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  • 10 Apr 2017 3:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PAY-IT-FORWARD GRANT
    ATTEND BUILD BUSINESS 2017!

    Do you want to go to the SMPS National Conference, Build Business
    2017 (July 12-14, 2017), but it’s just not in the budget this year? SMPS San
    Antonio has created the Pay-It-Forward grant to allow two of our members
    to attend this event. It doesn’t get any better than that!

    APPLICATION DEADLINE:
    APRIL 24, 2017 AT 5 P.M.

    GRANT COVERS:
    Full registration for Wednesday through Saturday
    Round-trip airfare/transportation
    Three-Night Hotel Stay
    Total reimbursement not to exceed $2,400

    ELIGIBILITY:
    Active member of the San Antonio Chapter of SMPS
    Minimum of one (1) year of membership in SMPS
    Current board members are not eligible.

    To read more or learn how to apply, click here!

    Questions:
    Please contact Shennandoah Goodson at sgoodson@525principle.com

  • 01 Apr 2017 1:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Quick Facts

    Name: Selena Marquez Horn    

    Company: Joeris General Contractors

    Role:  Marketing Coordinator

    What services does your company provide?

    We provide preconstruction & construction management services from design to closeout. Preconstruction services include estimating, scheduling, constructability reviews, value engineering, field investigation surveys, site logistics planning, safety planning, subcontractor bidding, and building information modeling (BIM) services. Construction services include full project coordination including quality assurance and safety, management of subcontractors, project close-out, and post-construction warranty.

    Years of A/E/C Experience: 4 years

    Learn more about Selena:

    Where are you originally from?
    San Antonio – born & raised.

    Tell us something really interesting about you.

    This April, my mom and I will be dancing for the first time in the Fiesta Flambeau Parade with San Antonio community dance troupe, Urban-15. I love challenging myself to try new things and my experience with Urban-15, thus far, has been one of my favorites.  

    Everyone at SMPS has a story about why they joined the organization. What’s yours?

    I was hesitant to join, but I thought it deserved an honest go before I made up my mind. You know what they say about assumptions…

    What drew you to the A/E/C industry?

    The AEC industry is in the business of creating tangible history. I was drawn to the inevitable verisimilitude of the messaging. I saw the tropes of our industry – the physical work, the strong structures, the industrious people, a completed project’s lasting impression – and I knew I would never be at a loss for content inspiration.

    Where’s your favorite place to eat in San Antonio?

    Kimura for tonkotsu ramen with chasu. They also have amazing charred edamame.

    What do you like to do in your free time?

    Consume content (digital, audio, and print) - Reddit, YouTube, podcasts, Netflix, HBO, history books, NY Times, The New Yorker, Twitter, Spotify, etc. I also enjoy practicing yoga, dancing, and spending time outdoors with my husband and pups. I’m rarely bored.

    Do you have any pets?
    Yes, two pups and one gatito. – Pelé, Karbach, and Yelena.

    What would be impossible for you to give up?
    My lust for learning.

    Describe your ideal vacation.

    Karaoke in the morning, spa + yoga in the afternoon, dance party at night – anywhere in the world.


  • 30 Mar 2017 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Hello Everyone!

    It is my pleasure to announce the Call for Nominations for the 2017-2018 SMPS San Antonio Chapter Board of Directors. This Call for Nominations is an opportunity to nominate our chapter’s future leaders—self-nominations are allowable and encouraged. We cannot carry out our versatile programs and organizational activities without the tireless efforts of our Board of Directors and committee members.

    The San Antonio Chapter Nominations & Elections Committee, consisting of three current board members and at least one individual who will represent the Chapter membership, seeks qualified candidates to fill the following eight (8) positions on the 2017-2018 Board of Directors:
    • President-Elect
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
    • Programs Director
    • Communications Director
    • Education Director
    • Membership Director
    • Sponsorship Director

    Current Board members returning to the 2017-2018 Board include:

    1.  Nick Holscher, PE (Kimley Horn) - Current President; will become Immediate Past President
    2.  Shennandoah Goodson (525 Principle) - Current President-Elect; will succeed as President

    If you would like to be more involved with our Chapter, but feel you are not ready to serve on the Board of Directors, please consider joining one of our committees! Opportunities to join one the SMPS committees will be available once the 2016-17 Board of Directors is selected.

    With warmest regards, 

    Shennandoah Goodson, MSODL
    President-Elect, SMPS San Antonio
    San Antonio Chapter Nominations and Elections Committee

    Informational Packet
    Click below to view details on eligibility requirements, descriptions of open board positions and more!

