Upcoming events

    • 14 Jun 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Plaza Club - Frost Bank Tower, 100 West Houston Street #2100, San Antonio, TX 78205
    • 77


    The Alamo Area Transformation: What Does it Mean for Our Firms?

    After roughly two years of work, the new master plan for the historic Alamo and surrounding area is becoming clear, and it continues to be a prominent topic in our community. 

    Join us for the June SMPS Lunch Break to hear from Lori Houston, Assistant City Manager, on the upcoming Alamo transformation, and what these changes mean to you, your firm, and our City!


    Lunch Sponsor


    Please note:

    • Registration cut-off is Friday, June 9th at 5:00 pm.
    • Sponsor pre-lunch begins at 11:15 am.
    • Limited walk-in space available.
    • No refunds will be given once registration has closed.
    • No-shows will be billed/invoiced.
    • 22 Jun 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • The Petroleum Club - 8620 N New Braunfels Ave, Suite 700, San Antonio, TX
    • 30

    Camera Basics Like You’ve Never Heard Before

    Led by Jim Landers, this “Camera Basics” presentation is all about getting to know and becoming comfortable with the many tools available on your camera! You’ll become aware of very effective, practical and easy-to-use techniques that you can use to create amazing images from any camera!

    This presentation wasn't written with one camera model in mind - it applies to ALL cameras. We will cover the options and buttons that are found on all cameras such as auto mode, the three program modes, shutter speeds, aperture, ISO, menu items, and much more.

    This is the last of four events in the 2016-2017 Shop Talk series.

    Education Sponsor


    Jim Landers,
    Jim’s Photography School

    Since 1991, Jim has been a full time professional photographer who has been published in many magazines. He also has more than 8,000 hours of photography teaching experience.

    He loves teaching photography so much that he spends a large amount of his time teaching enthusiastic people his favorite art. Jim also mentors high school students who are considering a career in the field. There have been many professional photographers, and even five other photography teachers from other schools take his class. He has over 8,000 hours of photography teaching experience.

    Jim enjoys photographing people, specifically family portraits. He draws his inspiration to do a portrait by visiting with the person or people whom he is going to be photographing, getting to know them and what they want, not only for the photographs, but in life. This allows him to find out what is important to them, whether it be kids, school, etc. and this cause the portraits to be truly customized.

    Jim married his wife Robin in the Summer of 1994 and they have two boys, both in local colleges. Robin is active and plays a very important part of the business, keeping the wheels spinning behind the scenes.

    Come share your ideas—don't get left out of the conversation!

    What is Shop Talk?

    This program is designed to be a casual, open-forum discussion among industry experts, marketers and business developers, to get together and discuss various topics important to the AEC industry. Come "talk shop" over breakfast!

    A breakfast buffet will be served.

