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Welcome to SMPS Columbus! 

The SMPS Columbus Chapter is gearing up for the 2014-15 program year with some exciting member events! Check out our events calendar and register today!




Dear Fellow Columbus Chapter SMPS Members:

Spring is just around the corner and it is time in the SMPS Program year to begin thinking about the Columbus Chapter Board of Directors and Committee Co-Chairs for 2015-2016. We have had a successful year and we want to maintain that momentum going into the next program year. The Board has a wide variety of positions requiring different talents; however, the most important characteristic a Board member must possess is the ability to be forward-thinking, positive, and committed to making the Columbus Chapter, one of the best in the country. Does this describe you or someone you know?

There are many benefits to serving on the Board, both professionally and personally. The experience exposes you to more than 150 members of the Columbus Chapter, in addition to nearly 6,000 colleagues nationally. This experience provides the opportunity to grow your leadership skills and allows you to influence the Chapter for years to come, making a difference in your profession.

The terms of Nominations and Elections are outlined in the Columbus Chapter’s by-laws. The nominations may be made by individuals, self-nominations, or by petitions, and will be received by Nominations and Elections Committee. The Committee then determines a ballot with the slate of candidates; the ballot is then distributed and voted upon by the Chapter membership.

There are requirements one must meet in order to be eligible for a board position. If you are not eligible this year, now is an excellent time to join a committee, the first step to becoming a leader in the Chapter.

In order to be eligible for election as President-Elect, you must have served on the Board of Directors for one year or as a Committee Chair for one year. In order to be eligible for election as Secretary, Treasurer or Director’s position, you must have served on a Chapter committee for one year. In order to be eligible for election in any Director’s position, you must have been a Regular or Distinguished member for one year.

The 2015-2016 Board Executive positions (one-year terms):

  • President – Amy Karnes, CPSM (09/15 – 08/16)
  • President-Elect – Open (09/15 – 09/16)
  • Immediate Past President – Ted Orr (09/15 – 08/16)
  • Secretary – Open (09/15 – 08/16)
  • Treasurer – Open (09/15 – 08/16)

Board Directors-At-Large (two-year terms, some beginning even years & some in odd):

  • Membership Director – Stan Fuller, PE (09/15 – 08/16)
  • Programs & Sponsorship Director – Tom Garske (09/15 – 08/16)
  • Logistics & Special Events Director – Kami Wernimont (09/15 - 08/16)
  • Communications Director – Lisa Connelly (09/15 – 08/16)
  • Education Director – Joel Kohler (09/15 – 08/16)

Committee Co-Chair Positions

  • Membership Co-Chair – Open (09/15 – 08/16)
  • Communications Co-Chair – Open (09/15 – 08/16)
  • Programs & Sponsorship Co-Chair – Open (09/15 – 08/16)
  • Logistics & Special Events Co-Chair – Open (09/15 – 08/16)
  • Education Co-Chair – Open (09/15 – 08/16) 

Each Board position has a Co-Chair position as well. These positions were created in response to member feedback about time commitment and flexibility, we elect Co-Chairs to act as “in-training” positions for each Board Director assuring a smooth transition of an experienced individual to the Director’s position as the previous Directors’ terms ends. It is hoped that this will provide smoother transitions from year to year and provide Directors flexibility in juggling their firm’s work and their duties related to their SMPS Board position.

If you are interested in running for any of the above open positions, please complete the Board nomination form and return it to me, Amy Karnes, CPSM, via email at akarnes@wsastudio.com or deliver to 982 S. Front St., Columbus, Ohio 43206 by April 10, 2015. If you have questions regarding the positions and their responsibilities, please call me at (614) 824-1633.


The Nominations and Elections Committee

Amy Karnes, CPSM, WSA Studio - Chair
Dawn Wiford, CPSM, Shook Construction
Courtney Van Ostran, CPSM, Jobes Henderson
Suzanne Cody, CPSM, M+A Architects
Lindsay Andrews, CPSM, Kokosing



The Arch City Marketer Award

The Arch City Marketer Award honors a current SMPS member who has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in the field of marketing professional services and has stretched above the duties of chapter volunteer contributing to excellence in our chapter’s goals to Advocate, Educate and Connect. Nominate a member today!

The Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award honors a current SMPS member with less than 5 years experience in the A/E/C marketing profession who has demonstrated a commitment to the field of marketing professional services and an aptitude of leadership through involvement in and contributions to the Columbus Chapter. Nominate a member today!

2013-2014 Winners:

Last year, SMPS Columbus honored two of our members for these awards. Congratulations to Sarah Sole, Marketing Coordinator (previous), Thomas & Marker Construction, who received The Rising Star Award, and Suzanne Cody, CPSM, Marketing Manager, m+a architects, who received The Arch City Marketer Award. Visit the SMPS Columbus facebook page to see photos of our winners accepting their awards with 2013-2014 SMPS Chapter President, Courtney Van Ostran.



The greatest opportunity you have to make the most of your membership is to volunteer. SMPS Columbus is gearing up for the 2014-2015 program year and we want you to get in on the action! We are looking for engaged, motivated people to serve on committees and assist with special events. Undertakings and time commitments vary and are flexible, so there is something for everyone’s work and life schedules. This is an excellent way to get to know fellow SMPS members better and really find out all that SMPS has to offer. Please contact Ted Orr, Chapter President (ted.orr@schaefer-inc.com) to discuss the right fit and how you can get involved.

Seeking 2014-2015 Sponsors! Would your company benefit from having its logo and information featured in SMPS Columbus events and communications? Would you be interested in a private lunch with the high level decision makers and knowledgeable industry presenters that participate in our monthly luncheon programs? SMPS Columbus creates our programs around relevant and timely topics that directly enhance A/E/C business prospects. We believe your company would benefit from the opportunities above, please consider becoming an annual sponsor of SMPS Columbus. Contact Ted Orr (ted.orr@schaefer-inc.com) for more information!

Want to get more involved? Join the Communications Committee! Get creative with the Communications Committee, where there are a lot of fun volunteer opportunities that relate directly to your job - from social media, website updates, newsletter articles and graphic design, there are many opportunities and we'd love to have you! Please contact Jessica Rexer, Communications Director (jessicar@resourceinternational.com) for more information.  

Have a great idea for the Chapter? Please do not hesitate to reach out to the president or any of the board members and share your experiences, suggestions, and ideas for the future of the chapter. We are only successful if you are successful. Contact us!