SMPS Recognizes Thomas E. Smith, Jr. With Its Highest Honor

August 6, 2021

SMPS Recognizes Thomas E. Smith, Jr. With Its Highest Honor

Distinguished SMPS member accepts the 2021 Weld Coxe Marketing Achievement Award.

Alexandria, VA (August 6, 2021) – The Society for Marketing Professional Services  (SMPS) is pleased to announce Thomas E. Smith, Jr., AICP, FSMPS, CPSM, has been honored with the 2021 Weld Coxe Marketing Achievement Award (MAA). Smith, a member of SMPS Inland Empire, accepted his award during Build Business, the virtual SMPS annual conference, on August 5, 2021, at the Evening of Excellence.

Smith joins a distinguished group of accomplished members who embody the mission and spirit of SMPS and are valued advisers to the organization. Tom is the 30th recipient of the award, named in memory of marketing pioneer, SMPS founder, and past honoree Weld Coxe.

The lessons learned, from his varied marketing and business development experience, guided Tom when he formed and led two firms. They employed more than 150 professionals and served 500 clients, with both growing into multi-office powerhouses. In January 2014, they were acquired, Tom retired and provided transitional consulting services through the end of that year.

Tom’s service throughout SMPS has been also endless—with leadership positions at all levels. He has been an adviser to 19 Society presidents and 21 chapter presidents and developed more than 20 educational programs for SMPS chapters. Tom was also integral in the effort to develop the SMPS Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) exam.

Tom’s involvement in SMPS continues—and his strong leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, and vision continue to be admired by all. Fellow SMPS leader, Frank Lippert, CPSM, FSMPS, stated,  “SMPS is a better Society, and we are all smarter professionals because of his service.” And, Marion Thatch, FSMPS, CPCC, said, “When I think of leaders in SMPS, Tom stands among those most respected.”

When asked about the recognition, Smith said, “I’m so honored by this award. As a technical professional turned marketer and business owner for over 30 years, the successes of my firms would not have been possible without the skills and friendships developed through SMPS. My SMPS journey has been an incredible benefit that I’ll always be trying to repay.”

The Society’s highest honor, the Weld Coxe Marketing Achievement Award, salutes a remarkable marketing or business development professional whose career achievements, leadership role, and lasting contributions to the A/E/C industries are exemplary.

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Business Transformed Through Marketing Leadership: The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) is the only organization dedicated to creating business opportunities in the A/E/C industries. With almost 7,000 members, SMPS provides leadership and professional development programs, industry research, business-building events, and vital marketing resources. Through SMPS, A/E/C professionals in North America tap into powerful networks to form project teams, secure business referrals and intelligence, and benchmark performance. The Society is committed to validating the practice of marketing and business development as essential to the success of all professional services firms. Learn more about SMPS at smps.org.