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MCA Awards

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Dana Galvin Lancour (Michigan Chapter) and Adam Kilbourne (Northeast Ohio Chapter) are hosting the 2017 SMPS Marketing Communications Awards (MCA) Judging on May 6th!

The MCA program recognizes the valuable work SMPS members do and the critical role marketing plays in the success of a company. MCA is the longest running awards program of its kind, now in its 40th year. The MCA program is committed to educating the design and building community about the value of marketing.

There are 24 categories again this year. The early bird deadline is March 27th and final deadline for firms to turn in their submissions is April 3rd. For more details about MCAs, please visit Why enter? • Recognition and visibility in the A/E/C community

• Expert feedback on your marketing projects
• Inspiration for future campaigns
• Competitive intelligence on A/E/C marketing best practices
• National media attention

We will be hosting the annual MCA Judging Day in Southfield (Detroit) Michigan at Barton Malow Company this year and will host professionals from across the country to serve as jurors for the competition. The jury pool is made up of local clients, service providers and senior level SMPS members.

We are also looking for MCA Sponsors. If your company is interested in national exposure from now through Build Business 2017 check out the sponsorship options. Forms and additional information, including sponsorship can be found at We had more than 200 submissions last year and are looking to receive even more this year.

If you have any questions regarding MCA, please contact Dana (248.436.5570), Adam (440.953.8760) or Molly Dall'Erta at SMPS National (800.292.7677, ext. 231, and/or and one of us will follow up with you shortly.

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What our sponsors are saying...

“SMPS has been a tremendous resource to our company [CBLH]. It has reshaped the way we conduct marketing. All of their programs, seminars, articles and conferences have given us the ability to educate our marketing staff on the changing tactics and strategies facing our industry. Lastly, we have built relationships through all the networking opportunities SMPS offers. It only made sense to support our chapter through sponsorship as they have supported us”.

John Rach, AIA, Director of Marketing
CBLH Design, Inc.

“We are proud once again to support the local SMPS Northeast Ohio Chapter as renewing Annual Sponsor, and have been actively engaged with the SMPS NEO Chapter for over 5 years now. It has been a pleasure to be a part of the SMPS NEO family, as it has brought us closer together with the local A/E/C community and has created new partnerships with fellow SMPS'ers.”

PCS Annual Sponsor

"My membership with SMPS was gifted to me while working at Karpinski Engineering and while I was hesitant to get involved in the operations of the board, I can’t imagine life without SMPS and my fellow committee members. Volunteering has afforded me not only great professional relationships, but great friendships as well. I truly believe our board members are the best around and some of the hardest working individuals I know. In short, I joined SMPS for the educational resources and have stayed for the relationships and interaction with fellow contemporaries and the fun."

Vanessa Aron

"As someone who was new to the industry, I was inspired by the NEO board members and all the hard work and dedication they put in to provide this region with an organization that is educational, entertaining and that puts you face to face with some of the most significant people throughout the A/E/C industry. As Membership & Social Media Chair, if I can give back to others half of what SMPSNEO has given to me; my job will have been a success."

Dave Eyssen
Precision Environmental Co.

"I discovered SMPS while looking at a Properties Magazine (no plug intended) and had a discussion with the owner of my firm, Scott Maloney. He encouraged me to get involved but stressed to really be engaged and take a role in the organization to really get something out of your membership. He was right! It was easy to engage with such a great group of people but really getting involved, being a part of the organization and not just an attendee has really opened up doors and introductions that would not have been possible. Coming from outside of the A/E/C industry prior to working at K2M, SMPS really helped me to understand and grasp this dynamic industry."

Stephanie C.
K2M Design

“The Mentor/Protégé program provided me a third-party resource to help me clarify and realize some of my career goals. By working with a mentor, I was able to identify those areas where I could improve my marketing skills, but also helped me see where my strengths were of benefit to my organization. I highly recommend this one-on-one program!”

Tamara Zupancic
Tec Inc.