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2019 SMPS SERC GIVES BACK

During the 2019 SMPS SERC conference, attendees wrote 100 uplifting cards and collected $150 in gift cards, stuffed animals, and a variety of movies for the Levine Children’s Hospital.

On Monday, April 9, 2019, SMPS Charlotte President Megan Asher (Edifice) and SERC Co-Chair Rebecca Maddox (Cardno) met Group Coordinator, Carrie Keuten, at Atrium Health Levine Children’s to deliver our donation.

Carrie was especially grateful explaining such gifts always bring a time of joy for patients and their families.

For more information, visit https://atriumhealth.org/medical-services/childrens-services/levine-childrens-hospital/give-back

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2019 CONFERENCE PHOTOS NOW AVAILABLE

We want to give a special thank to our photography sponsor, Forrest Briggs Photography, as well as our volunteer social media team. They captured all of the photos you see below.

DAY 1 Gallery

DAY 2 gallery

DAY 3 gallery

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Broaden Your Horizon Social Media Contest

Broaden your horizon at this year’s SMPS SERC by meeting as many sponsors, exhibitors and speakers you can fit into the conference timeframe. This year, the SMPS SERC Communications Committee has developed an awesome way to network with this fun and interactive social media contest.

All SMPS SERC attendees can participate and win prizes!

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

  1. Snap a selfie with either a sponsor, exhibitor or speaker – or all three! Look for their badge ribbons to identify them.

  2. Share your selfies on any (or all) social media networks – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. Use the hashtag #SERChorizon and make sure your account/post is public. Private accounts cannot be counted.

  3. Take selfies with as many sponsors, exhibitors and speakers as you can. Each post with a picture and the hashtag gets you entered to win one of four prizes.

  4. All entry posts must be between 9am on Monday, March 18 and 9:30pm Tuesday, March 19 to be counted in the contest.

  5. Tune in at the Closing Lunch on Wednesday, March 20 for the prize drawing. The Grand Prize is a 2019 SMPS Build Business registration. Other prizes include a $100 and a $50 Amazon gift card.

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:

  1. You can NOT use other people’s pictures unless you’re in them too. Stolen images will be disqualified.

  2. Get to know our sponsors, exhibitors, and speakers! Follow them on social media once you meet them and stay updated.

  3. Post with the hashtag #SERChorizon between 9am Monday, March 18 and 9:30pm Tuesday, March 19 to be entered to win. Each post counts as one entry.

  4. Use the props at the “social media spots” to help you!

So, SERC, are you ready to BROADEN YOUR HORIZON with our 2019 challenge?

Let the games begin!

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GET A PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOT TAKEN AT THIS YEAR’S CONFERENCE

DO YOU NEED TO UPDATE YOUR HEADSHOT?

Forrest Briggs, our SERC photographer, will be offering individual headshots during the conference.

You will have a 10-minute time slot and the option of 1 or 2 headshots (depending on package). Packages start at $59. All packages include some retouching and a digital file.

PHOTOGRAPHY PACKAGES

$59 (1) Basic Headshot Package

$89 (1) Professional Retouching Package

$148 (2) Professionally Retouched Headshots *expedited* Delivered within 24 hours

ADVANCED SIGN UPS

Sign up and pay in advance using this link.

Sessions for those who’ve signed up in advance will be on Monday, March 18

Sessions will be available BY APPOINTMENT ONLY on Tuesday, March 19. Contact Forrest directly for Tuesday appointment times – forrest@forrestbriggs.com

PLEASE VISIT FORREST’S BOOTH IN OUR EXHIBIT HALL OR HIS WEBSITE FOR SAMPLES OF HIS WORK.

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DO SOME GOOD AT THIS YEAR’S CONFERENCE

While you’re learning, networking, and meeting new people, do some good at this year’s SMPS Southeastern Regional Conference!

