August 2018  

President's Letter

Megan Hogan

Let's Not Say Goodbye, Let's Say See You Later

Well, here it is. I swear it was only a blink from last September to this August. It’s the last month of my term as SMPS Kentucky President, which means it’s the last newsletter article I will write to share with you. I want to use this opportunity to say thank you.

Thank you to the amazing group who served on the Board of Directors this term. Without your constant hard work and dedication, nothing we accomplished this year would have been possible. We are blessed in Kentucky to have an amazing group of marketing and business development professionals, and I feel honored that so many of you agreed to commit one of your most valuable assets – your time – to our Chapter.

Thank you to the Principals and Owners who so graciously agreed to the time and financial commitments required to keep our Chapter going. We appreciate your continued support as we strive to improve our program offerings and the benefits of an SMPS membership.

Thank you to those who made time in your busy schedule to attend some of the wonderful programs we offered this year. And while I don’t want to steal incoming President Dwayne Rice’s thunder by giving away any details, I can say there is an awesome year ahead. Stay tuned so you don’t miss out on these great opportunities.

Finally, I want to thank my colleagues, friends, and family who so graciously supported me throughout this endeavor. It was your constant encouragement and positive reinforcement that kept me going through this whirlwind of a year, including sitting for the CPSM.

I wrap up my month by attending SMPS Build Business 2018 in San Diego, California. What a way to go out! While I no longer will be President, I am happy to continue my service on the Board of Directors under Dwayne’s leadership. I am so excited about his vision and plans for the upcoming year and cannot wait to bring back new concepts and ideas to share with the Chapter.

So instead of saying goodbye, I’ll just say see you later.

Megan Hogan [Bell Engineering], SMPS President 2017-18

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SMPS Class

CLICK HERE to register for SMPS Kentucky's August program with Kelly Riggs, nationally renowned business development expert and coach who will be speaking about how to use business development as a driver!

Thank you to our August Sponsor:

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Center Stage

Each month we highlight leadership from SMPS member firms. This month we're talking to Dan Colvin, Senior Principal, Interior Design at Ross Tarrant Architects.

Dan Colvin RTADan Colvin, IIDA, CID
Senior Principal, Interior Design
Ross Tarrant Architects

Do you have any pets? If so, what are their names?
Yes. They both are miniature schnauzers. Tilly is the oldest and "Big" Ruby is the youngest.

What’s the most interesting thing about you that we probably wouldn’t guess or know? 
I enjoy gardening and keeping up with a large koi pond. 

Why interior design? What inspired you to pursue this career?
Even as a child, I have always wanted to make a positive impact on my surroundings, and so I chose to study interior design at the University of Kentucky.

How has the profession changed since you started? How do you see the field changing over the next ten years?
I have watched the profession become much more specialized. Many more firms specialize in particular areas of design work. I do not see that trend changing in the near future. The biggest changes in our profession will be increased and rapid technological changes.

What advice do you have for aspiring architects?
Research a firm's culture as much as possible before accepting a position. Outward appearances can be very deceiving. Try to get to know a few people who work at the firm you are considering and talk with them about their office's culture.

What do you believe sets Ross Tarrant Architects apart?
Many things set RTA apart, and office culture is one of them. This year, we added two additional benefit days including one for volunteer work. We believe that giving back is very important on a local and even national scale.

How do you approach your projects?
We are very proud of the fact that the team the owner sees in the interview is the same team who completes their project. Team member continuity helps to ensure a successful project.

What is your ultimate goal when it comes to your work?
I want our clients to know they were heard and to be able to see the direct manifestation of their dreams in their finished project.

What is the number one challenge you face in marketing your firm?
Time. When you are busy working on projects day-to-day, it is difficult to make time for business development efforts.

How does membership in SMPS benefit Ross Tarrant Architects?
SMPS is a great resource for marketing and BD information, and it's a great networking resource as well.

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Member News

A big welcome to SMPS Kentucky's newest members: Megan Carr, Marketing Manager at KPFF in Louisville; Shawn Miller, Marketing Coordinator at DLZ; and Linda Wethington, Marketing Manager at CMTA!