    Informational Packet

    Board of Directors Nomination Form
    Click below to download the nomination form for the Board of Directors. Nominations for the 2017-2018 Board of Directors should be submitted by email to Shennandoah Goodson no later than Monday, May 12, 2017. If you have any questions, contact Shennandoah via email or by phone at (210) 519-7599.

    Nomination Form
  • 02 Mar 2017 1:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Quick Facts

    Name: Connie Phillips    

    Company: STRUCTURA

    Role:  Regional Marketing Manager

    What services does your company provide?
    Commercial General Contracting/Project Management

    Years of A/E/C Experience: 6 months

    Learn more about Connie:

    Where are you originally from?
    New York

    Tell us something really interesting about you.
    I have traveled all over Europe and was in Rome with the Chamber of Commerce when Pope Francis began his papacy in 2013.  Camera Crews everywhere but we were lucky enough to see the white smoke billowing out of the chimney perched on the roof of the Sistine Chapel.
      

    Everyone at SMPS has a story about why they joined the organization. What’s yours?
    Was a Commercial Property Manager previous to my decision to change careers and accept my business development position which opened up a whole new world for me.  Very excited to be a member of this fantastic organization.

    What drew you to the A/E/C industry?
    Felt the need for a career change and that Structura was perfect for me to work with Architects, Engineers and Business Development colleagues.

    Where’s your favorite place to eat in San Antonio?
    Milano’s Italian Grill in Stone Oak

    What do you like to do in your free time?
    Entertain friends & Family.  Love wineries, county market days, volunteering at CARE pet adoption events.

    Do you have any pets?
    Yes I’m an animal foster parent for the CARE foundation.  Currently have 2 cats and 2 dogs that I have adopted.

    What would be impossible for you to give up?
    Italian Food & Wine

    Describe your ideal vacation.
    Have been all over the world on mini vacations but would love to spend a month in each - Greece, Spain, Croatia, Italy, Austrailia and Hawaii.


  • 01 Feb 2017 4:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Quick Facts

    Name: Eduardo Pulido     

    Company: Fugro USA Land, Inc.

    Role:  CMET Manager

    What services does your company provide?
    Fugro Land provides with Geotechnical Ground Investigation, Geological and Geophysical Surveys, Geoconsulting, GIS and Data Management and Land Asset Integrity. San Antonio office provides with Geotechnical and CMET services.

    Years of Experience: 5 years

    Learn more about Eduardo:

    Where are you originally from?
    Mexico, but been living more than half of my life in America.

    Tell us something really interesting about you.
    Participated as engineer on a marine geotechnical investigation in the Gulf of Mexico having a world record water depth of 9,589 ft (2015). The project consisted of in situ testing and soil sampling using ROV technology.

    Everyone at SMPS has a story about why they joined the organization. What’s yours?
    Throughout my professional development I encountered many challenges and being able to grow in the marketing field will help me become a more valuable asset, therefore joining the SMPS will improve and polish my marketing strategies.

    What drew you to the A/E/C industry?
    I have always been fascinated how ancient civilization built cities without the help of technology. Being able to be part of this important role to provide all necessary needs to maintain a civilization safe and sheltered.

    Where’s your favorite place to eat in San Antonio?
    Chart House Restaurant. It is a combination of the Alaskan king crab dish, a rich hot chocolate lava cake while rotating 360 degrees enjoying the sunset along the horizon.

    What do you like to do in your free time?
    Travel. Every time there are long weekends off I get on a plane and travel overseas. I enjoy playing soccer, attending to live sports events, wine tasting and reading.

    Do you have any pets?
    No.

    What would be impossible for you to give up?
    My health. The fact of not being able to stay physically active, to not make rational decisions and to not contribute to human kind will be very hard to give up.

    Describe your ideal vacation.
    A trip through the Milky Way Galaxy, travelling to the speed of light to prove the special theory of relativity, admire the billions of stars and supermassive black holes with a final stop in Jupiter.


  • 04 Jan 2017 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Quick Facts

    Name: Richard Medina     

    Company: Bain Medina Bain

    Role:  Marketing & Media Coordinator

    What services does your company provide?
    Civil Engineering and Surveying.

    Years of Experience: 5

    Learn more about Richard:

    Where are you originally from?
    Born and raised in San Antonio, TX

    Tell us something really interesting about you.
    Most people know that I have my own media company but what most don’t know is that I am involved in the film community. I helped film 2 movies created by local film director Cedric Thomas Smith, “Unimaginable” and “She Waits”. I have directed a short film “Fostered” and helped create “El Borracho” directed by Juan Carlos Montalvo. This coming year we have a handful of features and short films that will be filmed as well as one that I will be writing and directing.

