February 2017 Print

President's Update

It’s time we start planning for our 2017 – 2018 SMPS Central PA program year which means we’re looking for some volunteers! If you want to develop and practice your leadership skills, you should volunteer to serve on a committee, be a committee chair, or serve as an officer on the board of directors. It will be one of your more positive experiences! We’re looking for a President-Elect, Treasurer, Director-at Large as well as committee chairs and members. Check out our website under About Us for the position descriptions if you are interested or please feel free to contact me personally with any questions.

SMPS is an organization dedicated to creating business opportunities in the A/E/C industry. Through networking, business intelligence, and research, SMPS members gain a competitive advantage in positioning their firms successfully in the marketplace. We, your Board of Directors and Committee Members, work hard to provide new and innovative programs so you have this advantage. We also provide professional development opportunities so you will have the resources to advance your career.

And above all of that, you develop relationships that you appreciate in your professional and personal life. It’s a win-win situation! I look forward to talking with you and seeing you in our upcoming programs.

Very truly yours,
Julie R. Hungarter
President | SMPS Central PA Chapter

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Upcoming Events

We have a lot of exciting events coming up this year and we hope to see you there! Click on the hyperlink for registration details and visit our website often for updates!


The Butterfly Effect & Its Impact on A/E/C Firms

Building Information Modeling. Medical marijuana facilities. Fracking. Some A/E/C firms have gotten on the forefront of these trends and created sustainable competitive advantage, while other firms languished under the fate of “too little, too late.” What are these leading firms doing that their competitors aren’t? Research. Sometimes, a hugely disruptive trend may be identified early (The Butterfly Effect), but more often research reveals trends that can help you preposition your firm and effectively differentiate. But where can you find these trends, and what do you do once you have the information? SMPS Fellows Bill Long and Scott Butcher bring a combined 55 years of experience in A/E/C business development and marketing to this informative program. The Butterfly Effect & It’s Impact on A/E/C Firms debuted at Build Business last year, and has since been presented at THRIVE, the PSMJ Industry Summit as well as Design on the Delaware. Come join SMPS Central PA and “catch” the butterfly before it heads to the SMPS Heartland Regional Conference!

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AIA Pennsylvania: Designing Schools for Success

Join AIA Pennsylvania on Tuesday, February 21st at Harrisburg University to further the discussion on K-12 design and building throughout Pennsylvania.


SMPS CPA Members: Join us at Millersville University's Career Week - Marketing & Business Development Career Panel

UPDATE: SMPS Members – we encourage you to support the next generation of marketing and business development professionals and advocate the benefits of SMPS at the Millersville University Career Week program presented by the Central PA Chapter. This event has been changed to a FREE event for all students and SMPS members, as we embark on an initiative of mentorship and collaboration with central Pennsylvania colleges and universities. Please attend this event and bring back your thoughts to help the chapter continue to evolve in marketing and business development thought leadership.

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Sponsor Spotlight of the Month

RETTEW, ranked by Engineering News-Record as one of the top design firms in the U.S., provides a wide range of engineering, environmental, surveying, planning, safety, and related consulting services. Since 1969, RETTEW has been committed to the communities and clients we serve. With more than 350 dedicated professionals, RETTEW has a seamless network of nine successful, well-supported offices in five states. A multidisciplinary firm offering more than 450 different services, RETTEW delivers comprehensive solutions with speed and accuracy.

What sets RETTEW apart from the average engineering consulting firm is our ability to anticipate the impact of every step in every project. We work hard to understand and address the specific regulatory, economic, and political issues faced by clients in markets such as transportation, energy, industrial, and development. This in-depth understanding of every project detail enables RETTEW to make decisions that protect our clients and our communities.

