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.
I 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.