February 2015 Print

Your Chapter at Work for You!

We are just getting started!

Shonnah Driver | Baird, Hampton & Brown, Inc. | 2014-2015 SMPS Fort Worth Chapter President

On behalf of SMPS Fort Worth, I want to wish you a very happy new year.  With the holidays recently behind us and a new year ahead full of promises – what better way to start off than to recap the last few months and share what’s on the horizon?

Our Glimpse into the Future of Campuses got our 2014-15 year rolling. We met with industry experts to talk about the future of healthcare, education, and corporate campus facilities. The conversation with BNSF, GE, Baylor Scott & White Health and UTA, who also hosted the event, provided valuable feedback on the processes these organizations use when working with consultants. With the help of Live Text Polling, we engaged our audience and discussed the future of each of these organizations, including preferred delivery method for projects, how important Green Building is to the organization.

This year we kicked off a monthly members only Tool Box Training. We have had a great deal of requests from members expressing the need for software training (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Cosential, etc) so we have decided to hold monthly meet ups at TEXO in Fort Worth. These meetings can also be used as a forum to discuss other knowledge areas within the A/E/C. From the latest in Social Media and Marketing, to Software and Proposal Writing, we have members who are experts and are willing to share that knowledge. 

In November, we met with members for a networking breakfast with guest speaker, Alfred Vidaurri, Jr. and heard an Owner’s perspective of the importance of Professional Associations, career development and marketing in the A/E/C industry.  As a member of SMPS, Mr. Vidaurri was able to share how valuable being involved, the time and the effort, can be to an organization.  He shared some great advice and knowledge for anyone in the A/E/C industry on the power of presenting yourself, looking the part, and communicating your value.

We wrapped up 2014, with a Festivus – no really, we did.  This collaborative holiday party brought together SDA, CDA, ASID, SMPS, AIA FW, CSI, Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, FWADA, IES, and USGBC for a Fort Worth Festivus! With music from The Usual Suspects and beer& wine donated by FWAC and food catered by Feastivities – it truly was one of a kind with over 200 in attendance for this first of its kind celebration in Fort Worth.

Our Board and Committees have been hard at work planning a fantastic 2015. First up we presented Delivery Methods Dissected: an up close look at trending delivery methods to better understand what the benefits and differentiators are, who the key players are, and their roles and responsibilities in the project. We heard from Johnny Campbell, Randle Harwood, Clark Sykes and Mark who shared their perspectives on best practices for the successful delivery of local projects and key tactics for teams. Moderated by our own Nancy Usrey, this program provided some valuable insight into project delivery and standing out in the crowd.

We still have some amazing things on the book for this year, and we really hope to see you!

Be sure to check out our calendar of events and follow us on facebook and twitter for the latest updates. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year and can’t wait to see how your 2015 evolves.

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How Can SMPS Benefit You?

SMPS Headquarters Overhauls Its Communications

Julie Shaffer | Shaffer Creative | SMPS Immediate Past President

You may have noticed a dramatic shift in the overall marketing communication quality of SMPS Headquarters. Although we are an organization of marketers, focused on making our companies look competitive, SMPS Headquarters did an introspective look at how it markets the organization and realized SMPS needed an image boost.

Meet Jaime Flores, SMPS’s new vice-president of marketing. Jaime brings more than 20 years of experience in branding, strategic communications, and media relations to SMPS. Prior to joining the Society, Flores was director of strategic communications for the Laborers' International Union of North America (LiUNA! Mid-Atlantic), one of the largest trade labor unions in the U.S. In his role at SMPS, he plans, develops, and implements marketing strategies, communications, and public relations activities to meet the mission and goals of the Society. And he and his team are off to an amazing start!

In addition to the overhaul of Marketer at the end of 2014, check out Jaime and his team’s “Year in Review” infographic here!

It’s exciting and inspiring to see the new communication materials coming from SMPS Headquarters!


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SMPS Fort Worth Member Spotlight

Have you met...?

Joshua Roehm

Joshua Roehm - Huitt-Zollars, Inc.

"I am an Elvis fan to the point where an Elvis impersonator sang at my wedding..." 

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Speaking from Experience

10 Tips on How to Get the Most Out of Your Organizational Involvement

Jen Yoder

Jennifer C. Yoder, CPSM

We all know life can get packed full of meetings, deadlines, and responsibilities – and those are just in your professional world. It is easy to stay chained to your desk or be hyper-focused on internal matters. But, it’s important to your company, and yourself, that you get out of the office every once in a while, mingle with other professionals, and give back to your industry, even if it has to be on your personal time. This will not only help improve your firm’s brand, but your personal brand as well.

1. Get Involved

You get out of any organization what you put into it. The more you put into an organization, the more rewarding the experience will be. Start with joining a committee and you will find yourself developing a new level of relationships, and respect. 

2. Become a Leader

Elevate your service over time and take on new responsibilities. Board service is the ultimate experience in leadership development from lessons in ethics, accountability, leadership, group dynamics, and crisis management and communications. It is also a great way to develop and disseminate a strong personal brand.


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Program Recap

Relationships, Relationships, Relationships! Delivery Methods Dissected - Program Recap

A great program to start out the year of 2015!

On January 15th, SMPS Fort Worth rang in the New Year with a rock-star panel program focusing on alternative delivery methods.  Nancy Usrey FSMPS, CPSM moderated our panel and walked us through a few of these trending delivery methods, including Design Build (DB), Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR), and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) by drawing from our panel’s expertise as well as her own.

Some of the local projects discussed included Sundance Square Plaza, and the Fort Worth Fire and Police Training Center. No matter the project though, the message was clear: the most crucial component of a successful alternative delivery method project is the PEOPLE involved. Mark Linenberger, GM Linbeck Construction, explained that when choosing a team for an upcoming project, he prefers to compile a team of individuals, rather than a team of firms. Taking the time to peel back the layers of the individuals on the team leads to the level of trust necessary for an alternative delivery project to be successful. Whether you’re the owner or the contractor, trust and complete transparency is the key to innovative solutions.


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Calendar of Events

Don't Miss These Events!

Join SMPS Fort Worth as we host educational events, professional development sessions, leadership opportunities, marketing resources and networking—all to help you boost your career and build strong relationships with others in your industry.

Fort Worth has a style and attitude all its own, and our chapter reflects the Fort Worth way of doing business: everyone is welcome!


ACE Mentor Program - Volunteer Opportunity

We will be serving the community through the ACE Mentor Program.

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SMPS Fort Worth Toolbox Training - SRC Recap

A Member's Only event where we will discuss how we are using what we learned at SRC.

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Fast & Furious - Growth and Development in Fort Worth

Join us as we discuss what’s in store for our community in the not-too-far off future. 

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