President's Message

November 2017 Print

President's Message

Happy Halloween and welcome Fall! It's hard to believe we're already jumping in to November and the holiday season is around the corner (55 days until Christmas - in case anyone is wondering!). Over the past month, your SMPS board and committee members have been hard at work developing program topics and fine-tuning some of our processes to give you the best value and experience possible. Expect to see some great new educational programming, networking events, and sponsorship opportunities announced in the coming months to ignite your professional development and help you transform your business through marketing leadership. 

SMPS Snapshot

You asked, we listened. Our Communications Committee has developed a new email digest template to take the place of individual emails for each event or announcement. The SMPS Snapshot will come out every other Tuesday with updated event information and chapter news. We hope you like the new format and welcome any kudos or suggestions!

The Communications Committee has been working overtime to streamline our information and improve our communications channels - so a HUGE thank you to Michelle Mathewson, Marina Hill, Peggy Paulsen, and Rachael Osborn. You guys are rockstars! 

To be added to our distribution list, please email Marti Martin with a request.

Apply for a Stipend to Attend PRC Napa 2017 by Fri, December 8th

As part of our commitment to reinvest in our membership, SMPS Sacramento, is offering three (3) stipends for the Pacific Regional conference registration in Napa, California. Requirements are as follows:

  • Stipend for conference registration only ($495 early registration value); travel and accommodations not included
  • Must be a current SMPS Sacramento Member
  • Winner will be asked to prepare a short summary on conference take-aways for our PRC Recap & Roundtable after the conference

Email applications to: Tracy Jenkins, SMPS Sacramento Chapter President at

More information and requirements can be found on the event page for SMPS PRC Wave in the Vineyards.

Congrats to Megan Blackwell, CPSM - Forty Under 40

Speaking of rockstars, our own Megan Blackwell, CPSM with Otto Construction was honored by the Sacramento Business Journal as one of the region's brightest and most talented up-and-comers! Megan is our CPSM Study Group Chair and also serves on the Metro EDGE Leadership Council. She'll be honored on November 15th at the 2017 Forty Under 40 Awards hosted by the Business Journal. Congrats Megan! 

Bold Brand Event Success!

The Bold Brand event, with special speaker Josh Miles, was such an informative and fun afternoon! In addition to Josh's excellent presentation, we had a wonderful time networking and enjoying happy hour drinks and snacks. I've been diving in to Josh's new book - Bold Brand 2.0 - and highly recommend it. It's truly a branding manual for AEC firms. Josh also hosts a new podcast called Obsessed with Design as well the PSM: Professional Services Marketing podcast.

Donations for North Bay Fire Victims

I want to thank all of you for your generous donations for the North Bay fire victims. We are working with a local Red Cross Fire Relief team to ensure these donations help those in need. We will be continuing our collections throughout the month of November as part of our Holiday Community Outreach effort, which will culminate in a special holiday happy hour at R15 on Tuesday, December 12th.

Welcome Breakfast for New Members

Are you new to SMPS? If you've joined within the past year, we'd love to invite you to breakfast with us! This is a chance to learn about the variety of benefits, programs, networking, and other opportunities to participate, grow, and connect with the Sacramento Chapter. This event is designed to help you gain the most out of your membership. We will be sending out emails this week to all new 2017 members with an invitation for the November breakfast.

Call for Program Champions

We are in the midst of preparing timely program topics, themes, and speaker ideas for next year's luncheons, so now is your chance to shoot us your suggestions for client panels or project tours of interest. If your firm is interested in championing and/or sponsoring one of our luncheons, this is a great opportunity to get on the calendar for 2018! Please contact me at, or our Programs Chair Lisa Thut at, with suggestions.

Opportunities for Engagement & Leadership

Have you ever wished you could learn a new marketing skill or do something different than your day-to-day tasks? Or are you looking to take your career and leadership abilities to the next level? SMPS Sacramento offers members a supportive setting to hone professional skills, take on leadership roles, engage in high-value networking...and have FUN in the process! Please visit our Committee Leaders page for more information. We are currently looking for committee members for Programs, Communications, Membership, and Awards.

Connect with Us!

In case you missed it, SMPS Sacramento has new company pages on LinkedIn and Facebook, so please connect with us and keep the conversation going! Do you have great news you want to announce, an article or blog post to suggest, or an interesting industry event to promote? We can't wait to share it with our members. Drop me an email with your information and we'll get it posted!

Job Postings

As the war for talent continues, the SMPS Sacramento job listings are a great resource to post your career opportunities. Please see our career opportunties for more information!

As Chapter President, I look forward to interacting with all of our membership and I welcome your feedback and suggestions. Please feel free to reach out to me at or (916) 383-6000.

Thank you for the opportunity to represent SMPS Sacramento!

Tracy Jenkins, CPSM
Tracy Jenkins, CPSM | SMPS Sacramento President 
Marketing Manager | IEC Corporation

Make the most of your SMPS membership by:
Attending chapter networking activities
Volunteering for one of our committees
Becoming a Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM).

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Learn more about joining SMPS today! 

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