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Nominees are being sought for the 2018 Leonardo Award!
What is the Leonardo Award?
Inspired by the Renaissance inventor, writer, printer and sculptor, the Leonardo Award recognizes an outstanding, current SMPS member who has demonstrated a career of excellence in marketing and business development creativity and innovation within the built environment. The winner will have demonstrated expertise within firms he/she has served and the industry as a whole.
This award is based upon a submittal and interview process. It is voted on by a jury selected from within the A/E/C industry
Who can submit?
SMPS members have the option to nominate a fellow SMPS member or to self-nominate.
Nominations will be submitted as one (1) digital (PDF).
What's the deadline to submit?
Nomination submittals are due by the end of business on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018The winner will be announced at the Evening of Excellence on August 2nd.
Leonardo Award Nomination Packet
Click below to view details regarding the Leonardo Award nomination criteria and application instructions.
Name: Sharee Bridges
Company: Bartlett Cocke General Contractors
Role: Digital Marketing & Multimedia Specialist
What services does your company provide? Bartlett Cocke General Contractors focuses on producing higher purpose facilities that deliver the greatest possible value to our communities.
Years of Experience: 10+
Everyone at SMPS has a story about why they joined the organization. What’s yours?After joining the Bartlett Cocke General Contractors family, it was time to work on further networking with marketing professionals who I could gain valuable knowledge and experience from.
Where are you originally from?I was born in California and I lived in Kansas City, MO before moving to San Antonio. I have lived in SA for 24 years.
Tell us something really interesting about you?I have slowly been working on a stop-motion animation, building the sets in my workshop. It’s a slow process, but it gets me off the computer!
Where’s your favorite place to eat in San Antonio?I just discovered Torchy’s Tacos and love that they have vegan/vegetarian options!
What do you like to do in your free time?I like to garden and recently joined my neighborhood community garden. I have been involved in community gardens around San Antonio for years. I also enjoy oil painting and a good book!
Do you have any pets? I currently have 2 cats.
What would be impossible for you to give up?My independence.
Describe your ideal vacation. I have family in the UK, so I’d visit with them and then take a train up through the countryside into Scotland. Then I’d visit the famous Cliffs of Moher in Ireland.
Name: Kindell Givens Hernandez
Company: LNV, Inc.
Role: Marketing Manager
What services does your company provide? Engineering (civil, structural, and environmental), architecture, and surveying.
Years of Experience: Four years’ AEC experience – plus additional years in sales and marketing-related positions
Everyone at SMPS has a story about why they joined the organization. What’s yours?I was encouraged to join SMPS by Linda Koch, who has been in the industry for over 30 years. Before joining, I attended luncheons and events here and there under previous supervisors, but Linda was the nudge I needed. In the time I have been a part of SMPS, there’s no doubt the value it has added to me as a marketer and to my firm as a whole. Not only has it been helpful making new contacts and friends in the industry, but the growth I have experienced has helped me become a more well-rounded, confident professional.
Where are you originally from?A little suburb outside of Corpus Christi, called Calallen.
Tell us something really interesting about you?I’m a former gymnast and tumbler. I can still do a back handspring and some other tricks, as long as there is Advil on hand after.
Where’s your favorite place to eat in San Antonio?Il Sogno at the Pearl (so sad to see it close). I recently moved with my firm to San Antonio from Corpus Christi, so I am still exploring what the city has to offer. I am a big foodie, so I am always taking recommendations!
What do you like to do in your free time?Nerd alert: In my free time, I love to binge watch Netflix documentaries. I also love spending time with my dogs and my husband. And, of course, shopping at Loft and the sale rack at Anthropolgie.
Do you have any pets? Yes! I have two furbabies named Basil and Brooks. Brooks is actually our newest addition. We got him a few weeks before transitioning to San Antonio. Between the move and sibling rivalry gearing up, the last few weeks have been...interesting, but very exciting as well.
What would be impossible for you to give up?I would risk my life to ensure I have my morning coffee.
Describe your ideal vacation. Any beach with clear crystal water. The Turks and Caicos Islands are my next stop.
It is my pleasure to announce the Call for Nominations for the 2018-2019 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.
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 2018-19 Board of Directors is selected.
With warmest regards,
President-Elect, SMPS San Antonio
Informational PacketClick below to view details on eligibility requirements, descriptions of open board positions and more!
Board of Directors Nomination FormClick below to download the nomination form for the Board of Directors. Nominations for the 2018-2019 Board of Directors should be submitted by email to Chris Carruth no later than Monday, June 15, 2018.
Name: Eva Ramirez
Company: RVK Architects
Role: Director of Marketing
What services does your company provide? Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture
Years of Experience: 29
You are celebrating 20 years with SMPS!! Why have you remained a member?SMPS was the first organization that launched me into my career. I knew nothing about the industry but quickly learned this organization was my stepping stone into an extremely interesting and exciting business world. I could not believe there was actually an organization with people that did what I did and really cared to help. Still to this day, SMPS is still there to help mentor and educate all – love it!
How has SMPS contributed to your success as a marketing and business development professional?It has offered countless opportunities to connect with clients, potential clients and people within the industry to develop long term relationships throughout the nation. It has given me access to educational opportunities through the local chapter, regional conferences and national conferences to help hone my skills and keep me in tune with current trends and industry standards. More importantly, it has helped me develop deep strong friendships with cream of the crop business developers that helped shape who I am and keep me reaching for higher goals.
To which project are you most proud of having contributed?The creation and development of the marketing departments for both JQ and RVK.
