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Welcome Letter from Nicole Apel, the New SMPS-SD Chapter President!

Nicole Apel, SMPS San Diego Chapter President 2017–2018

Hello SMPS San Diego members and friends!

I am honored to serve as your chapter President for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you at the many great events we have planned, including our first luncheon, held jointly with Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), on September 14. Info here!

I am pleased to announce two big pieces of news for the upcoming year: first, Build Business, the SMPS national conference, is coming to San Diego August 15 through 17, 2018! We are excited to be the host chapter and show off America’s finest city. I haven’t been to a national conference since 2006 in Los Angeles, so I’m curious about all the new features like MAX talks (similar to a TED Talk) and the Digital Skills Lab. The call for speakers is out now, so feel free to spread the work, if you know of anyone who has something interesting to present. We’re hoping to get San Diego local and chapter favorite, Jenni Prisk, to the conference to share one of her funny and poignant presentations with the rest of the country.

The second piece of big news is the revamping of our chapter website, David Lecours of LecoursDesign, will be working with our Communications Committee Co-Chairs to provide us with a modern look that is easier to navigate. We’re looking forward to a forthcoming launch in January 2018.

Lastly, I want all of you to know I have an “open door” policy for members and non-members alike. If you have any questions or concerns, or you just need to be connected to the right person, please feel free to call me at my office (760) 931-7700 extension 113 or email me at

Looking forward to a great year!

Nicole Apel

SMPS San Diego Chapter President 2017-2018

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