Mid-Year Review: 2013-2014: The Year to THRIVE

Posted by smpsarizona on April 02, 2014
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The Year To THRIVE

Advocate, Educate, and Connect to THRIVE!

Greetings SMPS Arizona!

We are already half way through our annual calendar and fresh off of our mid-year leadership retreat; so I thought it was time to give everyone an update on the organization. In my kick-off Letter from the President, I laid out our strategic plan and the major goals this leadership team wanted to accomplish. Well, I am here to tell you we have already achieved many of these goals! Your leadership team has worked incredibly hard to provide you all with the following:


  • Salary Survey, completed and sent to membership.
  • SWRC Scholarship.
  • Inaugural Arizona Marketing Awards are in progress, with Gala set for April 3rd.
  • Social media and blog are being used for individual and firm promotion.


  • Established two distinct programming tracks: one for Business Development and another for Marketing. These programs are selling out due to their popularity. Did you know we offer:

    ¤   Low cost software training
    ¤   Mentoring program
    ¤   AEC Bootcamp
    ¤   CRM Users Group
    ¤   Marketing Council to sharpen your skills
    ¤   Monthly client-driven programs to further your business development efforts


  • We improved email marketing, hope you have seen the difference!
  • Increased usage of MySMPS to help foster connections and provide resources.
  • Holiday Mixer / Fundraiser for Maggie’s Place.
  • National President Brad Thurman, and 2013 Chapter President of the Year, Kate Mullaney spoke at our mid-year retreat.


  • We have provided extended outreach to new members.
  • We rebranded the chapter and revamped how messages are communicated.

So, what’s left you ask? So much more!

♦  We will be awarding another Build Business Scholarship in April.
♦  The Vendor Fair is back in June.
♦  The National SMPS Board will be here in June for a meet and greet.
♦  Brand new, user-friendly website coming soon.
♦  Opportunities for you to promote yourself and your firms through the blog/social media.

But now that I have regaled you with what SMPS has provided over the past 6 months, it is time for me to ask something of you…. Get Involved.

If you are not actively engaged within the organization you are losing out on its #1 benefit, the network of amazing people willing to share their experiences and skills with you. We have 16 different committees looking for new people to help us provide all of the offerings listed above, as well as a regional conference we are hosting February 2015. Not sure where you fit in? Call me. Email me. After 14 years of being a part of this great organization, and working within almost every committee we have, I can provide you some insight on what might be a good fit and connect you with the folks you need to know.

To the SMPS Arizona Leadership Team, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the hard work you have put forth these past few months. The entire membership owes you a standing ovation.


Deirdre Booth, CPSM – SMPS Arizona President
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Members on the Move: Dana Ekstrom, CPSM, Accepts Marketing Position with Cuningham Group Architecture

Posted by smpsarizona on February 25, 2014
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Dana Ekstrom, CPSM Marketing Manager Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.

Dana Ekstrom, CPSM
Marketing Manager
Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.













Dana Ekstrom, CPSM, has recently accepted the position of Marketing Manager for Cuningham Group Architecture Inc. in their Phoenix office, following her return to the states after working in Dubai for a year. Cuningham Group’s Phoenix office primarily pursues Healthcare and Senior Living Community projects in Arizona, nationally and internationally. Dana has been an SMPS member since 2005. She previously served on the Education Committee as the CPSM Bootcamp Leader, and is currently on the Social Committee for the upcoming 2015 Southwest Regional Conference hosted in Arizona. Congratulations!

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Members On The Move: Jana Brickey Promoted to Director of Business Development

Posted by smpsarizona on February 24, 2014
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Jana Brickey, CPSM Director of Business Development Dick and Fritsche Design Group

Jana Brickey, CPSM
Director of Business Development
Dick and Fritsche Design Group












Jana Brickey, CPSM,  has been promoted to Director of Business Development at Dick and Fritsche Design Group (DFDG). Jana has worked for DFDG for over three years and also serves as the 2013-14 SMPS Arizona Chapter Treasurer. Congratulations!

Dick & Fritsche Design Group (DFDG) provides high quality architecture, planning and design services achieving the following goals.

  • Respect and meet their client’s needs, schedule and budget
  • Create efficient buildings and interior spaces that work well
  • Design in harmony with the environment and promote sustainable practices

DFDG’s practice focuses on several key market sectors. These include: corporate facilities; higher education; science & technology; civic & justice facilities; transportation and parking.

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Get to Know: Hayley Magerman

Posted by smpsarizona on February 20, 2014
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Hayleh Magerman Marketing Coordinator orcutt | winslow

Hayley Magerman
Marketing Coordinator
orcutt | winslow













1.       What do you enjoy most about your role in the AEC industry?

I enjoy the impact that our firm makes on the community and others. I am able to support those who design educational and healthcare facilities that play a formative role in people’s lives. It is also unique to see the full process, from the proposal stage before the project has begun through when it is completed and ready to be photographed.

