Event Recap: Meet the Press

On December 5, 2018, The Society for Marketing Professional Services hosted an event for over 80 attendees, where media professionals covering the built industry answered questions regarding the 2019 media outlook. Proceeds from the event went to Rose Haven – a day shelter and community center serving women, children and gender non-conforming persons experiencing the traumas of abuse, homelessness, and other disruptive life challenges.

Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Oregon, a nationally recognized and multi-state program delivering career-focused education to marketers and business developers in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (A|E|C) industry, held its annual Holiday Fundraiser, with a twist of media attention titled, Meet the Press.  Meet the Press offered marketers in the professional services industries the valuable opportunity to interact and get to know local business reporters. The event was moderated by Allison McCormick of AM:PM PR, and featured Sam Tenney, Daily Journal of Commerce; Jon Bell, Portland Business Journal; Elliot Njus, The Oregonian; and Stephanie Basalyga, Portland Business Tribune. Attendees learned how to approach and cultivate a strong press engagement strategy in order to secure media access for their firms.

SMPS will be donating 50% of the net ticket sales, and 100% of raffle ticket sales, to the local non-profit, Rose Haven. Liz Starke, Development Manager at Haven Rose Haven, kicked-off the evening discussing how Rose Haven makes it their mission to provide a safe and productive place for women and children suffering from traumatic experiences, and disruptive life challenges, such as the loss of a home or abuse. In 2017 Rose Haven provided 20,106 meals, 5,105 hygiene kits, 7,540 diapers, 4,703 education and social activities, 961 medical screenings, and 4,473 advocacy meetings.

Parcel Portland donated the events raffle prize – a luxurious, curated gift box valued at $250, featuring locally sourced goods in their signature keepsake, wooden box, handcrafted in the Pacific Northwest. Additional sponsors were KPFF, S|EA, and Mertz & Company. Patti Mertz, founder of Mertz & Company, was one of the founding SMPS Oregon Chapter members. It was a delight to have her as a sponsor, and in attendance. Cheryl McIntosh Photography captured the festive evening.

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