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CHAPTER AWARDS

Each year SMPS Philadelphia recognizes members and member firms who have demonstrated their commitment and dedication to both the Philadelphia chapter and the A/E/C industry through their engagement, leadership and resources. 


2021 Award winners

We are excited to announce the winners in this year's Philly's Phinest Marketing Communications Awards and Chapter Awards programs* and want to thank everyone who participated, from submitters and judges to vitual reception attendees. But most of all we want to thank the ad hoc Awards Committee for their hard work and innovations precipitated by the unusual circumstance of a pandemic that made live events like judging and an awards gala impossible. The committee was expertly led by Immediate Past President Afton Pascal, CPSM, and strengthened by the participation of the following members in alphabetical order: Stacy Barrett, Justin Brugler, Danielle Donnelly, Laura Frein, Patti Gibson May, Nicole Smith, Darcy Veneziale, CPSM, and Dorothy Verdon, CPSM. 

Philly's Phinest Marketing Communications Awards

BEST IN SHOW: Michael Baker International for I-78 Shortlisting Interview Microsite          

PEOPLE'S CHOICE: Bala Consulting Engineers for Bala Structures Pop-Up Card

FIRST PLACE Category 2/ Website
Michael Baker International for I-78 Shortlisting Interview Microsite

FIRST PLACE Category 5/ Social Media
The Lighting Practice for Social Media Campaign

FIRST PLACE Category 6/ Miscellaneous
Michael Baker International for New National Bridge Practice Leadership Team Video

SECOND PLACE Category 6/ Miscellaneous
Wick Fisher White for Holiday Campaign Video

HONORABLE MENTION Category 2/ Website
McCormick Taylor
 for Welcome Website

HONORABLE MENTION Category 3/ Direct Mail
Bala Consulting Engineers for Bala Structures Pop-Up Card

HONORABLE MENTION Category 6/ Miscellaneous
McCormick Taylor for Internal Newsletter: The Dot

Donna Keller/Cracked Bell Award
Patti Gibson May
Director of Business Development
Transportation Resource Associates, Inc.

Rising Star Award
Diane Goschler, EIT
Marketing and Business Development Manager
Joseph B. Callaghan, Inc.
Honoring Legends Award

Dorothy J. Verdon, CPSM
Principal Owner
Bright Bunny Communications

Most Valuable Participant Award

Diane Goschler, EIT
Marketing and Business Development Manager
Joseph B. Callaghan, Inc.

Outstanding Supporter Award

McCormick Taylor, Inc.

*For a list of past award winners in these categories, click here.


Philly’s Phinest Marketing CommunicationS Awards

SMPS Philadelphia’s Marketing Communications Awards is a local marketing awards program modeled on the SMPS Headquarters program that recognizes excellence in marketing communications. This is an opportunity for SMPS member and non-member A/E/C marketing professionals from throughout the Philadelphia region to be recognized for their contributions to their firm and its success. We accept submissions in the five most popular categories to allow you to showcase the pieces you have worked on over the past year.

Categories include Corporate Identity, Website, Direct-Mail Campaign, Special Event, and Social Media Campaign. A sixth category, Miscellaneous, is included for entries that do not correspond to one of our top five categories, but do align with one of the other Headquarters’ categories. In addition to local recognition, submissions will receive feedback from judges on their entries with enough time to submit to the national SMPS MCA competition. Winners of the Best in Show and People’s Choice categories will be reimbursed for their entry fee to the national MCA program.


CHAPTER Awards

Donna Keller / Cracked Bell Award

The Donna Keller / Cracked Bell Award is named for a former member who passed away in 1999. This award is presented to a senior professional in our industry whose career and service to SMPS and our own chapter are highly regarded and of value to others. In order to be considered for this prestigious award, candidates must have demonstrable, numerous accomplishments in their profession. Current SMPS Philadelphia board members are not eligible, nor are past recipients of the award.

Rising Star Award

This award is presented to a member who is new to the chapter and/or the industry, and who, through their achievements to date, has demonstrated great potential as a consummate A/E/C marketer. Chapter members are invited to submit the name of another member who meets these criteria. Current SMPS Philadelphia board members are not eligible, nor are past recipients of the award.

Honoring Legends Award
A legend is defined as “an important person who is known for doing something extremely well.” This award is presented to remarkable individuals, living legends and veritable icons who have been supportive of SMPS and, in particular, of the efforts of their firm’s marketing department. Nominee must be living, do not need to be currently employed, and can be retired. There is no limit for nominations and no fees to enter. All nominations are anonymous.

Most Valuable Participant (MVP) Award

This award recognizes the member who has attended the most events during the current programming year. Current SMPS Philadelphia board members are not eligible.

outstanding supporter Award

This award recognizes the firm that was the most generous and frequent sponsor in support of our mission during the current programming year.