It’s that time of the year again, the event that we all have been waiting for – the 2020 SMPS New York Annual Liberty Ball is just around the corner. If you’re new to our chapter or are not familiar with this event, this is one of the most exciting events our chapter organizes every year. Think of it as the, “Oscars of the NYC AEC Industry,” where we celebrate the cream of the crop among top marketing professionals representing work from some of the most prestigious firms in New York City. Every year we come together to recognize and celebrate the achievements of the bold, the brilliant, and the best marketers and teams who are blazing new trails within the industry, honoring them with Professional Achievement and Marketing Communication Awards for their outstanding work through the year.

When I first joined SMPS New York in the summer of 2016. I realized the great value that our chapter’s events brings to us as marketers. I decided to join the Special Events Committee – the team responsible for organizing fabulous events such as the annual SMPS Holiday Party, happy hours, and of course, the Liberty Ball. As I grew into my career, being among those recognized as a winner for one of these Professional Achievement Awards became a huge goal.…On June 6, 2019, my hard work paid off and I was recognized as the SMPS-NY Rising Star. It’s been a little over a year since I received this award and I still can’t find the words to describe the emotions I was going through that night. My parents were in attendance, this was the first time they got to see my world and the wonderful people that I work with. The feeling was indescribable – to receive this award with my parents in the audience and my peers who I have looked up to ever since I got involved with SMPS-NY was beyond amazing! It’s a night that I won’t ever forget!

Every year I look forward to planning this event in particular and enjoy watching it all come to fruition. With the leadership of our Special Events Director, Nicole Veenstra and the creative minds on our team, every detail is thoughtfully planned and well executed. From networking with your peers while enjoying a delicious signature cocktail crafted by our wonderful sponsors, to the awards ceremony where we celebrate our marketing rock stars – the night is just absolutely spectacular! However, 2020 has brought some changes that none of our team could foresee coming when we initially started to plan this year’s Liberty Ball Awards. Unfortunately, due to these unprecedented times and how COVID-19 has affected our industry, this year’s awards ceremony will be hosted on a virtual platform. Our team has collectively put together a fun and exciting agenda for all our guests which will be accompanied by some “easy-to-make-at-home” cocktail recipes that will be sure to keep you in good spirits for the entirety of the night.

Although this year’s awards ceremony will be different from the years before, the Special Events Committee and I assure you that this will be an evening you won’t want to miss! I hope everyone who reads this, and all the members and firms who make up our organization, do register to attend. Tickets are on sale now – you can snag yours on our dedicated event page: LibertyBall20. And don’t forget to use #LibertyBall20 & #SMPSNY when sharing your best pics

But don’t just take it from me, hear what past winners have to say!

“Being recognized as the SMPS-NY 2019 Marketer of the Year will always be a highlight of my career. The Liberty Ball accentuated the award by allowing all of the achievements associated with it to be celebrated amongst industry peers, trendsetters, and innovators—the best in the business.”  Keith J. Kennedy, Vice President, Mancini

“It was an amazing privilege to receive the Vanguard award and follow in the footsteps of so many great people I admire.”  Sarah Nolan Hoff, Owner/Creative Director, Hoffhaus Creative LLC

“I am honored to have been recognized by my peers with the Mary Findlen Scholarship Grant. Looking at past award recipients and the award namesake—Mary Findlen—I am in the company of the industry’s most dedicated and pioneering professionals. Thank you!”  Ali Panditrao, Marketing Coordinator, WARE MALCOMB

“There’s no better feeling than to be recognized by your peers and colleagues in the AEC community. It’s powerful!!”  Robin Carathanasis, Marketing Consultant, Lilker Associates Consulting Engineers, PC