Two of RETTEW’s clients were recently named to a prestigious program honoring utilities for innovation, sustainable practices, and energy efficiency. The Hermitage Municipal Authority and the University Area Joint Authority, both serving customers in Pennsylvania, were inducted into the inaugural class of the Utility of the Future Today program. A committee of peers reviewed eligible utilities for inclusion, and selected 61 public and private utilities from across the globe for its first class of inductees. The authorities were chosen for their commitment to water reuse, biosolids reuse, community engagement, energy generation and recovery, and nutrient recovery. RETTEW partnered with these authorities to help them achieve their energy reuse and sustainability goals, and through analysis of possible system updates, design of complex sustainable treatment systems, and guidance of operational best practices. Working together with RETTEW, these organizations have made significant impact on their local communities and demonstrate their leadership within the water and wastewater industry, while moving move toward a more sustainable future!


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Welcome New Members

Elizabeth Walker
Business Development Associate
Business Information Group

Jennifer Dangro
Director of Sales and Marketing
Business Information Group

Jennifer has 15 years of sales and marketing experience.  She spent the last 12 years in the rapidly evolving AEC industry where she has been instrumental in developing brand strategies, managing & developing Corporate Accounts and delivering innovative and integrated technology solutions.

Jennifer works for Business Information Group in York, PA and is an alumni of Millersville University where she earned her Bachelor’s in Marketing and Masters in Business Administration and Foro Europeo where she earned her International Masters in Business Administration. Jennifer resides in Lancaster with her husband Josh Dangro and daughter Haylee.



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2017 SMPS Membership Campaign

Our chapter is once again participating in the 2017 “SMPS Derby – Run for the Roses” membership campaign, starting on March 1st and ending May 31st. This campaign is brought to you by our SMPS Headquarters and each chapter had a chance to submit an application.

Our contender, appropriately named Susquehanna Slew, will be racing against chapters of similar size, hoping to bring home a prize package worth betting the farm! We are racing towards a growth goal of a 8% increase.

How can you help?
We need your help in recruiting new members during this time! To help sweeten the pot, we have added our own incentives:

All CURRENT members who recruit new members during the drive will receive:
A $25 gift card

All NEW members who join in the timeframe will receive:
*One free program of your choice

Together, we can help make Susquehanna Slew the champion for Central PA!

If you have any questions, potential recruits, or ideas, please contact Heather Sweitzer, Membership Chair, at hsweitzer@ntmeng.com or 717.432.4425.


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SMPS Charitable Support

SMPS Central PA will continue to support the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) by participating in its Guest Chef Program on Tuesday, March 21. The Guest Chef Program allows groups like SMPS to make a meal for the families staying at the RMH in Hershey. A group of no more than eight people will plan a menu, shop for the groceries (paid for by SMPS), and then cook dinner in the RMH kitchen. The group is welcome to stay and eat dinner with the residents. The time commitment is 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm. This is a wonderful way to support the families who are dealing with the illness of their child. Five chapter members have already signed up to help, but we still need a few more volunteers. If you’d like to be on the SMPS team for the Guest Chef Program, please send an email to Shawn Barron, President-Elect, at sbarron@rettew.com as soon as possible. Depending on the response, we may do this more than once. If you are interested in serving as a team captain, please indicate that in your email. Captains will be responsible for organizing the team’s efforts and communicating with the RMH staff as needed.

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Uber Conference 2017

Registration Now Open for the 2017 SMPS Northeast Regional Conference

Register now for the 2017 ÜBER Conference and members can save $50 off the regular cost of admission.

The 2017 Conference promises to be our best ÜBER ever with exciting programming on the horizon. Keynote Peter Shankman, social media, marketing, and customer service expert, will kick things off and don’t forget about our very own horse race and lots of other fun events planned for networking in the evenings in beautiful Saratoga!

Early bird registrants will receive a follow up email once our programming schedule is released to select their session and networking preferences.




For more information on the conference or pricing, please click here.

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Build Business 2017


Build Business 2017 will bring together A/E/C clients, content experts, principals, business developers, and marketers to historic Indianapolis, IN, from July 12–14, 2017 to learn from and challenge one another to think differently about business. As a participant, you will experience your choice of never-before-seen breakout sessions, provocative keynote speakers, and plenty of networking to make priceless business contacts. The JW Marriott Downtown, located in Marriott Place Indianapolis, and connected to the Indiana Convention Center, is the site of the 2017 Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Build Business conference.

Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting? Take a look at our early rate flyer, with savings through January 31, 2017. Contact Christine at 571.348.2251 for details.

