Event Recap: The Internet of Things

On November 14, SMPS Fort Worth hosted The Internet of Things (IoT) at the Petroleum Club. IoT is the network of physical devices, vehicles, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity which enable these objects to collect and exchange data. Speakers included:

Bob Allan – The Siemon Company

Ron Chandler – Guidepost Solutions

Scott Armstrong – Gensler

Here is an outline of what their presentations covered:

Bob on ConvergeIT solutions

  •         Past

o   Each system in a building run over separate cables (i.e. Lighting, HVAC, security, BMS)

  •         Current

o   With Zone topology each system can be run over the same cable for network & power

  •         Benefits of running all the building over one cable

o   Lower cost of install, maintenance, cooling, electric

o   Easier to manage

o   Detailed reports on the building based off network usage

o   No Vampire power loss

o   Control while not in the building of these systems of computer networks

Ron on Cyber

  •         Systems on the network

o   Opens facility to cyber-attacks if network is not protected

o   Opens cloud services (ability to connect to systems outside the building)

  •         Prevention

o   Set up written policy and procedures for all to follow

o   Train employees

o   Set regular cyber assessments to check for breaches

Scott on Architectural

  •         Growth of internet

o   Today 22.9B devices on the internet

o   By 2020 50.1B expected devices to be on the internet

  •         Worldwide building consumption

o   42% electricity

o   71% operational cost

o   2nd largest expense on income statement for real estate

  •         Where we are today

o   Data Collection

o   Data Synthesis

o   Data Empowerment

  •         What this means for the built environment

o   Enhanced experiences

o   Health & wellness

o   Agile resource management

o   High-visibility space management

 

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Event Recap: Steer Style Bingo 2017

Steer Style Bingo

Thursday, October 19

Thursday, October 19, professionals and community leaders from across the area attended SMPS Fort Worth’s second Steer Style Bingo event, benefiting the Fort Worth Herd and the SMPS Fort Worth Scholarship Program. Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and music by Texas Country music artist Jason Ashley while playing a life size game of Bingo with Rojo, Norman and Rusty (three Texas longhorns) at the Cowtown Coliseum. Read more about how Steer Style Bingo works here.

Prizes

Bingo winners and raffle winners were able to choose from a number of goodies, thanks to our generous prize donors.

Bingo Winner Basket 1 - One-night Stay at the Fort Worth Omni Hotel

Bingo Winner Basket 2 - One-night Stay at the Fort Worth Hilton Hotel

Bingo Winner Basket 3 - One-night Stay at the Fort Worth Sheraton Hotel

Each basket also included:

  • 4 tickets to the Modern Museum
  • A bottle of TX Whiskey
  • A 6-pack of Martin House Brewing Company beer
  • The Reata Restaurant Cookbook
  • A $50 Tim Love Restaurant gift card and a Yeti tumbler donated by CKearney Consulting
  • An air plant arrangement donated by SMPS Fort Worth
  • A photography session donated by local photographer Stacy Bogan
  • A Sub Z cooler donated by Steve Shultz 

Side Bet 1 Winner Prize  - “What’s for Lunch” Gift Card Pack with cards to Taco Heads, Starbucks and Chick-fil-A donated by SMPS Fort Worth

Side Bet 2 Winner Prize  - Steer watercolor artpiece from artist Jan Riggins

Side Bet 3 Winner Prize - Pendant Necklace donated by Kubes Jewelers

Door Prizes
Gift Certificate donated by Capital Grille
Stella & Dot Necklace donated by Destiny Silva
Mary Kay Basket donated by Billie Gillespie, Mary Kay Director
Fort Worth-Themed Basket donated by Rachel Phillips
Wine Basket donated by Rachel Phillips
Car Care Basket donated by Demand Car Care
Photoshoot donated by local photographer Stacy Bogan

Scholarship Winners

SMPS presented Katie Lippe with the Southern Regional Conference Scholarship and Stephanie Byrd with the Emerging Professional Scholarship. Both of these scholarships were funded with profits from the 2016 Steer Style Bingo event.

Thank you to Committee Director Shonnah Driver

SMPS Fort Worth presented a gift of appreciation to Shonnah Driver, Steer Style Bingo Committee Director, for her hard work and effort coordinating the event for a second year in a row (while pregnant this year!). 

