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President’s Message – January 2012

By Antoinette Sanchez, Southern California Soil & Testing, Inc.

I would like to thank everyone who attended our December Holiday event and fundraiser at Fifty Seven Degrees.Your attendance and support is greatly appreciated.

PRC is Coming to Town

With the holiday season behind us we can now switch our focus from Starbucks eggnog lattes, white elephant gifts, and ugly Christmas sweater parties to working on our resolutions for 2012 and making this year even better than the last, both personally and professionally.

If career growth is on your list of resolutions, allow SMPS to help. This year’s Pacific Regional Conference is coming to town on February 16-17, 2012. San Diego will host the third annual 2-day conference, which is being held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt downtown. Board Member and PRC Co-chair, Carina Theissen of Brown and Caldwell, has been busy (along with committee members) planning and preparing for the conference which will be attended by more than 200 marketing and business development professionals from Chapters across the Pacific Region. This year’s conference will offer three different tracks with over a dozen program sessions. If you are looking to attend a worthwhile industry event that encompasses two days of networking, learning, and development opportunities, I encourage you to register. Please go to for conference details, sponsorship opportunities, and registration information.

Conjunction Junction…What’s Your Function?

Hooking up members with educational, motivational, and occupational knowledge is what we are all about! SMPS has something to offer every marketing and business development professional at every level. SMPS offers programs tailored to assist marketing coordinators, managers, and directors. From our Marketing Coordinator Workshop to our Mentor Protégé Program, you will fi nd development opportunities to suit a variety of interests.

If you are more of a social butterfly, SMPS has networking groups, monthly mixers, our annual holiday celebration, and a golf tournament that is highly regarded among industry professionals. If you are not already a member, allow SMPS to be the organizational junction to your occupational function. This March, SMPS will hold a Membership Drive where new members, existing members, and companies will have an opportunity to win free registration to our monthly luncheons, webinars, networking events, or our SMPS Golf Classic. Visit our Membership page on the website for more details. Information will also be provided at our monthly luncheons and via social media in the coming weeks.

We know there are many industry organizations in which you can get involved, and appreciate the members, sponsors, and presenters who have supported the SMPS San Diego Chapter over the past several years. Without your commitment and involvement we would not exist. I can assure you that our Board of Directors is working diligently to uphold the organization’s commitment to engage, empower, and educate members of the A/E/C community, and I hope we can continue to count on your support and involvement as we kick off the New Year.



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