The Leonardo Award

Inspired by the Renaissance inventor, writer, printer and sculptor, the SMPS San Antonio chapter presents the Leonardo Award to recognize a current member who has demonstrated excellence in marketing creativity and innovation as it relates to the built environment. The recipient of the Leonardo Award is announced at the Evening of Excellence Awards Ceremony.

2019 Recipients

Angela Cardwell, Joeris General Contractors, LTD.

As Chief  Marketing Officer, Angela began at Joeris 18+ years ago as the sole marketing staff member. She immediately began to make an impact by combining her marketing skills with her natural aptitude for business strategy. Gary Joeris recognized this ability and quickly came to rely on her input and ideas for the marketing direction of the firm and overall marketing and business development strategy. As Joeris grew, Angela strengthened the marketing team by hiring team members who were strong performers in areas where she lacked skills.  The marketing team was quickly seen as a real asset and an integral part of Joeris’ growth and success. Joeris has been differentiated in the Texas A/E/C industry through its distinct branding, based on the marketing team’s goal to continually be perceived as fresh and innovative.   

Maryanne Guido, Guido Companies

As CEO and Chairman of the Board of Guido & Companies, Maryanne’s leadership has contributed to Guido Construction’s dynamic growth, won and built legacy projects and positioned themselves in the top tier of South Texas builders. She stated in her interview, she had no training in marketing and business development and credits SMPS for education and that has been valuable in establishing Guido’s success in winning new work and maintaining strong client relationships. She has brought best practices to Guido at every level….through Harvard Business Employee Evaluation Process and other national programs through her leadership and involvement in numerous professional organizations including, the Consulting Contractors of America Council Board of Directors, the AGC National Education Foundation.

Past Recipients

2018 Katherine McGuyre, Facility Programming and Consulting
2017 Louis Rowe, Jacobs
2016 Sally Smith, Marmon Mok
2014 Eva Ramirez, RVK
2013 Nancy Parker, Pape-Dawson Engineers
Melodye Tomsu, SpawGlass
2012 Maggie Seay, Emerald Fox Marketing
2011 Rebecca Mansfield, Cadence McShane Construction Co.
2009 Joe Irizarry, Raba Kistner
2008 Kirk Kistner, Bartlett Cocke General Contractors


Who can apply?

Nominees should meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum ten years of marketing and/or business development experience, including five years specific to the A/E/C industry.
  • Applicant must be a past or current member of SMPS or work in a firm that supports SMPS with a current member.
  • Will have made a great impact on their respective organizations and the profession.