Financials

The event’s profits exceeded $9,000. Seventy percent will be distributed to The Fort Worth Herd while the remaining monies will be used to fund the SMPS Fort Worth scholarship program to advance the membership and outreach of the society.  

BIG THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS

  • Presenting Sponsor – Stantec
  • Food Sponsor – Gorrondona & Associates, Inc.
  • Food Sponsor – Baird, Hampton & Brown, Inc.
  • Steer Pen Sponsor – The Rios Group
  • Steer Pen Sponsor – Key Construction
  • Steer Pen Sponsor – JQ Infrastructure
  • Steer Photo Sponsor – Southland Holdings
  • Entertainment Sponsor – Dunaway and Associates
  • Table Sponsor – CKearney Consulting
  • Table Sponsor – Guidepost Solutions
  • Table Sponsor – Woodlake Outdoor
  • Table Sponsor – CP&Y
  • Table Sponsor – Kubes Jewlers and Shaffer Creative
  • Table Sponsor – Baird, Hampton & Brown, Inc.
  • Banner Sponsor – Marksman Security Corporation
  • Banner Sponsor – First Texas Insurance Services, L.C.
  • Banner Sponsor – Intertek-PSI
  • Banner Sponsor – TRW Family of Companies

WHAT IS THE FORT WORTH HERD?

Enduring Symbols ~ Entertaining Millions ~ Educating Generations

 

Watch this short one minute video to see the Old West come to life before your eyes during the Fort Worth Herd’s twice-daily cattle drive. www.fortworthherd.com

 

Photos Courtesy of Daquirie Thanphirom

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Event Recap: TxDOT Proposals 101

Norma Glasscock, PEPS Fort Worth Service Center Manager for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), spoke to SMPS Fort Worth on Thursday, September 28 about best practices for preparing successful TxDOT proposals. The sold-out event was a huge hit. Here are a few notes on what Norma shared.

Introduction

 

  • Norma Glasscock
  • PEPS Fort Worth Service Center Manager
  • A member of the LEAD program that originally established the Professional Engineering Procurement Service in 2013
  • Fort Worth Service Center Manager since 2014

 

Successful NLC’s

  • Check the Minimum Requirements
    • Requesting one person or more
    • Require a P.E. registered in the state of Texas
    • Provide the License Number
    • Years of experience its requested
      • List the beginning month and year as well as the ending month and year
      • Understand that the projects may overlap but the time will not be counted twice
        • Example:  1/16 to 5/16 (5 months) and 3/16 to 12/16 (10 months), This would be 12 months, not 15 months
      • Three projects occurring in the same year does not equal 3 years’ experience
  • Demonstrated experience
    • Do not just list projects, provide the role and responsibilities performed
  • Review of the NLCs
    • Pass/Fail. The content of the NLC attachment will not be evaluated.
    • PEPS procedure, review by SME on the CST and the Procurement Engineer
    • FTW procedure, review by SME on the CST and the Service Center Manager
    • Breakdown NLC Minimum requirements and check each requirement individually
    • Any NLC qualification in question for disqualification
      • SCM, Procurement Engineer, and SME discuss the issues
    • Notify the PEPS Division Director on any disqualification and the basis for that disqualification

Tips to Answer RFQ Questions

  • Human Element
    • Every CST is different
  • Keys that seem to be common
    • Good formatting
      • Headings that follow the elements of the question
      • Mixture of dialogue and bullets
    • Good flow
      • Follow the question, no hunting for the answer
      • Concise language
    • Do not start with a marketing introduction
    • Answer the question
      • Common element in top contenders, immediately start with the answer to the question
  • Introduce your team
    • Weave the team member into the answer, make the team relatable
      • John Doe has used this approach on the No Name Project
      • This was his challenge
      • This was his solution
      • This was the benefit to his client
      • Short and concise

How to Prepare a Successful Proposal

  • GOOD FORMATTING
    • The formatting sets the stage for the proposal
      • Clean
      • Concise
  • Use the experience of the PM and the Key Task Leads in addressing the topics
      • Don’t just provide a resume of the PM and Key Task Leads
      • Demonstrate through the topics that the team was built to address the contract needs

**It is your space to use as you see beneficial--- If you feel there is expertise on your team not covered in the topics that is relevant to the needs of the contract, use a portion of the space to share with the evaluator.

