Chapter President of the Year Award

Call for Nominations Now Open

The SMPS Chapter President of the Year (CPY) Award recognizes an SMPS chapter president who has demonstrated excellence in leadership while serving the chapter and its members.

ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible, the candidate must have served as president for the 2021–2022 program year. All nominations must be made by a current SMPS member. Self-nominations are accepted as well. There is no fee to enter.

REPORTING TIME PERIOD
September 1, 2021–August 31, 2022.

CRITERIA
Download the2023 Chapter President of the Year criteria.

DEADLINE
Deadline March 31, 2023.

APPLICATION FORM
2023 Application and PDF submission must be submitted to smps.org/cpyentry.

QUESTIONS
Contact Molly Dall’Erta, Director of Member Recognition and Programs, molly@smps.org.


McGovern Named SMPS Chapter President of the Year Award in 2022

SMPS is pleased to announce that Jen McGovern, CPSM, 2020-2021 SMPS DC president, has been recognized as the 2022 Chapter President of the Year. Jen was honored at Amplify A|E|C, the Society’s annual conference, during an awards ceremony on July 19, 2022.

The Chapter President of the Year Award recognizes an SMPS chapter president who has demonstrated excellence in leadership while serving the chapter and its members. The nomination process includes both self and peer nominations and must be submitted by a current SMPS member.

Jen McGovern, CPSM, became SMPS Washington DC president during one of the most challenging years of the chapter’s history. During this time, she had a unique opportunity to assess what worked—and what didn’t—for the chapter.

Jen fostered an environment of evaluation and experimentation, encouraging directors to own their programs and get creative. And by taking this approach, the chapter was able to remain profitable during the pandemic—staying in the black on over 80% of events and increasing reserves.

When asked about the award, Jen stated that she was honored and humbled. “All of the chapter presidents in the 2020–2021 program year faced a unique challenge in determining how to keep members safe while still delivering an impactful member experience. With the support of the SMPS DC board members and volunteers, we produced a calendar of creative events and laid foundations to benefit the chapter in the future. I’m excited to continue to see how the SMPS DC chapter evolves!”

Throughout her term, Jen made sure both board members and chapter members felt seen and heard. She sent a personal welcome email to every new member, letting them know of upcoming events and encouraging them to get involved.

Connection, education, and advancement—that’s what Jen promised SMPS Washington DC, and she delivered, while maintaining her calm and collective manner.

Congratulations, again, to Jen McGovern, CPSM!

 


Chapter President of Year Award Recipients* 
1993-2022

 

1993 Ruth Higley, SMPS Nashville 

1994 Stephanie S. Craft, CPSM,  SMPS Utah 

1995 Craig E. Park, FSMPS, SMPS San Francisco 

1996 Trisha Clark, SMPS San Diego 

1997 Sammi Reeves, SMPS Los Angeles 

1998 Sally Handley, FSMPS, CPSM, SMPS New York 

1999 Mary Ellen Graham, SMPS Toledo 

2000 Carolyn Ferguson, FSMPS, CPSM, SMPS Houston 

2001 Melissa McLaughlin, SMPS Georgia  

2002 Dana Duran, SMPS Oklahoma  

2003 Scott Milder, CPSM, SMPS Dallas/Ft. Worth 

2004*

2005 Stephanie S. Craft, CPSM, SMPS Sacramento  

2006 Ann Seibert, CPSM, SMPS Arizona  

2007  CO-WINNERS: Tiffany A. Posey, CPSM, SMPS Atlanta  and Anne Crowe Kroger, CPSM, SMPS Maine  

2008 Melissa D. Lewis, CPSM, SMPS San Antonio  

2009 Mark Tawara, FSMPS, CPSM, SMPS Hawaii 

2010 * 

2011 Alison A. Carney, CPSM, SMPS Washington DC  

2012 Alethea C. O’Dell, CPSM, SMPS San Francisco  

2013 Kathryn A. Mullaney, CPSM, SMPS Chicago  

2014 Andrea Story, CPSM, SMPS Alaska  

2015 Ben Sawa, SMPS Boston  

2016 Tiana Young, CPSM, SMPS Twin Cities  

2017*

2018 Amanda Erickson, SMPS Seattle  

2019 Rachael Frohardt, CPSM, SMPS Central Florida 

2020 Michelle Erste, CPSM, SMPS Atlanta 

2021 CO-WINNERS: Katherine DeMercurio, SMPS New York & Nichole Petersen, SMPS Connecticut

2022 Jen McGovern, CPSM, SMPS Washington DC

*not awarded every year