CEO & Chief Connector, DeNucci & Co. LLC

One of Patti's DeNucci's closest friends recently called her "a wonderful curator of people and ideas." Patti calls herself not only a writer, speaker, and workshop facilitator, but also the CEO and Chief Connector at DeNucci & Co. LLC, which she founded in 1989 in Austin, Texas.

Born and raised in a small mining town in Northern Minnesota, Patti learned many lessons about people and business while working in the family business, an auto dealership her grandfather founded in the 1930s. She studied Clothing, Textiles & Design at the University of Wisconsin and moved to Texas in 1981 to seek new opportunities - and to "thaw out."  Once settled in Austin, she enjoyed successful careers in marketing communications, consulting, and talent management.

In 2011, as her "empty nest project," Patti published The Intentional Networker: Attracting Powerful Relationships,  Referrals & Results in Business.  This field guide, written for anyone wanting to network better (rather than just more), swept the non-fiction category of the Indie Reader Discovery Awards and was chosen among thousands of entries as a Finalist in Foreword Review's Book of the Year competition. Patti's life has never been the same and she is working on another book about Conversation and Connection.

A natural and enthusiastic leader, Patti has served on several association boards and is currently finishing a three-year term on the Chapter Leadership Committee of the National Speakers Association. Here she has helped develop and deliver a new curriculum designed to train incoming NSA chapter presidents and board members.

When Patti isn't writing or on the road presenting, she enjoys all things fitness, spending time with her dogs, traveling, reading, watching the latest addictive TV series, and avoiding most forms of cooking and housework.

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danielle gray

digital marketing strategist

Danielle Gray is a Digital Marketing Strategist with over seven years of industry experience composing proposals, writing content, running email campaigns, and generating leads online. Along with developing proposals, she helped her former design-build firm grow website visits by 88% and contributed over $150 million in revenue from leads generated from the website in just three years. Now, Danielle is the owner of DG Marketing Company, a digital marketing firm committed to contributing and creating genuine, humanized digital marketing that listens and solves instead of tells and sells. She also speaks around the country about content generation, the importance of digital marketing and social media specifically relating to the AEC industry. Danielle is a former Division I Basketball Player at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida and holds both a Bachelor’s in Marketing and MBA from the institution. She now resides and runs her company in Atlanta, Georgia.

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hildegard dodd

business development & Marketing manager, wilson ihrig

Hildegard is the Business Development & Marketing Manager of Wilson Ihrig, an Acoustic, Noise and Vibration Engineering firm. She has over 20 years of industry experience, and her expertise ranges from overseeing the strategic direction of the firm’s BD goals, to managing marketing initiatives and pursuits. For the past five years, she has also been a public speaker giving presentations that focus on Leadership, BD and Empowerment in the workplace. A long-time SMPS member, she has served on the Boards of both San Francisco and Los Angeles. She earned a BA from UM St. Louis.

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kelly koscielny

business Development, associate, thornton Tomasetti

Kelly is an Associate in her role as business development at Thornton Tomasetti, a 1,300-person international organization of engineers, architects and other professionals. She has more than a decade of experience in the A/E/C industry, having worked with some of the most successful engineering firms in Los Angeles. Beginning as a project administrator and marketing coordinator, Kelly transitioned to business development in 2014. Kelly now leads the successful business development efforts for all four of the firm’s Western Region offices. She is a long-time SMPS member and has served on the SMPS-Los Angeles Chapter Programs Committee.

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kate mirante

Director of Marketing, norcal, Environmental Science AssociatES

Kate brings more than 20 years of marketing and business development experience in the environmental industry. She directs the marketing and client development strategy for ESA’s largest region composed of four Northern California offices and more than 150 technical professionals. With a background in art and education, Kate’s approach to leadership is grounded in mentoring and team building with the idea that organizational achievement starts with collaboration and a shared vision of success. She considers herself strong advocate for her team seeing that they grow, learn and are empowered to negotiate for themselves when necessary.

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Patricia Costella Mcguirk 

marketing manager, Biggs Cardosa Associates

Tricia has 20 years of marketing experience in the A/E/C field. Her career began in 1987 as receptionist for Biggs Cardosa, then she advanced to an office manager/marketing position. As the company grew, the position was divided and Tricia followed her passion, and currently holds the position of Marketing Manager. Being with the firm for so long, Tricia has negotiated her salary and benefits at various milestones to see they are in line with the current industry environment. She attributes her success to her ability to balance multiple priorities, and most of all having a collaborative spirit and positive attitude.

