2017 Marketing Clinic — Designing Success in the World of Tomorrow


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August Lunch and Learn Workshop — Anatomy of a Presentation

Very few people like to speak in front of a crowd, but as marketers and business professionals, we might find ourselves having to do just that! Join Cloriza Lomeli as she shares her experience learning how to present with confidence. She will teach you how to prepare and rehearse your presentation, control your fear, begin and conclude a speech, and handle impromptu speaking assignments.

Cloriza is a long time employee-owner of GLHN Architects & Engineers, and was introduced to the fear of public speaking circa 2001. Ever since, she has fought to muster up the courage to stand in front of groups and share information. She is a great example of moving through the panic and putting yourself out there. Now a member of Midtown Toast Pros Club Toastmasters and an instructor for APPA’s Supervisor Toolkit, Cloriza presents at higher education sessions for client organizations, leads staff trainings, and represents the firm at public events.
WHEN: August 29, 12-1 pm
WHERE: GLHN, 2930 E. Broadway, Tucson
COST: Free! Bring your lunch!
RSVP: No later than Friday, August 25 to Bianca.Rivera@terracon.com
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It’s Time to Relax…

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Save the Date for Construction Career Days!

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May Lunch: Flying High with TAA

Tucson International Airport and its cross-town partner, Ryan Airfield, may sometimes seem like laid back places, especially when compared to their larger counterparts up north, but there’s plenty happening on the development front. Please join us for lunch with George Bootes from Tucson Airport Authority’s Economic Development Office to hear the latest news about projects at both airports.

George W. Bootes III serves as the Chief Economic Development Officer for the Tucson Airport Authority. In this role, he directs TAA’s land planning and development efforts at Tucson International Airport and general aviation reliever airport, Ryan Airfield. He also manages TAA’s efforts to attract jobs and capital investment to TUS and RYN and their environs. He advocates for the interests of TAA before local, regional and statewide groups, government entities, and the private sector to promote, protect, and maximize the value of TAA’s real estate holdings.

George’s background includes more than 25 years of business, community, and economic development experience. His public sector experience includes progressively responsible positions at the local, regional, and statewide levels. In the private sector, he has served as a director of economic development, manager of market development, and assistant general manager of an electric utility (with each promotion maintaining direct responsibility for community and economic development functions).

George earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from The College at Brockport. His specialized economic development training includes completing the Basic Economic Development Course at the University of Arizona and the Economic Development Institute (I, II, III) at the University of Oklahoma. He has been a Certified Economic Developer since 1993 and a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional since 1997. He plans to sit for the AICP examination within the next twelve months.

George has successfully used Tax Increment Development Districts, Public Improvement Districts, Industrial Development Bond financing, targeted economic development legislative acts, and job training incentive programs to incentivize community and economic development projects.

He is an active member of the International Economic Development Council, Arizona Association of Economic Development, and the American Planning Association, including serving on the Board of the Arizona Chapter.

George is married to RaMona I. Bootes, Esq.; they have one daughter (Amy) and two grandchildren (Michael and Jayden).

WHEN: Tuesday, May 16, 11:30-1:00
WHERE: Brother John’s Barbecue, 1801 N. Stone
COST:   $25 SAAEMA members, $35 guests in advance, $40 guests at the door
RSVP: Bianca Rivera bianca.rivera@terracon.com no later than noon, Friday, May11.
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May Lunch and Learn: Press Releases That Get You Noticed!

The role of A/E/C marketer is a multifaceted one in most firms, and one of the many duties that may come with the title is getting the word out to the media about your company’s accomplishments and successes. Please join us for our next lunch and learn workshop, Press Releases That Get You Noticed! Marilyn Noble, Regional Marketing Director for CIP Information Service, will be the presenter.

In this fast-paced hour, you’ll learn the basics of writing both hard and soft news releases, how to build relationships with the media, and how a well-thought-out media plan will make your job easier and get you results. Bring your lunch and your questions!

