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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STEER STYLE BINGO 2016 RECAP

Thursday, August 25, more than 80 professionals and community leaders attended SMPS Fort Worth’s inaugural Steer Style Bingo event, benefiting the Fort Worth Herd and Make-A-Wish North Texas. Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and music by Texas Country music artist Cody Gill 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.

After no more than ten minutes, Rojo, Norman and Rusty each made their “Bingo contributions” in their individual pens and we had our winners! Due to the overwhelming popularity of the game, we held one final Bingo game at the end of the night. Bingo winners and raffle winners were able to choose from a number of goodies, thanks to our generous prize donors. Read More.

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Member Spotlight

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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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Krystal Bybee, CPSM

Business Manager | The Rios Group

Why did you pursue CPSM certification?

As the Business Manager for my firm, I wear many hats.  One of these hats is marketing my firm’s services. When I learned there was an opportunity to become certified in professional services marketing, I looked at it as a chance to increase my knowledge based on information from the subject matter experts.

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

Yes. Our study group was a wonderful experience.  I learned so much from the group members sharing their experiences, as well as the in-depth discussions on reading assignments. It really did feel like I was participating in a Master Class for A/E/C Marketing. It was invaluable.

What would you recommend to anyone considering taking the exam?

Keep your eye on the prize.  There is a lot of reading.  It takes some discipline to get through it all, but in the end, you will grow in your profession, and as a leader in your firm. 

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

As a life-long learner, I’m looking into the SHRM certification for Human Resources.

Fun Fact About You / Hobby

I really enjoy singing in a choir.  I’m thrilled that my daughters enjoy it just as much as I did, and I always look forward to attending their concerts and contests.

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Event Recap

H2O & RPMS

Thursday, March 30, 2017

We had a blast at the event due to the amazing caliber of speakers and the new table talk format. A big thank you to each and every one of our participants:

  • Walter “Buzz” Pishkur | City of Arlington ( ) | Water Director
  • Brandom Gengelbach | Fort Worth Chamber ( ) | Vice President Economic Development
  • Elizabeth Mow, P.E. | North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) | Assistant Executive Director of Infrastructure
  • Loyl C. Bussell, P.E. | TxDOT Fort Worth District (@TxDOTFTWPIO) | Deputy District Engineer
  • Dan Lamers | North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCoG) | Senior Transportation Program Manager
  • Travis Kelly | Texas Central Partners, LLC (@TexasCentral) | Vice President, External Affairs
  • Christopher Harder, P.E. | City of Fort Worth (@cityoffortworth) | Assistant Director Water
  • Pat Acker, P.E. | Halff Associates | Vice President of Water Services | Representing the Greater Dallas Planning Council (GDPC)

 

Each speaker routed tables every ten minutes while the attendees remained seated in a "Table Talk" format. This allowed for a more intimate setting with deeper conversations. Here are some brief quotes from the things discussed:

  • Are you ready to go to the ballpark in autonomous vehicles? Get ready they are already in Arlington according to Walter “Buzz” Pishkur. The City of Arlington is innovative with more than just their transportation. Buzz gave great insight into the new robot and metering system and how Arlington has some of the lowest water costs in North Texas.
  • Brandom Gengelbach led lively table talks and thinks "it's a fun time to be in Fort Worth". Our city is growing and taking its “brand” to the next level. All the construction and growth we are experiencing is creating an opportunity to expand and build staying true to our unique style.  
  • Elizabeth Mow, P.E.  discussed population growth and how to make our roads work especially as we face being landlocked. She shared that in the next 5 years there will be $1B in expansion work!
  • Loyl C. Bussell, P.E. understands the struggle to differentiate within the requirements & forms but stressed the importance to do so. He also conveyed that TxDOT is busy “catching up” to the current growth we have already experienced. This explains why we are seeing a big push for work on the western side of Tarrant County.
  • Dan Lamers estimates 2025 for a rail trip between Fort Worth & Dallas. 
  • Travis Kelly confirmed Texas Central Partners is working on a Dallas to Houston one-seat high-speed-rail on the Texas Bullet Train.
  • After a successful pilot using telemetry on meters, Christopher Harder, P.E. shared plans to expand their use in 2017.
  • Pat Acker, P.E. represented the Greater Dallas Planning Council (GDPC) well explaining that they are actively working with surrounding communities and organizations regarding the re-use of treated wastewater and the development of green storm water infrastructure systems, which are two kinds of innovation that demonstrate wise use of our water resources.

It was great to partner with the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) DFW which had about 40 ASHE members in attendance. 

Future of Transportation

Craig Galati, AIA, FSMPS, CPSM
Brian R. Barth, P.E. 

Brian is the district engineer for the Fort Worth District of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) speaks about the future of the DFW region. 

Craig Galati, SMPS Society President and Principal of LGA, a consulting firm practicing sustainability, architecture, and sociology, shares what he and his firm are seeing as the future in transportation.

 

 

 

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Member Spotlight

Julie Shaffer, CPSM

Owner/Consultant/Graphic Designer | Shaffer Creative, LLC

Why did you pursue CPSM certification?

As an independent consultant, adding the CPSM designation increases my professional credibility. Peer pressure helps, too.

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

Although I did not participate in an official CPSM study group, I did study with fellow CPSM Pam Conine. We met weekly over several weeks to prepare for the exam and review the practice questions.

What would you recommend to anyone considering taking the exam?

Read the material. Take the practice exams. Repeat.

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

To get my marketing intern fully trained so that I can focus on goals for growing my business.

Fun Fact About You / Hobby

I’m an avid photographer, and I love taking photos of my seniors! My daughter is a senior in college, and my son is a senior in high school.

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Cindy Sears-Clemmons, CPSM

Inside Sales Manager | Jacobs Engineering Group

Why did you pursue CPSM certification?

Since my college degree is not in field directly related to marketing, I felt it would add to my credibility as a professional.

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

Yes. I see two real benefits of a study group: 1. You are held accountable for the assignments and keeping up with the reading. 2. The test covers the application of best practices as documented in the readings. If you are at a small firm your processes may not be as structured or as aligned with best practices. Being in a study group lets you hear how folks from other firms apply best practices or processes that they may have developed that will help affirm what is in the readings.

What would you recommend to anyone considering taking the exam?

Participate in a study group and focus the reading on the Marketing Handbook. Go to study group even if you didn’t finish the reading – you will gain benefit from the discussion of the application of the topics.

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

I would like to become a PMP and/or a SMPS Fellow.

Fun Fact About You / Hobby

I broke my leg this winter running on a treadmill. I didn’t fall or trip – just a regular treadmill run. I didn’t even know I broke it and continued running until the swelling and limping was too much to ignore. I’m going crazy and want to get back to my regular workout routine.

Jacobs has given me a lot of travel opportunities this year. Working for a global firm may give you a chance to apply your company’s proposal process on an international basis. I recommend it!

 

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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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STEER STYLE BINGO 2016 RECAP

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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Member Spotlight

As our Chapter President this year, Krystal Bybee has demonstrated what SMPS commitment really looks like. Read more about the many hats she wears and what drives her to succeed.

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Event Recap

The North Texas region will continue to add residents and jobs well into the future. This program brought together the plans that are in place today for major investments in transportation and water considering the region’s anticipated growth.

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Member Spotlight

Learn about member Julie Shaffer, CPSM, Owner of Shaffer Creative, LLC. Read on to discover what she loves photographing and her recommendation to those taking the exam.

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CPSM Spotlight

Cindy Sears-Clemmons has been a pillar of our Chapter since its inception. Learn more about what drives her and why she should stay away from treadmills!

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