Should I Text or Should I Call? Come to the Annual SAAEMA Marketing Clinic and Find Out!

Early Bird Pricing for SAAEMA’s Annual Marketing Clinic Ends This Week! Register Now and Save!

As marketers, the most important thing we do is communicate — with our colleagues, with our clients, and with the public. For the first time in history, we have to learn to speak the language of three distinct generations in the business world — Baby Boomers, who are working longer than ever; GenXers, the middle generation; and the up-and-coming Millenials, who will soon outnumber their older peers. This year’s Marketing Clinic is designed to help you learn to speak the language of each generation, understand what makes them tick, and most importantly, to get them to respond to your message.

Sue Porter is a trainer and business coach who specializes in behavioral styles and generational differences. She’ll lead us in a fun and interactive session as we explore the sometimes puzzling and misunderstood behaviors of our multi-generational peers. She’ll also clue us in to the very real influence birth order can play in our relationships with our friends, family, and colleagues. We know you’ll come away with new knowledge and skills to help you become an outstanding communicator, no matter who your audience is.

While an evening at the improv can make for a fun night out, improvisation can also play an important role in building cooperation and collaboration among team members. “Yes, and?” is a powerful technique for increasing the flow of ideas, embracing creativity, and building respect in all kinds of groups. Our special guests, Jennifer GiraloWill Hightower, and Elyse Cocco, combine their A/E/C experience with their love of improv to entertain and enlighten us with a series of fun exercises. If you don’t know the person sitting next to you when we get started, you will by the time we’re finished!

And of course, no Marketing Clinic would be complete without an update on the business climate in Southern Arizona, so we’ll open the session with a talk from Michael Varney, President of the Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Your registration includes lunch and happy hour at An following the clinic. Don’t miss this day of fun, learning, and networking!
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Psomas Seeking Senior Marketing Coordinator

Senior Marketing Coordinator or Marketing Manager

Psomas, a growing civil engineering, land surveying, environmental and construction management firm, is looking for a talented Marketing Manager or Senior Marketing Coordinator for our Tucson office.  Finding the right fit is very important to us, so, we are willing to consider either a Senior Marketing Coordinator with the desire to grow into the Marketing Manager position or an accomplished Marketing Manager.

You will be responsible for overseeing the marketing functions and supporting business development activities in the Tucson and, potentially, other areas of Arizona. The successful candidate will be responsible for working with the region’s Team Leaders and Project Managers to strategize for and prepare creative, persuasive presentations, proposals, award submittals, and various marketing materials.

You will also provide support to the Team Leaders to research and track upcoming project opportunities to ensure we’re “ahead of the game.” This involves primary and secondary research, internal strategy meetings, teaming arrangements, and attendance at pre-proposal, proposal and presentation strategy meetings.

Other duties include facilitating a bi-weekly Sales/Marketing meeting with the region’s Team Leaders, performing Client Service Reviews with Psomas clients to measure client satisfaction, assisting the Tucson Regional Manager in performing internal Peer Reviews to gauge project performance, maintaining resumes and project information databases, and representing Psomas at professional and social client functions (potentially some breakfast and evening events).

Must be able to manage schedules and multiple and competing priorities. Being a self-starter and self-motivated is critical.

This position is fully supported by Corporate Marketing, which provides company-wide assistance including, but not limited to, public relations, article writing, website upkeep, and graphics support.

Qualifications that will put you at the head of the class:

•Minimum 5 years proven Marketing experience in the Engineering, Architecture or Construction industry.

•Must have proven track record creating, managing, and clearly articulating proposal and presentation production schedules.

•Strong project management skills; proven ability to stay organized while managing multiple projects and deadlines.

•Ability to manage workflow throughout the proposal process and pro-actively interface with Project Managers to meet critical deadlines.

•Effective communication and top-notch people skills (e-mail, phone and face-to-face communication are all equally important).

•Strong writing and editing proficiency.

•Experience and proficiency with InDesign.

•CPSM preferred.

•Bachelor’s degree with emphasis in marketing, communications, journalism or related field preferred.

Please provide a cover letter with your resume as an example of your writing abilities.

Apply online at the Psomas Career page or click this link:

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Job Opportunity with Psomas

Database Administrator/Educator 

Psomas is in our second year of implementing a CRM and marketing database (Cosential) and is in need of a full-time administrator and educator of the system. To date, only a portion of the system has been rolled out.

With training, you’ll become our “expert of experts” in the system and assist in implementation, training other users (mostly via video), guiding, and advising staff throughout the company. In addition to data entry and maintenance of the system, you’ll be monitoring the data entry of others to watch for duplicates and other errors as well as running various reports to detect those errors. You’ll be responsible for keeping up-to-date on the latest features of Cosential including attending Cosential’s yearly conference. You will use this knowledge to help guide, advise and strategize about how to most effectively use the system for Psomas.

This is a key position within the corporate marketing department of Psomas and reports to the Corporate Director of Marketing, who is located in Roseville, CA. However, for the right candidate, we’re open to having the position reside in one of our other major offices.

