Just like our city and region, SMPS Philadelphia is a diverse, rapidly-growing chapter. Since our inception in 1982, we have grown to become one of the top 20 chapters in the country, with more than 150 members representing more than 120 firms in or providing services to the A/E/C industry. SMPS Philadelphia’s membership includes marketing and business development professionals working to develop and secure lucrative business relationships. Through networking and shared market intelligence, SMPS members gain a competitive advantage in positioning their firms successfully in the marketplace. We strive to be the leading resource for those working in the built environment with an emphasis on creating strong, personal relationships.
About the Organization
The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) is a community of marketing and business development professionals working to secure profitable business relationships for their A/E/C companies. Through networking, business intelligence, and research, SMPS members gain a competitive advantage in positioning their firms successfully in the marketplace. SMPS offers members professional development, leadership opportunities, and marketing resources to advance their careers.
Today, SMPS represents a dynamic network of 6,500+ marketing and business development professionals from architectural, engineering, planning, interior design, construction, and specialty consulting firms located throughout the United States and Canada. The Society and its chapters benefit from the support of 3,700 design and building firms, encompassing 80% of the Engineering News–Record Top 500 Design Firms and Top 400 Contractors.
SMPS is the only organization dedicated to creating business opportunities in the A/E/C industry. Companies tap into a powerful national and regional network to form teams, secure business referrals and intelligence, and benchmark performance. SMPS was created in 1973 by a small group of professional services firm leaders who recognized the need to sharpen skills, pool resources, and work together to build their businesses.
SMPS’s mission is to advocate for, educate, and connect leaders in the building industry. SMPS’s vision is to be the vehicle that validates the practice of marketing and business development as essential to the success of all professional services firms. The core purpose of the society is to enrich knowledge and advance practices that build business for professional services firms. The core values that guide the behavior of SMPS are Innovation, Integrity, Life-long learning, Relationships, and Service.
Involvement with a committee is the best way to get the most out of your SMPS membership while becoming acquainted with other members. Committee participation is the perfect opportunity to promote your firm, gain leadership skills, and advance in your career. In addition, it’s fun and rewarding!
Board of Directors
The SMPS board provides vision and leadership for the Philadelphia Chapter. Board members are SMPS members who have decided to take their membership to the next level. We provide programming, networking, and professional development opportunities, as well as all management functions, to serve our members. Please feel free to contact any of us with questions and ideas, or to become more involved. We hope that you will LOVE engaging in our organization in any capacity and that you will gain the network, tools, and resources to help you love your role in the A/E/C industry.
Kate Petrovich, CPSM
Chrissy Ferrazzano, CPSM
Immediate Past President
Afton Pascal, CPSM
Deborah B. Rutledge
Kayla McCause, CPSM
Darcy Veneziale, CPSM
Business Development & Marketing Strategist
Bill Long, PE, CPSM, FSMPS
Fellows Chapter Champion
SMPS Philadelphia Past Presidents
Thank you for your time, energy, and commitment to our community!