Vote for the 2020-2021 SMPS Oregon Board of Directors!

The nominations are in and now we need your final votes for the 2020-2021 Board of Directors!

Each year, the Nominations and Elections Committee, which is comprised of the current President, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, Secretary, and Treasurer, issues a Call for Nominations to our membership for various available Board of Directors positions. Nominations were submitted by June 12. 

This year’s open positions and eligible candidates are listed below. Read on to learn about the qualifications for each nominee!

As an SMPS Oregon member, you can vote for the nominees in this survey: The 2020-21 SMPS Oregon Board Nominees

President

Angie Cole

What in your background and experience uniquely qualifies you for this position?

I joined SMPS Oregon when I first moved to Oregon 6 years ago. SMPS has been a terrific experience that has allowed me to be play various roles in support of our mission - “Business Transformed Through Marketing Leadership.”  When I joined the chapter in 2015, I volunteered on the Education and Programs Committee and was a mentee on the Mentorship Committee.  Over the course of the last 3 years I have served as the Director of Special Events helping the chapter re-work the Awards Ceremony and helped create the immensely successful Boards, Bags and Brews event.  This past-year I served as President-Elect supporting our President and while focusing on obtaining valuable annual sponsorships for the chapter.  With the disruptive changes at the beginning of 2020 brought on by the Coronavirus Pandemic, I am helping adjust our strategic direction with regard to sponsorships in order to boost the profile of our annual sponsors.  In addition to SMPS, I have also served two terms as the Director of Marketing for CREW Portland, am developing a new website, a fresh social media strategy, and designating roles and responsibilities for each of the volunteers on that committee.

What management and/or leadership skills do you have that uniquely qualify you for this position?

I am currently the Director of Marketing for Lorentz Bruun Construction where I serve in a management capacity and assist in the strategic direction of the brand.  I have redeveloped and defined our marketing, business development, and communication strategy. Additionally, I took charge of redesigning and launching our new website.  Within the last year, I have been able to train a marketing coordinator to help tackle on some of the numerous tasks that we as marketers juggle every day.  I also have additional leadership experience with the non-profit ACE Mentor Program of Oregon, where I served on their board for the last 6 years and helped raise money to send high school kids to pursue a degree in the Architecture, Engineering or Construction Management industry.  I also served on a non-profit board in 2018 for an organization where we needed to make difficult decisions regarding financial and cultural decisions in an effort to ensure the mission and goals were still accomplished during difficult circumstances.

Why do you want to be a board member? Are there areas of chapter work or responsibilities that especially interest you? Are there specific accomplishments you want to contribute in the coming term(s)?

I am proud to have volunteered and served in SMPS Oregon for the past 6 years and I am looking forward to leading the chapter through these unprecedented times.  My goal for this upcoming year is simple - to provide a chapter that is welcoming to new members, a resource for all of our members to grow their skills, and a space that will help build a culture of openness and inclusion. Our chapter will promote inclusivity and encourage members to work together not just as marketers but also as resources to one another for future work. I will represent the society with integrity and zeal and I will serve ethically as your 2020 President.

 

President-Elect

Kaitlin Virding

What in your background and experience uniquely qualifies you for this position?

I was part of the SMPS Oregon Communications Committee for four years tasked with promoting and communicating our events and other member news. In that time, I've become familiar with the tactics that work best to reach our members. I also gained experience managing a committee of 7 and best practices on how to do so effectively. In my most recent SMPS role as PRC representative, I was given the experience of communicating to a much wider audience. This experience also allowed me to learn from other chapters. In my position at MacKay Sposito, I have been the department manager for five years, managing staff, budgets, and firm-wide marketing and strategic plans. I hope to take all that I've learned and apply it in the President-Elect role.

What management and/or leadership skills do you have that uniquely qualify you for this position?

I have managed the Business Development department at MacKay Sposito, which includes 2 employees, for 5 years. In my role as Director of Communications for SMPS Oregon I managed 7 committee members. Both of these roles have provided me ample experience in management and running a successful team and work plan.