Thanks to all of our SMPS Southeastern Regional Conference (SERC) 2018 friends and colleagues who coordinated the inaugural year of Learning, Networking, and Giving Back by hosting a charity event to support homeless veterans in the Southeast with a toiletry drive for Stand Up for Stand Down. On the heels of that success that raised money and contributions for more than 200 “comfort bags” for veterans, SMPS SERC 2019 chose Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte for our charity sponsor event this year.

Whether your family is dealing with a child’s sudden, serious health concern or a chronic illness, families find superior care and support at Levine Children’s Hospital in the heart of the “Queen City.” Levine Children’s Hospital ensures excellence in children’s healthcare by building partnerships with caregivers, families and the community it serves. This partnership began long before the hospital opened its doors in 2007, when generous individuals, corporations and foundations stepped forward to help build this community hospital as a place of hope. This support continues today through volunteerism and generous contributions. Levine Children’s Hospital is proudly affiliated with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, an alliance of 170 children’s hospitals throughout the country. Locally in Charlotte, Children’s Miracle Network raises more than $3 million annually and 100 percent of the proceeds benefits Levine Children’s Hospital, Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital and related facilities in the Carolinas.

Look for our charity table set up in the Laurel Registration Area. You can drop off cards or other items from the hospital’s donation wish listWe also have supplies set up for you to simply write a few words of encouragement in a collection of “get well” cards that will be delivered to children at the hospital next month.

OUR GOAL IS TO DONATE 250 CARDS

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT

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SPECIAL GUEST AT THIS YEAR’S CONFERENCE

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.

REGISTER NOW

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CONTEST: GET EXCITED FOR SERC 2019!

 

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.

HAVE FUN AND BE CREATIVE!!!

Social Media Contests Sponsored By:

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CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

CALL FOR 2019 SMPS SOUTHEASTERN REGIONAL CONFERENCE (SERC) SESSION CONVENERS

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 – 
jbrooks@clarknexsen.com

Tracy Sagehorn, CPSM – 
tracy.sagehorn@jrvannoy.com

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A GREAT DAY IN ASHEVILLE

I’ve called Asheville home for the last eight years, and since I’ve been here a lot has changed – more restaurants, more breweries, and more people. Through all these changes and growth, I’ve developed favorite places, some old and some new, that I’d love to share with you for a memorable day in Asheville.

FIRST, COFFEE AND DONUTS

First, start out with coffee and donuts at Hole. The yeast donuts are made in front of you while your sipping your delicious coffee, perched on a stool or a sitting at a table. They are old fashioned airy donuts dripping with classic vanilla glaze you won’t want to put down. Want something more substantial? Try Over Easy downtown for a hash bowl, perfectly cooked egg or waffles.

Photo of Black Balsam Know courtesy of Alesha Guard.

NOW, ADVENTURE

After the sugar and coffee has kicked in it’s time for an adventure! Start driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway to mile marker 420.2 for a hike to Black Balsam Knob. This hike offers instant gratification from the start. The views on the drive up are spectacular, and once you reach the peak you will be taking in breathtaking, 360 views of the Blue Ridge mountains. The hike is out and back so you can hike for as long as you like and return to the car. If you return in July or August, the blueberries are prolific – so bring a couple of buckets for collecting them.

BLACK BEAN CHICKEN FOR LUNCH

Now, it’s time to grab some lunch at Gan Shan Station – a gem on Charlotte Street in North Asheville. Gan Shan serves Asian food, inspired by East Asian cultures of Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, China, Japan, and Singapore. The black bean chicken bowl is the best meal in town, but I’ve honestly never had anything that I didn’t like at this restaurant.

SPA TIME

For a relaxing afternoon, I recommend spending a few hours at the Grove Park Inn Spa. After getting a massage or another relaxing treatment, you can enjoy the various swimming pools and hot tubs in a cave-like atmosphere. The views of the mountains from the Grove Park Inn are spectacular and the porch is a great place to enjoy a cocktail or meal.

