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Kourtenay Mott Marketing Manager One Lux Studio, LLC

Kourtenay Mott
  • Awards Program Chair, Special Events Committee
Donning their best festive attire, SMPS members came together for a night of celebration on Thursday, June 4th for the 2015 SMPS-NY Awards Gala. The annual gala honors the Marketing Communications Award (MCA) winners as well as the Mary Findlen Professional Development Grant and Principal of the Year Leadership Award winners.

[expand title=”Click here read more about the 2015 Gala…”] Held at the dramatic space Motivo, the gala kicked off with a fun cocktail hour where members mixed and mingled with the award winners and other attendees. The winning MCA submissions were on display, and guests were able to cast their ballots for the People’s Choice Award, to be presented later in the evening. Then it was show time! SMPS-NY President Julie Pampuch crossed a symbolic finish line to the stage, where she thanked everyone, including the current 2014-2015 SMPS-NY Board Members, for all of the “victory laps” she took in honor of the chapter’s accomplishments. She then introduced the MCA judges—Maralyn Dolan, David Hitt, Kristen Richards, and Chris Sullivan—and invited them to the stage to announce the MCA winners: The Berman Group (Winner, Brand Identity and Honorable Mention, Marketing Campaign), Microdesk (Winner, Event/Holiday Piece, Print), HLB Lighting Design (Honorable Mention, Event/Holiday Piece, Digital), EYP (Winner, Event/Holiday Piece, Digital), FXFowle (Winner, Marketing Campaign and Honorable Mention, Website), FieldLens (Winner, Website and Honorable Mention, Social Media), and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (Winner, Social Media). After a break in the program to enjoy dinner, Julie revealed her pick for this year’s President Cup, a tradition started a two years ago by Past President Jason Vesuvio in which a trophy engraved with winners’ names is passed annually from one winner to the next. Julie gave the award to Martha Huguet and Patricia Neumann, co-chairs of the Mentor Program, based on their years of quiet dedication to helping SMPS members grow and flourish in their careers. Next on the program was the presentation of the Leadership Awards. The Leadership judges, Martha Huguet, Maxinne Leighton, and Sarah Nolan Hoff, were introduced, and then the awardees. Kirsten Sibilia, Principal at Dattner Architects, was the winner of the Principal of the Year Award in recognition of her success in advancing marketing to the top level of A/E/C firms. I, Kourtenay Mott (yes, the author of this event recap), was very happy to have been selected to win the Mary Findlen Grant, which will send me to the SMPS National Conference in Los Angeles this August. Since the votes for the People’s Choice Award had been tallied, it was then time to announce the winner. FXFowle, the winner of the MCA in the Marketing Campaign category, was selected by gala attendees for that distinction. FXFowle’s MCA award-winning monograph focused on the firm’s culture, process, and collective body of ideas, and was a great example of a marketing campaign that generated press and expanded the firm’s reach. To conclude the night’s program, Alicia Koledin, current President-Elect and the 2015-2016 SMPS-NY President, introduced the 2015-2016 SMPS-NY Board Members, who will all have big shoes to fill once their term starts in September. After the night officially ended, guests picked up their bubbly party favors, and some continued the celebratory spirit at the after-party a few blocks away. Since the SMPS gala crowd consists of creative and competitive marketing-types, we can imagine that some of this year’s attendees are already dreaming up the campaigns, strategies and materials that will be next year’s winning entries! [/expand]