Why do you want to be a board member? Are there areas of chapter work or responsibilities that especially interest you? Are there specific accomplishments you want to contribute in the coming term(s)?

I would really like to find a way to continue my involvement on the SMPS Board. I have been involved at the committee and director level for several years and now I feel that I have more to offer the chapter. A specific accomplishment I want to contribute is to provide overall leadership. There are going to be several new directors coming into a challenging year for SMPS. I want to help every director feel successful and our members feel valued.

 

Secretary

Lisa Schauer

What in your background and experience uniquely qualifies you for this position?

I love working in and for A/E/C organizations. Our industry is the economic development and recovery engine for our region. I have served in the roles of Business Development Manager, Vice President of Business Development, and Chief Operations Officer. I was a major shareholder for a regional engineering firm as the first non-Engineer, non-Surveyor, and the first female.

What management and/or leadership skills do you have that uniquely qualify you for this position?

My first position as Business Development Manager was the first dedicated marketing position. I understand the numerous roles a business development / marketer must plan to advance a firm. Having lead the firm through a massive transformation from a private land development firm to a energy firm during the recession and having lead a major contract win that catapulted our firm from 90 employees to close to 200, I understand the importance of both leading and following.

Why do you want to be a board member? Are there areas of chapter work or responsibilities that especially interest you? Are there specific accomplishments you want to contribute in the coming term(s)?

I have always appreciated the important role SMPS played in our industry but I haven't had the capacity to invest in getting more involved. I am excited to have the opportunity to listen, to learn, and to be part of the leadership team at SMPS!

 

Treasurer

Nicole Haman

What in your background and experience uniquely qualifies you for this position?

13+ years of AEC marketing experience; 5+ years as a member of SMPS Oregon; CPSM; served as Treasurer Chair for the last year to prepare for role.

What management and/or leadership skills do you have that uniquely qualify you for this position?

Organized; detailed oriented; experience managing a group of four marketers; see question above

Why do you want to be a board member? Are there areas of chapter work or responsibilities that especially interest you? Are there specific accomplishments you want to contribute in the coming term(s)?

I've been involved in various roles with SMPS Oregon for the last five years and am looking to continue my involvement, but with an increased level of responsibility. Serving on the Board of Directors feels like a natural progression and provides me with an opportunity to utilize my expertise and give back to SMPS Oregon as a volunteer.

 

Director of Membership

Leah Lukrofka

What in your background and experience uniquely qualifies you for this position?

Marketing / Coordinating / Event Planning 

I have been in the A/E/C industry for 7 years & worked for VLMK for over 5 years. 

I have been a part of SMPS for 7 years. 

I have built a strong connection with other SMPS members.   

I have served on the SMPS membership committee in the past.

What management and/or leadership skills do you have that uniquely qualify you for this position?

At VLMK,  I lead monthly Front Office meetings, I manage the majority of our events (summer picnic, staff birthdays, potlucks, our Annual Open House).

I have served on the SMPS Board as the Secretary for the last two years. I was previously on the membership committee. 

I have managed my daughter’s soccer team which includes fundraisers, booking travel and other details related to out-of-state tournaments. Communication with families, coaches and players. 

I have co-chaired school auctions and been in charge of various committees (procurement and sponsorship). 

Why do you want to be a board member? Are there areas of chapter work or responsibilities that especially interest you? Are there specific accomplishments you want to contribute in the coming term(s)?

I have a natural willingness to help and interest to keep people connected. I am a strong believer in the SMPS organization. I want to continue to stay connected and volunteer my time to better the Oregon chapter. Membership is a great platform for me to be that advocate for the organization. I enjoy being a part of the Board and learning from others. I look forward to working with the Membership committee members. I look forward to doing great things for our members and building the chapter as well. 

 

Director of Education

Kelsey Parpart

What in your background and experience uniquely qualifies you for this position?

I have served as the Education director for two different chapters for two years. I am also a CPSM.

What management and/or leadership skills do you have that uniquely qualify you for this position?

I have four years of A/E/C management experience.

Why do you want to be a board member? Are there areas of chapter work or responsibilities that especially interest you? Are there specific accomplishments you want to contribute in the coming term(s)?

