Event Recap: GROW with SMPS 2019

SMPS Oregon kicked off their first event of the year on September 26 at Chown’s Eleanor event space. We hosted 75 marketing and business development professionals from the A/E/C industry, welcoming chapter members and future members to the 2019/20 season. McKenzie Richardson, SMPS Oregon President, and Cheryl McIntosh, SMPS Oregon Membership Director, opened the event by introducing the 2019/20 Board of Directors and dove into an overview of SMPS and the member benefits. Attendees learned all about the SMPS Oregon committees, met the Board of Directors, and networked with other marketers within their industry.

Guests of the GROW event participated in Speed Networking Bingo. This was a fun and easy way to break the ice and meet new people. If you didn’t make it to the event, you can participate in the next SMPS Oregon speed-networking event we have planned for May 2020. Congratulations to Russell Kofford with WRK Engineers on winning the free one-year membership fee (valued at $440)!

Getting Involved

If you’re a new member, the best way to get to know any organization is to get hands on and begin working as a volunteer. SMPS is no different. There are many different ways you can get involved. Step one is to select a committee to work with, because that’s how volunteerism works at SMPS Oregon.

Most new members begin their SMPS experience by choosing one or two different committees to participate on. How you participate is up to you… you can start slowly and do only a little now and then, or you can jump in with both feet and ask for as many assignments as you can handle. To begin the process, you can either contact our Membership Director to talk about all the possibilities, or you can contact any of our Committee Directors to discuss what their needs might be.

Now is also the best time to sign up for SMPS Roundtables! And keep an eye out - we will be hosting a range of social, educational, career and business-building events throughout the year.

Joining SMPS

If you are not a member, but you are interested in joining SMPS Oregon…YOU SHOULD! With 213 SMPS Oregon Chapter members and over 7,000 members nationally, signing up to become a member can transform your business and your career through marketing leadership. Through networking, educational opportunities, and industry-leading research, SMPS members gain a competitive advantage in positioning their firms successfully in the marketplace. On top of that, SMPS offers its members ongoing professional development, leadership opportunities, and marketing resources to advance their careers. Refer a Friend Program to SMPS and get a 3-month extension on your SMPS membership. Sign up to become a member at: www.smps.org/join/

Thank you to all the event attendees and our Membership Committee for putting on GROW! To learn more about SMPS Oregon membership, volunteer committees, roundtables and events, contact SMPS Membership Director, Cheryl McIntosh at [email protected]

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