Marilyn Noble is the Arizona Regional Marketing Director for CIP Information Service, and has been a freelance journalist and magazine editor. She’s been on both sides of the media desk and brings those insights to her work with corporations and non-profits who need communications strategies. In her long and varied career, she’s interviewed actors, artists, astronauts and other assorted people with interesting stories to tell; written, edited, and published several cookbooks and other non-fiction works; and been quoted in media outlets from AgriNews to the New York Times. She lives in Tempe, and is serving her third term as SAAEMA’s communications chair.

WHEN: Thursday, May 11, Noon-1:00
WHERE: GLHN, 2939 E. Broadway
COST:  FREE! (Bring your own lunch.)
RSVP: Bianca Rivera, bianca.rivera@terracon.comno later than NOON, Tuesday, May 9.

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Happy New Year! Join Us For Lunch!

We’re excited to start 2017 with an overview of this year’s economic outlook for Tucson presented by Michael Varney of the Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce. He’ll give us an insider’s view of the inner workings of the Chamber, as well as what’s going on in and around Tucson, Tucson’s growth, and what he sees for our future.

As a special gift to our members and friends, we’ll also have photographer Kevin Van Rensselaer on hand to do head shots. Each member will receive two to four images at no cost. For non-members, the fee will be $30, payable directly to Kevin. It’s a new year — time for a new look!

Michael Varney became the president and CEO of the Tucson Metro Chamber in May 2011. Prior to that he served as the president and CEO of the North Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and the vice president of marketing of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. In his current role he is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s operations including planning, product development, government affairs, communications, research, finance and member services.

Mr. Varney is a native of Madison, Wisconsin. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, having earned a bachelor of arts degree in Communication Arts.

He is the immediate past chair of the board of directors of the Western Association of Chamber Executives and is the vice chair of the board of directors at the Arizona Chamber Executives (ACE) and just concluded a term as a board member of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).

Mr. Varney is also a member of the board of directors of Visit Tucson, the local convention and vistors bureau, and LInkages, a local non-profit specializing in job placements for people with disabilities.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 17, 11:30-1:00
WHERE: Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress
COST: $25 SAAEMA members, $35 guests in advance, $40 guests at the door
RSVP: Bianca Rivera bianca.rivera@terracon.com no later than noon, Friday, January 13.

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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Announcing SAAEMA’s 2017 Board of Directors

We’re pleased to announce our new officers and 2017 board. These hardworking volunteers bring you programs and educational opportunities throughout the year, set policy, grow our membership, and manage SAAEMA’s finances. If you’re curious about serving on the board next year, please don’t hesitate to talk to any one of the current board members for information. And if you’re interested in volunteer opportunities with SAAEMA, please let us know. We love having engaged members!


President — Tiffany Gorrell, GLHN
Vice-President — Regina Beem, Psomas
Treasurer — Bianca Rivera, Terracon
Secretary — Kelley Lee, City of Tucson
Past President — Fernando Galvez, Monrad
Communication — Marilyn Noble, CIP Information Service
Education — Bianca Rivera, Terracon
Marketing Clinic — Russ Blankenship, Reproductions Inc.
Membership — Tracy Miller, Western Technologies
Programs — Vanessa Martinez, Tetra Tech
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Cornerstone Building Foundation Seeks Nominations for Annual Awards

We are once again asking members of the AIA, ABA, NAWIC, ACEC, CSI, SDA and SAAEMA, the leading construction trade and professional organizations in Southern Arizona, to nominate their favorite industry partners for the prestigious Cornerstone Awards celebrating industry workmanship, skill, responsibility, and integrity in the building development industry.

Nominations will be reviewed by a panel representing the participating organizations. A gala dinner, date and place TBA, will be held to celebrate all nominees and to announce the 2017 Dream Team.
Nominations should reflect the best business practices in areas such as:

  • Quality of craftsmanship and consistency of service(s) to clients
  • Contributions to the community
  • Quality of design and documentation
  • Responsiveness to schedule and budget
  • Proficiency in financial management
  • Emphasis on teamwork and collaboration
  • Backup of warranties
  • Activity in respective trade or professional association

The Cornerstone Building Foundation also will honor an outstanding person in the construction industry with the Jerry Wyatt Community Service Award.

Nominations must be received no later than Friday, January 13, 2017. 
Cornerstone nomination form 2017
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