Dear SMPS Arizona,
It is with such great pleasure that I announced our 2nd Annual Build Business Scholarship Winner: Rosa Olivas, Business Development Director, ENTELLUS, INC.
I have had the pleasure of knowing Rosa for many years, and have always been impressed by her know-how and attitude. She has had an amazing career in the A/E/C industry, serving in just about every role you can do within business development and marketing. She joined SMPS this year, and quickly took on the Education Vice-Chair position. As I am sure many of you have noticed, our educational programs this year have been best in class. Rosa took the time to get extremely specific in her submission about not just what she hoped to gain from attending the conference (down to the actual sessions she would attend!), but also what she wanted to bring back to our chapter to continue to make SMPS Arizona the go to place for advocacy, education, and collaboration.
We had several compelling submissions this year, and I encourage you all to keep applying. We will offer a scholarship to Southwest Regional Conference that we are hosting here in Phoenix in February. And if all goes by plan, we will have our 3rd annual Build Business Scholarship again next spring.
Deirdre Booth-Gilmore, CPSM, SMPS Arizona Chapter President
Business Development Director
I’ve started my 16th year in the A/E/C industry and I have to share that I had almost started feeling somewhat jaded. It’s hard for me to admit this because I really, really love what I do and have truly enjoyed my career. During my tenure, I’ve served on multiple municipal/private association committees as Director, Chair, Co-Chair and as a sub-committee member. I’ll be honest when I tell you that because most of my career has been with local Arizona firms, I felt attending national programs was not in the best interest of our “local” firm, I felt content with my service on these different committees. Perhaps it was instilled in me at some point in my career to think this way, but my point of sharing this with you all is to say we should never be opposed to learning new things, at any age and level of your career. I looked through the program of Build Business and realized quickly there were several sessions I’m extremely interested in attending and know I will learn from those sessions. In-turn, I will share with SMPS members and my office so that it will be of great value and they too can benefit from it. I applied in the hopes that I’d get the opportunity to attend for the learning experience, the opportunity of meeting industry recognized colleagues so I can absorb and gain knowledge from them and develop networking connections that could potentially provide endless opportunities.
Winning this scholarship has truly re-energized me, I am so excited about attending this national program. I wish I could pack you all up and take you with me, but the goal of this scholarship is that I attend and then share what I’ve experienced. So, I can’t wait to share all the exciting details of what it’s like to be there in person and learn how to work smarter. The conference hosts about 800 attendees and I’m really looking forward to attending the “First Timer’s” Orientation – I want to maximize my time in the 2.5 days of Build Business…peruse through the Exhibitor area to discover what innovations are happening in our industry. All the awesome details on my experience are forthcoming…please stayed tuned!