On January 26, 2017, the Austin Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) honored the recipients of the Community Service Award, the Leadership Award, and the Member of the Year Award. These awards, which were presented at the chapter’s Second Annual Black + White Bash, serve to recognize outstanding members of the Austin architecture, engineering, and construction (A/E/C) community. The finalists were nominated by their peers and winners were selected by a committee of SMPS board members and past award winners.
Congratulations to all of our 2017 award winners!
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS AWARDS (Click here for Award Submissions)
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- Mixed Media \\ Lake Flato
- Email Campaign \\ JE Dunn
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- Special Event or Holiday Piece \\ Architecture Plus
- Social Media \\ STG Design
The Community Service Award recognizes an individual who continually demonstrates and promotes volunteerism within the community. This year’s winner is Chuck Lipscomb from JE Dunn Construction.
Chuck Lipscomb - Vice President, JE Dunn Construction
As vice president of JE Dunn, Chuck’s responsibilities include business acquisition, client advocacy, and community relations. Since joining the firm in 2006, he has positioned JE Dunn in strategic markets, including healthcare, multifamily, higher education, commercial office, cultural, and hi-tech. In addition to his involvement in the A/E/C industry, Chuck is active in various civic and non-profit organizations, including The Fifty, a committee raising money for the Dell Seton Medical Center at UT. He has held various committee-chair and executive-level positions in the organization and will take over as chair in 2017. Chuck serves on the board for Opportunity Austin and in 2017, he will chair the Austin Chamber’s Economic Development Council. He is also involved with the YMCA of Austin and is supporting fundraising efforts for Camp Cypress.
The Leadership Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates consistent, driven leadership that impacts their firm and the Austin A/E/C industry as a whole. This person goes out of their way to mentor less-seasoned members of the industry in an effort to create and support the next generation. The winner of this year’s Leadership Award is Erika Passailaigue from Datum Engineers.
Erika Passailaigue - Associate Principal, Datum Engineers
Erika joined Datum Engineers 19 years ago and currently serves as the director of business development for the Austin and San Antonio offices. She is responsible for fostering relationships with clients, owners, and industry peers and supporting new client and project development. Erika has served Datum in a variety of roles, including accounting, HR, marketing, and office management. In 2014, she was promoted to associate principal in recognition of her dedication to positioning Datum for success in the marketplace and for her invaluable leadership. Erika joined SMPS Austin in 2006 and immediately started getting involved in committees and volunteering her time for the organization. She is a past president of SMPS Austin and started many new initiatives, including the mentor-protégé program. She is still very involved with the organization, serving on the programs and education committees. Erika received her CPSM in 2010 and has served as a mentor for two different protégés over the past two years. Additionally, Erika volunteers for ULI, serves as the vice president of programs for the Hutto Education Foundation, and lead the organizations Teacher Grant Program and Annual Fundraising Gala in 2016. She also helped pioneer the first ever Student Leadership Grant Program for the foundation.
The SMPS Member of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding member for their dedication, commitment, and selfless volunteering of their time to improve the organization.
The 2016 Member of the Year Award recipient is Paulette Gibbins from Structures.
Paulette Gibbins – Director of Business Development, Structures
Paulette has been a long-standing leader in SMPS since 2004. She has consistently dedicated her time to the organization, and throughout 2016, she was a major contributor to the organization’s successful programming efforts. Without her, SMPS wouldn’t have been able to bring members the fantastic luncheons that were hosted throughout the year.