SMPS Palmetto led all chapters nationwide from August 2012 to August 2013 with the highest "Percentage of Growth by Chapter," achieving 45% growth. Since that time, we've consistently maintained top tier positioning. How did we do this? By nurturing our current members, obtaining new members, and by consistently providing highly relevant educational and business development programs for the A/E/C industry. Membership in SMPS Palmetto is an investment in your career and in your firm's success. Educational luncheons and seminars, networking with peers, and certification are just a few of the ways you benefit from your membership. A definitive resource for marketing and business development professionals, SMPS Palmetto partners with the SMPS National office to bring you a wide array of opportunities including:

    • Monthly Luncheon Programs in Charleston and Columbia Featuring Topics & Speakers/Panelists Directly Affecting the A/E/C Community
    • Local Educational Seminars with National Speakers
    • National Marketing Awards Program
    • Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) Certification
    • Educational Webinars
    • The Marketer (SMPS National Magazine highlighting trends, educational issues, marketing topics and book reviews)
    • Regional Conference (held every other year)
    • National Conference (held every year)
    • National and Local Membership Directories
    • National Listserv
    • Professional Development


    If you are interested in becoming a member visit or contact Courtney Avant, Membership Director, at


    1. Networking Opportunities: Since the Palmetto Chapter was established in the fall of 2008,  I have been involved since the beginning and have met A/E/C business contacts that share knowledge and discuss partnering opportunities.

    2. Publications: Every month I read the Marketer, which is the journal for members  and Connections,which is the e-newsletter for members. Plus I have received discounts on books through the SMPS Bookstore.

    3. Marketing Resource Center: Through MySMPS, online community I have been able to connect and share information with others in our industry.

    4. Certified Professional Services Marketer Program:  Currently the Palmetto Chapter has 4 members that have the status of CPSM.  I have started gathering the material to study for the exam.  This designation provides professional credentials.

    5. Programs and Conferences: SMPS  provides Regional and National Conferences.  I attended a Regional conference and am still connected to the contacts I made.

    6. Leadership Opportunities:  Since the Palmetto Chapter started I have been involved, first on the Membership Committee, then as the Sponsorship Chairman and now as the Membership Chairman.  I have gained valuable insight into Leadership while developing my skills as a leader.

    7. Career and Recruitment Resources: Other SMPS members have shared their stories of finding job opportunities through the SMPS Career Center.

    8. National and Regional Contacts:   Through SMPS I have been able to find and network with companies on a national and regional level.

    9. Professional Development Opportunities:  Through SMPS I have met several speakers and writers of white papers and have gained knowledge from their insight.

    10. A Community of Emerging Leaders: SMPS encourages volunteers and provides theopportunities for Leadership while promoting your company.

    SMPS Palmetto is always seeking volunteers, and there are many ways to get involved with the Chapter and the SMPS community nationwide. Contact one of the Committee Chairs listed below regarding your interests today.

    The Membership Committee focuses on initiatives that drive, support, recruit and sustain the membership of the Chapter. Activities surround welcoming and orienting new members, planning new member orientation breakfasts and evening networking events, and collecting member feedback for the purpose of attracting and retaining members.

    The Communications Committee creates brand awareness for SMPS Palmetto through various communication efforts including the SMPS Palmetto website, blog, social media, and weekly infoblast emails

    The Programs Committee develops, plans and produces all luncheon programs.  The content is geared to client panels and speakers with a goal of providing education and insight on topics relevant to the A/E/C industry and current market conditions.

    The Program Committee also plans and implements our educational events, following SMPS’s Six Domains of Practice:

      • Market Research
      • Marketing Plan
      • Client and Business Development
      • SOQs/Proposals
      • Promotional Activity
      • Information, Resource and Organizational Management

    The Sponsorship Committee generates sponsorships from organizations inside and outside of the industry. They also act as a concierge to sponsors, ensuring they take advantage of the sponsor benefits they receive throughout the year.