Past events

10 May 2017 What's Coming Up Next in Bexar County?
10 May 2017 SMPS San Antonio Mini-Regional Conference 2017
03 May 2017 7th Annual SMPS Celebrity Golf Event!
19 Apr 2017 Viva Fiesta Mixer and Membership Mingle 2017
12 Apr 2017 April Luncheon with AIA San Antonio
23 Mar 2017 Shop Talk: Best Practices for Printing
08 Mar 2017 March Luncheon
23 Feb 2017 E-Week Mixer!
11 Jan 2017 What’s in Store for Texas A&M University-San Antonio?
07 Dec 2016 2016 Holiday Luncheon & Toy Drive (Members Only)
22 Nov 2016 2016-2017 CPSM Scholarship Application
16 Nov 2016 Brooks City Base: What's Next?
10 Nov 2016 Shop Talk: Developing Your Career Action Plan
26 Oct 2016 Stop Guessing! 3 Must Knows on the Science of Hiring and Retention in the Multi-Gen Workplace
20 Oct 2016 First Annual Food Drive and Fall Mixer
13 Oct 2016 Lunch 'N Learn: Take Your InDesign Skills to the Next Level
28 Sep 2016 SARA: Shaping San Antonio’s Water Future
08 Sep 2016 Shop Talk: Building a Marketing Budget
24 Aug 2016 Members Only: Annual Awards Luncheon
27 Jul 2016 Zoo La-La! Exciting Changes for the San Antonio Zoo
28 Jun 2016 SMPS + CREW Mixer
09 Jun 2016 Shop Talk: Business Development: Measuring Success
25 May 2016 UTSA Sports Program Growth & Development
03 May 2016 6th Annual SMPS Celebrity Golf Event!
27 Apr 2016 Development Outside the Loop
14 Apr 2016 Shop Talk: Customer Relationship Management Systems: Best Practices
13 Apr 2016 Viva Fiesta Mixer and Membership Drive
23 Mar 2016 World Heritage Designation: Potential Impacts on the San Antonio Economy
25 Feb 2016 E-Week Mixer - Nerd Nite!
27 Jan 2016 Trends in the Multi-Family Housing Market
14 Jan 2016 Shop Talk: Conducting a S.O.A.R. - Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, Results
08 Dec 2015 2015-2016 CPSM Study Group
03 Dec 2015 Holiday Luncheon & Toy Drive (Members Only)
18 Nov 2015 A New Way of Commuting: The Impact of the Lone Star Rail on the I-35 Corridor
12 Nov 2015 Shop Talk: Code Red Communication - Crisis Situations and the Media
28 Oct 2015 SAWS: Securing San Antonio's Water Future
15 Oct 2015 S ∙ NET ∙ MIX {sustainable} networking mixer
08 Oct 2015 Shop Talk: Everybody Loves Business Development
23 Sep 2015 The Future of North East ISD: 2015 Bond
26 Aug 2015 Members-Only Luncheon: Annual Awards Luncheon and Committees Fair!
31 Jul 2015 2015 Leonardo Award: Call for Nominations!
21 Jul 2015 Free Webinar: Persuasive Content is King
09 Jul 2015 Shop Talk: Social Media - What is the ROI?
24 Jun 2015 Luncheon: The Opt-In Generation (Generational Differences in the Workplace)
11 Jun 2015 Shop Talk: How Dry Are You? Let's Talk About Rainmaking
03 Jun 2015 SMPS Owners Breakfast
27 May 2015 SMPS San Antonio Mini-Regional Conference 2015
27 May 2015 Luncheon: Eagle Ford Shale: Boom or Bust? The Real Situation in Oil, the Economy and our A/E/C Industry
30 Apr 2015 SMPS San Antonio: Call for Nominations!
16 Apr 2015 SMPS Fiesta Mixer/Membership Drive
09 Apr 2015 Shop Talk: Prepping Your Team to Give a Winning Presentation
25 Mar 2015 Luncheon: Perspectives on the Exploding Urban Core
12 Mar 2015 Shop Talk: Congrats, Your Firm Won an Award! Now What?
03 Mar 2015 5th Annual SMPS Celebrity Golf Event!
26 Feb 2015 Engineers' Week Mixer!
25 Feb 2015 Luncheon: Planning for the Future of Transportation
28 Jan 2015 SMPS Owners Breakfast
21 Jan 2015 SMPS 2015 Southern Regional Conference
09 Dec 2014 2014-2015 CPSM Exam Study Group & Call for CPSM Scholarship Applications