 

Question and Answers:

Q&A #1:

What should we use for bullets in the Question and Response template? It is not very user friendly.

  • PEP’s is working on a solution to make the template more user friendly.

 

Q&A #2:

How do you score extra information included in the response that is relevant to the question?

  • There is a section in the scoring for extra relevant information.

 

Q&A #3:

Will we have access to the PowerPoint slides shown today?

  • The PowerPoint slides have been provided to all who registered and attended.

 

Q&A #4:

Do the same principles of filling out a PEPs form apply to a Design-Build form?

  • Yes

 

Q&A #5:

Do you read or skim through submittals?

  • We read each submittal thoroughly. It is unfortunately hard to stand out amongst a lot of submittals.

 

Q&A #6:

If the format is so important, why are we not given much freedom on how to format the forms?

  • We had a lot of people abusing the formatting. There are still ways to format in the text box.

 

Q&A #7:

When will the NLC’s go away?

  • Within the next six months.

 

Q&A #8:

Will the preclusions list go away?

  • It depends on the fairness of the RFQ. Just because one did the schematic phase does not mean they should do the PS&E.

 

Q&A #9:

Will submittals eventually be electronic?

  • This will likely happen within the next two years. There is an issue with security and electronic submissions.

 

Q&A #10:

Do other districts follow the same procedures?

  • All districts have the same guidelines. However, there is some subjectivity due to human condition.

 

Q&A #11:

Why are the qualifications so strict?

  • The reviewers are looking for expertise for the project.

 

Q&A #12:

When a new RFQ comes out, may we ask why they require certain years of experience?

  • Ask during the allotted time you may submit questions.

 

Q&A #13:

May we know more information about the team selection committee?

  • Norma Glasscock will ask.

 

Q&A #14:

What is the scoring criteria for questions that have multiple parts?

  • That question will have scoring criteria for each part.

 

Q&A #15:

What is the scoring criteria for CST forms?

  • The forms are scored as 1 – 5. If you receive a three, it means you met the criteria required to answer the question. Firms who scored a four or a five not only met the criteria, but stood out from the others. They have something to offer to TxDOT. They can save TxDOT time and money.

 

Q&A #16:

Is it required to use the maximum character limit?

  • It is better to use all of your space.

Q&A #17:

How does TxDOT decide how much space is needed to answer a question?

  • They base it on how much information is required to answer the question.

 

Q&A #18:

Why does the NLC character count vary?

  • TxDOT is making sure that you have ample amount of space to answer the question. Do not worry if you do not use all of the space provided with NLC questions.

 

Q&A #19:

May we know more about the project than what is already provided?

  • Do not worry about the scope so much. Focus more on providing a good Project Manager. The scope provided varies based on the district.

 

Q&A #20:

Will the issue of opening some documents in the RFQ be resolved?

  • TxDOT is still working on the issue.

 

Q&A #21:

How does TxDOT determine when to send out a Questions and Answer document for a RFQ? TxDOT does not always issues this document on each RFQ?

  • TxDOT may get questions they cannot answer.

 

Q&A #22:

What NLC’s will become qualifications?

  • Utility, Public Involvement, and Design Utilization.

 

Q&A #23:

Why would TxDOT not request a major category to be represented at an interview?

  • It depends on who they want to talk to in the interview.

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Event Recap: How to Brand People

“Your brand is what Google says it is.”

Cathy Hutchison, CPSM, SMPS Dallas Chapter member and Marketing Director at Idibri (Acoustic Consultants), challenged us to identify and capitalize upon our personal brand and support our staff to do the same. Read more on her blog. Cathy presented to SMPS Fort Worth on the following:

 

  • How to Craft Your Image

    • Add contact information to resumes.

    • Focus social media feed on technical information and thought leadership – where staff is presenting, articles they are writing, etc.

    • Image can be designed.

    • If you aren’t using your social media channels professionally, mark them private.

    • Fill out your MySMPS profile – it ranks high in Google.

    • Optimize your LinkedIn profile and take your name.

    • Take yourself out of organic search.

