Build Business 2014 Scholarship Winner: Congratulations to Rosa Olivas!

Posted by smpsarizona on May 22, 2014
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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.

Thank you,

Deirdre Booth-Gilmore, CPSM, SMPS Arizona Chapter President
TankGirl Marketing

Rosa Olivas, Business Development Director, ENTELLUS, INC Winner of SMPS Build Business Scholarship

Rosa Olivas, Business Development Director, ENTELLUS, INC
Winner of SMPS Build Business Scholarship

Rosa Olivas
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!


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February 14th Marketing Council Wrap-Up: Creating Award Submittals That Win

Posted by smpsarizona on February 18, 2014
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Peter Madrid Communications Specialist Cushman and Wakefield of Arizona, Inc.

Peter Madrid
Communications Specialist
Cushman and Wakefield of Arizona, Inc.




When it comes to creating award-winning submittals, those three elements are crucial and could make all the difference in the world.

That was the message delivered at the SMPS Arizona February Marketing Council Friday morning event at Adolfson & Peterson’s Tempe office by Peter Madrid, Communications Specialist for Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona.

Peter spent three years as editor of Arizona Commercial Real Estate (AZRE) magazine and was an integral part of the submittal and judging process for the RED Awards. In his current role, he is now charged with compiling award submittals for both RED Awards and Best of NAIOP. He has straddled both sides of the fence, so to speak.

Among the highlights of which Peter spoke:

>> Community: It is imperative that submittal narratives make mention of how each project impacts the community in which they reside. We in the industry see a new community center in terms of its design, engineering and construction. An underserved neighborhood sees it as a community meeting place; a safe after-school alternative for the children; a place to learn a new skill; etc.

>> Culture: Just as a sense of community is important, so is a sense of culture. Peter mentioned that some projects, namely those built on Native American land, take on an even bigger role for the people whom they serve. Narratives should be written in such a way that they reflect this importance as well.

>> Collaboration: This could also easily be called communication, Peter said. The entities involved – developer, architect, engineer, general contractor, etc. – will all most certainly submit a nomination packet for a specific project. Getting the marketing departments to work together on the submittal can be as challenging as the architect and GC working together on the actual project. But it can be done – through strong communication.

Other pointers Peter shared: Follow instructions to the letter. If the submittal asks for images on a CD, don’t send prints. Meet the contest deadline, don’t ask for an extension. And remember, it’s never too early to start gathering info for next year’s competitions.

On the night of the show, make sure the person who accepts the award thanks everyone involved – most importantly the marketing team.

Peter Madrid, Communications Specialist, Cushman and Wakefield of Arizona


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Stantec Named No. 1 Southwestern Design Firm

Posted by Kimberly Mickelson on July 18, 2013
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Phoenix firm Stantec has been ranked the No. 1 Design Firm in the Southwest by Engineering News Record, a leading publication covering the construction industry worldwide. Based on project activity and revenue generated in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico, the ranking marks Stantec’s advancement from its 2012 position at No.6.

“We’re deeply proud of our history in Phoenix and throughout the Southwest. This accolade is a tribute to our talented teams and their ability to support the continually growing communities and industries that drive the Southwest,” said Tim Lines, Stantec’s Phoenix-based regional managing vice president.

With its largest Southwestern office in Phoenix, Stantec’s Arizona project work includes communications systems design for Valley Metro Rail in Mesa as well as a 20-year history providing water planning for Maricopa County. At Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Stantec is providing master planning services for large-scale development to accommodate the arrival of the F-35 fighter fleet. In Southern Arizona, the firm is offering engineering, procurement, project controls, and project management services for the BHP Billiton Pinto Valley Mine operation in Miami.

Stantec employs more than 380 design professionals across Arizona and Nevada, including 175 in Phoenix. More information on the ranking can be found at the ENR Top Design Firms.

