SMPS Milestones

Celebrating our 45th anniversary in 2018.

In 1973, SMPS was founded and by year’s end had 14 members. In 2018, we celebrate our 45th anniversary. Thanks to you, our 7,000-plus members, for being a part of our organization. Here’s a look back at some of our milestones over the years.

2018 SMPS celebrates its 45th anniversary. Year begins with more than 7,000 members, including 977 CPSMs and 58 chapters.
2016 MARKENDIUM, the SMPS Body of Knowledge, is published.
2014 The Society launches its 24/7 online learning platform.
2013 SMPS celebrates its 40th anniversary. By year’s end, The Society has 56 chapters and 5,900 members, including 861 CPSMs.
2011 SMPS University: Leadership Advancement Program (SMPS U), in partnership with the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, begins.
2008 SMPS turns 35.
Marketer gets a new look and officially becomes The Journal of the Society for Marketing Professional Services.
SMPS Ontario is chartered, our first chapter in Canada.
2002 During the year, 29 individuals earn the CPSM designation.
1999 The Certified Professional Services Marketer Program is born.
1998 SMPS celebrates its 25th anniversary and establishes the Fellows Recognition Program. Membership reaches 4,000.
1996 SMPS launches its web site.
1993 SMPS celebrates its 20th anniversary. Two new awards inaugurated: Chapter President and Business Developer of the Year. SMPS Virginia and SMPS Pittsburgh established, bringing the chapter total to 42.
1992 SMPS Foundation established.
1987 Marketing Achievement Award program initiated to honor individual contributions to professional services marketing.
1983 SMPS celebrates its 10th anniversary. Eight new chapters chartered for a total of 27.
1982 The Marketing Communications Awards program grows to nine categories. By conference time, 19 chapters are chartered.
1981 First chapter is chartered in Michigan.
1980 Members’ salary and expense survey conducted. Membership grows to 1,800. Marketer makes its debut.
1978 SMPS celebrates its 5th anniversary and hires first full-time employee.
BusinessWeek writes about SMPS and marketing professional services.
1977 SMPS announces its first annual achievement award competition.
1974 First national conference held in DC, in conjunction with AIA annual convention.
1973 SMPS founded and first official meeting held. By year’s end, the Society has 14 members.

We hope that you enjoy this special four-part series that gives insights into the Society’s first 45 years: