Join SMPS Colorado for the 2019 Marketing Excellence Awards!

Celebrate the outstanding achievements of Colorado’s top AEC firms and professionals at our Marketing Excellence Awards event on Thursday, March 7, 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. It's an evening of networking, great food, and recognition of our 2019 award winners!


Entries & Nominations 

SMPS Colorado hosts the annual Marketing Excellence Awards competition to recognize excellence in marketing communications by professional services firms in the design and construction industry. The 2019 competition is open to both SMPS members and nonmembers employed in Colorado. Entries will now be accepted until February 12 at midnight. 

Karen Courtney, AIA, FSMPS, CPSM
Chief Marketing Officer | Fanning Howey

Karen Courtney, AIA, FSMPS, CPSM, has focused her 30 year career on marketing and business development with firms from 40 to 1,400 and has worked for architecture, engineering and construction management companies. From her work in business development, strategic planning and branding, Ms. Courtney has helped her firms grow their revenues, open new geographic locations and markets, launch new brands and build name recognition, plus develop technical professionals as recognized thought leaders.

The Chief Marketing Officer for Fanning Howey, a national education design practice, Karen has won 32 national and regional marketing communications awards and was recognized with the 2013 SMPS Weld Coxe Marketing Achievement Award for her life time contributions to professional services marketing. Karen was the 2005 SMPS National President and serves on the national AIA Practice Management committee. She is a founder of the SMPS Business Development Institute and has taught business development classes across the country for SMPS for 11 years. 

Craig Park, FSMPS, Associate AIA
Principal | The Sextant Group

Craig Park is an award-winning and nationally-recognized thought leader on strategic marketing and business development. Craig is a principal with national, independent technology consultants, the Sextant Group, and leads their Midwest regional practice from Omaha, NE. He is a past national President, Fellow, Distinguished Life Member, Coxe Marketing Achievement Award recipient of the Society for Marketing Professional Services, member of the American Institute of Architects, and Vice Chair, Professional Development for the North Central Region of, the Society of College & University Planners. Craig received a B.S. in Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He is a prolific author and speaker on the topics of technology, marketing, and practice management, and has published two books on professional service practice: The Architecture of Value: Building Your Professional Practice, and The Architecture of Image: Branding Your Professional Practice; and contributed to two books published by SMPS: The Marketing Handbook and Business Development – The Decade Ahead. You can connect with Craig at [email protected] or [email protected] or 402.609.6131.

Doug Parker, FSMPS, CPSM
Partner | The BirdDog Team

Doug Parker, FSMPS, CPSM, is a strategic marketer and brand champion with more than 22 years of experience specializing in professional services marketing and firm management. He has developed award-winning brand strategies to position firms and key stakeholders as thought leaders and industry experts to gain market share and increase revenue. Doug began his career in AEC marketing in 1996 and has served as Associate Principal/Marketing Director for A/E firms ranging from a 30-person sole proprietorship to a 250-person national firm with nine offices. In 2009, he joined a 45-person law firm where he served as Chief Marketing and Operations Officer.

Today, after taking a year-long sabbatical, Doug is a Founding Partner with The BirdDog Team, a marketing consultancy focused on strategic development and operations for professional services firms. Most recently, Doug presented a MAX Keynote at Build Business 2018. He is a former Secretary/Treasurer of the SMPS Society Board of Directors, a two-time Chair of the Southern Regional Conference, a past president of the SMPS Houston Chapter, and is currently serving a two-year term to Chair the SMPS Build Business national conference.

Marisa Pooley, APR
Marketing & Communications Manager | American Institute of Architects–Colorado (AIA CO)

Marisa Pooley, APR, is the marketing and communications manager for The American Institute of Architects Colorado. In her role, Pooley oversees all facets of marketing, communications and public relations for the statewide organization. Previously, Pooley managed strategic communications for the Boettcher Foundation where she helped the $300 million-endowed foundation launch its first communications department in 75 years. She also has experience in the wine and tourism industries from her time as a public relations consultant for Montevibiano—the first zero-emissions vineyard—in Perugia, Italy.

Pooley has served on a variety of boards and committees, including as a member of the 2017 PRSA Colorado Fall Summit Planning Committee; the media relations chair for the Lupus Foundation Colorado Walk to End Lupus; the at-large director for AIA Denver; and a member of the 2015 Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation’s Impact Denver class. Pooley attended the University of Denver where she earned degrees in strategic communications, marketing and leadership.

Barbara Shuck, FSMPS, CPSM
Lieutenant Leadership | TankGirl Marketing

Barbara “Lieutenant Leadership” Shuck, FSMPS, CPSM, shares her energy, passion and 30+ years’ experience to teach, challenge, motivate, and inspire others. She has worked for general contracting, engineering, construction management, and architectural firms, and now shares her expertise to help clients win as a consultant with TankGirl Marketing.

Barbara has extensive experience managing large corporate teams, building strong brands, and crafting strategies that win. As part of the TankGirl team, she assists clients with marketing research and strategic planning; project pursuit strategy, development and writing; communications planning; award submittals; public speaking and presentation skills; customized leadership, marketing and business development training; marketing collateral, websites; and more.

She is Past President of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), and served as Secretary/Treasurer and Chair of the Build Business and Marketing Communications Awards Committees. She is the current President of the SMPS Nebraska Chapter. She contributed to A/E/C Business Development: The Decade Ahead (SMPS Foundation), and has written and presented extensively at industry events. She has a MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management (Glendale, AZ), and a BA in Communication Arts and French from Washburn University (Topeka, KS).

