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September 2014  

From the President

As we begin the 2014 – 2015 year for SMPS Charlotte, I wanted to share some chapter updates and also tell you about some exciting events we have planned.  Let’s begin by introducing our new SMPS Charlotte 2014-2015 Board of Directors:

Tracy Sagehorn, CPSM (WK Dickson) – President
Kristin Worley-Beamer (Woolpert) – President Elect
Janet Brooks, CPSM (Clark Nexsen) – Past President
Kathleen Chambers, CPSM (S&ME) – Treasurer
Christine Burchett (Stewart) – Secretary
Jen Weaver (LaBella) – Director of Programs
Megan Asher (Edifice) – Director of Membership
Tiffani Evans (A M King) – Director of Communication
Stacey Martin (ColeJenest &  Stone) – Director of Education

 2013-2014 was a great year with high attendance programs and educational events.  Our SMPS Boot Camp was a complete success and we will continue to provide high quality education sessions this year.

We had a very productive summer planning session and have a great start to this year’s topics and speakers for both programs and education events. We will kick the year off tomorrow (September 11th) with Ronnie Bryant, President and CEO of the Charlotte Regional Partnership, presenting on the Economic Impact of the Light Rail in Charlotte – be sure to reserve your seat early.  Additional program topics for the year include Green Globes, Retail in the Center City, and K-12 Education among others.  Our education sessions include graphic design trends, content marketing, leadership etc., with some topic-focused Group Therapies thrown in.

This year we are starting the SMPS Charlotte Breakfast Club.  Our goal is a casual, drop in event (3rd Tuesday of each Month from 7:30 – 8:30am at the Panera on Providence) that everyone can keep on their calendar and attend when it is convenient. We all have those crazy days when we just cannot get out of the office to attend a lunch event, so the Breakfast Club will give you a chance to connect with us before work starts.  We held or first one last week and had a great turn out. Be sure to put September 16th on your calendar and come grab a coffee and chat for a few.

Make sure to keep up with all of the chapter’s happenings through our website, blog, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

All of us on the Board are enthusiastic about this upcoming year for the Charlotte chapter, and we hope you are too.  To have a successful year, we need you as members to provide volunteer support, as well as ideas.  Our committees (program, education, membership and communication) are always looking for help. Please contact me or any of the board of directors if you are interested. 

I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event!

Tracy Sagehorn

SMPS Charlotte President

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Calendar of Events


September 11, 2014 (tomorrow!)

September 2014 Program | The Economic Impact of the Light Rail in Charlotte

September 11, 2014
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM 

Dressler's Restaurant at The Metropolitan
1100 Metropolitan Avenue #125
Charlotte, NC 28204

The Economic Impact of the Light Rail in Charlotte 

September 16, 2014

September Breakfast Club

September 16, 2014
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM 

Panera Bread
601 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28207

We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that's all. 

September 24, 2014

Current Graphic Trends

September 24, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM 

A M King 
1610 East Morehead, Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28207

They say a picture is worth a thousand words – do your marketing materials speak for themselves? 
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Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight

Neil Asher

Balfour Beatty Construction
Sr. Marketing Technology Lead

City you were born in/where you grew up: Brighton, MI, Home of the Bulldogs.

Where you live now and how long you’ve lived there: Charlotte, NC for 7 yrs+.

Where you went to college
: Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.

Favorite restaurant
: Chilis at 74 and Sardis.

Last book read: Detroit An American Autopsy By Charlie LeDuff.

Favorite TV show: 
Seinfeld, no question. 

Favorite movie/or last movie seen
: I don’t really have a favorite, but I like movies that make you think and that have a twist at the end, like Shutter Island, I didn’t see that coming. 

Interest or hobbies
: Disc Golf, Mountain Biking and Web Design.

How did you get your career start? Internship as a Photojournalist for the Kalamazoo Gazette.

First Job: Bussing tables at 14 - toughest job I ever had.

Personal Hero: The brave men and women of our armed forces.

Favorite Vacation Spot: Hawaii, any island. 

How are you involved with SMPS?: Member

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Job Postings

Marketing Assistant

ADW Architects

Job Posting
Jul. 10, 2014


Marketing Coordinator

Mulkey Engineers & Consultants

Job Posting
Aug. 25, 2014


Web Copywriter

North Arrow Creative

Job Posting
Sep. 8, 2014


Job Posting
Sep. 10, 2014

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