January SMPS-KC Updates Print

President's Report

Happy New Year!

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday season and time off with family and friends. Now that the decorations are put away and the junk food is gone, it’s time to get back to work and to start on those New Year’s resolutions. Sure, you can work on losing weight or saving money but how about something to spark positive change or reinvigorate your professional life? There are several ways SMPS and our local chapter can help:

Become a Member (and Use the Resources)

If you aren’t already, becoming an SMPS member can be the easiest way to elevate your career in 2020. If you are a member, are you using all the benefits? In addition to the Marketer, there are great articles, videos, discussions, and free online learning labs available at smps.org/resources and mysmps.org.

Attend Programs and Events

Our local chapter hosts a variety of events each month, smpskc.org/meetinginfo.php. Attend more this year, bring a coworker, and focus on making new connections. Nervous to attend without knowing anyone? Contact any board member and we will be happy to take you with us.

Join the Board (Or a Committee)

Like most things in life, the more you put into SMPS, the more you will get out of it. While the 2020-2021 board year doesn’t begin until September, the Call for Nominations for board positions will be posted this spring. Make this the year you stop considering it and actually do it. You won’t regret it! You don’t have to wait to get more involved. You can volunteer or join a committee at any time.

Attend a Conference                    

The 2020 SMPS Build Business conference will be August 12-14 in Austin, Texas. If you’ve never attended Build Business, now is the time. You will experience the best speakers and have the opportunity to network with over 1,000 participants. Visit smps.org/buildbusiness to learn more and register.

Can’t make it to Build Business? There are several great regional SMPS conferences throughout the year, smps.org/learning/premier-events/regional-conferences. And it’s never too soon to start planning for the Missouri Valley Regional Conference (MVRC) in Wichita in April 2021.

Submit for an Award

This summer we will host the annual Marketing Communications Awards. Make 2020 the year you and your firm get recognized for your excellence. What better way to showcase your work and prove your worth than some shiny bling and applause from industry partners and competitors? The submittal is easy and affordable.

Give Back with Us

Our winter wear donation drive wraps up this month but be on the look out for future community service opportunities with us. This one might just help you check off multiple New Year’s resolutions.


2020 looks to be another momentous year for our industry. Cheers to a new year and I look forward to seeing you at our first event on January 16!


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Calendar of Events

If you learned about crisis communications in the days before social media and the digital marketing explosion, a lot has changed.

January 16, 2020
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The 180 Room
11944 S. Strang Line Road
Olathe, KS 66062

Register today

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Event Recap

Many thanks to those who attended our informative and lively panel discussion - How Funding Works In Your Clients World both Public & Private - in November.

We appreciate the following outstanding panelists for giving their time to this important topic. 

  • Wes Minder, Assistant City Manager, City of Kansas City
  • David Macoubrie, PIEA Director, City of Kansas City, Economic Development Council
  • Roxsen Koch, Attorney & Partner, Polsinelli PC
  • Ron Achelpohl, Director of Transportation and Environment, Mid-America Regional Council  
  • Banks Floodman, Director of Business Development, Sunflower Development Group
  • Matthew Webster, Director, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company


Also thank you to Coby Crowl, Business Development Director, Kissick Construction, for moderating the panel.


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