SMPS Seattle Blog

 Subscribe via RSS 

August's Theme is Be Remarkable

by Amy Matsumoto, KPFF Consulting Engineers, SMPS Seattle President

What a fabulous SMPS year it has been!  Being a part of SMPS has always inspired me in many ways both professionally and personally.  It has been a privilege to serve as President and has been a highlight of my marketing career.

We are fortunate to have a dedicated group of SMPS Seattle volunteers and members who make our chapter as successful as it is.  Thank you all for a remarkable year.  Thank you to everyone who made attending events a priority.  I hope you were able to experience, learn, network and BeSMPS. 

What did BeSMPS encompass this year?

Be Strategic –The Board started out the year reviewing the chapter’s goals and updating goals during a strategic planning meeting.  Afterward a long day, we decompressed by zip-lining amongst some extremely tall trees!

Be Networked – The Special Events Committee, led by Tara Brothers, The Robinson Group, was busy putting on seven popular events this year including, the Kick-Off Party, the Reign Awards, two Trivia nights, Putts and Pints happy hour, and a March madness competition.

Be Educated - Through some of these events, the special events committee also exceeded their goals for raising money for SMPS scholarships.

Be Knowledgeable – The Education Committee, led by Natasha Palewicz, Mahlum Architects, was just as hard-working.  They organized nine luncheon/breakfast events including venues, speakers, panel discussions and client connections.  They also coordinated four Fellow’s Forums, a webinar and two InDesign workshops.

Be Informed – The Marketing Committee, led by Erin Hatch, Weber Thompson, was full of activity.  They restructured our weekly chapter newsletter for easier reading, created a weekly event email, posted 38 blogs to our website (some they wrote!), and expanded our presence on social media through giveaways and promotions such as the  #BeSMPS  campaign.

Be Yourself – The marketing committee also took photos at events this year and posted them to our photo gallery. Have you seen it?

Be Sustainable - Our Treasurer, Heidi Maki, SSF Engineers along with her committee, prepared the budget and kept meticulous records of the SMPS Seattle funds from registrations, refunds, and invoices as well as preparing our tax forms.  I’m happy to report we are financially sustainable this year!

Be Organized – Our Chapter Secretary, Amy Pugh, DCI Engineers, set up our monthly board meetings and agendas, documented our board meetings with detailed minutes and kept the Seattle Chapters files current.  Amy also managed the SMPS job postings.

Be Thorough – This year, our President-Elect, Amanda Erickson, Sellen Construction, worked on several behind-the-scenes tasks including, updating our Chapter Manual and Chapter Bylaws. 

Be Experienced – Our senior advisor, Bill Strong, Bill Strong Consulting – was our go-to person for advice. His years of experience with SMPS and marketing gave us unique perspectives and helped the Board make decisions on programming and chapter goals.

Be Involved – Our Membership Director, Jon Davies, BHC Consultants, along with his committee, have been establishing an ambassador program with new and current members.  They also greeted everyone at the registration table at our events and provided nametags for attendees.

Be Inquisitive – Our eleven Roundtables met monthly to discuss a variety of topics and also toured sites.  Thank you Roundtable Chairs!

Be Certified – Our CPSM study group, led by Marcie Lohr, helped several of our members successfully pass the CPSM exam.

Be Supportive – We updated our sponsorship package with new levels and benefits.  Our sponsorship chair, Alexandra Garner, Terracon, communicated with potential sponsors and exceeded the number of sponsors we have supporting SMPS Seattle this year!  Thank you, sponsors for your support!

Be Passionate – The Seattle SMPS Chapter was able to make two community donations to the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation and a donation to SMPS National Foundation.

Thank you for being a part of Seattle SMPS and thank you all for a wonderful year. 

Be Proud –  BeSMPS!

Amy Matsumoto

Return to list


  1. Heidi Maki

    Aug. 26, 2016

    Nice summary of our 15/16 SMPS Seattle year! Thanks for being such a great President Amy!


Leave a Comment