    • Put full name in copy to push it up a few more times.

    • If you share a name with a celebrity, you will lose.

    • Control what you can control.

      • Photos

      • Messaging

      • Platforms

        • Pinterest – mostly women

        • Instagram – artsy (Architects tend to use it well.)

        • LinkedIn – most important for professional network

    • Grab your social media name everywhere, even if you don’t plan on using it.

    • Invest in great headshots.

      • Make sure headshots match your culture – friendly and accessible = no jackets/ties.

      • Your expression matters.

    • Messaging – what’s the big idea of your brand? For Idibri, it’s engagement.

    • Issues – determine specialist(s) for each issue.

    • Keep people on brand and message.

    • Brand takes a long time to permeate.

    • Tagline

      • Use the strengths from Strengths Finder 2.0 to identify to help identify three words that define your personal brand.

      • Strengths Finder 2.0 has some great language to use as a starting point for staff bios.

  • Benefits of Differentiation

    • Differentiation makes you memorable.

    • Physical differentiators stick in people’s heads. Use color, unique history, quirks, hobbies, and niche to differentiate your brand.

 

  • You Can Win at SEO

    • Use an uncolored browser (like duckduckgo) to search for yourself without bias.

    • File name matters: firstname-lastname.

    • Buy your domain name.

    • Use wix.com or blogger or WordPress to put up a one page website.

    • Make sure your name is somewhere in the text.

    • What you name your bio pages matters.

    • Name subpages.

    • Google likes hyphen better than underscore.

    • Be consistent with your language on your profiles.

    • Leverage LinkedIn’s ranking.

  • Bio copy

    • Write two years ahead – for where you are going. Allows for visualization.

    • Be truthful and authentic.

    • Link to email and social media.

    • If culture is risk adverse, don’t offer contact info online.

    • LinkedIn

      • Reset settings.

        • Share profile edits – no

        • Who can see your connection – on (if appropriate)

        • Viewers who also viewed – off

      • Activity matters – show longevity at your firm by listing current position with previous positions in the narrative.

    • Write bio that connects – first person (unless government SF330 – then third person).

    • Use personal messages.

    • Quantify your bio.

    • Research people that write bios well for inspiration.

 

Additional Notes:

  • Read Rainmaking by Ford Harding.

  • Use social media scheduling tool like Buffer or Hootsuite.

  • Post to your city’s “People on the Move” (Bizjournal).

  • Pitch ideas to trade magazines.

  • Headline is most important.

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2017-18 Slate for Board of Directors

We are pleased to announce by acclamation the Approved Officers Slate for the 2017-18 year. The following officers have been reviewed and confirmed by our Nominating Committee and will assume the following positions on September 1, 2017:

 

Newly Elected Directors:

  • Education Director - Destiny Silva (Dunaway Associates)
  • Programs Director - Lindsey Corradino (TRW Family of Companies)
  • Sponsorship Director - Jodi Davis (Braun Intertec Corporation)
  • Communications Director - Kaitlyn Dominguez (CKearney Consulting)

 

Newly Elected Officers:

  • President-Elect - Lynn Ducas (Intertek-PSI)
  • Secretary -  Gloria Moss (JQ Infrastructure)

 

Officers Continuing Service:

  • President - Courtney Kearney, CPSM (CKearney Consulting)
  • Past President - Krystal R. Bybee, CPSM (The Rios Group, Inc.)
  • Treasurer - Dan Purschwitz, CPSM (Freese and Nichols, Inc.)

 

Congratulations!

 

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Education Recap

Beyond Good Grammar

ENGAGING AND EFFECTIVE BUSINESS WRITING

On Monday August, 7 2017, SMPS Fort Worth welcomed Janell Broyles, Senior Marketing Coordinator for Freese and Nichols, as she presented the tools to help manage both internal and external writing tasks, from simple cover letters to complex and detailed technical documents. Beyond Good Grammar helped answer three critical questions: 

  1. Where Do I Start? How to map out a writing assignment.
  2. What Now? Managing the process of drafts and revisions.
  3. When is it Done? Knowing when a piece is complete, and guidelines for putting the finishing touches on what you write and produce.

Highlights

We write to create positive results!

