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Event Recap: Steer Style Bingo 2018

Steer Style Bingo

Tuesday, October 23

Professionals and community leaders from across the DFW area attended SMPS Fort Worth’s third 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 JD 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.

 

Prizes

Bingo winners and raffle winners were able to choose from a number of goodies, thanks to our generous prize donors.

CKearney Consulting Pen Winner - Julie Shaffer
The prize basket included:
- Champagne Escape Weekend – Downtown Sheraton FW
- Cadence McShane branded Echo Dot
- 1 bottle of wine
- Admission passes to The Modern Art Museum

Cadence McShane Pen Winner 
The prize basket included:
Suite Romance Weekend – Downtown Sheraton FW
- Cadence McShane branded Echo Dot
- 1 bottle of wine
- $50 VISA gift card donated by Ckearney Consulting
- Admission passes to The Modern Art Museum

Cadence McShane Pen Winner 
The prize basket included:
- Remali 4k Ultra HD Sports Action Camera, waterproof, with carrying case and accessories 
- Fort Worth-Opoly 
- 1 bottle of wine
- $50 VISA gift card donated by Ckearney Consulting
- Admission passes to The Modern Art Museum

Door Prizes
- TEXO Swag Bag
- 1-hour session with Melissa Beasley Photography

Scholarship Winners

Both scholarships were funded with profits from the 2017 Steer Style Bingo event.
- SMPS announced Kristen Jenson as the receipient of the Southern Regional Conference Scholarship.
- Cara Pilgrim was announced as thereceipient of the Emerging Professional Scholarship.


Financials

The event’s profits exceeded $5,000. 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.  

 

BIG THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS

  • Presenting Sponsor – Stantec
  • Food Sponsor – Baird, Hampton & Brown, Inc.
  • Food Sponsor – Gorrondona & Associates, Inc.
  • Steer Pen Sponsor – The Rios Group
  • Steer Pen Sponsor – Cadence McShane Construction
  • Steer Pen Sponsor – CKearney Consulting
  • Steer Photo Sponsor – Southland Holdings
  • Entertainment Sponsor – Dunaway and Associates
  • Entertainment Sponsor – Alan Plummer Associates, Inc.
  • Dessert Sponsor providing Nothing Bundt Cakes – JQ Infrastructure
  • Table Sponsor – Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel
  • Table Sponsor – dotomation
  • Banner Sponsor – First Texas Insurance Services, L.C.
  • Banner Sponsor – White HawkEngineering and Design

 

WHAT IS THE FORT WORTH HERD?

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


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Event Recap: Build Business 2018 Show and Tell

Build Business 2018 Show and Tell

Members attended to learn insights and lessons from Build Business 2018!

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Sponsor Spotlight: CKearney Consulting

SMPS Fort Worth is thankful for the partnerships we have with our wonderful sponsors. Today, we are proud to spotlight Silver sponsor CKearney Consulting.

Do you suggle with any of these roadblocks?

  • Missing project history and resume information
  • Tracking and maintaining opportunities and hit rate
  • No time to keep company and project data up to date in the system
  • Cumbersome reporting for weekly/quarterly team meetings

These are common struggles every Marketing and Business Development professional faces at some point in time and greatly impact your efficiency and productivity!

CKearney Consulting partners with A/E/C firms to tear down these barricades and pave the way to open roads. We provide insight into Client Relationship Management (CRM) systems and processes sharing advice and guidance for optimization to increate your efficitiveness and ROI.

It’s our desire to provide quality services so our clients can live the working lifestyle they want, free from the stress of overwhelming data or an inefficient system. It’s the WHY behind what we do.

 

What our clients say….

“CKearney staff has assisted us with multiple (CRM) data imports and has helped us quickly troubleshoot problems. Their expertise and understanding of the best practices for managing large amounts of data has been extremely helpful. CKearney is a great resource!”

“It is a true value to know that someone is on top of our CRM data that we can reach out to at any given moment. CKC was able to fulfill our needs so we no longer have to worry about filling a vacant position and where we would have to train someone from the ground up. They are proactive on bringing information to our attention that needs to be addressed if there is an issue with our system or data.”

“CKC is always there and helps implement features that we otherwise wouldn't be aware of.”

 

Services

CKearney Consulting offers CRM services to meet your system and data related needs, whether you need advising, hands-on help or simply need someone to do it all for you!

