Chapter Awards

Announcing a New Direction for the SMPS Chapter Awards Programs

In the coming year, we will have some changes to our chapter awards program, Striving for Excellence and Pivot & Focus.

The purpose of the new direction is to provide more visibility to all chapters and showcase best practices in chapter management and leadership. This will allow all 58 chapters to compete equally within their chapter size category.

How is it different? Currently, the Striving for Excellence program allows individual chapters to enter on their own. With the new program, SMPS HQ will recognize chapters throughout the year without individual chapters submitting information or entering the awards.

Chapters will be honored and highlighted based on the 2020–21 chapter annual report data provided to SMPS HQ. All 58 chapters will be included in the evaluation based on the following criteria for the 2020-21 fiscal year:

  • Membership Retention and Growth (announcing winners in February 2022)
  • Educational and Programming events (announcing winners in April 2022)
  • Financial Health (announcing winners in June 2022)

The chapters that have the best performance in those categories and on their chapter size (per chapter stats as of 9/1/2021) will receive a badge they can use on their website. They’ll also be featured via:

  • Chapter Leader Newsletter
  • Marketer journal
  • Marketer Quicklook
  • SMPS HQ social media channels

After this year’s transition period for honoring 2020-21 performances, the program is expected to take its full shape for honoring the current fiscal year.  HQ will provide further updates as the program evolves and is finalized.

If you have questions, please reach out to Molly Dall’Erta, Director of Member Recognition and Programs at

SMPS Inland Empire

SMPS is pleased to announce the 2021 Pivot & Focus Grand Prize Winner SMPS Inland Empire
View their video and read the press release.

Congratulations to our 2021 Pivot & Focus Chapter Award Winners!

If you missed it, be sure to watch the Evening of Excellence show, which aired on August 5, to watch and celebrate this year’s outstanding chapter award recipients.

The winners for the 2021 Pivot & Focus Chapters Awards

Grand Prize Chapter: SMPS Inland Empire (1st Place Small Chapter)
Watch the virtual presentation of this award.

  • 1st Place Extra Large Chapter: SMPS Boston
  • Outstanding Extra Large Chapter: SMPS Houston
  • 1st Place Large Chapter: SMPS St. Louis
  • Outstanding Large Chapter: SMPS Connecticut
  • 1st Place Medium Chapter: SMPS Nashville and
    SMPS Central Pennsylvania

Pivot & Focus Chapter Communications Awards

  • Social Media 1st Place: SMPS Ontario
  • Social Media, Outstanding: SMPS Boston

Pivot & Focus Educational Programs

  • 1st Place: SMPS Greater Cincinnati
  • Outstanding: SMPS Nashville

Pivot & Focus Special Events

  • 1st Place: SMPS Boston
  • Outstanding: SMPS Atlanta