SMPS Winner’s Circle: 2019-2020


By Kelly Teenor, CPSM, 2019-2020 President

The SMPS Orange County 2019-2020 Board of Directors were race-ready when the green flag dropped at the start of the year in September 2019. The track we anticipated racing down, however, was not the track we traveled. About half-way into the race, the Covid 19 pandemic added unexpected twists, turns, and obstacles that caused us to shift course. I am so proud of our Board of Directors, Committee Chairs, Committee Members, and our Chapter Members for remaining positive and creative as we reimagined our support and delivery of services. Now that checkered flag has dropped on the 2019-2020 Board year, we commemorate milestones and accomplishments, pre and post Covid 19.

Charity and Community Support

The A/E/C industry’s passion for building a better world was showcased by the Chapter’s philanthropy activities throughout the year. For Thanksgiving 2019, we collected over 300 pounds of food and provided many gift certificates for turkeys to our charitable partner, Families Forward. In February, we conducted a clothing drive to assist Working Wardrobes rebuild after losing their inventory due to a devastating warehouse fire. The proceeds of our highly-successful June mid-year economic forecast program were donated to Families Forward to help with their Covid response.

Programs and Education

Our first Women in A/E/C Leadership Roundtable event connected industry changing leaders with participants through intimate discussions at tables. This event, held in November 2019 (pre Covid), sold-out! Read more:

Our Annual California Economic Forecast, held each January, has grown into a marque event. Led by Chapman University’s Dr. Raymond Sfeir it draws executives from across the industry. In June, to help us understand Covid’s impact on the economy, we held a mid-year California Economic Forecast. This was the Chapter’s first virtual program, and it was our most attended event of the year!   

We started the year strong with in-person education session topics ranging from capture planning to presentation tips and tricks. Our shift to virtual sessions allowed us to keep the momentum going with topics ranging from creating effective SME interview videos to negotiation strategies.   

Member Recognition & Services

Our second annual Mentorship program enjoyed the success of 6 mentor/protégés pairs completing the program. The 2020-2021 program is already underway! Learn about the program:

As avid supporters of the CPSM, the Chapter holds a comprehensive study session each year. This year we decided to offer a virtual participation option in addition to the in-person option. This planning was fortuitous. After our first meeting, Covid social distancing began and we seamlessly transition to 100% virtual.  

Our annual Membership Appreciation event went virtual and tied in a virtual cooking class that included cocktail making! During the event we revealed the winners of our 2nd Annual Member awards. Congratulations to:

Bailey Gau, Rising Star

Tracey Hope, Member of the Year

Jan Powell, Keystone Member

Kimberly Molina, President’s Award

See the past winners at:

The Winner’s Circle

Thank you, 2019-2020 Board. You showed amazing leadership and grace as you served our Chapter while navigating uncharted territory during the Covid pandemic. You contended with your own shifting work situation and attended to your family’s needs all while fulfilling your commitment to SMPS Orange County. Your work has strengthened our Chapter and designed a course for success for the 2020-2021 Board. Thank you for your service. You have earned your place in the winner’s circle:

President-Elect Bonnie Temple, CPSM

Treasurer and Past President Keelin Cox, CPSM,

Secretary Denise Scott, CPSM

Communications Director Laurie Parris

Education Director Brandon Gamboa

Membership Director Suzie Bravo

Programs Director Nick Groeniger

Sponsorship Director Michelle Sinning, APR

Mentorship Director Shannah Hays