Tony Steinhardt, FSMPS, CPSM
Principal | RATIO Architects

As one of RATIO's principals, Tony Steinhardt provides leadership relative to strategic client development, and identifies and cultivates opportunities for diversification with the education, community, life sciences, workplace, lifestyle and cultural marketplaces nationally-all while facing a consistently challenging business landscape. Additionally, he has played an integral role in RATIO's merger and acquisition activities including the firm's mergers in 2006 and 2012. Most recently, he has directed RATIO's strategic partnership with SMDP, LLC, to everage the firm's design portfolio internationally throughout China, Korea and Vietnam.

Steinhardt played an integral role in efforts to enhance RATIO's internal business culture by realigning the firm's management structure; streamlining processes for higher levels of efficiency; and leading ongoing efforts to maintain the strength of the RATIO brand. Prior to joining RATIO in 1996, he worked for a civil engineering firm and in several appointed positions for city governments in Indiana. He is a former president of the SMPS Indiana for SMPS, is a former SMPS board member, became an SMPS Fellow in 2007, and is a SMPS Marketing Communications Award winner in the brochure, direct mail, and website categories. Steinhardt enjoys sharing and mentoring others in the industry and has spoken at a number of regional and national conferences, including Build Business, and currently is an instructor for the SMPS program "The Basics of Business Development in the AEC Marketplace".

When he's not collaborating with his team at RATIO, Steinhardt is very active in his community, serving on several community organization committees and boards including the Near North Development Group, the Boy Scouts of America, and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. He currently lives in Indianapolis with his wife Hilary and their two children Sydney and Anthony.

Brad Thurman, PE, FSMPS, CPSM
Principal & Chief Marketing Officer | Wallace Engineering

Brad Thurman, PE, FSMPS, CPSM is a principal and Chief Marketing Officer of Wallace Engineering, a structural and civil engineering consulting firm. He joined Wallace in 1987 and is a licensed Professional Engineer in five states. Since 1998, Brad has helped lead Wallace's marketing and business development efforts across two disciplines and six offices. He is a past-president of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services, served for three years as an instructor for the SMPS Presidents’ Leadership Symposium, an annual training program for incoming chapter presidents-elect, and served as the 2013-14 President on the SMPS National Board. Brad is a Certified Professional Services Marketer, was named a Fellow of SMPS in 2009 and was inducted into the SMPS Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2015.

Molly Urbina
President & Chief Executive Officer | Urbina Strategies

Molly is President and CEO of Urbina Strategies, LLC providing expert land use and resilience consulting for private, public and non-profit sectors. She recently served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Resiliency and Recovery Office appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper in January of 2014. She served 4 years as the resiliency and recovery leader of the state to coordinate the diverse and complex portfolio of disaster recovery and resiliency efforts with a sense of urgency. Working with federal, state and local partners to advocate for and leverage resources, develop relationships and long-term plans/strategies to support and empower Colorado. She led the Governor’s mission to build back stronger, safer and more resilient from the historic 2013 flooding while also shaping an adaptable and vibrant future.Prior to her appointment with the Governor, Molly served as the Deputy Director of Denver’s Community Planning and Development Department from 2005 to 2014 as an appointee of the Mayor of Denver. She oversaw the city’s planning and zoning/building functions encompassing broad city visioning and tactical plan implementation. She was integral in the drafting and enactment of Denver’s citywide zoning code rewrite and mapping, passed by City Council in 2010. Before joining city government, Molly spent much of her career in the construction and real estate development industry. She served as the director of government affairs for Oakwood Homes and as the director of development services for CRL Associates handling government affairs and land use consulting for local and regional clients. Molly has served on the Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver board since 2013 and is currently President. She also serves on the national board of EcoDistricts beginning in 2017 and the Denver County Courts Judicial Nomination Commission since 2015.

Nancy Usrey, FSMPS, CPSM
Director of Strategic Pursuits | HNTB

A talented, multi-faceted professional with over 30 years in the industry, Nancy guides A/E/C firms to successful development and implementation of marketing and sales initiatives. Considered one of the best marketers in the industry, her skills and experience in every phase of marketing make her a sought-after advisor whenever complicated marketing/BD questions come up.

Nancy was recruited by HNTB in 2008 to help the national transportation firm leverage its experience in the design-build marketplace into a major component of their portfolio. Economic swings, project funding challenges, organizational and delivery process evolutions, and the thrill of pursuing and winning and yes, sometimes losing, some of the largest and most complex projects in the country inform her perspective. Nancy works closely with the marketing and sales organizations in six geographic divisions to prepare teams for efficient and effective design-build pursuits. She is an advocate for integrated pursuit teams that include marketing as an essential discipline on par with technical components, each having responsibility for implementing project management principles, and assuring budget, schedule and quality compliance.

Prior to HNTB, Nancy was a recognized marketing consultant to AEC firms, known for her understanding of Federal marketing and SF330 preparation strategies as well as her ability to guide firms to successful development and implementation of marketing and sales initiatives. She is an accomplished industry speaker and panel moderator, and a respected coach and mentor, frequently working with individuals and teams at all levels within a firm’s organization.

Nancy is a former SMPS Chapter President, a past President of the SMPS Foundation, and past President of the Society. She was a member of the inaugural class of SMPS University and one of the subject matter experts involved in developing Markendium, the SMPS Body of Knowledge.

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For more information, please contact: 

Samuel Leuck, Committee Chair
JE Dunn Construction | [email protected]

Regina Pilot, Committee Co-Chair
Martin/Martin | [email protected]

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