    Everyone at SMPS has a story about why they joined the organization. What’s yours?
    LOL! It’s really not a crazy story other than one day my Boss told me “I signed you up for SMPS and you will be going”.

    What drew you to the A/E/C industry?
    I graduated high school and Bain Medina Bain needed surveyors at the time so I worked for this company on and off for years. Eventually I made my way back and was able to start working on the marketing side of the company.

    Where’s your favorite place to eat in San Antonio?
    I absolutely love sushi. There was a small sushi restaurant called Samurai Sushi that I would go to but the owner closed down and had a huge opportunity in California. So now I have to find a new place. So I’m still on the hunt and open to suggestions for this question!!

    What do you like to do in your free time?
    Cooking and movies!! I love cooking. There is nothing I can’t cook! But the best would be a steak marinated for a day, cooked to medium rare with asparagus and a nice salad and watching movies, foreign and domestic!

    Do you have any pets?
    Oh do I!  At one point I had 4 dogs. 2 passed away and yet I found another dog. It’s a love-hate relationship with that one. My dogs are trained. Properly trained. An example, I can put food in bowls and they will not move from their bed until I tell them to go eat. But that one dog that I found…. She pushes the boundaries… but she does have a face only a mother can love and well I’m her mother.

    What would be impossible for you to give up?
    I’ve been told “control”. I tend to see how things might play out in my head and so to avoid such mishaps I tend to control the situation. I’m 95% right all of the time…

    Describe your ideal vacation.
    My ideal vacation would be to first pack up all camping gear and dogs and take off to find a good camping spot. Set up camp and grab the chairs and sit in the water. Get back to camp and start a fire and cook some good food. Sitting by the fire with some great beverages and repeat for the next couple of days!.


  • 05 Dec 2016 4:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Quick Facts

    Name: Mark Figart        

    Company: Digett

    Role:  President

    What services does your company provide?
    Digital Marketing Strategy, Infrastructure and Operations for Professional Services.

    Years of Experience: 25

    Learn more about Mark:

    Where are you originally from?
    Houston, TX

    Tell us something really interesting about you.
    I assure you I’m quite ordinary. I’m most at home in nature, and enjoy nothing more than to spend a few days navigating a remote river in a kayak.

    Everyone at SMPS has a story about why they joined the organization. What’s yours?
    Upon attending my first luncheon I was immediately attracted to the energy of the San Antonio Chapter. It seems like an obvious place to get connected and to share knowledge.

    What drew you to the A/E/C industry?
    Through Digett’s engagements over the past 15 years I’ve recognized that so many AEC firms—often practitioner-led—seem reluctant to embrace the potential of digital marketing compared to our clients in other B2B industries. We’ve made it our mission at Digett to focus exclusively on professional services because we think we sense we can make the most meaningful impact.

    Where’s your favorite place to eat in San Antonio?
    My favorite place to eat is at home with the family. But it’s hard to beat a recent experience at Gwendolyn for an enjoyable dining experience out on the town. I recommend sitting at the bar overlooking the kitchen.

    What do you like to do in your free time?
    I have a 9-yr-old son who appreciates time with Dad. We spend a lot of time outside making all kinds of things with materials at hand. Next up is getting started on a treehouse.

    Do you have any pets?
    Just Fin, Nemo and Gary, who live in my son’s aquarium. I’d love to have a dog, but I travel frequently, and I’d prefer not to have to say goodbye to my “best friend” and subject him to doggie day care.

    What would be impossible for you to give up?
    I’d say a healthy, functioning brain has to rank right up there at the top.

    Describe your ideal vacation.
    A combination of a good culture shock, time with nature, and the absence of electronic devices.


  • 01 Nov 2016 2:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Quick Facts

    Name: Samantha Hopkins         

    Company: HDR Engineering, Inc.

    Role:  Senior Marketing Coordinator

    What services does your company provide?
    Engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services.

    Years of Experience: 7

    Learn more about Samantha:

    Where are you originally from?
    Floresville, TX

    Tell us something really interesting about you.
    Hmm…well, I grew up in a small town, so of course I was in 4-H. I was on the rifle team. The interesting part is that the team consisted of three girls and only one boy and all of the girls were better than the boy!

    Everyone at SMPS has a story about why they joined the organization. What’s yours?
    oming back to San Antonio after being gone for more than 20 years, I knew I had to find a way to network and meet new people. SMPS is the perfect venue for that.

    What drew you to the A/E/C industry?
    I wasn't really drawn to it, I fell into it! My mother worked for HDR and thought I'd be a good fit for the Houston office when I was looking to change jobs. The rest is history!

    Where’s your favorite place to eat in San Antonio?
    ell, Mexican food is my favorite, so I have ample choices to choose from. I guess my favorite would be a little mom and pop joint by my house, Dos Jaliscos.

