About Us

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.

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. Today, SMPS represents a dynamic network of 6,000+ 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’ mission is to advocate for, educate, and connect leaders in the building industry. SMPS’ vision is for premier professional service firms to recognize SMPS as their most trusted resource for building business and achieving success.

SMPS Hawaii History

SMPS Hawaii was started in 2007 by Cathy Handen and Michelle Skupin, with the help of an organizing committee consisting of Gail Atwater, Marcie Farias, Scott Gossett, Mark Tawara, and Howard Wolff, and through the generous contributions of Founding Sponsor companies Belt Collins HawaiiPeter Vincent ArchitectsRider Levett Bucknall, and R.M. Towill Corporation. The Hawaii Chapter currently has over 50 members representing various A/E/C and related companies on Oahu.

In 2009, our chapter won a first-place SMPS National Striving for Excellence (SFE) Award in the small chapter category. The SFE Awards recognize chapters for excellence in their management and services through quality programs, increased membership, effective communications, and financial health. Additionally, the Hawaii Chapter president at that time, Mark Tawara, FSMPS, CPSM, won the National Chapter President of the Year (CPY) Award. This award recognizes a president who has demonstrated excellence in leadership while serving the chapter and its members.