SMPS Year End Review

No one could have predicted what this year had in store for us. From the challenges people faced on a global scale, to those faced within the state, we’ve all had to adjust to daily life in unanticipated ways.

One of the biggest struggles our membership faced this year was how to conduct our marketing and business development initiatives when most of our typical practices became unavailable. To answer this, we tried to keep our members active and informed. Our events ranged from A Path Forward, to Meet the Press with the DJC, interspersed with ongoing virtual happy hours. We were also successful in raising over $900 for the nonprofit, Rose Haven, at the Anti-Social Social winter fundraiser. Despite 2020 starting out with a few postponed events and uncertain calendar dates, we still managed to hold an array of meetings that we hope addressed some of the key concerns in taking marketing into an online-centric practice.

Although many of us haven’t seen each other in-person for months, when we did get to talk in our (virtual) roundtables or happy hours, we learned of resources in our communities, suggestions on how to handle workplace safety, and perhaps most importantly—fresh and innovative marketing strategies.

Events held this SMPS year (2019-2020)

Total: 27
Virtual: 15

September 2019: GROW Kick-Off Event

Building Tour at the Rodney

November 2019: Building tour at the Rodney

December 2019: "Anti-Social Social" Winter Fundraiser

April 2020: Virtual Happy Hour

A few favorite memories

“My favorite memory was the fun time at SMPS Trivia night. I even learned some Portland history. 

Even though my team didn’t win, I happened to meet two wonderful members I hadn’t met yet! They are now on the same committee as me, so I’m grateful I was able to connect and meet them in person at that event.”

-Ashley Dichirico, Marketing Specialist


Favorite memory from this year’s SMPS gatherings?
The cornhole tournament - back when social distancing wasn’t a thing and we could all get together for some fun while supporting charity

What was the most memorable event?
The Anti-Social Social – what a beautiful, unique, intimate social event during the holidays.

Did you learn anything new? If so, who introduced you to it?
A new way of approaching Capture Planning, as well as a tool that we can utilize within our own firms – from Lindsay Dunton at Mahlum.

-Connie Gilfillan, Business Development Manager


My favorite in-person event this year was GROW – and it’s my favorite every year! I loved catching up with everyone after the summer, and it was a great place to meet new members.

My favorite virtual event was Riding the Wave of Change: The Hi-Tech Human Connection. I learned useful and timely tips on making virtual connections that I’ve since incorporated into my video calls.

-Stephanie Doeing-Nicoletti, Associate, Marketing Manager


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