Nominations Open! SMPS' Best of Fort Worth

Introducing the Best of Fort Worth! Nominate your favorite local consultants by February 24 to be voted on by chapter members in March. You may nominate as many businesses as you’d like, in as many service categories as you like, as long as they are located within 50 miles of Fort Worth and provide services to A/E/C marketers.

The categories are: 

  • Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • Videography
  • Printing 
  • Drone Footage 
  • Website Development 
  • Proposal Consultants
  • Interview/Presentation Prep Consultants
  • Promotional Items
  • Other


Click here to make your nominations by February 24

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Member Spotlight: Monica deLaGarza

Monica deLaGarza does it all – 40 Under 40; TCU Executive MBA class of 2022; member of SMPS, Leadership Fort Worth, PRSA; and board member for CREW Fort Worth – all in addition to her position as Director of Marketing and Communications at OWT Architects. We sat down with her to find out what motivates her and how she successfully juggles family and professional commitments.

How did you get started in the A/E/C industry? I have been in the industry for 13 years. I started in New Jersey at SYSTRA Consulting, a rail transit engineering firm owned by SNCF, the high-speed rail company of France. I have worked on all three sides of the industry, engineering, architecture and construction. 

How long have you been a member of SMPS? What do you enjoy most about it? I have been a member since 2013. I love the educational opportunities and connecting with people that understand the complexities of my work.

Tell me about your new position at OWT Architects. I love working at OWT Architects, a full-service design firm in Downtown Fort Worth. Three principals, Andrew Oxley, Richard Williams and Jim Tharp founded the company. They curated a team that is creative, energetic, and passionate about delivering high quality designs regardless of project constraints. I am delighted to be part of this team. 

What led you to joining the Executive MBA program at TCU? I am a journalist by training and that is how I approach my work. I decided to pursue an MBA to deliver more expertise and value to my employer. I wanted to impact the whole business. In order to gain the knowledge and credibility to do so in a reasonable amount of time, an intensive MBA program was the best solution. 

You’re very involved in local professional organizations in addition to SMPS, your full-time job, and your MBA program. How do you find balance between your many commitments as well as work/life balance? At home, work, school and community I am surrounded by wonderful people that take the collection of days I’m alive and make those days a fulfilling life and adventure. My significant other and parents are very supportive of my endeavors. My daughter wants to be an entrepreneur so she gets that work and business school are important. She is getting exposed to valuable business lessons at 10 years old, that she can apply to her business someday. I get to apply what I am learning at OWT daily. I am the treasurer for CREW Fort Worth. They believed me and gave me an opportunity to lead, even though I had no accounting experience. I am learning as I go and applying the MBA lessons there as well.

What are you currently reading?   The last non-textbook I read was called Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki, for my entrepreneurship class. 

What’s your favorite restaurant in Fort Worth?  I love Little Red Wasp and Press Café and Uncle Julio’s has been a fave since I was a kid.

What’s on your bucket list? Finishing the MBA, and in terms of hobbies I want to learn how to play the harmonica, travel to Australia, Africa and Alaska.

What can you not live without? God and my family.

What’s your favorite weekend activity? I love going out for walks at the ranch and spending time with my family including our two golden retrievers. I get to the spa as often as possible for some self-care which I highly recommend!

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Member Spotlight: Jodi Bird

"Jodi is instrumental in organizing events and helping people stay engaged with the chapter. She’s a great resource for all things marketing and can always be counted on for advice, industry knowledge, and a good laugh. Thanks for being an active member of SMPS Jodi!"
- Destiny Silva, Director of Programs and Education, SMPS Fort Worth

How did you get started in the A/E/C industry? Fell into it by accident. My background was Corporate Librarian – got hired to handle the Carter & Burgess photo library. The rest is history!

How long have you been a member of SMPS? What do you enjoy most about it? 11 years – joined when the Fort Worth Chapter started. Collaboration among marketers is what I enjoy most about SMPS.

What are your career goals? Take the CPSM exam in early 2020 and become certified.

Tell me about your new position at MLA. Director of Business Development – I wear both hats – Marketing and Business Development. Marshall Lancaster & Associates, Inc. (MLAI) is a Professional Land Survey firm located in Hurst, Texas. We are also a registered WBE and HUB firm.

