Build Business 2019 Highlights

The premier experience of more than 1,000 marketers, business developers, and principals in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries (A/E/C) took place in historic Washington, DC on July 31—August 2 at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC. #SMPSBB19 saw a record number of attendees and many first timers. Over the course of three days and more than 40 sessions, there was something for everyone. Attendees were able to earn up to 15 CPSM CEUs and AIA LUs, network with their peers, learn about the industry’s latest trends from thought leaders, and celebrate marketing excellence. We featured two preconference sessions, the Seller-Doer Symposium and Business Development Workshop, and launched new experiences with the M Live! sessions, our talk-show style panel discussions about the latest in strategies, leadership, and emerging trends and technology, and the Elevate Your Brand: Professional headshot sessions—proceeds benefitted the SMPS Foundation.

Photos are courtesy of Kevin Roche Photography.

Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote Speaker: Radical Candor: Love Your Work and the People You Work With | Amy Sandler, MBA, chief marketing officer, Radical Candor, LLC

Closing Keynote Speaker: Think Different | Duncan Wardle, former head of innovation and creativity, The Walt Disney Company

R.I.S.E. Luncheon

Recognition | Inspiration | Success | Excellence

During the luncheon, on August 1, we shared the Society’s latest news and created even more achievements when we announced the SFE Grand Prize winner, Chapter President of the Year, and the 2019 Class of Fellows.

Evening of Excellence and the After Party

During our annual celebration of A/E/C marketing excellence on August 1, we honored the winner of the 2019 Weld Coxe Marketing Achievement Award and finalists of the Marketing Communications Awards. And immediately after, we danced the night away during the After Party, featuring DJ D-Lux.

MAX Presentations

For the fifth year, MAX (Market. Act. Exchange) showcased three short-form presentations designed to get us thinking about standing out and going beyond the norm. This year’s lineup included:

-Brain Savvy Leadership by the Numbers | Jeff Hurt

-Getting the Green Light | Tamsen Webster

-Living Your Genius | Brian Parsley, CBPA

Skyline Soiree Rooftop Reception

On August 2, SMPS closed out Build Business with our friends SMPS Washington DC on The Observatory at America’s Square rooftop overlooking jaw-dropping views of the Capitol and National Mall.

The Construction Channel features the Build Business 2019 Experience

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