New York strives to provide high-quality educational programming and networking opportunities to help our members succeed and be effective leaders. We rely on sponsorship support to enhance these learning experiences, increase the frequency of events, and build awareness of SMPS and its value to new and seasoned A/E/C professionals. Through high visibility, low cost sponsorships, you gain exposure to top principals, business development professionals, and marketers who are key decision makers in their firms.

Download the Sponsorship Form 

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