We are excited to announce that the SMPS current Society President, Chris Rickman, FSMPS, CPSM, will be attending the 2019 SMPS SERC conference in Asheville!

SMPS Society President,
Chris Rickman, FSMPS, CPSM

Chris Rickman, FSMPS, CPSM joined ZFI Engineering in 1990 as a CAD technician. Since then, he has worked his way into a leadership role and is now the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He is also one of the largest shareholders in the firm. His duties include coordinating all of the marketing and business development activities, managing the daily business operations, and overseeing the IT needs.

Chris became a Fellow of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) in 2013. He has served many leadership roles in the Society locally, regionally, and nationally, including president of SMPS Oklahoma in 2006–2007. Nationally he has served as chair of the Certification Committee, the Blueprints Taskforce, and the Treasurer’s Taskforce. In 2013, he served as co-chair for Build Business in Orlando, FL. Chris is currently serving as president on the Society’s board of directors. In 2011, he was honored by The Journal Record by being selected as one of Oklahoma’s top “Achievers under 40.”

Make sure you register before February 1, 2019 to get the early bird discount.


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The 2019 SMPS Southeastern Regional Conference Planning Committee has been hard at work making this the best conference yet. Share in their excitement for SMPS SERC 2019 with our newest social media contest sponsored by Wolverton Engineering.

Post or upload a video to show your excitement for SERC 2019 to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. Use the hashtag #ExcitedforSERC to be entered to win an Asheville-themed Swag Bag of goodies!

Official Excited for SERC Contest Rules:

Only videos posted between January 14 to January 25, 2019 with the hashtag #ExcitedforSERC will be entered to win.

The winner will be selected by the 2019 SMPS SERC Communications Committee. They will choose the most creative video showing the excitement for 2019 SMPS SERC in Asheville, NC.

The winner will be announced at the 2019 SMPS SERC Welcome Reception on Monday, March 18, 2019. The winner will receive an Asheville-themed Swag Bag valued at around $100.

Videos posted to social media sites with the hashtag #ExcitedforSERC will be entered to win. The posts must include the entrants name and must be made public (so it’s searchable!).

By using the official hashtag (#ExcitedforSERC), you are giving permission to be re-shared by the SMPS Southeastern Regional Conference social media accounts.


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Are you planning to register and attend SMPS Southeast Regional Conference in March 2019? If so, you might consider serving as a Concurrent Session Convener.

Session Conveners are important to the smooth and successful operation of the conference. You provide the personal touch that is vital to the overall SMPS SERC experience. Session Conveners introduce presenters, assist as necessary with Q&A, manage session evaluation forms, keep speakers on time, and alert the SERC Committee in the event of a safety concern or medical emergency.

There will be approximately 18 concurrent sessions and 2-3 Keynote Speakers that require Conveners during the conference. Conveners are selected based on their availability during the conference and represent a cross section of our SMPS regional membership.

In order to be a convener, you must:

  1. Be an SMPS member in good standing.

  2. Be registered for the conference and able to serve on the days for which you are registered. For example, a Convener registered only for Monday cannot convene a session on Tuesday.

SMPS SERC Program Co-Chairs will assign conveners based on their availability.

Please email us by January 14, 2019, concerning your interest, day(s) available, local SMPS Chapter name, and contact information to…

Janet Brooks, CPSM – 
[email protected]

Tracy Sagehorn, CPSM – 
[email protected]

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