Chapter Thanks Members in Style at San Diego Yacht Club; Sets Sights on New Horizons

Members of the 2013-2014 Board of Directors.

Mem­bers of the 2013–2014 Board of Direc­tors.

And so it was that on the 7th day of the 8th month they gath­ered to cel­e­brate achieve­ments, reflect on what was learned, and share in the pass­ing of the Board of Direc­tors man­tle to a new group of inspired lead­ers. There were many toasts, carved roasts and lives notes from the jazz play­ers; some laughs, casu­al ban­ter and wish­es for anoth­er pos­i­tive year. Indeed, a beau­ti­ful day, love­ly space and an envi­able water­front sit­u­a­tion pro­vid­ed a per­fect envi­ron­ment in which to say farewell to the Chapter’s 30th Anniver­sary annum, and roll on into 2014–15.

Carina Theissen and Bree Tsaniff hold the “Outstanding” Special Event Award from SMPS National for our inaugural 2013 Awards Gala.

Cari­na Theis­sen and Bree Tsan­iff hold the “Out­stand­ing” Spe­cial Event Award from SMPS Nation­al.

As it often does among this group of active­ly engaged and mer­ry mar­keters, an uplift­ing ener­gy sprung from the evi­dent cama­raderie and from the many suc­cess­es the Chap­ter enjoyed the past year. At the Nation­al Con­fer­ence in July, the Chap­ter was pre­sent­ed with a Striv­ing for Excel­lence Award for our inau­gur­al A/E/C Rock­stars Chap­ter Awards Pro­gram, as well as a Mar­ket­ing Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Award for Best Chap­ter Web­site. On the home front, the chap­ter saw the trend of increased pro­gram atten­dance con­tin­ue and a surge in mem­ber­ship num­bers. It also stretched out in to new for­mats for edu­ca­tion pro­grams, launched a wild­ly suc­cess­ful new par­a­digm for its social net­work­ing events, and host­ed anoth­er blue chip fundrais­ing golf tour­na­ment. A smile-wor­thy col­lec­tion of vic­to­ries to be sure.

David Lecours with the Best Website Award from SMPS National.

David Lecours with the Best Web­site Award from SMPS Nation­al.

The com­ing year pro­vides equal­ly excit­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for SMPS San Diego.  The new Board already has plan­ning well under­way for its Sep­tem­ber lun­cheon and Octo­ber edu­ca­tion event, which will be announced soon. It will be rolling out a com­pre­hen­sive mem­ber­ship growth and reten­tion plan, and is sig­nif­i­cant­ly enhanc­ing its online and media pres­ence. Social events with con­tin­ue to dri­ve net­work­ing and the bi-annu­al return of the “award-win­ning” A/E/C Rock­stars Chap­ter Awards Pro­gram and Gala with sure­ly drop a bold clos­ing excla­ma­tion point on the year.

In sum, the com­mit­ted pro­fes­sion­als who will be lead­ing the way this year are struc­tur­ing the Chap­ter pro­gram­ming to pro­vide mem­bers with the great­est oppor­tu­ni­ty to Build Con­nec­tions and Cre­ate Val­ue, for your firms and your pro­fes­sion­al career. The 2014–2015 Board of Direc­tors are below and list­ed on the Lead­er­ship page.

  • Pres­i­dent: Cather­ine McCul­lough, CPSM, McCul­lough Land­scape Archi­tec­ture, Inc.
  • Pres­i­dent Elect: Bree Tsan­iff, SWS Engi­neer­ing, Inc.
  • Imme­di­ate Past Pres­i­dent: Kel­ly Micha­jlenko, CPSM, Harley Ellis Dev­ereaux
  • Sec­re­tary: Kevin Gen­ner­man, Scant­ech Graph­ics
  • Trea­sur­er: Kim Ander­son, KPFF Con­sult­ing Engi­neers
  • Pro­grams: Stephen Fri­ar, Hensel Phelps and Christy Pavano, Christy Pavano Con­sult­ing
  • Edu­ca­tion: Beth Bate­man, Bate­man Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Eri­ca Moss, JR Filanc Con­struc­tion Com­pa­ny, Inc.
  • Accom­mo­da­tions: Shan­nah Hays, Englekirk Struc­tur­al Engi­neers and April Sweet, IMS
  • Mem­ber­ship: Olga Fish­er, Ran­dall Lamb Asso­ciates, Inc. and Jamie Engle­hardt, Rick Engi­neer­ing Com­pa­ny
  • Pro­fes­sion­al Devel­op­ment: Karen San­toro, CPSM, Pso­mas and Nicole Apel, O’Day Con­sul­tants
  • Com­mu­ni­ca­tions: Vik­ki Ott, CPSM, Haley & Aldrich and Cari­na Theis­sen, CPSM, Vista Envi­ron­men­tal Con­sult­ing
  • Golf Tour­na­ment: Scott Palmer, Aquat­ic Design Group and Eric Shei­dlinger, Reno Con­tract­ing, Inc.
  • Advi­so­ry Chair/Society Liai­son: Evan Ross, Par­sons Brinck­er­hoff
  • Pacif­ic Region­al Con­fer­ence Liai­son: Jeff Rank, Rolf Jensen & Asso­ciates, Inc.
Incoming President Catherine McCullough and Past-President Kelly Michajlenko at the Yacht Club.

Incom­ing Pres­i­dent Cather­ine McCul­lough and Past-Pres­i­dent Kel­ly Micha­jlenko at the Yacht Club.

The Board is in place, the sails are trimmed and the course is set. All that is required is the sup­port of the crew…me and you. Here’s to find­ing new hori­zons togeth­er!

Authored by:
Evan Ross
Mar­ket­ing Man­ag­er, San Diego & Orange Coun­ty
Par­sons Brinck­er­hoff


SMPS San Diego extends our thanks to Mike Tor­rey, who will be cap­tur­ing event pho­tos through­out the 2014–2015 cal­en­dar year. Please vis­it http://​www​.mike​tor​rey​.com/ to see his archi­tec­tur­al pho­tog­ra­phy.

One comment on “Chapter Thanks Members in Style at San Diego Yacht Club; Sets Sights on New Horizons
  1. Great post Evan Ross. It was a fun event in a great space. Beau­ti­ful­ly pho­tog­ra­phy Mike Tor­rey.

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