SHOPPING

Now it’s time to head downtown for some shopping and more eating. My favorite shops can be found on Lexington Avenue. There’s Minx, a women’s boutique; Old North with both men’s and women’s clothing; and of course Tops for Shoes, the family owned shoe store that sells any type of shoe to finish off your new favorite outfit. Malaprop’s, the best book store ever, is a couple of streets over. Peruse the staff picks for a new book, or the wall of local writers to learn more about the area.

SUNSET

After your shopping spree, head over to Hemingway’s Cuba, a new roof top bar and restaurant that provides yet another spectacular view of the mountains and sunset. The cocktails are refreshing, and the atmosphere is vibrant and festive. It’s a great place to catch the sunset and relax and people watch on the comfy couches.

THE BEST TAPAS

Next, grab some dinner at Curate, my pick for the best restaurant in town. This bustling eatery serves amazing and authentic Spanish tapas paired with a fantastic wine. You need to make reservations two months ahead of time to get in here, so go ahead and make reservations once you finish reading this because you don’t want to miss the croquetas de pollo and albondigas.

After dinner, walk over to Sovereign Remedies for a cocktail and some dessert. If you’re into cocktails though, I can’t keep up with the new places. Check out this blog if you want more options.

 HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN ABOUT THE BEER

After this amazing day, get some rest for another wonderful day in Asheville. There are so many unique places in this town that you’d need a week here and a very large appetite for food, drinks and adventures. And, yes, I know that I have not even touched on the beer – I love a good hoppy beer and recommend the Iron Rail IPA at the Wedge in their relaxed outdoor atmosphere by the river. But to be honest, I can’t keep up with the growing beer scene, so I am going to direct you to the experts at Asheville Brewery Tours to guide you in that arena.

ENJOY YOUR VISIT TO ASHEVILLE, IT’S A LOVELY PLACE!

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CLIMBING YOUR WAY TO THE TOP

Asheville, NC is an incredible destination for hiking for a couple reasons. First, the environment is absolutely beautiful and diverse. Second, there are countless trails within a 1-hour radius of the city! Asheville is simply surrounded by breathtaking mountains, rivers, and waterfalls.

Fog in the valley floor as viewed from Mt Mitchell summit.

A COUPLE OF OPTIONS FOR QUICK MORNING OR AFTERNOON HIKES AND WALKS:

ASHEVILLE BOTANICAL GARDENS

While this is more of a walking trail than a hike, it’s quite beautiful and you’ll see a variety of flowers, plants and trees, plus a lazy creek that weaves through the property. It’s within a few minutes of downtown so you won’t have to drive far. More info at https://ashevillebotanicalgardens.org/

SKINNY DIP FALLS

This gorgeous waterfall and river are about an hour from Asheville and a short hike from the parking area on the road, which overlooks beautiful Looking Glass Rock. More info at https://ashevilletrails.com/blue-ridge-parkway/skinny-dip-falls-trail/

LOOKING GLASS FALLS

After enjoying the views at Skinny Dip Falls, check out Looking Glass Rock across the way and if you have time, head on out to Looking Glass Falls, a gorgeous waterfall just off the roadside. If you’re feeling adventurous, take the moderate hike up Looking Glass Rock for more breathtaking views. More info at https://ashevilletrails.com/pisgah-national-forest/looking-glass-rock-trail/

The trail going to the summit of Mt. Pisgah, NC

MT. PISGAH SUMMIT

This is a moderate hike with some serious uphill towards the end, but completely worth the effort. Make sure to bring a camera to capture some photos at the summit of Mt. Pisgah. Recommended not to go alone – although this trail is usually populated with a few people (by no means crowded), there are also black bears on occasion. More info at https://ashevilletrails.com/blue-ridge-parkway/mt-pisgah-trail/

These are just a few of the many hiking trails that Asheville has to offer. People in the city are super friendly and passionate about Asheville, so ask around to see if your server or bartender have recommendations. Everyone has their favorite trails!

To research other trails, visit www.ashevilletrails.com for directions, photos and information.

LET US KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO TAKE ANY HIKES. WE MIGHT JUST SEE YOU OUT THERE!

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