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SMPS New York Annual Meeting and Awards Gala

SMPS New York’s Annual Meeting and Marketing Communications & Leadership Awards Gala recognizes outstanding achievements of top marketing professionals for their contributions to their firm’s success and the advancement of the profession. The awards will be granted to A/E/C firms whose materials and campaigns most compellingly achieve their firms’ marketing goals, and individuals whose exceptional accomplishments make us all proud.

In addition to the Awards presentation, the program will include the introduction of the 2016-2017 SMPS-NY Board of Directors. Sponsorships are available and registration for tickets is open. There will be no walk-ins for this event.

Learn more HERE about the Marketing Communications & Chapter Leadership Awards.

MCA Winners

We are proud to announce the winners of this year's Marketing Communications Awards! We'd like to thank everyone who submitted for making this year's awards program a great success!

Winner: Leslie E. Robertson Associates (LERA)
Honorable Mention: Hunter Roberts Construction Group

Winner: Array Architects
Honorable Mention: VHB

Winner: HLB Lighting Design

Winner: VHB
Honorable Mention: Array Architects

Winner: HLB Lighting Design
Honorable Mention: Microdesk

Winner: ARUP
Honorable Mention: First Environment

Chapter Leadership Award Winners


Erika Capek

Marketing Manager

BuroHappold Engineering

Erika Capek


Meredith Lovejoy

Director of Global Marketing

Shen Milsom & Wilke LLC

Meredith Lovejoy

Event Sponsors

  • Diamond Level
  • Gedeon GRC Consulting

    • Platinum Level
    • VHB

      In-Kind Event Sponsors

      Sponsorship Information & Levels

      SMPS-NY has a variety of sponsorship opportunities for the gala which include the following levels:

      • Diamond Full Table - $1,500
      • Platinum Half Table - $1,000
      • Gold - $750
      • Silver - $500
      • Journal Ad Full-Page - $200
      • Journal Ad Half-Page - $100

      Please click HERE to download our sponsorship form for more specific benefit offerings at each level.

      Sponsorship opportunities are available until Friday, May 20. Questions about sponsorship? Contact Sarah Galus, Director of Special Events, at

      Chapter Leadership Judge

      David Grant


      Grant PR, Inc.

      David Grant

      A long-time journalist and public relations practitioner, David has been a New Yorker since the age of five. In public relations, David is a former director of public affairs for New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development. After serving as vice president of Howard J. Rubenstein Associates, he formed his own public relations firm in August 1974, specializing in real estate, construction, architecture and engineering. He has also been a New York City Hall reporter and deputy bureau chief for The Long Island Press. He is currently owner and president of Grant PR. David is a member and former board member of SMPS-NY. He has also lectured and written on various aspects of public relations.

      Chapter Leadership Judge

      Patricia Neumann, CPSM

      CEO & President

      Accu-Cost Construction Consultants, Inc.

      Patricia Neumann

      Patricia Neumann, CPSM, is the CEO and president of Accu-Cost Construction Consultants, Inc., a certified WBE/DBE firm. She joined the firm at its inception in March of 1993 as Director of Marketing. In 2003 she was promoted to principal and in July of 2009 she became CEO & President.

      Patricia joined the New York chapter of SMPS in 1997. She has served on the Board of Directors as secretary, treasurer, vice president/president elect, president, and immediate past-president. She continues to stay involved in the chapter as co-chair of the Mentor Program since 2012. She was also the winner of the SMPS NY Area Chapter Industry Leadership Award in 2013.

      Chapter Leadership Judge

      Julie Pampuch

      Managing Director

      WB Engineers+Consultants

      Julie Pampuch

      Julie’s story is about hard work and, as most stories are, a bit of luck.

      Because of both hard work and a bit of luck, Julie was accepted to Cornell University, and such began the California native’s east coast life. After graduation, she landed a great marketing job at a company. Eventually she moved to the AEC industry, and has worked at WB Engineers+Consultants for twelve years.

      Julie has been active in SMPS-NY, serving on the board of directors for over ten years in roles that include Director of Communications, Treasurer, Secretary and President.

      She volunteers as the Team Coach for Back on My Feet, an organization that supports veterans through the power of running.