With 14 offices in three states, Psomas is currently ranked #136 of the top design firms in the U.S. by ENR (Engineering News Record) magazine.

Required Skills / Experience:

 Minimum 2 years of experience in the A/E/C (architectural/engineering/construction) industry

 Previous marketing/CRM database experience (Cosential or Deltek Vision preferred)

 Ability to work independently

 Good writing and editing skills, including the capability to develop processes, procedures and best practices from scratch

 Excellent organizational skills

 Good communication skills including the skills/finesse to train people in Cosential policies and procedures

 Good customer service balanced by the ability to politely say “no” to some requests

 Ability to work collaboratively with both marketing and technical staff at all levels

 InDesign experience a plus (to help design and test Cosential templates)

Psomas offers a comprehensive, competitive benefits package which includes:

 Medical, dental, prescription drug and vision coverage

 Employee Stock Ownership Plan

 Flexible and alternative work schedules

 Paid time off (PTO) and paid holidays

 Professional development and licensing reimbursement

 Performance and career development programs

To apply for this position, please go to or go to Psomas’ website for the link.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Contact Information Karen Eason

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Save the Date! It’s Time for SAAEMA’s Annual Marketing Clinic!

Registration coming soon. Would you like to be a sponsor? Contact Russ Blankenship for details.

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September Lunch Meeting — Sahuarita and Amphitheater School Bonds

Please join us for our regular lunch meeting in September when our guests will be Dr. Manuel Valenzuela, Superintendent of Sahuarita School District, and Jim Burns, Executive Manager of Operational Support for Amphitheater School District. They’ll be discussing the bond issues on the November ballot in each district. Come learn about the proposed projects and A/E/C opportunities.

PLEASE NOTE: We have a new lunch venue! The historic Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress, will be the new home for our regular lunch meetings. There’s plenty of close-in parking and the food is great! We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 20, 11:30-1:00
WHERE: Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress
COST: $25 SAAEMA members, $35 guests in advance, $40 guests at the doorRSVP: Tommy Roof no later than noon, Friday, September 16.
Parking is available in the lot north of the hotel; across the street at Maynards; at Centro Garage, 345 E. Congress, just around the corner; and at street meters nearby.
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September Lunch & Learn Workshop — Event Planning

As A/E/C marketers, we wear many hats. We write, edit, and design proposals and marketing materials; coach our teams to be polished presenters; and plan open houses and trade shows for our firms. Please join us for an interactive discussion with Vanessa Noonkester, public involvement coordinator at Gordley Group. We’ll share outlines and event planning checklists, discuss best practices, and learn about damage control for those times when even our most meticulous plans go awry. Bring your questions, ideas, and lunch and join us.  Space is limited to 15 attendees, so RSVP before September 12.
WHEN: Wednesday, September 14th, 11:30-1PM
WHERE: GLHN, 2939 E. Broadway
RSVP: Tiffany Gorrell before noon on Monday, September 12.
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Western Technologies Seeking Field Tech

Western Technologies Inc., one of the largest independent construction materials testing laboratories and engineering firms in the southwest, has a full-time opening in Tucson, AZ for Field/Lab Technicians. Any of the following certifications desired but not required; ACI, ATTI and NICET soils, concrete, asphalt and masonry. We provide on the job training and assist in obtaining the above certifications. Must have a clean motor vehicle record and pass a pre-employment drug screen.

To learn more and apply on line visit our web-site at or submit your resume to Tami Griffin at or fax to (520)748.0435.


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Lunch & Learn — Storytelling for the Win!

Storytelling offers a unique way to stand out in a sea of competitors. Theresa Gunn, president of Gunn Communications, Inc., will show you how to find and tell the stories that get your proposals noticed. Bring your brown bag lunch and get ready to tap into your creativity!

With a background in communications, Theresa Gunn combines the skills of an investigator with a contagious optimism that inspires people on all sides of complex issues to work hard to find the best solutions possible.

As President of GCI, Theresa has led more than 100 projects for over 30 government agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations. She customizes each project to her clients’ specific needs. People who work with Theresa appreciate her candor, her work ethic, and her belief that objectivity and transparency are the keys to success. She has provided community engagement to successfully implement local, state, and federally funded  projects from the earliest feasibility studies through planning, environmental documentation, preliminary and final design, and ultimately construction. She has even assisted in site clean-up and decommissioning.

Prior to starting GCI in 1997, Theresa spent six years designing and implementing public involvement programs for the Regional Public Transportation Authority in Phoenix, where she engaged the downtown community in the siting and original design for the Central Station transit center at Central and Van Buren.

Theresa earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix.

An active member of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) since 1995, Theresa served as the Deputy Presiding Member of the International Board of Directors and past president of IAP2 USA.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 24th, 11:30-1PM
WHERE: GLHN, 2939 E. Broadway
RSVP: Bianca Rivera before noon on Friday, August 19.
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