5 easy steps to create a strong outline

  1. Choose (or be assigned) your topic
  2. Brainstorm 3-5 "talking points"
  3. Organize your talking points/other information in a way that makes sense (most important points first)
  4. Flesh out your main points with content and details
  5. Review and revise

When preparing to write these are the questions to ask yourself and to answer in your writing!

Revision cycle should be repeated at least twice!

Handouts

Check out the wonderful handouts that Janell shared with us to help improve our writing skills.

Be sure to read the recap from last year's workshop! January 20, 2016 Janell presented techniques to make our writing sharper and more effective using basic grammar rules, industry styles/standards and much more. 

Thank you Janell, great job!

 

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Member Spotlight

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Eleanor Gach

Marketing Manager | Empire Roofing

What do you hope to gain from your SMPS Fort Worth membership?

I am hoping to increase my skill set through educational programs and networking.

What is your top marketing tip?

Data, data, data! Accurate and logical data is crucial for strategic marketing initiatives.

What is a marketing challenge you overcame and how?

Lack of processes and strategy. I put together a strategic plan for 2017 and am working on implementing the plan.

What is your top marketing tip?

Marketing is all about story-telling. So, tell a good one.

What is your professional goal for this year?

Grow my skill set as well as the skill set of my team.

What is a fun fact about you or a hobby you enjoy?

I am a military brat, and have lived all over the US and overseas!

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Member Spotlight

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Amy Amaya, CPSM

CRM Manager | Freese and Nichols, Inc.

Why did you pursue CPSM certification?

I wanted to challenge myself. I wanted to become more knowledgeable, not only in the A/E/C industry, but about marketing in general. And, I wanted something that would help me advance my career for where I am now, and where I want to be in the future.

Did you participate in a CPSM study group? If so, what did you gain? If not, how did you study?

Yes, the study group was amazing. It provided support, guidance, motivation, and accountability. It was so helpful to hear others' views and translations of the different domains. It also helped to hear how things work outside of your own firm and see a bigger picture view of the industry.

What would you recommend to anyone considering taking the exam?

Do it. Join a study group. Maintain your focus. Celebrate your personal and professional achievement when you pass your CPSM exam. It’s truly an exciting day when you get that letter in the mail!

Now that you’ve earned your CPSM, what is your next big personal or professional goal?

I hope to continue improving and expanding my skills and focus on the data-side of marketing to improve the efficiency and consistency in my firm’s marketing department.

Fun Fact About You / Hobby

I’m an organization freak. I like things neat, clean and where they belong. However, my kids don’t agree with the whole “where it belongs” theory.

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Lindsey Kubes, CPSM

PR/Communications Manager | Freese and Nichols, Inc.

Why did you pursue CPSM certification?

I pursued CPSM certification to extend my marketing knowledge and advance my career as a credentialed marketing professional.

Did you participate in a CPSM study group? If so, what did you gain? If not, how did you study?

When I prepared for the exam in 2009, we did not have a formal study group. I met with a few members for informal lunches to share information and take practices tests. The majority of my preparation was through independent study and reading.

What would you recommend to anyone considering taking the exam?

I would recommend you review the course objectives, think about the time commitment, and then ask yourself a few questions:

  1. Is this the right step for your professional development?
  2. Is this the right time in your life (personally and professionally)?
  3. Does your firm understand the value of CPSM certification?

When you have a personal passion and company acknowledgement for the value of CPSM certification, it will make your journey much more rewarding.

Now that you’ve earned your CPSM, what is your next big personal or professional goal?

Since I earned my CPSM in 2009, I’ve had a lot of professional and personal opportunities. I am blessed to work at a great company that recognizes employees for their achievements and values professional development of staff.

Now, as a manager, one of my goals is to foster the development of my team members through many of the opportunities that were afforded to me. Last year, two of my team members (Amy Amaya and Dan Purschwitz) were among the new CPSMs from the Fort Worth Chapter! In addition, I strive to develop each team member as a well-rounded marketing professional, not only for company benefit but for their own personal benefit and satisfaction. Personally, since 2009, I’ve also had a lot of life changes, mainly in the way of three children (ages 1, 4, 7). One of my ongoing personal goals is balancing work and home responsibilities while still having fun! It’s a challenge and never-ending work-in-progress. A happy family and happy home are top priority, and, as long as that happens, everything else just falls into place.

