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2017 Call for Nominations

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Dear Northeast Ohio Chapter SMPS Members:

There is a great opportunity to serve fellow members, advance your professional development and position your firm for prime exposure within our region by volunteering for a leadership position with the NEO SMPS Chapter. The NEO SMPS Nominations and Elections Committee is now seeking nominations for the 2017–18 NEO Society Board of Directors. Help lead the Chapter and Society in fulfilling its mission to advocate for, educate, and connect leaders in the design and building industry. Qualified candidates are needed to fill the following positions:

In addition, the committee is seeking candidates to serve as Committee Leaders of the NEO SMPS Chapter. Position descriptions and responsibilities can be provided via direct inquiry to Rachel Rauscher, SMPS NEO President-Elect (2016-2017).

Call for Nomination Form can be downloaded from The deadline for submitting your nomination is Friday, March 31, 2017.

Download the nomination form here.

The terms of Nominations and Elections are outlined in the Northeast Chapter’s by-laws. The nominations may be made by individual, self-nomination, or by petition, and will be received by the Nominations and Elections Committee. The Committee determines a ballot with the slate of candidates which is distributed and voted upon by the Chapter membership.

Download the by-laws here.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. In order to be eligible for election as Secretary, Treasurer or the Director’s position, you must have served on a Chapter committee for one year.
  3. In order to be eligible for election in any Board of Director position, you must have been a Regular or Distinguished member for one year.

The 2017-2018 Board Executive positions (one-year terms):

The 2016-2018 Board Executive positions (two-year terms)

Committee leadership opportunities include the following:

If you are interested in getting involved or running for any of the above open positions, please complete the information on the following page and submit via email to by March 31, 2017.  If you have questions regarding the positions and their responsibilities, please call 216-432-0696 and ask for Rachel.


The Nominations and Elections Committee
Rachel Rauscher
SMPS Northeast Ohio Chapter President-Elect
Marketing Coordinator, Moody Nolan, Inc.

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