SMPS Moments — Jim Amundson on SMPS Networking

SMPS Moments are a series of blog posts that high­light the val­ue that our col­leagues receive by being mem­bers of SMPS San Diego. This month, we meet Jim Amund­son from Hope-Amund­son.

jimamundsonI received my degree in Archi­tec­tur­al Engi­neer­ing from Cal Poly in San Luis Obis­po, and learned ear­ly in my career the val­ue and need to cre­ate a net­work of con­tacts with­in the A/E/C indus­try. Hence, I was always seek­ing addi­tion­al avenues for meet­ing peo­ple. As a result, in 2000, I start­ed attend­ing the orga­ni­za­tion that was cre­at­ed for that pur­pose, SMPS, which pro­vid­ed net­work­ing and pro­grams specif­i­cal­ly geared to our con­sult­ing indus­try. Imme­di­ate­ly there­after, I decid­ed to join one of their net­work­ing groups, which are small groups of 6–8 folks from dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines who meet on a month­ly basis, shar­ing leads, ideas and serv­ing as a sound­ing board for like-mind­ed issues relat­ed to mar­ket­ing and busi­ness devel­op­ment. Giv­en the impor­tance of busi­ness rela­tion­ships in our indus­try, my pri­ma­ry focus with SMPS was to expand my net­work of con­tacts with­in the indus­try. This includ­ed not only fel­low busi­ness own­ers, but those involved in mar­ket­ing and busi­ness devel­op­ment as well, all with dif­fer­ent lev­els of expe­ri­ence and unique per­spec­tives on our indus­try. This become espe­cial­ly impor­tant once I became a Prin­ci­pal with Hope Engi­neer­ing in 1999 (now Hope-Amund­son). Addi­tion­al­ly, many of my SMPS col­leagues have become great friends.

The inter­ac­tion before, dur­ing and after the SMPS meet­ings, whether it’s the month­ly lun­cheons, edu­ca­tion­al events or spe­cial events, has helped me to keep a pulse on how busy firms real­ly are and the types of projects they are work­ing on. This pro­vides real-time input as we all gauge the lev­el of activ­i­ty with­in the build­ing indus­try and how best to move for­ward in an increas­ing­ly com­pet­i­tive envi­ron­ment. Addi­tion­al­ly, the pre­sen­ta­tions are gen­er­al­ly very rel­e­vant and the pre­sen­ters share use­ful infor­ma­tion that can often be imple­ment­ed imme­di­ate­ly.

I would def­i­nite­ly encour­age A/E/C own­ers and any­one involved in busi­ness devel­op­ment or mar­ket­ing for their firm to con­sid­er becom­ing a mem­ber. It’s a great orga­ni­za­tion with tal­ent­ed peo­ple. The invest­ment has paid off for me, and I trust it will for you as well.

If you’d like to share your “SMPS Moment,” con­tact Olga Fish­er, Mem­ber­ship Com­mit­tee Co-Chair. 

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