Fun Fact About You / Hobby

With three young children, I don’t have much time for hobbies. I enjoy anything on HGTV/DIY like Fixer Upper and have a spring trip planned to Magnolia Market in Waco. I’m also a big fan of the TV show Shark Tank! I enjoy shopping, exercising and fun outings with my kids. Reading is my ultimate escape when I get quiet time to myself.

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Jennifer Eisenbarth, CPSM

Proposal Manager | Freese and Nichols, Inc.

Why did you pursue CPSM certification?

I reached a point in my career where having a seat at the decision-makers’ table without current, relevant proof of my knowledge and expertise was going to be very challenging. Our technical peers in the A/E/C industry have many types of professional certifications; if I wanted to be viewed as a peer, I needed to invest the time and obtain my CPSM.

Did you participate in a CPSM study group? If so, what did you gain? If not, how did you study?

The CPSM Study Group is a major reason for the “why” and the entire reason for the “how” I passed the exam. I have been in A/E/C marketing since 1998 and a major reason that I procrastinated was fear of going on that unknown journey alone. When I found out about the study group, I was so excited! The best part was the amazing people I met in the study group. They are smart, engaging, enthusiastic and funny. It was so motivating to see each of them achieve the CPSM certification throughout the year. Also, as a result of the study group, I became more involved with my SMPS Chapter. Best of all, I have made true, wonderful friends who have supported me both personally and professionally. I got more than I could have ever hoped for from the entire experience.

What would you recommend to anyone considering taking the exam?

JOIN A STUDY GROUP. Also, make time to study. I invested a lot of personal time studying, and while I was taking the exam I was so relieved that I had put the effort into participating in the class and studying at home.

Now that you’ve earned your CPSM, what is your next big personal or professional goal?

Yet another benefit of the exam was in the reading material for the exam - I found a lot of proven techniques, plans and tools that have helped convince key leaders within my company to revisit the way that we do things in marketing. Ultimately, I want to change the way marketing is viewed as a whole in the A/E/C industry and help secure a place for marketing at the decision-making table within my firm.

Fun Fact About You / Hobby

My family and our animals bring me joy and keep me busy. My favorite place to unwind is at home. I read voraciously and I have a borderline-unhealthy addiction to coffee and Pinterest. The older I get, the more introverted I become. I am just a pretty happy person in general. Life is good.

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Event Recap: The Internet of Things

Zone topology, vampire power loss, the technological future of the built environment and more!

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Event Recap: Steer Style Bingo 2017

Thursday, October 19, professionals and community leaders from across the area attended SMPS Fort Worth’s second Steer Style Bingo event, benefiting the Fort Worth Herd and the SMPS Fort Worth Scholarship Program.

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Event Recap: TxDOT Proposals 101

Did you know: NLCs are pass/fail and will be elminated within six months; good formatting is critical; use of headings is encouraged; there are new exciting details on electronic submissions? Read more to find out!

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Event Recap: How to Brand People

"Your brand is what Google says it is.” - Cathy Hutchinson, CPSM

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2017-18 Slate for Board of Directors

We are pleased to announce by acclamation the Approved Officers Slate for the 2017–18 year. The following officers have been reviewed and confirmed by our Nominating Committee and will assume the following positions...

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Education Recap

Monday August, 7 2017 we hosted Janell Broyles, Sr. Marketing Coordinator for Freese and Nichols, as she gave us tools to help manage both internal and external writing tasks, from simple cover letters to complex and detailed technical documents.

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Member Spotlight

Please give Eleanor Gach, Marketing Manager at Empire Roofing, a big Fort Worth welcome. Read on to learn more about Eleanor and her top marketing tip - it's a good one!

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Member Spotlight

Amy took the CPSM exam because she wanted to challenge herself. Read more about how beneficial the CPSM study group was when she was preparing for her exam and her recommendations to anyone considering taking it.

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Member Spotlight

Lindsey shares helpful questions to consider before taking on the CPSM exam. Read more to learn about her professional goals and life with three young children.

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Member Spotlight

Jennifer shares how her CPSM certification has changed her technical peers' perspective of her. Read more to hear her advice for anyone considering taking the CPSM exam.

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