What drew you to the AEC industry?My night gig at IRS in Austin was over and a friend called me to offer me a job at an engineering firm doing accounts payable. Of all things when I did not like numbers, yes IRS was numbers too but I had day classes to attend and it paid the bills but I digress. I took the job and loved the industry even from behind the calculator. Luckily after six months, the marketing person left on an extended vacation and I naturally fit in. Since then I propelled into this industry learning all I could and meeting as many people as possible. I continue to love the industry and all of the outstanding people I have met along the way. .
Where are you originally from? Austin
What would be impossible for you to give up?In the industry, the numerous friends I have made and in my personal life, visits to see my mom and family as well as my pup, Biscuit.
ATTEND BUILD BUSINESS 2018!
Do you want to go to the SMPS National Conference, Build Business
2018 (August 15-17, 2018), but it’s just not in the budget this year? SMPS San
Antonio has created the Pay-It-Forward grant to allow one of our members
to attend this event. It doesn’t get any better than that!
APRIL 30, 2018 AT 5 P.M.
Full registration for Wednesday through Saturday
Three-Night Hotel Stay
Total reimbursement not to exceed $2,400
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!
Please contact Chris Carruth at email@example.com
Name: Laura Rasmussen
Company: Lake|Flato Architects
Role: Proposal Manager
What services does your company provide? Lake|Flato focuses on highly sustainable architecture that is rooted to its place and successfully merges with the landscape. We seek to create buildings that are tactile and modern, environmentally responsible and authentic, artful and crafted.
Years of Experience: 16
Everyone at SMPS has a story about why they joined the organization. What’s yours?My BD Director suggested I join as a way to get more involved and connected within the SA AEC community!
Where are you originally from?I moved to San Antonio in September 2016 from Little Rock, AR. I grew up in a very, very small town in southeast Arkansas.
Tell us something really interesting about you?My “starter home” was a 120-year-old fixer-upper. I started a tiny friction fire the day I moved in because I did not know that drills had a reverse setting. Luckily, I have really good friends with extensive renovation experience who were willing to teach me…after they quit laughing. I ended up doing most of the renovations myself and really enjoyed the process.
Where’s your favorite place to eat in San Antonio?I’ve only been here just over a year, so I am still trying out as many restaurants as I can. Nonna, La Frite, Dignowity Meats are all fantastic.
What do you like to do in your free time?You’ll usually find me running on the Riverwalk (I’m training for my first marathon), trying out new dinner and craft beer spots with my friends, or on the lake with my paddleboard or kayak in the summer. Although, most often, I end up spending free time making mental to do lists of things of everything I need to get done at work!
Do you have any pets? Snacks & Munchies, two fat cats who think they are dogs.
What would be impossible for you to give up?Claritin. Mountain Cedar is AWFUL.
Describe your ideal vacation. I have always wanted to go to Iceland and “camp” under the aurora. But, it would have to be a really, really nice, warm camp.
Name: Joe Irizarry
Company: Raba Kistner, Inc.
Role: Vice President-Corporate Development
What services does your company provide? Project management, engineering and environmental consulting, and infrastructure quality assurance
SMPS Anniversary: September 26, 2007
How long have you been an SMPS Member? Over 10 years
Everyone at SMPS has a story about why they joined the organization. What’s yours?I got "voluntold" to participate when I joined the firm. We've been a part of the local chapter since its inception so there's an expectation to participate and give back.
Where are you originally from?I was born in Atlanta, GA (Ft. McPherson). As an army brat, our family moved frequently.
Tell us something really interesting about you?I studied martial arts between 4th and 7th grade. Over time, as the highest ranked child, I led the children's (K-12) classes. I also trained with the adult class (soldiers) on weekends. Whenever I was the highest ranking person in those sessions, I would serve as instructor for them, too.
Some didn't take kindly to a child instructor and helped show that during sparring sessions! The skills I learned slipped away long ago. The humility, determination and self-confidence required to credibly lead as a child still serves me well today!
Where’s your favorite place to eat in San Antonio?India Oven
What do you like to do in your free time?Travel with my wife, Tracy (and kids sometimes), read, write, see movies and hang out with the family.
Do you have any pets? We have two shelter dogs, Roxie and Zoey.
What would be impossible for you to give up?Reading!
Describe your ideal vacation. Comfortable lodging. Dining and drinking where locals do. Culture. History. Low-key adventure. If my wife and I can have all of those things AND use some frequent flyer points…we have an ideal vacation.
Name: Eduardo Ramirez
Company: Pfluger Architects
Role: Marketing Coordinator
What services does your company provide? Educational facility planning, design, and construction administration
Years of Experience: Just started this year in September 2017
Where are you originally from?Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico. It is situated in western Mexico, on the Pacific Coast, and we are the world’s largest producer of avocados <insert millennial avocado joke>.
Tell us something really interesting about you?I have traveled to 23+ countries and counting!
Everyone at SMPS has a story about why they joined the organization. What’s yours?Since I am completely new to the AEC industry, I thought it was essential to be involved in an organization that caters to marketing professionals.
What drew you to the A/E/C industry?I have always had an interest in architecture, but had no idea how the industry worked. I started reading up on it and it sounded like something I would definitely enjoy doing. So far I am enjoying everything I am learning and am eager to learn even more.
Where’s your favorite place to eat in San Antonio?Pasha Mediterranean Grill, best Eastern Mediterranean food in San Antonio!
What do you like to do in your free time?Workout, listen to music, read art books, watch movies.
Do you have any pets? Where ?No.
What would be impossible for you to give up?Traveling. I want to visit every country in the world before I die.
Describe your ideal vacation. My ideal vacation is anywhere in the world as long as I’m traveling with the perfect companions.
Address:P.O. Box 17945San Antonio, TX 78217