SMPS Race to Success

The green flag dropped with the SMPS Orange County Chapter Board of Directors race-ready for the 2019-2020 year. A full throttle event line-up, high octane mentoring program, plus sponsorship and pit crew opportunities mean every SMPS member can enter the career development winner circle.

Event Line Up

Engines are revved with a calendar filled with:

  • Luncheon programs (held the 2nd Tuesday of the month) providing access to industry experts who give context to trends and explain upcoming projects. Topics range from Modular Delivery Method to Women in A/E/C Leadership and California’s Infrastructure Report Card
  • Educational workshops with strategic and tactical topics spanning pursuit capture planning to beginner and advance InDesign tips for the A/E/C marketer
  • Sip, Savor and Share Networking Mixers (held quarterly) allow members and future-members to mix and mingle

Check frequently for upcoming events. Register as soon as events come online as they will sell out!

Mentoring Program

Whether you’re an A/E/C industry rookie or a seasoned pro, our Mentorship Program is for you. Proteges and mentors are paired to help both grow professionally and personally. Mentors provide guidance and information while proteges define their individual goals and discover ways to achieve them. Learn more from Mentorship Director Shannah Hays.


Successful race teams have supportive sponsors. You can support SMPS Orange County as an annual sponsor or an event sponsor. Brand recognition, event attendance and job posts are just a few of the sponsor benefits. Contact Sponsorship Director Michelle Sinning to support our winning team.

Pit Crew

The Board of Directors, Committee Chairs and Committee Members are volunteers dedicated to helping all A/E/C marketers grow their career and add value to their firms. This hard working crew delivers must-attend events and leads programs that educate, connect and advocate for A/E/C marketing professionals. If you’d like to join this talented crew please contact Chapter President Kelly Teenor.

The race to success has started! Get involved now. We want you with us in the winner’s circle when the checker flag waves at the end of the 2019-2020 year.

Member Appreciation Event

At the end of the SMPS-OC board year (which runs September – August), we prepare to celebrate you—our members—and recognize how your contributions make this Chapter successful. As marketers, the only way we know how to celebrate is with a party, of course! It’s our Member Appreciation Event, with our members as the guests of honor.

This year, on August 16th, we rocked and bowled in a private room, complete with our own bowling lanes, at the upscale bowling venue: Lucky Strike! It was awesome to see so many of you with your partners, colleagues, and even parents!

The night kicked off with some Networking Bingo, a new crowd favorite. As the drinks flowed and professional photos were snapped, we dined on mouth-watering appetizers followed by a delectable dinner. The energetic buzz in the room soon shifted to a competitive atmosphere as our guests were placed on randomly-selected teams for a spirited round of bowling. Stakes were raised with the promise of Amazon gift cards for the winners, and each team stepped right up to the challenge!

Once the bowling competition concluded, Chapter President Keelin Cox and Membership Director Stephanie Wood, awarded milestone pins to members who’ve maintained membership for 5+ and 10+ years. We also recognized our Chapter’s 19 CPSMs with a special pin of their own. This year’s event marked the debut of our Member Awards for Rising Star, Member of the Year, Keystone Member of the Year, and the President’s Award.

Our 2019 award winners were: Rising Star, Courtney Johnson (Stantec); Member of the Year, Janet Powell (Psomas); Keystone Member, Kurt Yoshii (Ninyo & Moore); and President’s Award winner, Laurie Parris Michael Baker International). Congratulations to all our winners for these well-deserved awards!

We appreciate our members all year round and this Member Appreciation Event is a chance for us to thank both you and your firm. Throughout the year, you’ve provided us with insight and feedback that allows us to consistently raise the bar and provide you with the quality events you look forward to and expect. Our goal for each of our events is simple—we want to build your business through marketing leadership, in whatever shape or form that may be for you. The 2018-2019 year was truly excellent, and we sincerely appreciate the opportunity to represent and celebrate you, our members, this year and every year.

Summed up in two words: THANK YOU.