04 Dec 2014 Members Only Holiday Luncheon & Toy Drive
19 Nov 2014 Luncheon: The State of Healthcare
13 Nov 2014 Shop Talk: How/Why to Create a Media Kit & How to Write a Press Release
15 Oct 2014 Membership/Young Colleagues Mixer!
09 Oct 2014 Shop Talk: Developing a Targeted BD Plan
24 Sep 2014 Luncheon: Ask the Client!
27 Aug 2014 Monthly Luncheon: SMPS Awards/Networking Luncheon
21 Aug 2014 End of the Year Mixer!
01 Aug 2014 Friday Night Fever–Let's Celebrate 40 years!
30 Jul 2014 National Conference in S.A.–Build Business power:play
29 Jul 2014 Principal's Boot Camp
10 Jul 2014 Talk Marketing!
08 Jul 2014 SMPS Owners Breakfast
25 Jun 2014 Monthly Luncheon: Trends in Mission Critical Data Center Developments
19 Jun 2014 SMPS/AGC Popcorn Social
19 Jun 2014 Talk Marketing!
28 May 2014 Monthly Luncheon: The Future of State Agency Construction
08 May 2014 Talk Marketing!
23 Apr 2014 Monthly Luncheon: A/E/C Business Development–The Decade Ahead
17 Apr 2014 SMPS Fiesta Mixer/Membership Drive
10 Apr 2014 Talk Marketing!
26 Mar 2014 Monthly Luncheon: Planning for Growth in Northside ISD
20 Mar 2014 Talk Marketing!
06 Mar 2014 4th Annual SMPS Celebrity Putting After Dark Event
26 Feb 2014 Crisis Communication - Best Practices for Handling the Unexpected
20 Feb 2014 Engineers Week Mixer
13 Feb 2014 Talk Marketing!
22 Jan 2014 Member Involvement Breakfast
09 Jan 2014 Talk Marketing! SEMINAR
12 Dec 2013 Talk Marketing!
11 Dec 2013 SMPS Owners Breakfast
05 Dec 2013 Members Only Holiday Luncheon
20 Nov 2013 What’s New? SARA, COSA and Bexar County Plans for 2014
14 Nov 2013 Talk Marketing!
26 Oct 2013 SMPS San Antonio Special Event: Trick or Treat Trot!
23 Oct 2013 Big Impacts in Texas - Water, Transportation, Healthcare Reform & Eagle Ford Shale
12 Oct 2013 SMPS San Antonio Rice vs. UTSA Tailgating Event!
10 Oct 2013 SMPS San Antonio: Fall Mixer and Food Drive
10 Oct 2013 Talk Marketing!
25 Sep 2013 What’s all the Boom about in our Northeast sister cities?
28 Aug 2013 SMPS San Antonio: End of Year Mixer
28 Aug 2013 Monthly Luncheon: Chapter Awards Luncheon
20 Aug 2013 SMPS Owner's Breakfast
31 Jul 2013 Member Involvement Breakfast
24 Jul 2013 SMPS San Antonio 3rd Annual Mini-Regional Conference
24 Jul 2013 Monthly Luncheon: Higher Education Construction Plans in Texas
27 Jun 2013 SMPS San Antonio and AGC San Antonio CLF: Summer Kick-Off Mixer
13 Jun 2013 Talk Marketing!
06 Jun 2013 Game Day 2013
22 May 2013 Monthly Luncheon: What's New in the Construction Industry?
09 May 2013 Talk Marketing!
24 Apr 2013 Monthly Luncheon: What's New at the City of San Antonio?
23 Apr 2013 Joint SMPS San Antonio/Austin: Circuit of the Americas Tour
23 Apr 2013 Mentor/Protege Program - Group Meeting
18 Apr 2013 SMPS Fiesta Mixer/Membership Drive
11 Apr 2013 Talk Marketing!
29 Mar 2013 SMPS Owner's Breakfast
27 Mar 2013 Monthly Luncheon: New Braunfels Growth Outpacing State Average | What’s In Store for the City’s Future?
21 Mar 2013 Talk Marketing!
05 Mar 2013 3rd Annual SMPS Celebrity Putting After Dark Event
26 Feb 2013 Mentor/Protege Program - Group Meeting
21 Feb 2013 2013 TSPE Engineers Week Mixer
13 Feb 2013 2013 SMPS Southern Regional Conference
23 Jan 2013 Monthly Luncheon: $350 Million Children's Hospital – Huge San Antonio Healthcare Market About to Get Even Larger
17 Jan 2013 Member Involvement Breakfast
10 Jan 2013 SOLD OUT: Talk Marketing!
13 Dec 2012 Talk Marketing!
