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Aug 4

SMPS Annual Celebrity Charity Golf Classic

SMPS Columbus' Nationally Recognized Charity Outing - A day of golf & networking

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Welcome to the SMPS Columbus Chapter! 

You are the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it's all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive. ~ Maya Angelou

SMPS Columbus is wrapping up the chapter program year with some exciting member events. Planning and formation of the new chapter board and committees is underway.


Sarah Sole, 
Marketing CoordinatorThomas & Marker Construction

Suzanne Cody, CPSM, 
Marketing Managerm+a architects

Last Thursday during the Membership Appreciation Event, SMPS Columbus honored two of our members. We are pleased to announce Sarah Sole as the winner of The Rising Star Award, and Suzanne Cody as the winner of The Arch City Marketer Award.

Visit the SMPS Columbus facebook page to see photos of our winners accepting their awards with chapter president Courtney van Ostran.

Make the most of your SMPS membership - 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 Courtney Van Ostran, Chapter President (cvanostran@jobeshenderson.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!

Connect with industry celebrities at this year’s inaugural SMPS Celebrity Charity Golf Classic hosted by our celebrity chair Clark Kellogg and title sponsor Huntington Bank. Register for the golf outing and consider sponsoring today! Details on this exciting event are on the event page. Don’t golf or can’t attend the outing? All members can participate in raising money for the charities through contributing to the Silent Auction or sponsoring the event! Contact Scott Wilson (swilson@ctleng.com) for more information about the outing and sponsorship opportunities.

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!


2014-2015 SLATE
As described in the April 29, 2014 Call for Nominations, the Nominations and Elections Committee has developed the following slate of officers for the open 2014-15 Board positions. Eight nominations were received for the eight open positions.

The Slate includes:

  • President – Ted Orr (09/14 – 08/15)
  • President-Elect – Amy Shea, CPSM (09/14 – 09/15)
  • Immediate Past President – Courtney Van Ostran, CPSM (09/14 – 08/15)
  • Secretary – Katie Chiki, CPSM (09/14 – 08/15)
  • Treasurer – Mark Ogden (09/14 – 08/15)

Board Directors-At-Large:

  • Membership Director– Larisa Forester (09/14 – 08/15)
  • Programs & Sponsorship Director – Dan Geers (09/14 – 08/15)
  • Logistics & Special Events Director – Alison Crumley   (09/14 - 08/15)
  • Communications Director – Jessica Gerhardt (09/14 – 08/15)
  • Education Director – Kelly Zemcik (09/14 – 08/15)

Committee Co-Chair Positions

  • Membership Co-Chair – Stan Fuller (09/14 – 08/15)
  • Communications Co-Chair – Lisa Connelly (09/14 – 08/15)
  • Programs & Sponsorship Co-Chair – Tom Garske (09/14 – 08/15)
  • Logistics & Special Events Co-Chair – Kami Wernimont (09/14 – 08/15)
  • Education Co-Chair – Joel Kohler (09/14 – 08/15)

The Nomination and Elections Committee
Ted Orr - Schaefer, Chair
Jennifer Horvath, DesignGroup
Karen Roch, CPSM, Moody•Nolan
Ed Keener, PE, Korda/Nemeth Engineering
Scott Porter, Dynamix Engineering


2013 Large Chapter of the Year Columbus Chapter


SMPS Columbus was honored at the 2013 Build Business conference in Orlando, Florida with the 2013 Large Chapter of the Year Award based on our annual Striving for Excellence Submission. The Chapter was recognized during the Thursday night ball with the trophy presented to 2012-13 President Scott Porter. Thank you to all the efforts from our Board, committee members and volunteers for making the year one of the best the chapter has ever had. SMPS Columbus further congratulats and recognizes our fellow chapters and award recipients. The trophy will be circulated around board member offices, please watch our facebook page for updated photos and will be presented to audiences at select 2013-14 programs.

For more photos and information on other 2013 award winners please visit:





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