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jennifer newman

chief executive officer, Ignite Coaching & Consulting, LLC

With a knack for being able to push people out of their comfort zone, Jen loves helping others overcome their obstacles to discover they can achieve any goal they set. Utilizing her 20 years in the A/E/C industry she helps organizations and individuals struggling with a lack of strategy, process, training and a coach in their corner. Through a customized approach identifying their distinct needs through audits and analysis, Jen provides individualized recommendations, programs and services that deliver results. Jen helps clients improve processes, create better leaders and develop winning strategies that lead to successful firm growth.

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donna corlew

chief whatever-it-takes (WIT) officer at C*Connect

A native Tennessean, Donna’s roots run deep in Southern hospitality, a culture of giving, and an abiding love of SEC sports. Driven by a passion for helping others identify and maximize their talents and expertise, Donna works with firms to facilitate strategic vision and market research, build connections and chemistry with clients and targets, and coach sales and marketing teams. Donna achieved the CPSM designation in 1993 and elevated to the status of SMPS Fellow in 2004. An active, engaged volunteer, Donna has held leadership positions on the chapter and national level, including SMPS National President in 2008.

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sarah somerville

principal, the somerville group

Sarah Somerville is Principal of The Somerville Group, a strategic management consulting firm focusing on targeted business solutions. Areas of specialization include corporate responsibility, organizational and leadership consulting, business development, public relations, crisis management, and community initiatives. Sarah is a member of the Board of Directors for the Women’s Energy Network, serving as the Director of Community Initiatives. Additionally, she has served on the Educational Committee of the SMPS Southeast Louisiana Chapter, where she helps provide programming, training, and educational opportunities for its members.

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rachel harris

director of bd & Marketing, The lemoine company

Rachel Harris is the Director of BD and Marketing for The Lemoine Company, General Contractor and Construction Manager. With 12 years of business development and marketing experience in the AEC industry, Rachel is involved with strategic planning, client development, and corporate growth initiatives for her firm. Rachel is the Past President of the SMPS Southeast Louisiana Chapter and has been a frequent speaker for chapter events, luncheons, and marketing education topics.

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ryan suydam

co-founder, client savvy

Ryan Suydam co-founded Client Savvy in 2004 to help firms create fierce client loyalty. He has coached over 300 organizations and over 10,000 professionals on the skills required to be “client savvy.” His clients are twice as likely to be recommended by their clients, three times as likely to realize above-average financial returns, and consistently attract and retain better employees. In 2015, Ryan also founded the Client Experience in Professional Services (CXps) group, hosting an annual conference bringing together professionals to share ideas and strategies that advance their firms’ ability to deliver differentiated client experiences, every time.

chandra storrusten

chief value creation officer, visible value

Chandra Storrusten is Chief Value Creation Officer of Visible Value. She fosters sustainable value creation strategies that allow organizations around the globe to capitalize on pivotal opportunities during growth, transitions, and transformations. Her multi-disciplinary holistic approach creates authentic strategies that mobilize organizations through engaged internal and external stakeholders.  Prior to Visible Value, Chandra led two successful turnarounds. She serves on a think tank for CX in professional services and has also guest lectured at SKEMA Business School.  Chandra obtained an Executive MBA from Duke University – Fuqua School of Business in 2003 and serves on the Duke Triangle Leadership Board.

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Linda Hollingsworth

Director of Business Development, Healthcare, Barton Malow Company

Linda Hollingsworth, CPSM has spent 28 years of experience in the A/E/C industry doing business development to create work for the various companies. She currently heads up business development efforts for Barton Malow’s National Healthcare vertical market. In this role, she works with regional area directors throughout the company for client engagement initiatives, new business development, sales strategy, and marketing support. She has been active in SMPS for over 20 years, and served as President for 2 chapters including the Central Florida Chapter. Linda jumps out of bed with a big smile on her face each morning because she can develop relationships with amazing people! This is more than a job; she is on a mission to share my insight and knowledge with our young leaders in the industry.

