Member Buzz

April 2018 Member News!

Member Buzz

Let’s see what our members are up to this month!

Nathan Reyna & Keith Kennedy join Mancini Duffy

Nathan Reyna joins Mancini Duffy as Marketing Manager with over five years of experience in the AEC industry. Nathan will establish winning presentation strategies and identify day-to-day opportunities for marketing excellence.

Keith Kennedy also joins Mancini Duffy as Marketing Director/Senior Associate. In his role, Keith will oversee marketing program strategy, working with his team to promote the firm’s directives in innovation and technology.  

Manjola Gjini joins AKRF

Manjola Gjini recently started working at AKRF, Inc., a multidisciplinary consulting firm specializing in environmental, planning, and engineering services. As Proposal Manager, Manjola works on writing, editing, assembling and customizing proposal content. She works closely with staff and sub-consultants on all aspects of the proposal process. Manjola is a member of the PR & Communications Committee and Professional Development Committee of SMPS-NY. ​

Fadi Asmar joins Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Fadi Asmar joins Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP – SOM as Marketing and Communications Specialist. In this role, Fadi aims to direct and produce deliverables that represent SOM’s brand and drive new business development for the firm. Fadi also acts as a liaison between SOM’s Structural team and the overall Marketing and Communications team. As a firm wide role, Fadi will be based out of the Chicago Office later this summer.

Alexa Antopol speaks at MERGE 2018 Conference

Director of Marketing Alexa B. Antopol and Creative Director Alex Coulombe of Agile Lens: Immersive Design presented an introduction to immersive technologies at SMPS NERC 2018 MERGE. The session “Virtual Reality: The Best Marketing Tool You’re Not Using Yet” helped attendees understand the opportunities and challenges inherent in the decision to add immersive technologies to their digital marketing toolbox. To watch the video: Click Here!

SMPS-NY & Upstate NY Chapters win MERGE 2018 Big Pitch

Nathan Reyna, Marketing Manager at Mancini Duffy and Erin Shannon-Bullard, CPSM, Director of Marketing & Business Development at Vertical Access took home first place at the MERGE 2018 Big Pitch in Baltimore. Their idea for a smartphone app that streamlines business development with instant follow up while integrating with a firm’s website and CRM was among the innovative pitch ideas for products and services that will help AEC marketers in everyday life.

Alexis Newman named one of the Top Event Marketers to Watch in 2018

Alexis Newman, Senior Marketing Specialist at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH) and 2017-2018 SMPS-NY President, was selected by Bizzabo, the world’s fastest growing event technology company, as a Top Event Marketer to Watch in 2018. As full-time client events manager at SGH, Alexis expanded the firm’s event strategy from a handful of small technical seminars to a nationally-recognized client events program, hosting several thousand attendees per year across the U.S.

As an active SMPS member for the last 12 years, Alexis has kept true to the society’s mission of ‘advocating for, educating, and connecting leaders in the building industry’ by sharing her knowledge with her SMPS peers. Last year at SMPS New York’s Coordinators Club, Alexis presented her AIA-approved seminar, “Precise Coordination, Extraordinary Results: Planning Successful Client Events.” Lately, she’s been taking the events show on the road, presenting to several other SMPS chapters. To read more about Alexis’ achievements in event marketing and to view Bizzabo’s full list, Click Here!

SMPS-NY Members profiled in the New York Real Estate Journal

Three SMPS-NY members were featured in New York Real Estate Journal’s March Spotlight: 2018 Women in Real Estate & Construction Services.   To read the spotlights click the links below:

  • Alexis Newman, Senior Marketing Specialist, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
  • Alexa Antopol, Chief Intelligence Officer, Fisher Dachs Associates
  • Katherine DeMercurio, Marketing & Communications Manager, EverGreene Architectural Arts
  • Erika Capek completes the 122nd Boston Marathon
  • Congratulations to Erika Capek, Marketing Manager at BuroHappold Engineering on completing the Boston Marathon!

New Members! 

Join us in welcoming Cynthia Chau, from Arup, Jamie Dang, Chief Operations Officer at HR&A, Magen Mintz, Marketing Assistant at Leslie E. Robertson Associates (LERA) and Emily White, Marketing Coordinator at Turner Construction!