    What do you like to do in your free time?
    I love to drive around to little towns around Texas and see what's there. Just little day trips to explore and learn more about our fabulous state.

    Do you have any pets?
    I do. I have a dog, Roscoe “Pico” Train…Hopkins (of course). He's a Yorkinese (half Yorkie, half Pekingese). Or a Porky as my brother calls him.

    What would be impossible for you to give up?
    Apparently, Mexican food. Oh, and beer!

    Describe your ideal vacation.
    My ideal vacation would be traveling to Europe for at least a month and cramming everything I can possibly see or do into it. My vacations are never restful!


  • 04 Oct 2016 11:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Quick Facts

    Name: Dawn Coleman           

    Company: Associated Builders and Contractors, South Texas Chapter (ABC)

    Role: Membership Director

    What services does your company provide?
    We are a national construction industry trade organization representing nearly 21,000 chapter members through over 70 chapters in the US.  We serve the construction industry through advocacy, business development and construction education.

    Years of Experience: 20+

    Learn more about Dawn:

    Where are you originally from?
    Born in Shiner, Texas – I used to have to ask people “Have you heard of Shiner beer?” to get them to recognize the name! Not anymore! But I’ve never met anyone else born there! I grew up in Houston, went to school in San Marcos back when it had another name….Have been in San Antonio for 30+ years.

    Tell us something really interesting about you.
    We’re related to Davy Crockett on my grandmother’s side.

    Everyone at SMPS has a story about why they joined the organization. What’s yours?
    I originally joined back in the mid-80s when I was the Marketing Coordinator for Goetting & Associates. We started the joint chapter with Austin. We would travel back and forth each month – alternating meetings in each city. It was exhausting but fun! We moved briefly to New Jersey and I worked for a civil/environmental engineer and was involved with SMPS there.  Then a long stretch of doing other marketing and consulting work… So when I got back into the industry, my first call was to SMPS to rejoin.

    What drew you to the A/E/C industry?
    I enjoyed the process of trying to find out about new work before everyone else! Then it was challenging to follow that through to landing the project. It was very satisfying when the process went full circle. We did a lot of exciting projects in SA back then. Now that I’m back in the industry, it’s fun to see who has moved up in their companies, started their own, etc. And I am amazed what a small world the whole construction industry is in the San Antonio area. Everyone knows everyone – it’s great!

    Where’s your favorite place to eat in San Antonio?
    J. Alexander’s holds a lot of special memories for me and my family.  And Chuy’s. My family actually gave me some stock because I eat there so often!

    What do you like to do in your free time?
    I am building a house right now, so that takes up any free time. But ordinarily, I enjoy spending time with my daughter and son, my friends,  my dogs, DIY projects, decorating... 

    Do you have any pets?
    We started out as a “lab family” – they’re great dogs. Now we’ve transitioned to a “labradoodle family”. They have all of the positive traits of labs – plus they don’t shed! And they’re adorable. We have Mollie, Gus and soon to add another to the fold.

    What would be impossible for you to give up?
    The snap answer would be chocolate. Or red wine. But honestly, it would be my family and friends. They’re what life is all about and have helped me in so many ways.

    Describe your ideal vacation.
    It would definitely involve family and friends at the lake or the beach. And chocolate. And red wine.


  • 01 Sep 2016 2:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Quick Facts

    Name: Jordan Schaefer            

    Company: Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.

    Role: Engineer / Project Manager

    What services does your company provide?
    Civil engineering services (land development, survey, transportation planning, roadway design, public utility design, hydrology and hydraulic analysis, aviation planning and design).

    Years of Experience: 4.5

    Learn more about Jordan:

    Where are you originally from?
    Shiner, Texas

    Tell us something really interesting about you.
    I am an eagle scout and have known my wife since second grade.

    Everyone at SMPS has a story about why they joined the organization. What’s yours?
    I am at the stage in my career where I need to start putting more of a focus on marketing as a seller-doer and SMPS offers me an avenue to do that. I also enjoy the content of the monthly luncheons and have found value in attending the “Shop Talk” events. 

    What drew you to the A/E/C industry?
    I have always had an interest in construction and how developments (public and private) come to be a reality so civil engineering made the most sense for me when it came time to select a field of study in college.

    Where’s your favorite place to eat in San Antonio?
    Bella on the River. 

    What do you like to do in your free time?
    Hunting, fishing, spending time with my family. 

    Do you have any pets?
    Yes, a dachshund named Scout.

    What would be impossible for you to give up?
    Sweets.

    Describe your ideal vacation.
    A stay in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora or the Maldives.


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