Events Calendar

Market Share: Coffee Meet Up – Collaborative Project Deliveries @ Rustic Goat
Oct 25 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am






Collaborative Project Deliveries: The Rising Popularity For Clients

Join us for this free members-only event! Every last Thursday of the month, SMPS Alaska members will meet to sip coffee and discuss a wide-range of topics. This informal meeting is a way to network with an intimate group and talk about the latest marketing and economic trends. This month we will be talking about collaborative project delivery methods, and how they are gaining more and more traction in the A/E/C industry. Learn from other market professionals on how they go about teaming with a larger project team.

November MIX Session @ The Chariot Group
Nov 7 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

November MIX Session

Growing Your Career & Your Team

How to Leverage Your Marketing Skills to Become a Leader in Your Firm

Marketing roles at A/E/C firms tend to attract people with ambitious, type-A personalities who are looking to grow their career. But how do you grow your career at an A/E/C firm that doesn’t have a specific career path for marketing professionals? How do you increase your value to your firm while maintaining your day-to-day responsibilities? How do you become a leader when you’re a marketing team of one? This presentation will discuss practical ways for marketers to grow as leaders in their firms through simple, real-world strategies that work.

Presenter: Skip Bourgeois | Coffman Engineers

Skip is a failed graphic designer turned marketer who has served in various marketing and leadership roles working with architects, engineers and contractors. As Vice President of Marketing at Coffman Engineers, Skip works with members of the Coffman marketing team to help them grow as professionals and leaders. He is a past president of SMPS Alaska Chapter and a former member of several SMPS Society committees. 

November Luncheon: Development Panel @ Egan Center
Nov 27 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Development Panel

**NOTE: This event will be held at the Egan Center

Developers are the catalyst for many of the private projects that have helped build our community, both commercial and residential. The developers in Anchorage have worked with many of the architectural and engineering consultants and contractors over the years. Base on that experience, they have gained valuable insight into what they want and how the teams they work with can better serve them. Join us for this panel of developers as they talk about what A/E/C consultants are doing well, what can be improved, and what opportunities you’ll have to use this insight in the future. Confirmed panelist include:


Chris Schutte | Economic and Community Development Director

Chris is responsible for the coordination and management of Municipal departments and divisions working to improve the community’s economic vitality; facilitate commercial and residential property development; enforce building and land use codes; and manage regional planning projects.



Daniel Delfino | Director of Planning and Program Development

Daniel administers the LIHTC program and manages the Planning and Program Development responsible for several rental development and supportive service programs throughout the state. Prior to joining AHFC in 2008, Daniel supervised a multi-site Money-Out team for Fidelity Investments in Salt Lake City. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Portland State University, and holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of New Mexico.



Mark Fineman | Vice President – Project Management and Construction 

Mark highlights partnership as an important part of CIHA’s work. “We can accomplish more and have a greater impact when we partner with others.” Mark leads the Project Management and Construction departments at CIHA, and is motivated by his desire to help others and take on challenges. He’s proud of CIHA’s work providing affordable housing in our community because it provides them independence. 


Shaun Debenham | Vice President of Acquisitions and Development

Shaun is a native of Anchorage and specializes in development, sales and acquisitions, construction management and real estate consulting. He has acquired and developed millions of dollars of real estate, including office, residential, industrial and retail buildings. Prior to joining Debenham in 2004, Shaun worked as a structural engineer in Denver, Colorado. He currently serves as Vice President for the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Anchorage, and has also served as a commissioner on the Anchorage Planning and Zoning Commission.

Market Share: Coffee Meet Up – Navigating mySMPS @ Rustic Goat
Nov 29 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am






Navigating mySMPS

Join us for this free members-only event! Every last Thursday of the month, SMPS Alaska members will meet to sip coffee and discuss a wide-range of topics. This informal meeting is a way to network with an intimate group and talk about the latest marketing and economic trends. Bring a laptop or iPad and learn how to navigate mySMPS to uncover secrets. Users can access templates, marketing plans, and industry advise right at your fingertips.

