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SMPS Hosts Free Vendor EXPO

The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) is hosting its first ever Vendor EXPO from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 27 at the Arizona Small Business Association’s Business Education Center, 4600 E. Washington Street, Suite 340, Phoenix. 

This open house style vendor fair – sponsored by AZRE – has attracted some of the best Arizona businesses that cater to the A/E/C industries, including: printers, designers, promotional product groups, caterers, photographers and more. Attendees will have many chances to win exciting giveaways, happening every hour on the hour, so they should be sure to bring plenty of business cards.

We are thrilled that the response to this event has been so positive”, said, SMPS Programs Director, Julie Solomon. “It is sure to be a fun and informative day.”

Although this is a free event, attendees and their interested co-workers and friends are asked to pre-register at

http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6877692363#.

The DWL Architects+Planners team working on its structure on build day of the 2013 Canstruction competition.  The competition donated more than 45,000 cans of food to the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

For More Than 30 Years, Arizona Chapter of SMPS Has Been Helping Build Relationships

 

This year marks the 31st anniversary of the founding of the Arizona Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), a community of marketing and business development professionals working to secure profitable business relationships for the architecture, engineering and construction (A/E/C) firms they support.

SMPS chapter masterFounded in 1983, the Arizona chapter is part of a wider network of 59 chapters and 6,000 members nationwide.

Starting out with just 12 members in its founding year, SMPS Arizona has grown to a community of 130 committed members throughout the state.

“Over 38% of our members have been a part of the organization for seven years or more,” said Kristi Bigelow, Marketing Manager at David Evans and Associates and 2012-2013 SMPS Arizona Chapter President.

“These veteran members – myself included – are focused on giving back to the professional organization that helped build our careers and provides us with opportunities to grow, learn and contribute to Arizona’s development over the past 31 years,” Bigelow said.

Getting back to the roots of the organization’s mission to advocate for, educate, and connect leaders in the building industry, SMPS Arizona offers regular educational seminars, specialized marketing training, and regional conferences.

On April 18 the chapter is hosting a panel of economic development directors from Metro Phoenix government organizations to discuss their plans for their respective regions and what infrastructure is needed to support those plans. Later in the month, the organization is sponsoring graphic design software training for members.

“I have been an architect for a decade now, but my eyes had been closed to the world of marketing and business development until I was introduced to SMPS in October of last year,” said Nicole Posten-Thompson, SMPS member and Project Architect at Brock, Craig & Thacker Architects.

“I continue to learn daily – through interactions with SMPS members and through SMPS programs and trainings – how to grow my business and engage with clients in a way I never knew possible.”

The chapter is also finding meaningful ways to engage Arizona A/E/C professionals in ways that benefit the local community. For seven years, SMPS Arizona has partnered with the Society for Design Administration to organize the Valley’s annual Canstruction competition.

This year the competition pitted 11 teams made up of 29 different A/E/C firms against one another to design and build elaborate themed structures using more than 45,000 cans of food, all of which are donated at the end of the two-week event to benefit the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

“I enjoy that SMPS gives me an opportunity to get to know and work with a very talented and like-minded group of people who believe in and enjoy giving back to the community,” said 2012-2013 Canstruction Committee co-chair, Jennifer Schaefer.

For more information on SMPS Arizona membership or events, please visit the website at smpsarizona.org, or contact Chapter President, Kristi Bigelow at kbigelow@deainc.com.

Written by Sara Libby, Marketing Manager at SWCA Environmental Consultants.

 

The People’s Choice winner, chosen by the public via social media and ballots located at the build site, was the team of HDR, Sundt and CH2M Hill.

The Valley's AEC Community Gives Back Once More at the 7th Annual Canstruction Competition

 

 

The Valley’s 7th Annual Canstruction Design-Build Competition returned to the West Building of the Phoenix Convention Center in March, with 11 competing teams comprised of 29 different companies within the architecture, engineering and construction industry.

The goal: to design and built structures using more than 45,000 cans of food. At the end of the two-week event, all food and cash donations were donated to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

Canstruction has become one of the largest single-event donations for the Food Bank, with more than 52,000 cans used to construct incredibly imaginative designs. All the non-perishable items used helped fill the more than 30,000 emergency food boxes St. Mary’s distributes into the community each month.

The international competition is hosted by the Arizona Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) under the auspices of the Society for Design Administration (SDA).

The committee of AEC industry volunteers begins planning the event every fall and relies on sponsorship money and in-kind donations from the community to execute the event. Teams who participate are responsible for acquiring their own canned food.

Many teams solicit donations from local businesses, project clients and fellow employees to help cover the costs of their structures. The average structure uses approximately 3,900 cans. This year, the structure from DWL Architects + Planners entitled “ICan….sCAn,” was constructed using 6,158 cans of tuna.

Awards in five categories were handed out at the awards mixer held recently at My Big Fat Greek Restaurant at Arizona Center.

Award winners included the Juror’s Favorite Be “The Voice” of Hunger, designed and constructed by the team of Deutsch Architecture Group, Transact Commercial Furnishings, Jokake Construction, Benson Systems and JLC Consulting Group.

The People’s Choice winner, chosen by the public via social media and ballots located at the build site, was the team of HDR, Sundt and CH2M Hill.

Additional award winners included DWL Architects + Planners for Best Use of Labels; SmithgroupJJR/DPR Construction for Best Meal; Corporate Interior System, Gensler, SPS+Architects and Holder Construction for Structural Ingenuity; Honorable Mention went to the team of HKS, Kitchell and CCRD.

CANstruction not only raises awareness of the issue of hunger but provides food to fight the problem on the front lines.

For more information on the event or how your firm can participate visit smpsarizona.org/canstruction. Photos and video from this year’s event can also be found via social media at facebook.com/phoenixcanstruction.

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'Canstruction' 2012 Aims to Demolish Hunger

Competing teams of architectural, engineering and construction firms will both showcase their talents and feed the hungry when the CANstruction ® 2012 competition and judging takes place March 31 through April 7 at its new home, the Phoenix Convention Center’s West Building, 1003 N. 3rd St.

Now in its sixth year, the CANstruction competition will again benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and will be hosted by The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), Arizona chapter, under the auspices of the Society for Design Administration (SDA). The event has become one of the largest single-event donations for the Food Bank, with more than 56,000 cans used to construct incredibly imaginative designs last year, with all the non-perishable items used earmarked to help fill the more than 300,000 Emergency Food Boxes St. Mary’s distributes into the community annually.

The teams, which will include high school and college-aged design students working alongside some of the professional firms, have 12 hours to build their structures on the morning of Saturday, March 31 at the convention center. The completed structures will be on display for the public to see beginning March 31 and continuing through Friday April 6. During the exhibition, the public may cast their vote for the AIA Phoenix Metro People’s Choice Award and donate canned food to food drive boxes positioned around the exhibits.

Other awards will be given for Best Use of Labels, Best Meal, Structural Ingenuity and Jurors’ Favorite by a panel of judges. Winning teams will be publicly honored at an Awards & Networking Mixer on Tuesday, April 3. Winners from local competitions around the nation will compete in the national Canstruction competition through a slideshow photography submission.

“ CANstruction is a unique way to raise awareness and non-perishable items for the Food Bank,” said Terry Shannon, the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance President and CEO. “We are excited to be involved in the event for the sixth year and, as always, are very curious to see what kind of incredible structures will be created by these innovative minds.”

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