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Save the date for the 5th Annual SMPS Austin Golf Tournament!
March 9, 2016 // Top Golf Austin

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the 5th Annual SMPS Austin Golf Tournament! This event attracts nearly 100 associates and owners from the A/E/C industry to play in a round robin format, two-person team tournament. We hope you will help us to celebrate our 5th tournament year at Top Golf!

CLICK HERE for more info and sponsorship opportunities.


The SMPS Austin Chapter was well represented at this year's Southern Regional Conference, which was held at the Hotel Van Zandt right here in Austin. The conference was a fantastic way to gain knowledge about marketing and business development for the AEC industry and to network with colleagues throughout the region. Starting this month, SMPS Austin will recap some of our favorite sessions through summary articles in our newsletter. 

To view more photos from this event, CLICK HERE.

SRC RECAP: How to Position Yourself as a Leader at Any Level

Susan Murphy coaches presentation and interview skills for Murphy Motivation and Training. Her Friday session, “Take This Job & Soar It: How to Position Yourself as a Leader at Any Level” provided great insight into what it takes to become a respected leader.

Just as she starts off each of her presentations, she suggests starting off meetings by letting the audience tell you what they want from the conversation. Let them outline what info they want you to cover. Chances are you were going to cover most of it, but you’ll find the important pieces that will help you go the extra mile for them.

Leadership doesn’t rely on position; it’s the way you present yourself:

  • A leader does not command respect: they earn it.
  • Leadership and selling go hand in hand: when someone is a leader, they’re essentially selling their knowledge and services to their team.
  • A leader does not shove their truth down their team’s throats simply because they think they have the power to do so. A leader will hear everyone’s truths and ultimately do the right thing.
  • A leader delegates but doesn’t dump tasks onto others. When a leader gives someone a task, they also provide the tools and knowledge to accomplish said task rather than handing it off and letting them fail if they’re ill equipped.


A group of 40 SMPS members and guests enjoyed another lovely wine and cheese tasting, hosted at Antonelli's on January 28. Thanks to Miller IDS for sponsoring our extra wine and to the staff at Antonelli's for such a memorable experience. 

To view more photos from this event, CLICK HERE.


Name: Amy Hageman
Firm: BIG RED DOG Engineering | Consulting
Title: Business Coordinator
Years in SMPS: +/- 2.5 years

What do you like about being involved with SMPS?
SMPS has provided great opportunities to serve in the AEC community, as well as being a great organization to meet and collaborate with industry professionals at all levels.

Do you have any pets?
My husband, Tyler, and I have two very energetic dogs - “Winnie” Winchester, a Jack Russell, and Henry the “handful,” a Brittany Spaniel. They enjoy bird hunting with us in the fall at the family ranch.

What’s your favorite restaurant?
Matt’s El Rancho - It’s always good! Don’t even try to debate me on this.

What are your hobbies?
In no order: ultra-running, practicing yoga, hunting, fishing, wine tasting, crafting while wine tasting, and antiquing.

If your friends and family had to describe you in just 3 words, what would they be?
Caring, energetic, and loyal.


The 2016 SMPS National call for entries is open! Don't miss this opportunity to get your work recognized on a national level.

Entry Deadline: March 15, 2016

CLICK HERE for details


Natalie T. Nooner
BGK Architects

Evan Tantum
Dawson Van Orden

Kevin W. Tolbert
EEA Consulting Engineers

Jill Wedel
Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing

Paige Wilkerson
BGK Architects


Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing

Jill Wedel is the marketing coordinator for Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing, a contractor that provides commercial roofing and sheet metal, waterproofing and caulking, building and garage restoration, and roof maintenance and leak repair. Jill is from Houston and attended Texas State University. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her two boys, hike, fish, and listen to live music. Jill is new to the AEC industry, has heard great things about SMPS, and is looking forward to being part of the organization.