It is a great opportunity to meet people within the industry and to give back to an organization that has been important to my career development.

 

Director of Communications

Ashley Dichirico

What in your background and experience uniquely qualifies you for this position?

I've held a few different positions on the communications committee, so I am very familiar with the tasks involved. I've helped many companies and organizations over the years with their communication needs so I feel comfortable with what's involved. 

I've known most of the board members for years and would like to assist this fun and active chapter however possible.

What management and/or leadership skills do you have that uniquely qualify you for this position?

I've been helping train and manage Turner's new Marketing Coordinator, teaching her all about the A/E/C industry, which has been exciting. 

I enjoy organizing and encouraging a bright team of people who enjoy volunteering, grow while pursing the chapters' goals.

Why do you want to be a board member? Are there areas of chapter work or responsibilities that especially interest you? Are there specific accomplishments you want to contribute in the coming term(s)?

I feel that I can help the board, even in this sudden shift to virtual. I'd like to keep the chapter members connected even if we can't have in-person events for the foreseeable future. It's important to have a support system of fellow marketers, especially in stressful times.

 

Director at Large

Paige Viehouser

What in your background and experience uniquely qualifies you for this position?

I have been involved in the SMPS Oregon Chapter for 25 years and have held many board positions, including Chapter President.

What management and/or leadership skills do you have that uniquely qualify you for this position?

Served as President of the SMPS Oregon Chapter in 2004-2005. Principal and Board member of Catena Consulting Engineers.

Why do you want to be a board member? Are there areas of chapter work or responsibilities that especially interest you? Are there specific accomplishments you want to contribute in the coming term(s)?

SMPS has been a significant part of my career development. This is an organization that I want to see continue to flourish and will assist in any way that I can.

 

Director of Industry Outreach

Sharon Everett

What in your background and experience uniquely qualifies you for this position?

I was the Education Committee Director from September 2015 - May 2017 and before that I was the committee chair for two years. The Industry Outreach Committee is very similar with the structure and goals of events and I'm confident I'll be able to lead the committee to plan events that members will enjoy and line up with the goals of SMPS Oregon.

What management and/or leadership skills do you have that uniquely qualify you for this position?

My role at my company is Marketing Manager. I'm very skilled at herding cats for proposals but I also plan events for my company. 

Why do you want to be a board member? Are there areas of chapter work or responsibilities that especially interest you? Are there specific accomplishments you want to contribute in the coming term(s)?

I enjoy the collaboration with other people in my field and to have a say in what programs we provide for members and non-members of SMPS. I'd like to further define what the Industry Outreach committee does as right now it seems to be a catch-all between Education, Special Events and Programs committees. Once we have a true definition of what the Industry Outreach committee does, we can plan events that cater to the appropriate audience.

 

Director of Programs

Angel Benavidez

What in your background and experience uniquely qualifies you for this position?

I currently belong to: AIA, CREW, CCIM, CAB, CEIC, SMPS, IIDA, and NAIOP and I currently serve as the committee chair for SMPS Membership.  I support 2 committees for Crew (Programs), and Sponsorship. I am currently on 1 committee with NAIOP (Membership). I also manage and coordinate conventions (planning and logistics) and meeting events of groups of 6,000 people.  I will be doing less with CREW and desire to be a lot more active with SMPS. I think with my involvement with all of the above I can bring a lot of ideas. 

What management and/or leadership skills do you have that uniquely qualify you for this position?

For over 31 years I have worked in Director roles within 2 firms. I have managed Business Development and Marketing departments during those 31 years. I have trained multiple individuals. I have been able to navigate the firms through recessions by producing results during recessions. The last 2 recessions we had a record amount of work and record profits. Currently our firm is on pace to do 3 times the amount of volume that we did last year all due to our marketing and business development techniques. 

Why do you want to be a board member? Are there areas of chapter work or responsibilities that especially interest you? Are there specific accomplishments you want to contribute in the coming term(s)?

