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SMPS Austin is proud to Announce our Individual Award Nominees

The Austin Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) is proud to announce our nominees for our second annual Community Service and Leadership Awards. These awards 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 will be selected by a committee of SMPS board members and past award winners. The winners will be announced at the Black + White Bash on January 26, 2017 at The Highball.


The Community Service Award recognizes an individual of the Austin AEC industry who continually demonstrates and promotes volunteerism within the community.


Furman + Keil

Philip Keil worked with Gary Furman Architects for five years before joining as a partner to form Furman + Keil Architects in 2005. In addition to his work as an architect, Philip serves the design industry as an active member of AIA Austin. He is a past president of the organization and has served on countless other board positions and committees contributing to their success. Philip received the AIA Community Service Award in 2016 and Furman + Keil received the 2010 AIA Firm Achievement Award. Philip is a past board member for the Austin Foundation for Architecture as well as the Sustainable Food Center (SFC). He chaired the SFC building committee when they underwent design and construction of their new headquarters and flagship garden from 2005-2011. He also served as the SFC Farmer’s Market committee chair. Philip often serves on design juries for the UT School of Architecture, serves as a docent for ACL tapings, served on the ABJ Awards Committee in 2014, and has volunteered his time for the Nature Conservancy and the Hill Country Ride for Aids. Philip additionally shares driving duties for route 141 each Wednesday for Meals on Wheels. Philip is formally mentoring three young architects and informally encouraging many others to get involved in the community.

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 chairs and executive level positions 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.

Miller Imaging and Digital Solutions

As president of Miller Imaging and Digital Solutions (IDS), Luci successfully manages imaging, printing, and document management services for visual communications, architectural design, and construction markets. Miller IDS has served Austin since 1920, and Luci is the third generation to run the business. In addition to her work at Miller, Luci is involved in serving many causes in the Austin community. She has served SMPS Austin as the in-kind print sponsor for many years and is a past board member. Through personal volunteering, corporate financial support, and in-kind donations, Luci serves Foundation Communities, Center for Child Protection, Ronald McDonald House, Hill Country Conservancy, ACGC, Open Door Preschool, and Food + City. Miller IDS also supports local cultural organizations including Present Company, artists of EAST and WEST, and KLRU. Luci finds great passion in supporting Austin being Austin and believes that sharing and caring are a critical part to what the community is all about.


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 nominees include:

Rhonda Bly
Director of Marketing and Business Development,
American Constructors


Rhonda Bly is the director of marketing and business development for American Constructors. She has spent her career, more than 20 years, in the marketing and communications arena of the design and construction industry. Upon joining the company in 2014, she dove head first into getting to know the Austin community and A/E/C industry. Though she’s only been in Austin for two-and-a-half years, she is well-known and respected in the industry among her peers, both internally and externally, and serves as a mentor to many. Rhonda’s strong leadership has elevated the organization’s marketing and business development efforts and helped create an even stronger company presence in the Austin area. She is active in industry organizations such as RECA, ULI, and the Austin Murder Club.


Erika Passailaigue, CPSM
Associate Principal,
Datum Engineering


Erika Passailaigue 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 mentorship 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 mentees over the past two years. Erika is involved in committees and volunteer roles with ULI and 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.



Bobak Tehrany, PE, PTOE


Bobak has been working with Stantec Consulting Services for the past nine years. He currently leads the traffic team in Austin and has been entrenched in tracking the changes to traffic policy in the city. He currently leads a working group of traffic consultants that are aiming to help city staff fix development issues related to traffic. Bobak was recently selected by the mayor’s office to serve on the Impact Fee Advisory Committee. He has been an active member of RECA and participated in the 2016 Leadership Development Council. Through this participation, he helped lead the group’s various volunteer projects, specifically their annual fundraising event, Christmas in October. Bobak has served on the Hill Country Conservancy’s Emerging Professionals in Conservation Leadership Development Council. Bobak is heavily involved in the soccer community in Texas and served as the president of the Central Texas Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association in years past.


Black + White Bash Tickets ON SALE NOW

Registration for the Second Annual Black + White Bash is now open! SMPS Austin's award-winning Black + White Bash brings together over 200 A/E/C industry professionals for a festive cocktail party + awards ceremony. The event, which is sure to sell out again this year, celebrates the marketing and business development achievements of A/E/C firms and individuals in the Austin area.

The Second Annual Black + White Bash will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at the Highball and will feature an open bar, heavy hors d’oevres, live music, a photo booth, exceptional networking and much more. This year, we are also adding a VIP champagne reception before the event for our award nominees, awards judges and generous event level sponsors.

6:00 pm // VIP Reception - Invite Only
7:00 pm // Cocktail Hour
8:00 pm // Awards Ceremony
8:20 pm // Live Music by the Jitterbug Vipers
10:00 pm // Event officially ends, Highball to remain open for late night partiers

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