Wow. Now THAT was fun.

It’s hard to believe my year as President has come to an end. It seems like just yesterday I was shaking and trembling as I said my opening remarks at our first program of the year. And now I’m saying goodbye! (To be fair I still tremble when speaking in public.) We had an incredible year filled with unique programming, member engagement, and above all, we had some really good times. Humor me with a short recap:

We introduced our first ever Executive Roundtable Series, a repositioning of our chapter’s annual Principal’s Breakfast, into a two-part program that shifted the focus from upcoming project opportunities to a more thought-provoking, brainstorming session of how firms can provide more value and increase their profitability. Instead of a traditional program on the overall economic forecast, we had participates challenge themselves and their colleagues in an examination of why architecture and engineering industries lag behind when it comes to profitability and how they can change the course.

For TME 2018, we did things a little differently this year by bringing you a new slate of programming from marketing professionals from a diverse array of industries, which resulted in a really good mix of ideas and collaboration. “The Power of Storytelling in Marketing and Business Development,” we heard from pros on using the ever growing storytelling tactics to drive business and showcase the capabilities of our firm.

And we also held our first ever Town Hall Meeting, which sought out direct feedback from our members on what they want out of their SMPS membership to help direct our upcoming strategic efforts. We also shared a little love that night, too, which I think was the icing on the cake.

I never saw myself in a presidential role. I’ve always been comfortable on the sidelines, contributing to the conversation with humor, more or less. Serving in this capacity has given me the confidence to take on any leadership position that comes my way, and it’s all thanks to you, our members, for supporting me, supporting our chapter, believing in what we do, and being part of this organization. Of course, you’re only as good as your best team members. I couldn’t have made it through this year without the support of the Board of Directors. They are the true talent of this organization and deserve all the accolades.

I have a lot of feelings leaving my perch as President: relief (haha), sadness, and more than anything, excitement. Excitement for what’s to come with Katherine DeMercurio at the helm. Kat is fierce, loyal, smart, funny, kind, and she’s going to kick all kinds of ass as President. I can’t wait to see what she accomplishes as President…from a slight distance.

As some of you know, I’ll be moving to Boston in two days. So not only is this goodbye as President, its goodbye to New York as well. But this isn’t really goodbye, as I’ll still be on the SMPS-NY Board as the Immediate Past President and will be advising the chapter throughout the year.  

Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this journey as not only President, but who have supported me in my career in New York. The friendships I have made will last a lifetime and I will never forget all of the memories we have made. Until next time!