2019 Marketing Excellence Awards

April 10, 2019
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Exchange Ballroom
123 NE 3rd Ave
Portland, OR 97232
Venue website

The awards ceremony is an opportunity for professionals to showcase their best marketing practices and to educate the industry about the critical role of marketing and business development in successful firms. This competition is open to SMPS members and non-members as a way to celebrate all work within the industry. We are very excited to have presidents from other SMPS chapters judging the Headliner awards along with three local industry professionals judging the Marketing Communication awards. To make the submission process easier, the criteria for the Marketing Communication awards is now aligned with the national criteria.

Nominations are now closed for 2019! See you at the gala!

People’s Choice Award

On the night of the gala, poster boards submitted for the Marketing Communications Awards will be displayed and gala attendees will have the opportunity to cast their ballots for the best overall submission.


4:30-5:30 Networking and People’s Choice Voting
5:30-6:00 Marketing Achievement Awards
6:00-6:45 Marketing and Communications Awards
6:45-7:00 Plated Dessert and Champagne Toast


Parking can be challenging in the Burnside Bridgehead area, so we strongly urge you to plan ahead! Please consider public transportation or ride-sharing services. Parking is available at the Oregon Convention Center and other nearby lots. Please see the venue's map for further directions.

Meet the Judges

Alison Tierney found her passion for professional services as an in-house marketer at Kittelson, a local transportation engineering firm. She has continued this journey at Kinesis, where she’s worked for more than seven years with a wide range of B2B companies. A team of business strategists with a marketing edge, Kinesis helps business leaders achieve their growth goals in two ways: winning right-fit customers and engaging top talent. With the help of Kinesis’ philosophy and people, marketing transforms from a surface-level activity to a focused driver of business success.

Nick Bjork is a Group Publisher with BridgeTower Media, the business-to-business publication division of GateHouse Media. He oversees the building industry publications and information products for the company, including direct oversight of the Daily Journal of Commerce in Portland, OR. Nick sits on several committees for both construction industry and newspaper industry trade organizations, as well as his current role on the Oregon Health Authority’s Opioid Health Education Campaign Change Advisory Team. He is a proud fifth-generation Oregonian and currently resides in Portland with his beautiful wife Karina and adorable daughter Vivan. He has a B.A. in Rhetoric & Media Studies from Lewis & Clark College where he first fell in love with journalism and civic engagement.

Matt Watson is the President and Creative Director of Watson Creative, a research-based creative agency. As a designer, Matt earned his stripes working for Lippincott, a global leader in brand design based in NYC, before moving back to Oregon. There, he spent over ten years at Nike as a designer in several key business categories. Today, he and his team at Watson Creative support a diversity of professional sports teams, health organizations, and global and local brands. His work and writings have been featured in over 50 publications, seven documentary films, as well as at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Matt graduated with honors from Oregon State University in Applied Visual Arts. 


$55.00 Member Ticket

$65.00 Non-Member Ticket


Refund Policy

Refund requests must be received at least 48 hours prior to the event. No refunds can be given with less than 48-hour notice. No shows will be charged. 

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