I want to be more active with SMPS. I was a member in years past and have always thought highly of SMPS. I currently sit on the Board of Directors for our firm and have full support. I feel that with my depth in the industry and business development responsibilities and working with different non-profit organizations I bring a lot more to the board and the SMPS Programs Committee. I want to support the chapter in their growth through the planning of programs and networking events, especially during these unprecedented times.

 

Emily Foltz

What in your background and experience uniquely qualifies you for this position?

Accomplished marketing and business development director offering 20 years of experience driving revenue through building and maintaining client relationships for firms focused on the built environment – Architecture, Engineering, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, Cost Consulting, Commercial Real Estate, and Commercial Development. Charismatic, driven, curious, and creative marketer leverages exemplary oral, written, and graphic communication skills with an extensive professional network to establish presence and build a positive brand, while fostering continuous client engagement. Adept at working effectively to achieve goals as a cross-functional team member and as individual contributor.

What management and/or leadership skills do you have that uniquely qualify you for this position?

-Former SMPS Oregon Board Member (Industry Outreach Lead)

-Marketing and Business Development Manager at JLD Cost Consulting (current)

-President at Emily Foltz Consulting (2017-2019)

-Marketing Manager at ZGF (2014-2017)

Why do you want to be a board member? Are there areas of chapter work or responsibilities that especially interest you? Are there specific accomplishments you want to contribute in the coming term(s)?

I would like to see membership grow and also include members outside of marketing roles. 

Sold-out Market Mixer.

Increase my net- and friend-work

 

Director of Professional Development

Carly Schaefer

What in your background and experience uniquely qualifies you for this position?

For the past two years, I have served as chair of the Professional Development Committee. In this role, I was able to support the current Director of Professional Development, Kelly Johnson, and learn about the responsibilities with this position. In addition, I have been a member of the senior marketers roundtable for three years. Part of the Director of Professional Development’s role includes coordinating the roundtable program so my current and active involvement is important experience.

From 2006-2015 I served on the SMPS Seattle Board of Directors, including serving as President from 2012-2013. This experience has given me a thorough understanding of what is needed and expected as an SMPS chapter board member/director. In addition, it has given me valuable insight and experience that I can bring to my role on the SMPS Oregon board. Furthermore, through my 15 years as a SMPS member I have developed relationships with SMPS chapter leaders across the country. These relationships may help bring new ideas to Oregon, inspired from our colleagues in other chapters.

I have grown up in the A/E/C industry. I began as Marketing Assistant, then became Marketing Coordinator, Marketing Manager, and recently Director of Marketing and Business Development. I have also worked at a small local firm, a large global firm, and a mid-sized regional firm. My work experience and background will be beneficial in my role as Director of Professional Development because I understand what members are looking for in terms of professional development at different stages of their careers.

Through SMPS, I have benefitted from the opportunity to gain additional education and experience related to marketing and the A/E/C industry. I am an advocate for SMPS throughout the A/E/C community.

What management and/or leadership skills do you have that uniquely qualify you for this position?

I have many management and leadership skills that qualify me for this position including the following:

  • Clear communicator: I am a clear communicator, which is a valuable trait when interacting with the Oregon Chapter’s membership and Board of Directors. I do well at articulating my ideas and opinions while also listening to the ideas of others.
  • Commitment and follow-through: I take my commitments seriously. Through my previous SMPS leadership experience I understand the commitment needed to serve on the board including attendance at all board meetings and involvement with chapter activities. I excel at ensuring details are taken care of and tasks are completed on-time and accurately.
  • Strategic thinking: Through my professional and past SMPS leadership experience, I have become very good at strategically thinking and developing action plans to accomplish an organization’s or committee’s goals. I’m able to strategize and implement the big picture goals of the organization, while also assisting with the details and implementation.
  • Supportive resource: I pride myself on being a supportive leader and manager. I believe my skills will prove valuable as Director of Professional Development because a key part of the position is supporting our amazing roundtable facilitators while helping the program continue to thrive.

Why do you want to be a board member? Are there areas of chapter work or responsibilities that especially interest you? Are there specific accomplishments you want to contribute in the coming term(s)?

