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Community News to Bring to Holiday Parties

December 11, 2012

“Voice from the Trenches” is written by Karen Euler. Karen, formerly a director of SMPS Boston, enjoys helping reinvigorate the marketing strategy and tactics of companies in transition. She can be reached via Twitter @karen_e or on LinkedIn.

snowflake Around the holidays, marketers and other advocates of design and technical professionals are well advised to remind their colleagues about basic networking etiquette. ‘Tis the season for holiday parties, so let us liquor up lightly (if at all), ease up on the cheese, and concentrate on giving back generously. After the jump, find regional industry news notes wrapped up in ribbon to help start conversations around the eggnog and evergreen.

Top marks for a networking event go to Mintz Levin for their November party at the Boston Public Library. An architect from DHK was spotted enjoying one of the evening’s art and architecture tours.

If you are wondering where they hang out by day, staff from such high-profile firms as Elkus Manfredi and TRO Jung|Brannen nosh regularly at Sportello. Located nearby in Fort Point, Rhino PR recently signed RODE Architects as a new client. Founded by Eric Robinson and Kevin Deabler, RODE specializes in commercial, institutional and multi-family work.

Consigli Construction is considering expanding within New England. A leader from Longfellow Real Estate Partners enjoying a tech industry holiday party noted admiringly that a few rare construction firms managed to benefit from the recession through strategic hiring. This executive also professed to high regard for Integrated Project Delivery, or IPD, in which owner, architect, and contractor share risk and reward.

Watch for Gilbane Building Company to announce a the hire of a new project executive known for her inside work in hospitals and health care systems.

Photographer Peter Vanderwarker is a fixture in the architectural firmament, known for his deep portfolio including a signature “portrait” series of the Hancock Tower. A lesser-known fact is that his services are reasonably priced for corporate, commercial, and institutional work.

A creative team worth discovering is Find & Form. Led by former Hubspot sales whiz Darion Miller and user experience guru Dave Wigder, the group expects to launch a website for one of the city’s largest AE firms before the New Year.

Find & Form supports Haymakers for Hope while Tobin Scientific VP Kevin Tobin guides the career of an upstart boxer. (Also on the radar: an upstart holiday called Boxing Day.)

Denterlein has recently expanded their staff via the acquisition of Morrissey & Co. and is now growing their crisis communications business. We wish upon a star that your firms never need this particular service.

Speaking of bright lights, SMPS Boston is launching a new column called Local Luminaries Chat, or LLC. Later this week the communications committee will publish the first interview of the series. It features Renee Loth, former managing editor of the Boston Globe and current editor of architecture boston.

Happy Holidays!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 11, 2012 12:26 pm

    Thanks for this entertaining wrap-up, Karen! Reminds me of Jonathan Soroff’s “Last Scene Here” column in the Improper. 🙂

  2. December 11, 2012 2:55 pm

    Thanks, Heather. I wish I could spend every day lolling about, lunching with friends, and writing sly notes!

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