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rania sadrack

Principal in charge, national healthcare, business development, tlc engineering for architecture

Rania Sadrack is the principal in charge of national healthcare business development at TLC Engineering for Architecture. She works closely with the firm’s directors and CEO to identify and help develop strategic relationships with partners or potential clients across America. She has been an active member of the SMPS Central Florida Chapter throughout her career, previously serving the chapter as president and advisor. Rania is an alumni of the University of Central Florida, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Education. In her role at TLC, she has given numerous presentations internally to the Board of Directors, upper management, and staff. As President of SMPS, she has presented at programs, events and conferences. Additionally, she has led multiple round table discussions.


lindsay diven

senior consultant, full sail partners

Lindsay is a Senior Consultant with Full Sail Partners. In this position, she works with clients to implement Deltek Vision’s CRM, Custom Proposal, and SF330 modules, as well as the Client Feedback Tool. She has 12 years of marketing and business development experience in the AE field. Using Deltek Vision, Lindsay has worked with both marketing and business development teams to implement business strategies and manage client data in pursuit of increasing sales opportunities and win rates. She is a Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) who is active with the SMPS Central Florida Chapter and the Southeastern Regional Conference.

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meg winch

President, Communication Resources Northwest

Meg Winch specializes in the facilitation and training of communication and organizational skills, working with project teams to enhance the communication behaviors critical to their jobs. As a winning presentation coach for the past 30 years, she helps firms strategically differentiate themselves in the proposal and interview. Meg also works as a core team member delivering, quantitative and qualitative research, public engagement, project management, and partnering services on project teams around the Northwest and nationally. She is a Lean certified facilitator, working with teams and organizations to improve process and performance. Meg holds a BA in Communication from the University of Washington and an MS in Organizational Behavior from Purdue University. She has practiced in the AEC industry for more than 30 years.


bryan gray

CEO, Revenue path group

Revenue Path Group CEO Bryan Gray helps leaders steer their organizations through our current “age of accelerations”, where they can now stand out in crowded and commoditized environments, and no longer lose opportunities that should be theirs! Having previously led two businesses to the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies, Bryan and his group helps firms better compete and grow faster in today’s highly competitive arena - where those who don’t change and adapt will find themselves less and less relevant.

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marion thatch

president, distinction in marketing

Committed to alleviating the ordinary, Marion helps her clients differentiate themselves to win more work. Believing no two firms are exactly alike and that price should not be a deciding differentiator, she works with her clients to focus and improve their marketing and business development efforts through strategic positioning and planning. A certified coach, she promotes lifelong learning. Her SMPS role includes leading and mentoring the San Francisco Mentoring Pathways Program she helped develop a decade ago, mentoring the San Francisco Chapter Board as well as serving as an SMPS Foundation Board of Trustee.

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david lecours

principal, lecours design

David Lecours is on a mission to help A/E/C firms stand out to win new business. As Principal of brand strategy firm Lecours Design, David guides firms to attract great clients and talent. David graduated from USC intending to then enroll in architecture school. After an internship with an architecture firm, David found marketing more enticing, leading him to complete the Professional Certificate program in graphic design at UCLA. He achieved his Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) designation in 2004 and has been awarded  the SMPS San Diego “Best Website” award twice in a row for and

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julie shaffer

founder, shaffer creative

Julie Shaffer, CPSM, founded Shaffer Creative in 2012 with a vision: to provide creative marketing and graphic design solutions through communication strategy, company branding, photography, and data management. Julie makes her clients stand out from the competition through visual design and strategy. As an Adobe Certified Expert in InDesign CC 2015, she is a go-to expert for marketing collateral development and hands-on learning. Julie has provided multiple software presentations for SMPS Fort Worth and clients with accolades for more. She has also presented to SMPS Dallas and the Society for Design Administration on marketing and graphic design best practices.


sharon portnoy

consultant, portnoy consulting

A licensed architect and experienced practitioner, Sharon Portnoy, AIA is a retained search consultant for architecture and design firms. She has placed marketing and business development leaders in three AIA Firm of the Year winners, as well as other widely published, nationally recognized firms. Sharon is passionate about finding talented leaders to help firms navigate the challenges confronting the profession. She has lived and practiced on both coasts, and is involved in AIA SF’s “Equity By Design” committee.