What is the most valuable skill you learned early in your career? Networking! I think my network is one of my most valuable assets. Be open to meeting all kinds of new people – you never know who might be a great resource, even if you don’t think so at first.

What are you currently reading? Cracking the Leadership Code: Three Secrets to Building Strong Leaders by Alain Hunkins.

What’s your favorite restaurant in Fort Worth? It was the Bird Café ☹ I am very sad that it had to close.  

What’s on your bucket list? Traveling to Kentucky to visit Lane’s End and other famous Thoroughbred breeding farms.

What can you not live without? Coffee

What’s your favorite weekend activity? Events at the Historic Granbury Square (during non-pandemic times).


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Meet the 2020-2021 Board of Directors!

Jen Eisenbarth


Jen is the Owner of Ironbeard Solutions, LCC, a strategic marketing and proposal consultantcy. A member of SMPS for nearly 20 years, she is excited to serve as Chapter President for the 2020-2021 board year! Outside of work, she loves working with her hands – gardening, quilting, knitting, crocheting, restoring furniture – pretty much anything involving dirt, thread, or paint. She is passionate about spending time with her family and their three dogs. They love to go camping and fishing together. 

Randy Avila

Past President

Randy is a Proposal Specialist for Michael Baker International. He has been a member of SMPS for 15 years. This year, Randy will serve as Past President, while supporting the chapter's membership initiatives. Outside of work he enjoys family time, travel, golf, art, and photography. 

Destiny Silva

Programs & Education Director

Destiny is the Marketing Director for mma, a civil engineering, survey, landscape architecture, and planning firm in Arlington. She has been a member of SMPS for a lucky seven years, having previously served as Education Director (2018-2019) and Sponsorship Director (2019-2020). In 2019 she was award SMPS Fort Worth's Member of the Year. Outside of work she spends time with her husband Trey, a construction superintendent for MYCON, and her two sons Ford and Finn. Every Friday night they take the kids out to a different restaurant in Fort Worth, a tradition they look forward to each week. Destiny also enjoys spending too much money on clothes and shoes and telling embarrassing stories about her husband. 

Kristen Jenson

Communications Director

Kristen is a Marketing Coordinator with Baird, Hampton & Brown, a multi-discipline engineering, land surveying, and landscape architecture firm. She has been involved with SMPS for two years. Kristen lives in Fort Worth with her fiancé, Finn the chocolate lab, and Beyoncé the cat; and enjoys spending time outdoors, ordering too much Doordash, reading Stephen King novels, and learning new forms of digital art. 

Amanda Kinson, PE

Sponsorship Director

Amanda wears two hats at Gessner Engineering: she works in business development and is also a Civil Engineer. She is in her second year as a member of SMPS, previously serving as Secretary. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, photography, running, and making her kids laugh.

Mary Rolling


Mary is a Marketing Coordinator with The Rios Group. She joined SMPS in January of 2020 and has wasted no time getting involved! Outside of work she enjoys playing board and video games, spending time with family and friends, camping, swimming, and playing with her two dogs Spock and Diana. 

Jenell Strachan, P.E.

Jenell Strachan, PE


Jennel is Area Manager of Geotechnical Engineering & CMT Services at Gorrondona & Associates, Inc. She is a licensed professional engineer with over 25 years of diverse technical, managerial, and business development experience in the geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing and inspection consulting industries.

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Call for Nominations: 2020-2021 Board of Directors

SMPS Fort Worth is now accepting nominations for positions on the Board of Directors for the term beginning September 1, 2020.

Do you have ideas about what you would like to see from SMPS Fort Worth? Are you interested in making new contacts in the A|E|C industry? Are you curious about how others handle challenges?

Getting involved with SMPS on a BOARD or COMMITTEE level is a great way to grow your network and improve your skills!

SMPS Fort Worth is seeking qualified and energetic people who want to take a leadership role in advancing the Chapter’s education, networking, and business development opportunities. If you are interested in working with current and future leaders in the A|E|C industry, serving on the Board of Directors can help advance your career, bring visibility to your firm and create lasting connections with people across the industry.

