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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Member Spotlight


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


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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Member Spotlight


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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Member Spotlight


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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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!