Holiday Mixer for SMPS & AIA Members @ Williwaw Social 2nd Floor Lounge
Jan 10 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for this free members-only event! 

Come ring in the new year with SMPS Alaska and AIA Alaska at our Holiday Mixer in the heart of Downtown Anchorage. Leverage your beverage as you network with other professional services professionals! 

Bring your business cards and mingle with architects, designers, contractors, consultants, and marketers. Bring a gift ($20 limit) to participate in the gift exchange happening at 6:00 PM!

Please RSVP or contact our Membership Director, Pearl-Grace Pantaleone, for any questions.

*Must be a member of SMPS Alaska or AIA Alaska to attend.

January Luncheon: Resource Development Panel @ Dena'ina Center
Jan 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Resource Development Panel

2018 was a year of increased interest and investment in Alaska’s resource development industry. What’s in store for 2019? This panel of industry leaders will share their thoughts on what the next year will hold. Join us for this first ever SMPS resource development-focused client panel. Confirmed panelists include:

Dave Haugen, PMP | Vice President, Project Management

Mr. Haugen manages the technical staff of AGDC, consisting of pipeline and facilities engineering, construction management, project services, and environmental, regulatory and land. He is a pioneer in Alaska’s pipeline industry having worked on the original construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System with Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. His degrees include a B.A., B.S. and an M.S. in engineering management. He is also certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Andy Cole | General Manager

Mr. Cole has more than 20 years of experience in permitting, building and operating major gold mines in North America. He comes to Donlin Gold from Barrick, where he was most recently Executive Director, USA, responsible for permitting, energy, communications, community relations and corporate social responsibility. Andy is well-known for his active involvement in mining education programs and serves on the advisory board of a number of university engineering and mining programs. He has an engineer degree and a MBA.

Larry Burgess | Alaska Manager

Mr. Burgess has more than 17 years in the oil and gas industry, and has been responsible for numerous oil and gas exploration and development projects around the state.  At BlueCrest, he is responsible for managing all Alaska operations on a large on-shore and off-shore development project with oil and gas in the Cook Inlet.


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February MIX Session – A/E/C Senior Marketers Panel Up Close and Personal @ The Chariot Group
Feb 6 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

February MIX Session

A/E/C Senior Marketers Panel
Up Close and Personal

In this crash course mentoring session, four senior marketers will share their personal journey of how they got started, share what has helped their development along the way (and what hasn’t), and answer the tough questions you’re afraid to ask at work. This is a great opportunity for those new to or established in the A/E/C marketing profession to learn from war stories and find out how to boost your career. This MIX session welcomes all levels of marketers!


Katherine Wood, CPSM | Transportation Client Development Lead at HDR

Cynthia Oistad, CPSM | Owner’s Rep Project Management at Arcadis
Rob Culbertson | Marketing Director at Architects Alaska (Architecture)
Jen Payne | Vice President of Marketing at DOWL (Engineering)
Cheryl Jemar | Marketing Manager, Alaska at Stantec (Multi-Discipline Firm) 

February Event: Behind the Curtain – Trade Secrets from A/E/C Marketers @ Dena'ina Center
Feb 19 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Behind the Curtain – Trade Secrets from A/E/C Marketers

In this crash course panel session, you will hear from Anchorage’s best and brightest senior marketers. Hear their war stories, career advice and tips and tricks and help navigate the marketing A/E/C world. You will walk away with insight that can help you plan your next career move, inspire change and elevate marketing within your firm. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from your colleagues and competitors! Katherine Wood, HDR, will facilitate our panel, which includes:

  • Cynthia Oistad, Arcadis  (Owner’s Rep Project Management)
  • Jen Payne, DOWL  (Engineering)
  • Rob Culbertson, Architects Alaska  (Architecture)
  • Cheryl Jemar, Stantec  (Multi-discipline Firm)

This is a great opportunities for those new to or established in the A/E/C profession to learn trade secrets, grow your career, and get a behind the curtain look at the life of an A/E/C marketer and the role they play in winning work for their firms.