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April 2015  

From the President

Even though it was rainy and the skies were grey the other day, I could not help smiling. It was wonderful to see the trees budding and flowers blooming and know that spring is officially here. 

With the warmer weather we hope you will venture out to one (or more) of our programs this month. We have many great events on the agenda – with top speakers. Please see our website for more information:

4/1: Wine Wednesday
4/9: Aviation in North Carolina
4/21: Breakfast Club
4/29: Getting a Seat at the Table: Identify Your Leadership Strengths

As our calendar year winds down, we want to hear from you. What have you liked about SMPS Charlotte this year? What can we improve on? As you all know we go into planning mode over the summer and your feedback is essential to our continued growth. We will be hosting our annual Member Focus Group on Friday May 1st.  More information will be sent soon.

Members Only Reminder – Board nominations are due APRIL 15th! We need to fill the following positions for the 2015-2016 calendar year: President-Elect, Treasurer, Director of Programs, and Director of Communications. Email me at by April 15th or call me for more information at 704.334-5348.

Tracy Sagehorn, CPSM
W.K. Dickson & Co., Inc.
SMPS Charlotte President

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Calendar of Events


April 01, 2015

April Wine Wednesday

April 01, 2015
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM 

601 S Cedar Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

What is the definition of a good wine? It should start and end with a smile. 

April 09, 2015

April 2015 Program | Aviation in North Carolina

April 09, 2015
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM 

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

Join us to learn more about aviation in NC and how your firm can be part of it. 

April 21, 2015

April Breakfast Club

April 21, 2015
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. 

April 29, 2015

Getting a Seat at the Table: Identify Your Leadership Strengths

April 29, 2015
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM 

Red Rocks Cafe, Bar & Bakery
4223-B Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

Join us as we welcome the SMPS National President to Charlotte! 

May 01, 2015

Annual Member Focus Group

May 01, 2015
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM 

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

What can we do to make SMPS Charlotte even better? 

May 27, 2015

Pre-recorded Webinar - Client Development: The Key to Winning Work

May 27, 2015
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM 

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

Winning a client is all about relationships. The business development groundwork for landing a project can begin years before the RFP is written. The process requires the involvement and support of senior management, marketing and business development. 

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Member Spotlight

Sara Riggenbach

Client Development Specialist
Terracon Consultants, Inc.




Length of Time in the Industry:  1.5 years

City you were born in/where you grew up: Fremont, Ohio

Where you live now and how long you’ve lived there
: Huntersville, NC. We’ve lived there since 2006.

Where you went to college
: Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

Favorite restaurant
: Bakersfield East Blvd (of course!)  I also like Basil and Cajun Queen.

Favorite book/or last book read:  I don’t really like books, but LOVE cooking magazines and the magazine, The Economist.  If I have to list a book though I would say Green Eggs and Ham which I read with my 7 year old son.

Favorite TV show: 
Diners Drive Ins & Dives

Favorite movie/or last movie seen
: I recently watched the original Cinderella movie with my 3.5 year old son.

Interest or hobbies
: Cooking, Jazz Music, Wine

How did you get your career start? Through networking!  I met someone who is in this industry and she had heard that my boss was looking for a Business Development person.  At the time I was also interviewing with the Mint Museum of Art and before that I worked for a best-selling author and speaker traveling the US producing public seminars for him.

First Job: Working at a yacht club making subs and working the gas docks. It was awesome!

Personal Hero: I have two…My husband Brian and my Mom Susan.

Favorite Vacation Spot: Charleston, SC. I love traveling international too but Charleston is the perfect blend of history, beach, amazing food and drink and for me means family because when we go there for vacation we usually rent a beach house with family.

How are you involved with SMPS?: Not as much as I should be or would like to be, but I am on the Program’s Committee and put together the PPT for the monthly lunches.

Linked In: 
Sara (Yahl) Riggenbach

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Additional A/E/C Events

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Job Postings

Marketing Coordinator


Job Posting
Jan. 22, 2015


Business Development Associate – Charlotte, NC

Nova Engineering And Environmental

Job Posting
Mar. 16, 2015


Job Posting
Mar. 17, 2015


Job Posting
Mar. 19, 2015


Marketing Director

Duda|Paine Architects

Job Posting
Mar. 26, 2015


Proposal Manager

STV Incorporated

Job Posting
Mar. 26, 2015



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