About Our Founder

Courtney Kearney, CPSM is the founder and owner of CKC and is known for her love of data! She brings her marketing skills and years of experience to a technical world of databases, processes, and numbers. She is a CRM thought leader, writing white papers, leading roundtables, and giving presentations at local and national conferences. Courtney has served in several leadership roles at SMPS Fort Worth including 2017-18 President.

Contact CKearney Consulting Today | ckearneyconsulting.com

 

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Event Recap: InDesign Workshop

This spring, SMPS Fort Worth invited Julie Shaffer, CPSM, of Shaffer Creative to lead a two-day InDesign Workshop focusing on tips and tricks for building proposals faster and more efficiently. Held at Teague, Nail and Perkins’ (TNP) Fort Worth office, Julie guided a total of over 40 attendees (the second day was sold out!) through an interactive schooling on the InDesign CC workspace.

Day 1 of the workshop included tools, panels, frames, swatches, layers and styles. Attendees also received a take-home workbook with InDesign elements detailed during the day’s training. Read the full recap and see more pictures on Shaffer Creative's website

Day 2 of the workshop included more advanced proposal tips. Attendees again received a take-home workbook with InDesign elements shown during the training, including paragraph, character and object styles; next styles; nested styles; table and cell styles; scripts; custom dictionaries; table of contents creation; and plenty of shortcuts. Read the full recap and see more pictures on Shaffer Creative's website

Thank you Julie for a wonderful workshop! And thank you to Shaffer Creative for sharing the workshop recap on which this article is based.

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Event Recap: LinkedIn 2.0

Earlier this year, more than 60 attendees met at the Petroleum Club in Fort Worth to hear our panelists speak on using LinkedIn for business at our LinkedIn 2.0 seminar. Highlights and tips from the seminar included:

  • Turn inward before you turn outward by getting the stories from your team on current projects, bios, and their expertise.
  • Create templates they can use to make it easier for the internal team to share information on their jobs.
  • Do an internal training on what LinkedIn is and how it can be used so people understand how it can help the company with the right information provided from their experts.
  • Hiring an intern was also suggested.
  • How do you get staff to use the templates? - Robin targeted sales people first on how to use LinkedIn and the stories as a sales tool. Then she trained HR on how to use LinkedIn as a recruiting tool. Once they saw the success, those groups kept using it and that set up her conversation with leadership.
  • Trying to improve communication and educate the client, Vince takes pictures every time he steps onto a job site, post those and brag on the contractor teams and architects. Most of the time those teams will repost what he put on LinkedIn to give him even more exposure on what is happening at the university. Business acumen, brand awareness, and recruitment per Rachel.
  • Culture blog every 3 days, same content going out on all social media platforms. Store managers use these posts to recruit new people to apply for positions. Connect with people who are viewing the post to increase your network. Rachel does 2 photo shoots a year that can show the culture and she uses them during slow blog times. Carrie said its very time-consuming finding content for LinkedIn, so they will search for 3rd party content to post. Find targeting news conveys your companies culture or to support what you sell.
  • Each organization must have guideline on what your allowed to post or not. Never criticize anyone on your site, post lessons learned instead to make it a learning experience and keep it positive. It might be good to even make them official.
  • One way to get people excited about your company from a recruiting standpoint is to post your own interview experience and excitement about the company like Carrie did. Have a great cover photo that draws people to the page and use your people to be authentic to recruits. Rachel even wrote about her maternity leave experience and how the company helped her through it all. Another idea is to do an employee spotlight once a month to again show the real people in the office that love their jobs.
  • If you are open to learning about new opportunities or actively looking for a new position, add #ONO to your title or in your summary. This stands for “Open to New Opportunities”, and allows recruiters to do a search and find your information easier.
  • When connecting with people you haven’t physical met, send a not with the connection request. Do not just send blind connections because those will be denied.
  • Ways to measure success to leadership are the number of followers your site has, number of candidates applying for positions, how many people are viewing your post. A few people track what companies they are stealing good people from and who might be stealing their people.
  • The enterprise employer account is very expensive, $10k per seat to get access to anyone that has a profile but then you access to over 10 million people. One way to help with the cost is to move all search efforts to LinkedIn and delete other search sites. The enterprise personal account gives you more search capabilities and ways to contact more people.

 

Here’s a look at our speakers:

Moderator: Pamela Conine, CPSM

Pam is a former SMPS Fort Worth Chapter President and was co-chair of the 2017 Southern Regional Conference in Dallas. 