Saskia Dennis-Van Dijl

principal consultant, Cameron MacAllister Group

Saskia’s love of design and the creative people who practice it drive her work. She works with clients—often on an ongoing basis—on strategic marketing planning, positioning, and marketing assessments, as well as retreat and planning-meeting facilitation. Passionate about supporting the role of women in the workplace, Saskia has channeled her beliefs into equity and diversity consulting, helping firms better understand their challenges and opportunities in those areas. This focus carries over into her work with the AIA San Francisco’s Equity by Design Committee, for which she is an active spokesperson.


maggie thacker

director of marketing & business development, Eskew+dumez+ripple

Maggie Thacker, a seasoned professional in the AEC industry, is the Director of Marketing & Business Development of Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in New Orleans. Over the course of her 20+ year career, she has worked with 3 of the AIA’s Firm Award recipients. She received her formal education at Virginia Commonwealth University and mentorship in the A/E/C profession from her rich and rewarding tenures at Perkins + Will and Harry Weese Associates in Chicago. Formerly, she was a Principal and Director of Marketing & Business Development with VMDO Architects – a regional firm in Central Virginia specializing in educational environments. She has been a featured speaker at several SMPS events including Southeast Regional Session “Women on the Leading Edge.”


jill capanna

principal & marketing director, CO Architects

Principal and Marketing Director Jill Capanna leads CO Architects’ business development, marketing, market research and promotional activities. She has been an architectural professional services marketer since 1987, and has 23 years of experience with CO Architects. She has played a key role in building its national practice and presence in its core market sectors of education, research and clinical care, as well as expansion into newer civic, justice and government markets. Jill is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects, a member of SMPS for 17 years and a member of the Society for College and University Planning.


damion morris

senior marketing coordinator, vanir construction management

As Senior Marketing Coordinator at Vanir Construction Management, Damion works directly with Project Executives to produce proposals, qualifications, presentation materials, and other marketing collateral. He is a young, dynamic A/E/C marketing and business development professional with a demonstrated track record of driving revenue by establishing and maintaining key strategic relationships, and identifying new opportunities for growth. He is a champion for diversity and a branding enthusiast with a demonstrated ability to create compelling content and presentations that penetrate and influence client thought.

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dena wyatt

interview & presentation coach

Dena is a former Dale Carnegie instructor, trainer, and founder of Marketing Evolutions. Dena brings over 20 years of experience in the AEC industry. Her techniques and strategies have rewritten the rule book when it comes to presentation training and related insider perception surveys. At the end of the day, Dena empowers her clients to achieve their objectives and master the skills they need to WIN! In addition to having endless enthusiasm helping people win projects and feeling more comfortable speaking, Dena participates in charity bike rides and helps others connected through Better Networking Through Skiing (BNTS) group she co-founded.


laurie lumish

Director of Marketing and Business Development, Degenkolb Engineers

Laurie began her marketing career as a PR specialist for a major university. Two cross-country moves, and more than 20 years later, she leads an award-winning marketing and business development unit for Degenkolb Engineers. By adopting a professional philosophy of transparency for all, Laurie led a renaissance of good-will between technical and marketing staff, developed cross team initiatives, and engaged all firm members in successful marketing. Laurie has been an SMPS member since 2004, holding various local positions in the SFBAC chapter.

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liza hall

business development manager, bkf engineers

As the Business Development Manager for BKF’s Southern California region, Liza plays an integral role in defining the action plan to pursue projects, win work, and cultivate meaningful relationships with existing and prospective clients. Her no fear attitude and enthusiasm to support her office and teaming partners has resulted in a 157% increase in contract value. Since coming on board, the BKF Southern California office has grown from a staff of three to fourteen employees. She is an active member of SMPS Orange County and is serving her second year as their Sponsorships Director. While balancing work and family, Liza is currently studying for the CPSM.

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bonnie temple

regional marketing leader, kittelson & associates

As Regional Marketing Leader for Kittelson & Associates, Inc. West region, Bonnie collaborates with business development, marketing, and technical staff. She develops and maintains strategic client and teaming relationships within her region and assists the firm in developing strategic approaches to increase brand awareness. Bonnie has presented in person and online on marketing, business development, and presentation skills and has served as a personal presentation coach and as a corporate-wide trainer. Bonnie earned her CPSM in 2005 and has served on committees and held Board of Director positions for SMPS Chapters including Central Florida, Denver, Sacramento and Orange County. She is currently Director of Education for SMPS Orange County.

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stephanie wood

marketing team lead, southern california, stantec

At four years old, Stephanie first stepped on stage, never imagining that her passion for performing would lend itself to her eventual A/E/C marketing career. A degree and background in professional theatre eased the transition into marketing. For more than 12 years, she’s drawn on her creativity, flexibility, and natural competitive drive to ascend the ranks and earn her current role as a Marketing Team Lead. Active in SMPS’s Orange County Chapter, Stephanie is the Membership Director, has earned her CPSM designation, and was recently featured in Marketer QuickLook.