2.       What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, enhancing my knowledge on current events, developing my skills, and working out. I like to have variety in what I am learning and doing, so no day is the same. Right now, I am especially taking advantage of the beautiful weather, so I have been riding my bike, going to farmers’ markets, and reading at the pool.

3.       Where is your favorite place to travel and why?

I have been to Israel four times and it is absolutely my favorite place to visit. I have some friends there and distant family members, and I just love the country and its history. Every time, I do something different and discover a new aspect of the country. It is great to visit no matter your interest; restaurants, beaches, clubs, museums, they’ve got it!

4.       What was your first job?

I have had a few internships, but I think my first official job was at Changemaker Central at ASU when it had just opened. They focus on entrepreneurship, community service, high impact careers, and service learning. Many events are hosted there and it is also a hub for student engagement. My job was to supervise the student employees who educate visitors about the university’s resources and inspire students to get involved in these initiatives. It was a great experience because we never knew who would walk in the door and I met a lot of extremely impressive and passionate individuals. If you ever need to be inspired, this is the place to go.

5.       Who is your role model and why?

My role model is my Dad. He recently passed away, but he really lived his life to the fullest. He raised five kids, was a mechanical engineer, served in the Army, had a black belt in Uechi-Ryu Karate, read at least a book a week, and was working full time until his last day. He had an incredible work ethic and taught me to value education and do what I love.


Hayley Magerman works as a Marketing Coordinator for orcutt | winslow in Phoenix and serves as a Public Relations Co-Chair on the Publicity Team for the SMPS Arizona Chapter.

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Affordable Senior Community Opens in Youngtown

Posted by Kimberly Mickelson on November 04, 2013
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Englewood Development Company, Inc. announces a new affordable senior housing community in Youngtown, Arizona. Aurora Village is a 3-story building with 65 spacious one and two bedroom units. Amenities include an interior community space, green features, solar, BBQ grills, a picnic area, perimeter fencing and carports.

Aurora Village was collaboratively designed by Greg M. Zimmerman, Architect. Mountain Trace Development, LLC with DECCA Multi-Family Builders, Inc., constructed Aurora Village located at 12238 N. 113th Avenue, Youngtown, Arizona 85363.

The Arizona Department of Housing, National Equity Fund, Inc. an affiliate of LISC, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, the Town of Youngtown and Youngtown Senior Housing LLC provided generous support for Aurora Village.
The community is invited to the Grand Opening of Aurora Village on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. Enjoy an open house, live jazz, BBQ and self-guided property tours beginning at noon.
Please RSVP to

Village Management Company professionally manages the property. For leasing information, call 623-923-5700.

About Englewood Development Company, Inc and Mountain Trace Development, LLC.
Englewood Development Company, Inc. (Englewood) was founded in Indianapolis in 1974, and since that time has risen to be a prominent developer in the Midwest as well as in Arizona since its arrival in the state in 1998. Aurora Village is Englewood’s 73rd affordable housing community, and the delivery of this project brings the total number of units developed in Arizona to 908. Englewood is experienced in both urban and rural development with 2,800+ units contributed to the nation’s supply of affordable housing. Englewood and its affiliated family of companies, The Englewood Group (which includes Mountain Trace Development, LLC and Village Management Company), also provide property management and compliance services for completed communities and will be responsible for the lease up and management of Aurora Village. See to learn more.

About Greg M. Zimmerman, Architect
Greg M. Zimmerman, Architect has over 30 years of experience in affordable housing development, planning, program development, advocacy, policy analysis, community development and nonprofit management. He has secured, closed, and managed projects with a wide range of funding sources, including Low-Income Tax Credits, bank financing, state and local government funding, bond financing, and HUD funding. With a great understanding of complex projects and his professional experience coordinating multiple agencies, departments, and consultants routinely results in successfully funded and completed affordable housing. See www. to learn more.

About DECCA Multi-Family Builders, Inc.

DECCA Multi-Family Builders, Inc. is part of the DECCA family of independently operated, family owned general contracting corporations and is the contracting corporation that specializes in multi-family/apartment construction. Aurora Village is DECCA’s 14th affordable housing community built together with Mountain Trace Development, LLC, and the delivery of this project brings the total number of units completed to 791. DECCA’s experience, reputation and integrity span nearly three decades of building across the southwestern United States. DECCA offers a full array of services ranging from design/build and conceptual cost estimating to onsite construction management and dedicated customer service. See to learn more.

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