I would love an opportunity to join the SMPS Oregon Board of Directors because I enjoy sharing my ideas and time with an organization whose mission and work is extremely beneficial for members in our industry. I attribute a significant amount of my own professional development to SMPS, and it would be an honor to continue giving back to the organization.

An area of chapter work that is particularly important to me is the success of our roundtable program. I believe roundtables provide significant opportunities for professional development and networking. These are important member benefits, and I’m committed to ensuring the program’s success. I also think it is critical that we continue providing roundtable opportunities that appeal to members with varied career experiences and leadership roles.

If selected as Director, I plan to connect with roundtable facilitators to find out what is and isn’t working. I think it would also be helpful to have a facilitator meeting and share best practices. Similarly, it would be helpful to survey the membership in an effort to gain feedback on what is and is not working for the membership in terms of roundtables. In light of COVID and changes to events, it’s important that members continue to find benefit with roundtables, even if virtual.

If given the opportunity to join the Board of Directors, I would also support the President and other Board Members in whatever is necessary. Through a team effort, the Board of Directors can continue to ensure that SMPS Oregon is the premier organization for marketers in the A/E/C industry.

 

Director of Special Events

Zoey O’Donnell

What in your background and experience uniquely qualifies you for this position?

I have served as the SPE director for one year so far, and the chair before that. I also have outside AEC experience in similar committees and volunteer positions. 

What management and/or leadership skills do you have that uniquely qualify you for this position?

My leadership style typically puts me in the laissez-faire category. I prefer to work as a team and delegate tasks without micromanaging. I think the biggest benefit of volunteering on an SMPS committee is the chance to learn and practice aspects of professional marketing/BD you wouldn't normally be exposed to at your day job, and as the director I'm just there to keep the ship on course and provide resources as necessary. 

Why do you want to be a board member? Are there areas of chapter work or responsibilities that especially interest you? Are there specific accomplishments you want to contribute in the coming term(s)?

I like the opportunity to meet new people, and learn new skills. Leadership is a never-ending lesson and being a board member so far has allowed me more chance to learn from others and practice. I'd love to actually HOLD some events this year, including a re-designed awards. 

 

Regional Conference Liaison

Greg Fritz

What in your background and experience uniquely qualifies you for this position?

I have been PRC Rep for three years and have a good working knowledge of what the job requires and how it works. Also as BD Manager I have a good network throughout the region to tap for PRC.

What management and/or leadership skills do you have that uniquely qualify you for this position?

I have been a manager at PBS for 5 years and have held multiple management positions at other companies. Although PRC Rep really does not require pure management, it often does require leadership which I have exhibited both in my job and within SMPS as Communication Director, Treasurer, and Past PRC Rep.

Why do you want to be a board member? Are there areas of chapter work or responsibilities that especially interest you? Are there specific accomplishments you want to contribute in the coming term(s)?

I like being able to contribute to an organization that helped me form my career. PRC Rep also helps me to maintain my network while giving back.

 

Marie Franklin

What in your background and experience uniquely qualifies you for this position?

While developing my career within the A/E/C industry, I have simultaneously planned and coordinated events ranging from small intimate weddings to large corporate functions, for the last seven years. My event/hospitality experience paired with my marketing career within the A/E/C industry uniquely qualifies me for the PRC Representative position.

What management and/or leadership skills do you have that uniquely qualify you for this position?

As a leader I possess a calm, patient, and thoughtful approach backed by an immense drive to perform. I care deeply about people while holding each member accountable to a higher standard. I eagerly take on new functional responsibilities that align with my skill-set and assert my influence in areas where I see a need for improvement.  These attributes align with skills required to organize and execute a large regional conference.  

Why do you want to be a board member? Are there areas of chapter work or responsibilities that especially interest you? Are there specific accomplishments you want to contribute in the coming term(s)?

I want to become a board member to explore and become more involved within different areas of SMPS. I also attended PRC last year and gained a lot from the experience. I enjoy serving on the membership committee, and plan to continue. If I were elected as the PRC Representative, I hope to accomplish, along with my other representatives, a successful, engaging and rewarding Pacific Regional Conference. 

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