12 Dec 2012 Members Only Holiday Luncheon
30 Nov 2012 SMPS Owner's Breakfast
30 Nov 2012 2013 SMPS Southern Regional Conference - Early Bird Registration Ends Soon!
14 Nov 2012 Monthly Luncheon: Long Range Plans at SAWS
08 Nov 2012 Talk Marketing!
24 Oct 2012 Monthly Luncheon: K-12 Panel – The Inside Scoop on Local ISD Bond Elections and How to Get the Work
11 Oct 2012 "A Walk in My Shoes" Shoe-Drive & Mixer
11 Oct 2012 Talk Marketing!
26 Sep 2012 Annual Chapter Meeting & Monthly Luncheon: The Future Looks Bright for Bexar County
25 Sep 2012 Mentor/Protege Program - Group Meeting
29 Aug 2012 End of Year Mixer
22 Aug 2012 Monthly Luncheon: Living As You Grow Old – Trends Within the Senior Living Market
26 Jul 2012 Joint SMPS/AGC Luncheon: Mid-Year Economic Forum—What's In Store for A/E/C Firms Along the Austin/San Antonio Corridor?
18 Jul 2012 Member Involvement Breakfast
27 Jun 2012 2012 SMPS San Antonio Awards Luncheon
12 Jun 2012 Talk Marketing!
23 May 2012 Monthly Luncheon: Healthcare Development & Trends
08 May 2012 Talk Marketing!
04 May 2012 SMPS Owner's Breakfast: Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff
03 May 2012 2012 CPSM Study Group Kick-Off/Orientation
25 Apr 2012 Monthly Luncheon: Lackland Air Force Base—Construction Continues After BRAC
10 Apr 2012 SMPS Fiesta Mixer/Membership Drive
10 Apr 2012 Talk Marketing!
28 Mar 2012 Monthly Luncheon: VIA Metropolitan Transit
20 Mar 2012 Talk Marketing!
08 Mar 2012 2nd Annual SMPS Celebrity Putting After Dark Event
23 Feb 2012 2012 Engineers Week Mixer
22 Feb 2012 Monthly Luncheon - Understanding the New State of Texas HUB Requirements
14 Feb 2012 Talk Marketing!
10 Feb 2012 SMPS Owners Breakfast - Peter Zanoni, CoSA Assistant City Manager
08 Feb 2012 Member Involvement Breakfast
02 Feb 2012 Golf Made E.E.E.asy Educational Session & Clinic
25 Jan 2012 10th Annual SMPS Southern Regional Conference
14 Dec 2011 SMPS Members Only Holiday Luncheon
13 Dec 2011 Talk Marketing!
02 Dec 2011 SMPS Owners Breakfast - David Smith, County Manager
16 Nov 2011 Monthly Luncheon - Eagle Ford Shale Play: Boom or Bust?
08 Nov 2011 Talk Marketing!
26 Oct 2011 Monthly Luncheon - Supporting Future Growth at SAWS LATE FEE PAYMENTS
26 Oct 2011 Monthly Luncheon - Supporting Future Growth at SAWS
11 Oct 2011 Talk Marketing!
28 Sep 2011 Monthly Luncheon—Marty Wender and Annual Meeting LATE REGISTRATION
28 Sep 2011 Monthly Luncheon—Marty Wender and Annual Meeting
10 Sep 2011 Let's KICK it -- UTSA Tailgating Event!
24 Aug 2011 SMPS National Conference
11 Aug 2011 Joint SMPS San Antonio/SAME Mixer
05 Aug 2011 Joint SMPS San Antonio and SMPS Austin Luncheon
05 Aug 2011 SMPS Owners Breakfast
28 Jul 2011 2011 SMPS San Antonio Awards Gala
28 Jun 2011 Member Orientation Breakfast
22 Jun 2011 SMPS San Antonio 2nd Annual Mini-Regional Conference
21 Jun 2011 SMPS Owners Breakfast
17 Jun 2011 CPSM Study Group Kick-Off
13 Jun 2011 SMPS Book Club
09 Jun 2011 SMPS San Antonio Membership Drive Mixer
31 May 2011 SMPS/AGC Joint Luncheon Late Registration Payment
25 May 2011 SMPS/AGC Joint Luncheon
12 May 2011 Monthly Luncheon - Judge Nelson Wolff - Late Registration
09 May 2011 SMPS Book Club
03 May 2011 Monthly Luncheon - Judge Nelson Wolff
11 Apr 2011 SMPS Book Club
07 Apr 2011 SMPS/CEFPI Fiesta Mixer
31 Mar 2011 1st Annual SMPS Celebrity Putting After Dark Event
23 Mar 2011 March Luncheon - Building for Education Powerhouses
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