Event Recap


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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Event Recap

Brews & Views

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The SMPS Fort Worth chapter held our first-ever Brews & Views members-only event to discuss the recent SMPS Southern Regional Conference (SRC) held in February. Over breakfast and coffee the group participated in a great roundtable discussion about the conference sessions they attended and their favorite takeaways.

The conference kicked-off with a chapter leaders session were the Society President Criag Galati shared the vision statement for SMPS, "Business Transformed Through Marketing Leadership". 

Attendees agreed that this year’s opening keynote speaker, Jay Acunzo, was one of the best in SRC history. He opened with the idea that it has never been easier to be average which means now we have to be exceptional! Jay went on to share these steps to get yourself, your team or your company over the seemingly scary gab between where we are now and where we want to be. 

  1. Throw our aspirational anchor
  2. Find our principal insight
  3. Launch a constrained project
  4. Add what makes us unique
  5. Rally true believers
  6. Expand to create something exceptional

Jay told the story of how Death Wish Coffee did just this by thinking out of the box, using the available resources wisely, honing in on their audience and launching a unique brand allowing them to stand out in the market.

To remind our members of this great message, Brews & Views attendees received a bag of Death Wish Coffee K-Cups to help fuel them in their quest to become exceptional instead of just average. Check out the Death Wish Coffee story here.

This was the first year for the conference to have lunch time MAX (Market * Act * Exchange) sessions and they were a big hit! Perryn Olson, COSM, CCMP inspired us to be the change catalyst! As Rachel Platten's song reminds us we "might only have one match but can make an explosion!" 

Meloni McDaniel, AIA shared that we are not called to be mediocre but great. We need to find our "thing" that gets us through the hard work it takes to be great. If we all rise our leadership level we can cause a rising tide that raises all boats! By ourselves we are useless but together we are remarkable. She ended with a challenge to "go conquer this industry and be great!!!"

Jordan Hora concluded the MAX sessions by charging us to get out of the corner, we are the only ones keeping ourselves there. Switch off our screen & step into others reality. Be a voice for those not yet at the table. The future is the place we are going to create. Learn more about the speakers here

Brews & Views concluded with SMPS Fort Worth recognizing Pamela Conine, Marketing Manager for Dunaway Associates, for her hard work as the SRC Co-Chair. Great work, Pamela!

Thank you to all our members who attended Brews & Views! We look forward to the next one. Check out our social media (Facebook and Twitter) from the conference to see more photos, content and quotes.

Missing a few in this picture but absolutely loved the fantastic turnout from the Fort Worth members at SMPS SRC!

A few session topics discussed included:

  • Learning From Great Leaders and the Stories of Their Paths
  • Essentials of Ghostwriting
  • Value of Non-Technical Staff
  • Neuroselling from RFQ to the Boardroom
  • Being the Change Catalyst
  • Striving for Greatness Over Mediocrity
  • Video Killed the Written Star: Planning & Implementing Videos
  • Finding the Secret Recipe
  • One Wrong Project Ruins Your Brand
  • Change Your Perspective. Engage Your Clients. Realize Value.
  • Design-Build an AEC Content Marketing Program with Big Impact
  • Revenue Hiding in Plain Sight
  • Big Impact. Dare to Upgrade Your Personal Brand
  • The Evolution of an AEC Marketer

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Event Recap

Steer Style Bingo

Thursday, August 25

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.

Bingo Winners

Basket 1 – Four Texas Rangers Tickets to Tampa Bay Rays game donated by Stantec

Basket 2 – One Free Night Stay at the Hyatt Place Stockyards donated by Hyatt Place

Basket 3 – One GoPro donated by JQ 

Each basket also included:

  • Four tickets to the Rodeo donated by Cowtown Coliseum
  • A $100 gift card to Del Frisco’s donated by The Rios Group
  • A bottle of Texas wine donated by Destiny Silva, Dunaway & Associates
  • A Goodnight Cowtown book donated by Diana Witherspoon Rivera
  • A Fort Worth Landmarks golf towel donated by SMPS

Raffle Prizes:

  • $100 H3 Steakhouse gift card donated by Jacobs Engineering
  • $50 Reata gift card donated by Dawn Shannon, Quorum Architects
  • Four Roller Derby tickets donated by Jaime Knox, Stantec
  • Two bottles of Texas wine donated by Amy Amaya, Freese and Nichols, Inc.

Make-A-Wish North Texas

At the event, SMPS Fort Worth presented a $1,000 donation to Make-A-Wish North Texas, accepted by Shelby Blue, Development Coordinator. Shelby shared about the organization’s mission and dedication to granting wishes for children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. Eight-year-old Wish Ambassador Grace Cooper and her family also attended the event. Grace spoke about her wish of being in a parade at Disney World and how Make-A-Wish made it possible, saying, “Because of people like you, my wish came true!” 

Volunteer of the Year

SMPS presented Meagan Loughrey, Senior Marketing Coordinator at JQ, with the 2016 Volunteer of the Year award. Meagan has been a vital part of the Programs and Education Committee this past year. She has now become the first ever Education Director for the chapter.

Thank you

SMPS Fort Worth President, Jenifer Batchelder, CPSM, and President-Elect, Krystal R. Bybee, CPSM, presented a gift of appreciation to Shonnah Driver, SMPS Past-President, for her hard work and effort coordinating the event. Thank you to this amazing lady for working her tail off the last two years to make this event a reality! 


The event’s profits exceeded $5,000 which is remarkable for the chapter’s inaugural signature event. Seventy percent will be distributed to The Fort Worth Herd while the remaining monies will be used by the SMPS Fort Worth will develop a new scholarship program to advance the membership and outreach of the society.  


  • Title Sponsor – Stantec
  • Food Sponsor – Gorrondona & Associates, Inc.
  • Bar Sponsor – Baird, Hampton & Brown, Inc.
  • Center Pen Sponsor – SKANSKA
  • Left Pen Sponsor – The Rios Group
  • Table Sponsor – Hyatt Place
  • Table Sponsor – Professional Service Industries, Inc. (PSI)
  • Banner Sponsor – JQ Infrastructure
  • Banner Sponsor – Guidepost Solutions
  • Banner Sponsor – Tarrant Regional Water District
  • Banner Sponsor – The Marketing Blender


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

Article Written By: Kaitlyn Dominguez, Communications Manager for CKearney Consulting, LLC www.ckearneyconsulting.com


Photos Courtesy of jshafferphotography

jshafferphotography | photo gallery




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SMPS Fort Worth Team Brought Home a 4th Place Win

Friday, September 25, 2015

Our SMPS Fort Worth team competed in the Oktoberfest Olympics this past Friday. 

Attendees pictured below (left to right):

  • Chrisine Jacoby | Business Development Manager for JQ
  • Jenny Moore
  • Ryan Barrera | Events Coordinator for Texas Health Resources
  • Tara Anderson | Marketing Manager for Hill & Wilkinson General Contractors
  • Jamie Knox | Senior Associate, Director of Business Development for BURY


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