Megan CarrMegan Carr began her career in the A/E/C industry fresh out of college in 2006. She got her start as an Office Manager at Slesser Engineering, a structural engineering firm located in Louisville, KY. In May, the entire Slesser Engineering crew was brought onboard by Gregory Buccola, Reporting Center Manager at KPFF Consulting Engineers’ Louisville office. With this new venture, Megan's role shifted from Office Manager to Marketing Manager, focusing on proposals, RFQs, event planning, project tracking, recruiting and more. On top of her marketing experience with Slesser Engineering, Megan also has over six years of experience in marketing for non-profits. She is very excited about this new opportunity to expand her skill set and gain knowledge from her new SMPS membership. In her free time, Megan enjoys an escape to the country to try to get away from busy city life. On weekends she rides horses and attends horse shows from both sides of the fence, as a competitor and also as a judge for the eventing and dressage disciplines. Above, Megan is pictured with Jonathan aka With Ease. Trained to race with royal pedigree, he found his true calling as a sport horse winning many awards in the dressage and eventing disciplines.

Linda WethingtonLinda Wethington recently joined CMTA's team as Marketing Manager in their Louisville office. Linda's background is in marketing, business development, and project management. She ran a WBE HVAC subcontracting company in the past and has most recently worked in the health care industry implementing and marketing large-scale consumer, sales, and physician-experience programs across the nation for Humana. Linda has two children in college, loves traveling, outdoor watersports, football and college basketball, and is a huge advocate for charities and veterans -- and she LOVES food. Linda marked the Super Bowl off of her "bucket list" in 2007 when she served on the Host Committee in Miami for Super Bowl XLI. She also has served on the Thunder committee and is pictured here with the US Army Golden Knights at Thunder Over Louisville.

Don't miss the opportunity to share your successes or highlight your firm's recent accomplishments! If you have new member or firm news, click here to submit and be published in our newsletter!

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AIA CKC Home Tour

The AIA Central Kentucky Home Tour is a unique event that highlights recent residential projects by local architects and designers using high quality building products and decore. Click here for a list of houses on the tour and to order tickets.

AIA Central Kentucky Home Tour 2018
Saturday, September 8th, 12-6pm
Tickets $15 | 100% of proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville

Get Tickets Here!

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CPSM Corner

CPSMTake your marketing career to the next level!
The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) offers a credential that recognizes your achieved marketing expertise, the Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM).

The CPSM credential is a voluntary certification designed to elevate the professional standards in marketing and influence the future of this vital field. Furthermore, the CPSM designation serves as a mark of distinction for professional services marketers and business developers, raising their standing with their employers, peers, and the public. SMPS Kentucky even has a reimbursement program for members that take and pass the CPSM Exam. We will reimburse the testing fee for up to two members each year that successfully pass the exam. It's first come, first served, so what are you waiting for?! Click here for more information.

Are you ready to take the CPSM exam? Every month we're going to let you test the waters with a sample question. Here you go!

Q: In a design/build contract, the prime contractor is responsible for:
A)   reducing the total liability insurance cost for the team.
B)   delivering a design that can be built.
C)   hiring people with the skills to build the facility.
D)   acting as a single source for delivering the project.

Find the answer below the SMPS contact information toward the end of the newsletter.

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Mark Your Calendar!

August 21 | 1:30-3:30 | How to Use Business Development as a Driver (instead of a passenger) with Kelly Riggs. Lexington, KY. Click here for more information and to register!

SMPS Kentucky is hard at work planning some exciting programs for the coming year. Stay tuned!

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List of Officers

Megan Hogan [Bell Engineering]

Dwayne Rice [Henderson Services]

Jamie Draper [CMTA, Inc.]

Ashley Gibson [Vaughn & Melton]

Click here for a complete list of officers and their contact information.

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Contact Us

SMPS of Kentucky
P.O. Box 910833
Lexington, KY 40591

CPSM Sample Question Answer: D) acting as a single source for delivering the project.

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