Events Calendar

End of 2017-2018 SMPS Year – Member Celebration @ South Restaurant + Coffeehouse
Aug 30 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The 2017-2018 SMPS Alaska year is coming to an end, and we have a lot to celebrate—not the least of which is YOU!

Our members are what make our chapter successful, and this is our way of saying “Thanks!” All SMPS members and this year’s event guests/speakers are invited to help the board close out the year with appetizers, drinks, prizes, and awards recognition.

Branding and the Public Perception of Design @ Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center
Sep 11 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Branding and the Public Perception of Design @ Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center | Anchorage | Alaska | United States

Branding and the Public Perception of Design 

Branding: it’s what people say about you when you leave the room. We often think of “branding” our firms, but what about branding projects? This panel discussion will expand upon branding and graphics best practices and explore how branding can change public perception of design projects. Featured topics and panelists include:

  • Spenard Road –  Anne Brooks, Brooks & Associates and Jennifer Noffke, Municipality of Anchorage
  • Graphic Design for Public Clients –  Summer Hudson, HDR
  • Branding a Building Campaign – Julia Suver, ANTHC

Come join us to learn how you can take branding into your next project and client relationships.


Katherine Wood
SMPS Alaska

King Street Brewery Tour & Tasting @ King Street Brewing Company
Sep 20 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

King Street Brewery Tour & Tasting

Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour and beer tasting at the new King Street Brewery in South Anchorage. The custom 3-story facility accommodates larger brewing equipment, visitor viewing of the brewing area, and more event spaces. The new systems and re-purposed elements of the old brewery will delight both AEC professionals and beer enthusiasts. Tour begins with a complimentary pint and ends on the rooftop with beer flights available for purchase.
Market Share: Coffee Meet Up – How Rebranding Creates a Positive Change @ Rustic Goat
Sep 27 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am







September Market Share: Coffee Meet Up

A New SMPS Year – How Rebranding Creates a Positive Change

Join us as we kick off 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 month, we will kick off the New SMPS Year talking about How Rebranding Creates a Positive Change for and within our firms.

October MIX Session @ The Chariot Group
Oct 3 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Time Management: Where Did the Time Go?

Managing our time is different than managing our workloads; however, time and workload impact each other. In this session, we will explore the impacts of not managing our time wisely, analyze how we spend our time, learn to ask for help, the power of NO, and discuss how to implement better time management practices in our lives.

Presenter: Cheryl Jemar | Cheryl has been an SMPS member for nine years and has held various positions within the organization. She is the Stantec Marketing Team Lead for Alaska pursuits, and has been in the AEC industry for 14 years. Cheryl and her husband raised four children while each juggling two jobs. They are now enjoying their empty nest by spending time with the grandchildren whenever possible. 

October Luncheon: Infrastructure Panel @ Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center
Oct 9 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

As a young state with a northern climate, Alaska’s infrastructure is constantly growing and changing, offering consistent work opportunities for the AEC industry. Climate change, declining state funding, and changing cargo markets are reshaping big infrastructure. Come hear from industry decision-makers about how these trends are shaping the future work opportunities and what consultants can do to be responsive. Confirmed panelist include:

  • Todd Cowles, PE | Port of Alaska
  • Brian Lindamood, PE | Alaska Railroad Corporation
  • John Johansen, PE | Anchorage International Airport
  • Aldone Graham | U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


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.