Positions open to nominations include the following:

  • President-Elect (3-year commitment)
  • Secretary (2-year commitment)
  • Communications Director (1-year commitment)
  • Programs Director (1-year commitment)
  • Membership Director (1-year commitment)
  • Sponsorship Director (1-year commitment)


At this time, the Treasurer position will not be vacant until the 2021-2022 term.

Nominations are due by 5:00 PM Friday, May 22, 2020.

All nominees must:

  • Be a member of SMPS and affiliated with the Fort Worth Chapter
  • Not hold a current directorship with SMPS Headquarters
  • Not have served as SMPS National President

Nominations may be made by individuals (self-nominations are encouraged) using this form or by petition. Nominations for eligible candidates must be submitted to [email protected] by May 22, 2020. 

All Board members are required to participate in monthly Board meetings and are expected to conduct monthly meetings with their committees as necessary to successfully meet their respective goals.

If your are interested in one of the positions above, please complete this form and email it to [email protected]. Any questions can be directed to [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected]

The Nominations and Elections Committee will evaluate all nominations in accordance with the parameters and procedures outlined in the chapter's by‐laws. The Committee will then identify a qualified slate of candidates for approvals as required.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Learning Opportunity: FREE Webinars from SMPS HQ with PROMO CODE

The webinars below are available through SMPS HQ for free - but you must register by May 31!


Complimentary with promo code HQcares2020 through May 31.

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SMPS Fort Worth Update: COVID-19 Response

To My Fellow SMPS Fort Worth Members,

The health and safety of our members and the overall community remain a top priority for SMPS Fort Worth during this challenging time. In an effort to minimize the effects of this pandemic, all SMPS Fort Worth programming and events as of Monday, March 16, 2020 have been postponed at least through the end of April. This includes the event scheduled for March 26: ‘Finance Matters! Planning and Performance lead to Profitability.’ Refunds will be given to all who had previously registered.

SMPS Fort Worth will continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak, adopting recommendations and guidelines set forth by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state and local officials. We appreciate your understanding and your patience as we deal with this unprecedented situation.

It is my personal hope that all of us remain healthy and safe, so that we can soon begin to work together again as a Chapter in transforming business through marketing leadership.

All My Best,

Randy Avila, President
SMPS Fort Worth

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February 2020 Event: BD Demystified

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2019-2020 SMPS Fort Worth Board of Directors

SMPS Fort Worth is excited to announce our new Board of Directors for 2019-2020.

The new board includes ten members of SMPS Fort Worth, all of whom represent and help the organization in meeting its mission of being the primary resource for education, team building and strategic and marketing information for SMPS members and others involved in the built environment.

The Board is dedicating this year to engaging our membership in participating in new and effective ways. SMPS Fort Worth just celebrated our 10th anniversary and is looking forward to unveiling new programs and special events in the upcoming year to commemorate our decade of existence.

The 2019-2020 Board of Directors is represented by this qualified roster of A/E/C marketing and business development professionals:

President: Randy Avila, Director of Marketing at Cadence McShane Construction

President-Elect: Gloria Moss, Marketing Coordinator at Jaster Quintanilla

Past-President: Lynn Ducas, Business Development Manager at Fugro

Sponsorship Director: Destiny Silva, Marketing Specialist at Dunaway Associates

Programs and Education Advisor: Shonnah B. Driver, Marketing Director at Baird, Hampton & Brown, Inc.

Membership Director: Melissa Beasley, BD and Marketing Manager at BGE, Inc.

Communications Director: Jen Eisenbarth, CPSM, Owner at Ironbeard Solutions, LLC

Secretary: Cara Pilgrim, Marketing Coordinator at Baird, Hampton & Brown, Inc.

Treasurer: Amy Amaya, CPSM, Project Manager at CKearney Consulting 

If you are interested in volunteering for a committee or joining our chapter leadership, please reach out to any of the individuals above. Their contact information can be found here.

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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.


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
Phone Fans from HALO branded solutions

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!). 


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.  


  • 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


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.


Photos Courtesy of Daquirie Thanphirom







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