Stantec provides professional consulting services in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics for infrastructure and facilities projects. We support public and private sector clients in a diverse range of markets in the infrastructure and facilities sector at every stage, from initial concept and financial feasibility to project completion and beyond. Our services are offered through approximately 12,000 employees operating out of more than 200 locations in North America. Stantec trades on the TSX and the NYSE under the symbol STN. Stantec is One Team providing Integrated Solutions.

Media Contact
Danny Craig
Media Relations
(949) 923-6085

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Phoenix Stantec Practitioner Recognized as Arizona’s Landscape Architect of the Year

Posted by Kimberly Mickelson on June 26, 2013
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Stantec is pleased to announce that Senior Landscape Architect Galen Drake was named “Arizona Landscape Architect of the Year” by the American Society of Landscape Architects, Arizona chapter (AzASLA). A member of the Stantec’s Phoenix office, Drake was recognize for his 30 years of industry experience on notable Arizona projects and service in promoting the profession with area high school students. Drake was selected by a panel of industry peers spearheading the AzASLA’s annual awards gala who reviewed a slate of nominees from throughout Arizona.

Among the notable projects recognized by the committee were Drake’s efforts in supporting the Arizona Department of Transportation on various large scale rural highway projects. Drake has also provided design support on more than 30 parks and recreational facilities throughout the Southwest, while providing local planning and design insight regarding plant materials, irrigation systems, and construction techniques. Within his community, Drake recently served as co-chair of the ACE Legacy Project at Metro Tech High School in Phoenix which teaches horticulture program students about the tenets of agriculture planning, design and maintenance by building and sustaining a demonstration garden.  He was also recognized for his leadership and participation within the AzASLA chapter.

A resident of Phoenix, Drake is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-accredited professional and a graduate of the University of Arizona, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture.

Stantec provides professional consulting services in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics for infrastructure and facilities projects. We support public and private sector clients in a diverse range of markets at every stage, from the initial conceptualization and financial feasibility study to project completion and beyond. Our services are provided on projects around the world through approximately 12,000 employees operating out of more than 200 locations in North America and 4 locations internationally.

Danny Craig
Media Relations
(949) 923-6085

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Cactus Asphalt to present City of Prescott with environmental award, charitable contribution at City Counsel meeting

Posted by Kimberly Mickelson on March 29, 2013
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Tolleson, Ariz.-based Cactus Asphalt will recognize the City of Prescott on Tuesday, April 2 at the city counsel meeting for its environmental efforts in reusing 28,000 tires for its rubber asphalt chip seal program in the last three years. The paving construction company will present the City of Prescott with the Cactus Cares environmental sustainability award and make a donation to the 100 Club charity based on the number of tires used, totaling $1400. The award is given to an agency that has achieved significant environmental savings through its streets program and their commitment to environmental sustainability.

As an Arizona company, Cactus Asphalt and their employees want to recognize what the City of Prescott has done to preserve the state’s resources while improving the streets.

In past three years, Cactus Asphalt has completed approximately 505,000 square yards of Rubber Chip Sealing on City of Prescott roadways, equating to 72 lane miles, using more than 475,000 lbs of recycled tire rubber. By using the recycled rubber, approximately 28,000 tires were recycled.

“The City of Prescott has been instrumental in the success of the projects we have done in Prescott; and in Prescott’s commitment to use recycled tires in its road maintenance and construction,” said Jake Dominy, president of Cactus Asphalt.

The 100 Club of Arizona is a non-profit organization committed to providing financial assistance to the families of public safety officers and firefighters who are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.

About Cactus Asphalt:

Cactus Asphalt has been serving Arizona property managers, federal state and municipal agencies, and homeowner associations for more than 30 years, providing Paving, Grading, Seal Coating, Crack Sealing, Patching, Chip Sealing, Rubber Asphalt, Fabric Overlay, Concrete, Site Development and Dust Control for new construction and maintenance  projects across the state.

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