The Real Value of Certification
Tuesday, March 25
3:30pm – 5:30pm
The Exeter Inn, 90 Front Street, Exeter, NH
SMPS and APMP members: $25
To get certified, or not get certified…that is the question. Whether ’tis Nobler in the mind to suffer through an exam for a few extra letters after your name on your resume. But what is the real value of certification and which type of certification is right for you and your career? In this panel discussion, hear from a range of certified professionals in the industry of the what each certification means to them and the industry they serve.
Join us in the hotel bar after the event for drinks and networking!
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Brad Thurman, PE, FSMPS, CPSM, Chief Marketing Officer, Wallace Engineering
SMPS National President
As Chief Marketing Officer for Wallace Engineering, Brad directs the firm’s marketing and business development. He received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and Master of Architectural Engineering degrees from Oklahoma State University, and is licensed as a professional engineer in seven states.
Brad currently serves as President on the National Board of the Society for Marketing Professional Services, a national organization dedicated to creating business opportunities in the A/E/C industry. He will be joining our event via Skype.
Kathryn Hews, CPSM, Associate Principal, Marketivity / Marketing Manager, Hews Company
Katy Hews, CPSM, is a senior marketing professional, with over 37 years experience in A/E/C marketing. Katy is an Associate Principal with Marketivity, Inc., a strategic marketing firm headquartered in Portland, Oregon. In that capacity she focuses on client perception studies and market research. She assists Marketivity’s clients in not only developing their strategic vision, but also translating that vision into practical, effective business development plans and actions, and creation of marketing structures and systems that assure successful business development. Katy also serves as Marketing Manager for Hews Company, a Maine-based manufacturing firm that provides truck mounted equipment to the construction industry.
Katy has held numerous leadership positions in SMPS, including past-president of the Northern New England Chapter, current Chapter Liaison for the Northern New England Chapter, and former education chair for the Boston and Seattle Chapters. She was a chapter author in “A/E/C Business Development – The Decade Ahead,” recently published by the SMPS Foundation. In addition to her SMPS involvement, Katy is the current WTS-Maine President.
Stephen R. Galati, CGW, CP APMP, Manager of National Proposals, TRC Environmental Corporation
Stephen Galati is the Manager of National Proposals with TRC Environmental Corporation working out of Augusta, Maine. He has 20 years of proposal management, technical writing, grant writing, marketing communications, training and course development, and electrical engineering experience. He is currently finishing his Doctorate Degree in Management with the University of Phoenix, and holds a Master’s Degree in English Rhetoric from the City University of New York, a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Pratt Institute, an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Science from the City University of New York, and a Professional Development Certificate in Emergency Management from the FEMA Institute. He is also certified through the Association of Proposal Management Professionals.
Mike Sears, LEED Green Associate, Associate and Senior Marketing Coordinator, RDK Engineers
Mike is an Associate and senior marketing coordinator with RDK Engineers, where he is engaged in a wide variety of marketing initiatives including proposal writing, corporate communications, interview presentations and business development. An active SMPS member, Mike has served as Co-Chair on the SMPS Boston Programs Committee and was the recipient of the SMPS Boston Chapter’s New Member of the Year in 2009. Mike holds a BA in English / Professional Writing from Framingham State University.