Mentoring Program

SMPS Fort Worth 2013-2014 Mentoring Program

The program is an embodiment of the commitment of the Fort Worth Chapter of SMPS to assist A/E/C marketers in their personal growth and professional development. Professionals at all stages of their career should consider participating - either as protégés or mentors. No matter where you are in your career, you can gain important benefits from participating in a mentor- protégé relationship and gaining career insight from a fellow professional.

All applications are due by January 24, 2014.

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Program Overview

Commitment Letter

Protege Application

Mentor Application

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Panelists Announced for January 15, 2014 Program


Telfryn John PE

Telfryn L. John, PE - Principal Engineer - Gorrondona & Associates, Inc.

Mr. John provides over 35 years professional engineering and consulting experience in the disciplines of environmental, geotechnical and construction materials engineering / testing. He has served as principal in charge, principal consultant, chief engineer, project manager, project principal, and consultant on a wide array of geographically diverse projects for commercial, educational, healthcare, infrastructure, institutional, industrial, manufacturing, mining, petrochemical, pulp and paper, retail, sports facilities and transportation projects, nationwide.

He is presently responsible for technical leadership of geotechnical engineering services, major project development and advancement of new technologies. He manages major projects and key accounts, with a special emphasis on energy, industry, power, sports facilities, transportation and water resources. Further, he leads client development, account management and major project sales in the Public Works, Design/Build, Industrial, Transportation and Water Sectors.

The distinguished panel includes:

Dana Burghdoff, AICP - Deputy Planning and Development Officer - City of Fort Worth

Dana Burghdoff is the Deputy Planning and Development Director for the City of Fort Worth, where she has been employed since 1999. The 40-member Planning Division that she oversees provides information and advice to City officials and community leaders in making decisions about growth and development, including producing the City’s Comprehensive Plan and promoting sustainable development. The Division is also responsible for neighborhood education, planning, zoning, platting, annexation, design review, and appeals. The Division staffs the City Plan Commission, Zoning Commission, Historic and Cultural Landmarks Commission, Downtown Design Review Board, Urban Design Commission, and two Boards of Adjustment, along with various advisory committees.

Previously, as Senior Planner for the City of Waltham, Massachusetts, she managed federally funded community development programs, including several downtown public projects to encourage pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use development.

Dana holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is Secretary of the board for the regional Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM), and facilitated the merger of CNM with the Funding Information Center of Tarrant County, where she served as President of the board. She is a member of Leadership North Texas, Leadership Fort Worth, and the Women’s Policy Forum of Tarrant County. She is past Vice President of the Women’s Transportation Seminar, Dallas-Fort Worth chapter, and past Director for the Midwest Section of the American Planning Association, Texas chapter.


Kathy Berek, PE - Executive Program Manager - Tarrant Regional Water District - Integrated Pipeline Project

As the Executive Program Manager for the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD)/Dallas Water Utilities, City of Dallas Integrated Pipeline Project (IPL), Kathy Berek, PE, draws on her 25 years of water industry expertise to manage a complex team of 20 professional service firms and 45 M/WBE subconsultants. The IPL, one of the largest infrastructure projects in North Texas, is a 150 mile water delivery transmission system that will integrate TRWD's existing pipelines and Dallas systems to deliver a combined 350 MGD of raw water to the area.

Prior to this role, Kathy served as a consultant to TRWD for the Oklahoma Water Supply Project and the Joint Transmission Study (Lake Palestine) that led to the IPL. She also served as water operations manager in North Texas for a major national consulting firm where she managed projects including construction of TRWD’s High Capacity Booster Pump Stations at Ennis and Waxahachie, Regional Gravity Sewer Transmission Line and Lift Station in Rockwall for North Texas Municipal Water District, and improvements at Brazos River Authority's Morris Sheppard Dam at Possum Kingdom Reservoir.

Kathy earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware, and her Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.


David Berzina, CEcD, FM - Executive VP of Economic Development - Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce

David Berzina is the Executive Vice President of Economic Development for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. The economic development department of the Chamber is charged with the recruitment and retention of jobs and tax base for the Fort Worth community, in addition to Workforce Development initiatives and International Economic Development.

Prior to joining the Fort Worth Chamber in March, 2004, Berzina served in management and CEO capacities for chambers of commerce and economic development organizations in Texas, Michigan and Louisiana for 16 years.

Berzina is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He is a graduate of the Institute for Organizations Management from the University of Delaware and also holds the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from the International Economic Development Council. Nationally, Berzina serves on the Board of Directors of the International Economic Development Council, and statewide, he sits on the Texas Economic Development Council board. In 1993, Berzina was named one of the outstanding Leaders in Geo Economics by Site Selection magazine. In 2012 Site Selection magazine recognized the Fort Worth Chamber as one of the nation’s “Top 20” economic development organizations, the fifth time in the last eight years to attain that designation, and the second organization recognized with that award under Berzina’s leadership. In 2013, the International Economic Development Council awarded Berzina the designation of Fellow Member for “outstanding service to the field of economic development.”

Economic development projects that Berzina has recruited and secured have resulted in excess of 14 million square feet of building space, $3.7 billion in capital investment, over 20,000 jobs and over $1.3 billion in annual payroll. Notable company names include General Motors, General Electric, Novartis, Q-Edge, RadioShack, Whirlpool Corporation, Bell Helicopter and American Airlines.

Locally, Berzina sits on the Dallas/Fort Worth Economic Development Marketing Team Executive Committee, serves on the board of Workforce Solutions of Tarrant County, serves on the City’s Minority and Women’s Business Advisory Council and serves on the Board of Fort Worth Sister Cities. Previously, Berzina served on the Mayor’s Commission for the Homeless and the City’s Development Advisory Committee. He is past president of the Greater Fort Worth Area Economic Development Association, and he stays active coaching little league football, and basketball.


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Courtney D. Kearney earns CPSM

Congratulations Courtney 

Courtney D. Kearney, CRM Manager for Hill-Wilkinson, earned the designation of Certified Professional Services Marketer in September 2013. She is among a growing number of professionals to be certified by the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), which advocates for, educates, and connects leaders in the design and building industry.

Certified Professional Services Marketers (CPSMs) are recognized as having the experience and knowledge to generate profitable business in the architectural, engineering, and construction marketplace. To achieve this designation, certification candidates must meet educational and experience requirements, pass a rigorous written examination, and pledge to abide by the CPSM Code of Ethics. The process validates the individual’s mastery of and ability to apply critical business development knowledge in an industry that values certification.

SMPS Chief Executive Officer Ronald D. Worth, CAE, FSMPS, CPSM, observed,

“Pursuing certification demonstrates a professional’s commitment to life-long learning and to building the firm’s business. Certification is truly an investment in one’s career, the profession, and the industry.”

To learn more about SMPS and the certification program visit our website

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