January 2021 Print

President's Message

Happy New Year Upstate New York!

I think we can all agree that 2020 was an extraordinary year despite everything. We learned that we could adapt and continue to thrive regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic and the adjustment to a virtual environment. Because of the leadership of our Board of Directors and Volunteers, our Chapter was able to continue offering valuable programming to our members.

As we head into the New Year, our Chapter remains focused on providing you with learning and networking opportunities to support your professional development. I am excited for the months ahead and the educational programs in store for us all!

Here’s hoping that we can meet in person again in the near future!


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Calendar of Events

Virtual Happy Hour | January 21, 2021| 4-5pm

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Welcome New Members

Addyson Lyons, E.I.T.
Project Engineer |Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.

Sarah Gibson
Director of Marketing |Clark Patterson Lee

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Member Spotlight

Scott Maneen, Director of Marketing & Business Development, Nelson Associates Architectural Engineer, P.C.  

How long have you been a member and how did that come about? 

I became an SMPS member in September 2019. I learned about the organization from other members at the 2019 SUNY Physical Plant Administrators Association conference. I went to an SMPS meeting/social hour at the conference and made some great connections.

I fund my membership and professional education personally, so I am very interested to receive good information for the investment of time and funds. I have found SMPS to be an extremely valuable source of industry information as well as a “community of peers” to share and obtain ideas.

Insights about what you gain from your participation in programs and the board:

I find the topics at the monthly meetings to be valuable. It is always good to hear another person’s point of view. Often the “experts” offerings reaffirm what many of us are doing routinely out in the field.

What do you find most valuable about your membership?

The connection with other marketing staff from firms of varying sizes and service area focus is most valuable to me. I am still relatively new to the marketing of professional services and truly appreciate peers taking the time to clarify “how things are done in marketing professional services.”

I spent 25 years as an administrator of programs for people with developmental disabilities and mental illness, served as an Officer in the US Army, and also did a short stint in pharmaceutical sales. By way of comparison, marketing of professional services is a lot of fun and is rewarding in its own right.

Advice for getting the most out of membership for those considering joining:

I suggest utilizing the SMPS website. There is a trove of information available. Any issue that has come up in my firm, I have been able to access information to help me formulate a plan of attack. Most importantly, utilize your fellow members as a sounding board. Our peers are truly an exceptional and professional group.

Favorite SMPS Memory:

Initially connecting with the SMPS Upstate NY group during the 2019 SUNY PPAA conference. As the new person in the room everyone made me feel welcome. Thank you!

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COVID-19 Update

Our Board of Directors continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and governmental response guidelines. We are currently still planning virtual programs until further notice.

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Membership Update

Membership in the SMPS gives you the knowledge, insights, network, and practical toolkit you need for success with your career and your company! In light of the COVID-19, SMPS HQ has extended the grace period for all members to ensure you stay connected. Please reach out to our Chapter Membership Director, Michael Kirmse, CPSM at [email protected] if you are concerned with your membership renewal. 

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Thank You to Our Sponsors!

SMPS Upstate New York strives to provide high-quality educational programming and networking opportunities to help our members succeed and be effective leaders. Your sponsorship dollars will be used to enhance these learning experiences, increase the frequency of networking events, and build awareness of SMPS and its value to new and seasoned A/E/C professionals. 

Support our mission to advocate for, educate, and connect leaders in the A/E/C Industry. To learn more about our sponsorship opportunities, please contact our President-Elect, Sylvia Gersbach at [email protected]

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We Want to Hear From You!

We would appreciate you taking a few moments to complete our 2021 planning survey to provide input on programs as we continue to navigate through the virtual environment.

SMPS 2021 Planning Survey

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