Mid-Term Letter from SMPS San Diego President Beth Bateman


Beth Bate­man SMPS San Diego Chap­ter Pres­i­dent 2016–2017

San Diego is on the verge of a Renais­sance. How do we know? Just take a look down­town and you’ll see con­struc­tion cranes punc­tu­at­ing the sky­line, con­struc­tion fences sur­round­ing plots of land, traf­fic cones warn­ing dri­vers there’s con­struc­tion ahead, and lines of cement trucks wait­ing to pour con­crete.  And that’s just in Lit­tle Italy and down­town!

A new, revi­tal­ized Sea­port Vil­lage is on the draw­ing board, the City Coun­cil approved plans for our first Ritz Carl­ton Hotel at 7th and Mar­ket, and talk is get­ting more seri­ous about a Con­ven­tion Cen­ter expan­sion to accom­mo­date Com­ic-Con and oth­er large groups.  For the first time in many years, the City of San Diego has a strong CIP bud­get – as do San Diego Coun­ty and oth­er local munic­i­pal­i­ties. SANDAG and Cal­trans con­tin­ue to be active with infra­struc­ture projects.  K-12 bond mea­sures passed last Novem­ber, open­ing the door for an array of school projects.  And of course, there’s the Big Q – Qual­comm Sta­di­um. What will hap­pen with that? Will the emp­ty sta­di­um attract a new NFL foot­ball team to town?  Will San Diego State Uni­ver­si­ty take it over for a new com­plex with a foot­ball sta­di­um, class­room build­ings, under­grad­u­ate hous­ing, park­ing, and more?  Or maybe there will be a pro­fes­sion­al soc­cer team tak­ing over the site, or a world-class med­ical research cen­ter.  All of those options are good news for those of us in the A/E/C indus­try, because each option requires a team of A/E plan­ners to help bring those ideas to life so they can win approval from the prop­er juris­dic­tions.

The news keeps get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter because this is just the tip of the ice­berg. There are many more excit­ing projects spring­ing up through­out the region.

And what’s good for the indus­try is good for SMPS San Diego. Each seg­ment of our indus­try has its own pro­fes­sion­al asso­ci­a­tion, but where can you go to meet key peo­ple in all of those indus­try seg­ments? SMPS San Diego, of course! We have archi­tects, civ­il / struc­tur­al / mechan­i­cal / elec­tri­cal / and fire pro­tec­tion engi­neers, gen­er­al con­trac­tors, land­scape archi­tects, envi­ron­men­tal / geot­ech­ni­cal and soils engi­neers, cost esti­ma­tors, plan­ners, pro­gram man­agers, con­struc­tion man­agers, and more.  SMPS San Diego is the one place where every­one in our indus­try can get togeth­er to share ideas, build pro­fes­sion­al and per­son­al rela­tion­ships, net­work, find out about upcom­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties, and learn more about best prac­tices in mar­ket­ing and busi­ness devel­op­ment for our firms.

And the kick­er is, we all have a lot of fun while doing this! At our annu­al plan­ning meet­ing last sum­mer, the incom­ing Board of Direc­tors adopt­ed “Striv­ing for Excel­lence” as our theme.   It sums up who we are in our per­son­al lives, our busi­ness­es, and our Chap­ter – we are peo­ple who are always striv­ing to be bet­ter.

But it doesn’t stop there. We want to strive to be bet­ter and we want to do it with fun and with flair, just as we do with our pro­pos­als, SOQs, and pre­sen­ta­tions. There are many images which reflect the spe­cial city that we are, but we’ve cho­sen only one to incor­po­rate into our mes­sage this year.  Com­ic-Con.

That’s right. Com­ic-Con.  Already we have seen the emer­gence of some Super Heroes as our Board of Direc­tors and their com­mit­tees unleashed their Super Pow­ers over the past six months to bring you the best, “can’t-be-missed” lun­cheon pro­grams, edu­ca­tion­al work­shops, Lever­age Your Bev­er­age events, and oth­er net­work­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties.

Our Super Heroes have an even more excit­ing agen­da for the next six months. Here are just a few of the pro­grams we have lined up for you:

March 23: Lever­age Your Bev­er­age:  Net­work­ing after work at Quart­yard San Diego in the East Vil­lage.

Date TBD: Prin­ci­pals’ Break­fast Round­table:  A series of break­fasts designed for A/E/C prin­ci­pals from a broad cross-sec­tion of the indus­try to dis­cuss mar­ket­ing and busi­ness issues fac­ing their firms.

April 19: Lun­cheon pro­gram: “Cool Streets” fea­tur­ing retail wiz­ard Gar­rick Brown on the design of shop­ping malls in the future.

May 17: Lun­cheon pro­gram:  The Fed­er­al Mar­ket, fea­tur­ing speak­ers from NAVFAC South­west, the L.A. Corps of Engi­neers, and the Depart­ment of Vet­er­an Affairs.

June 2:  SMPS San Diego Annu­al Char­i­ty Golf Tour­na­ment:  An oppor­tu­ni­ty to boo­gie down with SMPS San Diego for a groovy round of golf at the Vine­yards Golf Course in Escon­di­do – an event not to be missed!

June TBD: Bark-itec­ture:  SMPS San Diego teams up with AIA San Diego for the Sec­ond Annu­al Dog-House Design Com­pe­ti­tion – woof, woof – who let the dogs out?

July 19: Lun­cheon Event:  Our favorite pub­lic speak­ing coach and men­tor, Jen­ni Prisk, shares tips and tech­niques for mak­ing win­ning pre­sen­ta­tions to our clients.

Aug. 24: SMPS San Diego Mar­ket­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Awards Gala Event:  Par­ty like Rock Stars at San Diego’s  Main Library down­town to cel­e­brate the win­ners of our Bien­ni­al Mar­ket­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Awards com­pe­ti­tion.

So join the fun. If you are not a mem­ber, sign up right away – many of our pro­grams are for mem­bers only.  If you are a mem­ber – sign up for a com­mit­tee to help out.  Let us know if you want to be con­sid­ered for the Board of Direc­tors – selec­tions will be made in July.

And that’s not all folks – there’s much more com­ing up over the next 6 months and beyond. So join in and have some fun. Stay tuned for updates on our web­site, our week­ly eblast, Face­book, and Twit­ter.

It is tru­ly an hon­or to serve as your pres­i­dent dur­ing these excit­ing times!


Warm regards,


Beth Bate­man

SMPS San Diego Chap­ter Pres­i­dent 2016–2017

Mar­ket­ing Direc­tor,

SMR-ISD Con­sult­ing Struc­tur­al Engi­neers, Inc.

Please con­tact me: Elizabeth@smr-eng.com





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