Upcoming Events

Apr 16

Technology and Learning - Looking Beyond the Classroom

Position your firm by being proactive and gaining knowledge on technology and trends in innovative learning environments.

Apr 17

SMPS Book Club

Eat that Frog!

May 6

The AEC Firm Website of 2015: How to Get There

featuring Jason Mlicki, speaker

May 21

Affordable Healthcare Act – What it Means for You

A non-partisan discussion of the ACA and how it will impact your firm. Bring your CEO breakfast

Jun 18

IPD/Project Case Study

Integrated Project Delivery Method

Jul 17

Membership Appreciation Event - Columbus Clippers Game

We are celebrating you, our members and volunteers! Join us for a fun night at the ballpark!

Jul 24

Tip-Off Party for the SMPS Celebrity Charity Golf Outing presented by Huntington

Network with Industry and Athletic Celebrities and Golfers

Aug 4

SMPS Annual Celebrity Charity Golf Classic

SMPS Columbus' Nationally Recognized Charity Outing - A day of golf & networking

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Mentorship Program


Suzanne Cody, Terrin Pelton, Ruth Palmer, Paula Ryan   Dawn Wiford, Megan Gilbride

The Crossroads Mentorship Program echoes the mission of SMPS: to advocate, educate and connect and the namesake, "Crossroads," expresses the idea of bringing two people together to share experiences and knowledge for personal growth and professional transformation. The program utilizes a formula that allows our participants to not only have a voice in their match, but also access to structured programming, tools and resources to get moving in the right direction, and networking events to keep you talking.


  • July - August 5, 2013: The application period.  All applications are due by Monday, August 5, 2013 end of day

  • August 26, 2013: Mentors and Protégés participate in speed-networking session to determine compatibility
    Check out photos from othe speed-dating event on our Facebook page 
  • Week of September 2, 2013: Mentoring Matching Committee meets to evaluate applications and pair mentors and protégés
  • mid-September 2013: Mentors and Protégés notified of the Committee’s decision on pairings

  • October 3, 2013: Program Kick-off Meeting and Orientation Session
. Check out photos from the kick-off event on our Facebook page.
  • October 2013 to July 2014: Mentor-Protégé pairs to meet.  Members of the Mentoring Committee will follow up on a regular basis to see how pairs are progressing

  • July 2014: Wrap-Up party and debriefing session

Contact a member of the Crossroads Committee:  
Suzanne Cody - Committee Chair
Cyndi Paskoff | Julie Fountain Lisa Connelly Ray Stokes | Joel Kohler | Lori Dahm


Applications are closed for the 2013-14 session

 Season 6 of the Crossroads Mentorship Program is on the horizon! If you are interested in participating in a future session of the Crossroads Program please download from the forms below, fill them out, and return to Suzanne Cody:

Application to be a Mentor     Application to be a Protege




This year we have 9 of the 13 pairs to feature- one pair each month right here on the website, from October 2013 through June 2014. Two of the lucky pairs will be featured in our Newsletter too! If you've already been assigned to a month, you can download the questionnaire below, fill it out, and submit to Julie Fountain Download your 2013-2014 Pair Spotlight Questionnaire

Pair Spotlight Feature: October 2013

Ted Orr
Marketing Manager

 Kelly Zemcik
Miles-McClellan Construction
Marketing Coordinator



Q: What is at least one of your personal goals as a mentor or protégé for this mentorship relationship?

TO: I truly love to teach. Always have. So selfishly I am excited to share knowledge gained, with someone so eager to accept it. Plus I know that Kelly will push me to recognize where my own marketing strategies are falling short.

KZ: My main goal is to come up with a realistic marketing strategy. Something that makes sense for our firm and is easy enough to implement so when sales heat up it won’t get lost in whirlwind of work necessary to win a new project. 


Q: Do you like to meet at a different location each time or do you have a favorite place you meet? Why? What time of day do you find works best to meet?

TO: Kelly and I plan to meet once a month at a minimum. Our goal is to make our meetings actual working sessions. We have already recognized a few items that Kelly and I would like to implement at our firms. We plan to brainstorm together and then execute the goals together leaning on each other for outside input. We both seem to learn best kinesthetically and these working sessions should help facilitate that.

KZ: Ted and I meet in the morning (7:30-8:30) once a month. Venue has been left TBD because we both agree that our meetings will be working sessions. A coffee shop may be appropriate one day and meeting at one of our offices the next.


Q: What have you learned so far from mentor or protégé?

TO: I have learned that although Kelly is amazingly bright with an exceptionally terrific spirit, she has an underlying touch of self-doubt. (Hopefully my overconfidence can rub off on her!)

KZ: I have learned some public speaking tips. Number 1 being don’t scan the room, focus on person at a time to better deliver my message. Ted and Schaefer were gracious enough to invite me to a private session with Mrs. Susan Murphy. Public speaking is my nemesis and Ted, knowing that’s a personal development goal of mine, extended an invitation.

And a level 3 – Ted originally left college to be apart of his family’s business :)





When preparing to meet with your mentor or protégé, many have found it helpful to come with questions or notes on what you would like to accomplish or discuss over the course of the year. Depending on preferences, each pair might like to draw on a variety of resource options. As a committee, we would like to provide you with a few we have found successful!

  • Resources from SMPS National: Blueprints (Helps to Chart your Career Path) 
  • Past "Tip of the Month" provided by committee member Ray Stokes:     


Ray Stokes

Burgess & Niple
2012 SMPS Columbus
Crossroads Mentorship
Program Commitee Member



Ray's Mentorship Tips:

Good Mentor :) / Bad Mentor :(

Life can give you good mentors and bad mentors, stick with the good mentors such as the ones who provide you with the following, which goes both ways, mentors and protégé’s: 

  1. Kindness/trust
  2. Highlight strengths
  3. Prepare the speaker
  4. Encouragement
  5. Truly interested in you

To learn more about each of these items click here to view the full YouTube video 


Ray's Tip of the Month:

Please feel free to contact anyone on the committee if you have any concerns or suggestions.
We would love to hear from you!