April 2019 Print

President's Message

Happy April! I hope 2019 is off to a great start for you. Our Chapter’s board has been busy keeping programs in the queue and listening to your feedback! Mother Nature has been a bit uncooperative so far this year, but despite the challenges, I hope you have had a chance to make it to some of our winter programming.

Our “Writing in Teams to Create Dynamic Proposals” webinar in December offered some useful takeaways to work together both within our marketing departments, as well as with technical staff, to develop a proposal that the firm is proud of.

In January, we held an open-forum round table program. I was so happy to hear feedback from our members that this program was a success. The conversation-style format fostered great discussion and sharing of ideas. We will certainly plan more programs like this. If there are any topics you feel you would benefit from – pass them along! I would love to hear what would be most valuable to you.

The topic of our February webinar, “How to Develop a Competitive Image,” was selected based on results of a member survey. I think the topic was relevant and beneficial. Every firm can benefit from guidance on how to differentiate themselves and learn why clients choose and stay with a professional services firm.

Our most recent program in April was an Adobe workshop presented by Betty Bluvshtein. It was a four-hour program that focused on InDesign and Photoshop. Thank you to those who joined us in Syracuse for this hands-on workshop. 

Let me know if you’re attending NERC! I would love to see you there. The conference is May 1-3 in Providence, RI. We have a handful of members attending so far. You can visit www.smpsnerc.org for details or reach out to our Chapter’s Vice President, Erin Bullard ([email protected]). If you’re attending and curious about carpooling options, reach out to me, and I will try to help with coordination. It is a busy few days, but the programming, keynotes, and networking are invaluable.

I appreciate everything you do to support our Chapter. My inbox is always open ([email protected]), and as I always say, our Chapter will only benefit from your feedback.Wishing you all the best as we welcome spring.


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Calendar of Events

The SMPS Northeast Regional Conference brings together innovative thinkers from across multiple industries, geographies, and SMPS chapters to discuss the ongoing transformation of A/E/C marketing.

We’re excited to host NERC in Providence, RI – a city that’s starting an exciting transformation of its own. Hosted at the Marriott Providence Downtown from May 1-3, 2019, the conference will attract over 350 of the region’s top A/E/C marketing, business development, and firm leaders for three days of learning, networking, and inspiration.

NERC is supported by SMPS chapters in Boston, Central Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, New York, Northern New England, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Upstate New York.


Learn More and Register at www.smpsnerc.org

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Member Spotlight

Phillip Quindara, Director of Marketing, CSArch

How long you’ve been a member, how did you come to be a member, why (if) you proposed membership to your firm and why it is valuable?

I’ve been a member since 2014, but quite honestly, I should have joined SMPS a lot earlier than that. As the Director of Marketing at CSArch, I feel that it is important to tap into SMPS’s local network to marketing professionals to both share and learn new ideas to make our jobs easier. Getting involved in SMPS has given me the ability to build relationships with others in our industry and help me learn a lot more about different marketing approaches in the A/E/C industry. I get great ideas at every SMPS event that I go to, but also have a great time networking as well. I always make it a point to bring my marketing team to join so we can all improve as a group.

Insights about what you gain from your participation in programs.

I certainly get a lot from listening to best practices that other SMPS members share at programs I’ve attended. It’s good to know that we all share the same challenges and I love hearing about new marketing strategies that I can incorporate at CSArch. At the same time, I enjoy sharing my own marketing ideas from all the years of experience I have working in this industry.

What you find most valuable about your membership?

Last year I attended the SMPS Northeast Regional Conference for the first time. It was an amazing experience meeting and networking with professionals in our industry from all over the east coast. I’m always interested in attending local chapter events, but also find webinars are very valuable when your work schedule is hectic and can’t take time to get out of the office.

Advice for getting the most out of membership/those considering membership.

Get involved and attend local chapter events! You can make great connections with other professionals that will help you grow your career. I’ve built long-standing relationships with our local SMPS members, who are amazing people both professionally and personally. I find that I can reach out to anyone in this group and get the answers I need to do my job better!

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Event Photos

Take a look at some photos from events over the past quarter!

Dec Webinar- Syracuse

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Call for Sponsors!

SMPS Upstate NY Chapter is very grateful for our sponsors.  Sponsor support allows us to continue to offer quality educational programming and networking opportunities to 70+ members and more than 350 prospective members in the A/E/C industry from Western New York to the Capital Region. As our programming rotates among locations in each of the four major metropolitan areas in Upstate New York, your sponsorship will offer wide exposure.

As a sponsor you will get recognized at each event and your logo is featured on our home page with links to your website.  There are multiple levels to choose from, and any support is welcomed.

Our programming schedule runs from September to August, so there is still plenty of time to get in front of our membership with your sponsorship! Let Erin Bullard, CPSM, know if you are interested in sponsoring: [email protected]


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