Central PA Chapter

If you are planning on attending Build Business this year, please contact one of the board members or email Julie Hungarter at president@smpscentralpa.org so we can form a team and get a discount for our chapter.

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Consider promoting your firm and supporting SMPS Central PA! 

We invite you to explore our sponsorship benefits which are designed to provide your firm with the highest level of visibility and awareness.


SMPS Central PA is the premier source for education, resources, networking, and information exchange for marketers in the A/E/C industry.

Almost half of our members hold senior level positions with their firms, meaning our sponsors receive prime exposure to many potential business partners and decision makers. In addition, our email distribution list includes more than 700 friends.


Sponsoring SMPS Central PA means supporting your firm in its efforts to gain maximum exposure throughout the Central Pennsylvania A/E/C community. Now is the time to cultivate new and existing relationships and promote your firm! SMPS Central PA could not survive without the support of our sponsors. and we are extremely grateful for their generosity.

Check out our sponsorship brochure to learn more!

Thank you to those firms that have already offered their support of SMPS Central PA for the 2016-2017 year: Rettew, CORE Design Group, Providence Engineering Corporation, and Stahl Sheaffer Engineering as annual platinum sponsors, and Triad Engineering andRS Mowery & Sons as annual gold sponsors. 

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Committee Schedules

Want to get involved with our chapter? Whether you are a new member or have been one of our treasured members for years, we welcome anyone and everyone that would like to help out in our chapter in some way! Not sure where you would like to assist? Attend one (or all!) of the committee meetings and see where you might be able to put your skills to use! We are now posting our committee meeting schedules on our website under the About Us>Committees and Chairs section, found here. If you would like more information, contact any of the committee chairs. Their information can also be found on the Committees and Chairs page.

Current Committee Meeting Schedule

Membership Committee: Conference call on the last Monday of each month, 2:00. For conference call information, please contact Membership Chair Heather Sweitzer, membership@smpscentralpa.org.

Programs Committee Meeting: Beginning in October, the Programs Committee will meet directly following the board meetings. Please contact Programs Chair Cristina Barnes, programs@smpscentralpa.org.

Communications Committee: Conference call, second Monday of each month, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm. For information, please contact Communications Chair Melissa Yost, publicrelations@smpscentralpa.org

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Career Advice

New Benefit

The Society recently launched ECAMPUS, which combines e-learning and professional development in a "when you want, where you want" format. From content marketing and relationship-building to ROI and social media, ECAMPUS focuses exclusively on marketing, business development, and leadership.

Watch the short tutorial, and you'll receive a coupon code for a FREE class. Then, consider sharing the course catalog with your bosses and telling them you have access to this training, because of their support of your SMPS membership. Another idea? Consider hosting a brownbag with your office and leading a follow-up discussion. If you have other ideas for taking advantage of the ECAMPUS offering, be sure and share them with the rest of us!

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Expert Advice

The SMPS Central PA Chapter’s Board and Committee Chairs are always striving to improve and provide our members with more value through targeted, relevant programs and the latest industry information. One idea that we had was to ask you for your BIG IDEAS – what could we start to do or do better? What industry trend or challenge would you like us to explore? Could we communicate with you better or add a new section to this newsletter? No BIG IDEA is too small…the collective knowledge and creativity of our Chapter is truly tremendous, and we want to hear from you. So come on, share your BIG IDEAS with us. Send your BIG IDEAS to president@smpscentralpa.org.

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Cancellation/Refund Policy

We kindly ask that you adhere to our cancellation/refund policy to help us avoid unnecessary costs due to program no-shows. Even if a program is free, there are still costs involved with refreshments that we provide to attendees. The policy, which can be found under each program description on our website, states that cancellations made 24 hours prior to the event will be fully refunded. All other cancellations or no-shows will be invoiced for the full cost of the event.

Photos are frequently taken at our chapter events. The SMPS Central PA Chapter has the right to use photos from our events for any purpose, including but not limited to use in publications, on social media, in the newsletter, promotional materials, on the website. 

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Thank you to our 2018-2019 Annual Sponsors!