 

Vince Yauger, AIA CCA, CCM, LEED AP, PMP UTS Office of Facilities Planning and Construction

Mr. Yauger has 37-years’ experience in design and construction, working as a project manager for both private industry and the government sector. His construction experience covers a broad spectrum of building types, ranging from small residences to multi-million dollar multi-family high-rise, airport terminals, and higher education projects. Vince currently serves as the Senior Resident Construction Manager for the North and East Texas Regions of the University of Texas System Office of Facilities Planning and Construction - managing new construction and major renovation projects at the University of Texas at Dallas campus since 2007.

Vince earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design (Architecture) from Texas A&M University, with additional graduate studies in Architecture and Management. He holds multiple professional certifications: Project Management Professional (2011), CSI - Certified Construction Contract Administrator (2006), CMAA – Certified Construction Manager (2017), LEED Accredited Professional (2004), and Registered Architect (1999 - Texas).

 

Robin Shermer – Freese and Nichols Director of Marketing

Robin distills and transforms complex issues into communications that make brand promises clear and compelling to clients, recruits, and employees – which helps deliver long-term sales and growth for her company. With 20+ years in the corporate environment and in the A/E/C industry specifically, Robin understands the unique marketing needs of a professional services firm. Working with executives and employees at all levels, she focuses on building relationships to drive positive change.

She leads a 19-person team of communications / PR specialists and business development support professionals aimed at growing sales, reinforcing brand messaging, and promoting Freese and Nichols' great culture. With 700+ employees, Freese and Nichols, Inc. is an engineering and consulting firm serving clients across the southern United States. Freese and Nichols plans, designs and manages major water and infrastructure projects for a variety of federal, regional and local clients. It is the first engineering/architecture firm to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Learn more at www.freese.com.

 

Carrie Corcoran – BOK Financial Talent Attraction Specialist, Vice President

Carrie is a connector by design which is why she loves employer branding and telling employee stories in an authentic manner. She enjoys helping companies engage, attract and retain talent. She's crazy about the candidate experience and making sure a brand leads with heart. 

While at Hilton, she had the pleasure of managing and executing an enterprise global Glassdoor program, developed many recruitment marketing campaigns and created and delivered "Rock Your Talent Brand" LinkedIn training for recruiters. 

She's also led and developed a career site redesign, pioneered visual job descriptions and revamped the candidate experience for a contact center solutions company, shifting the focus to the candidate experience and less on the process. 

She's a closet recruiter and believes sharing is caring. Her philosophy is Job it Forward. She's always connecting people to opportunities and making introductions. She's had the pleasure of working with and connecting with phenomenal people. She believes you always get the best of others when you give the best of yourself. 

 

Rachel Kennedy – The Container Store Recruiting Manager

Rachel is the Recruiting Manager for The Container Store. She started her career leading talent acquisition at The Beck Group, a commercial architecture and construction firm headquartered in Dallas, where she built a national summer intern and college recruiting program, mentorship program, and led employee engagement & career path development. She loves her role as Recruiting Manager for The Container Store in the retail industry, focusing on strategic social media initiatives and talent acquisition. Rachel attended Austin College (home of the fighting kangaroos) and received her Master’s degree at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Outside of work, Rachel loves food, photography and spending time with her husband and baby boy.

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Event Recap: Sponsor Appreciation

SMPS Fort Worth spent Valentine’s Day Eve with our treasured chapter sponsors at our first-ever “We Love Our Sponsors” sponsor appreciation event. We treated attendees to a night of networking and fun at Acre Distilling, where we tasted the distillery’s handcrafted spirits and savory treats.

Thank you to our chapter sponsors:

Platinum Level – The Rios GroupGorrondona and Associates

Gold Level – Baird, Hampton and BrownFreese and Nichols

Silver Level – Dunaway; JQ Engineering; Braun Intertec; CKearney Consulting; Shaffer CreativeIntertek-PSI

In-Kind – PIC Printing; Craftwork CoffeeChad Cooper with Halo Branded Solutions

We are so thankful to those of you who have been with us for many years and those of you who are brand new with us! It’s been a great journey so far and we’re excited to see what the rest of the year holds.

 

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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.

Prizes

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!). 

Financials

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.  

BIG THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS

  • 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

WHAT IS THE FORT WORTH HERD?

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

 

Photos Courtesy of Daquirie Thanphirom

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Event Recap: Steer Style Bingo 2016

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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