      Marketing Communications Award Judge

      Ana Granados

      General Manager

      Cosentino City Center Manhattan

      Ana Granados is the General Manager for Cosentino City Center Manhattan. The Center’s primary function is to educate and support the architecture and design community on everything that Cosentino surfaces has to offer. She has made brand and relationship building for Spanish companies the focus of her career, moving to NYC in 2006 with the Trade Commission of Spain as a market analyst.

      Earning a Law Degree from the Granada University in Spain, she also studied in KU Leuven (Belgium) and Rennes (France). Her International career started in Brussels working for the European Union. She continued her education with a Masters in International Business Development in Madrid before moving to the US. She has a passion for languages, art, architecture, theater and New York City. She is a runner and completed the 2014 NYC Marathon.

      Marketing Communications Award Judge

      Cristian Fleming


      The Public Society

      Cristian Fleming’s twin passions for increasing access to design and making the world a better, more equitable place lie at the heart of his professional work as a designer. After nearly 20 years of independent experience architecting brand stories, identities, online and offline experiences for companies and causes alike, Cristian founded The Public Society in 2011 with the ambition of creating a new kind of design firm that challenges what design can be, and who can be a designer.

      He is a creative strategist, and activist dedicated to the belief that design is a powerful tool for improving the world. He is a co-founder and former trustee of DESIGN-ED, an organization established to advance design in the United States PreK-12 education system and creative director of Beautiful Trouble, a highly regarded creative activism catalyst. Cristian lives in Brooklyn with his journalist wife and two cats, whom his staff insist control his brain.

      Marketing Communications Award Judge

      Iva Kravitz, Associate AIA


      The Iva Agency

      As a values-driven company, The Iva Agency, a boutique marketing and public relations agency with a focus on architecture and design, has a special interest in firms working socially and/or environmentally responsibly. Current and past clients include Handel Architecture, Guenther 5 Architects/Perkins+Will, Turett Collaborative Architects, apartments&, Magnusson Architecture & Planning, Jeffrey Beers International, TPG Architecture and the Landscape Architecture Foundation.

      Iva has lectured to the ASID New York Chapter, Surtex for George Little Management and the Fordham Business School, and moderated panels for SMPS and the AIA. Publications include SDA Journal, Food Arts, Healthcare Design magazine and Oculus. She is an Associate Member of the AIA, a longtime member of the New York Chapter of the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) and Co-Chair of the Charitable Fund of CREW New York. Iva is also a founding Director of the Lauri Strauss Leukemia Foundation and on the Steering Committee of The Thorn Tree Project.

      After graduating from the University of Vermont, which included a junior year spent at the Universite de Nice, she did additional course work at Harvard University, New York University and the Steven Newman Real Estate Institute at Baruch College.

      Marketing Communications Award Judge

      Jenna M. McKnight

      Senior US Editor


      Jenna M. McKnight is an award-winning journalist and digital strategist with a deep passion for architecture, design, and culture. Her work has taken her around the world, from reporting on humanitarian projects in Haiti and Burkina Faso to covering international design expositions such as the Milan furniture fair. She has held senior positions at major print and online publications, in addition to serving as the first digital editor at the global architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. She currently is the senior US editor at Dezeen. A recognized leader in her field, Jenna has launched new programs, managed digital initiatives from the ground up, and organized numerous events related to architecture and media

      Marketing Communications Award Judge

      Susan B. Wallace


      Zubatkin Owner Representation

      Susan has more than thirty years of experience in not-for-profit management and owner representation for educational, performing arts and community facilities. She specializes in the planning, design and implementation of projects that require the management of multiple stakeholders, coordination of different types of funding, and complex municipal approvals. Through her work, she has frequently assisted owners in defining and advancing the selection process for architects, contractors and specialty consultants. Notable clients include the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, Second Stage Theatre and The Spence School.

      Prior to joining Zubatkin, Susan served as an owner’s representative for a major real estate development and consulting firm and as a business manager for a not-for-profit institution in New York City. Her first-hand knowledge and understanding of the owner’s perspective informs her approach in navigating project challenges and developing creative solutions for her clients.

When & Where

  • 06/01/2016
  • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  • Lexicon
  • 226 E 54th Street
  • New York, NY
  • MAP

Registration & Pricing

  • $135.00   SMPS Member (register by 05.30.2016)
  • $210.00   Non-Member (register by 05.30.2016)
  • register now!