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SMPS Boston Takes Home the Grand Prize

SMPS Boston was awarded the Striving for Excellence Grand Prize | Best Chapter Award at this year’s Build Business, held October 5-9, 2020. This award was the culmination and recognition of all of the hard work our 2018-2019 board of directors and volunteers put toward creating value for your SMPS Boston membership. This win recognizes and celebrates the continued strength of the Boston chapter.

Learn about all the chapter accomplished, read the winning SFE award entry and watch the highlight reel from the awards presentation.

With the theme Shake Things Up guiding the program year we continued to invest in making SMPS Boston membership more valuable.  The Boston chapter offered 14 scholarships to conferences, introduced lower CPSM pricing for educational programming, launched an anniversary program that celebrated 50 members and their milestones, and reinvigorated our programming with national speakers and half-day workshops.

In tandem with doing more for our members, we gave back to our community by launching a design competition for marketers to benefit the BSA Foundation, offered a volunteer opportunity at Rosie’s Place, and helped coordinate 10,000 pounds of clothing donations from our members to Big Brother, Big Sister Foundation. These efforts showed in our membership numbers as we grew from the 5th largest chapter at the start of the program year to the 2nd largest chapter by the end.

This win marks the fourth in a row for SMPS Boston. The past three years SMPS Boston took home First Place in the Striving for Excellence Award, Extra Large Chapter category. Continually building upon the great work of past chapter leaders is what earned us the Grand Prize this year and I’m certain that with the talent we have leading our chapter today there will be many more awards in the future.

The Striving for Excellence (SFE) Awards recognize chapters for excellence in management and service to members. The SFE objectives emphasize a chapter’s programming and education, chapter leadership and management, membership growth and retention, communications, and financial health.


Valerie Puchades, CPSM served as SMPS Boston Chapter President for the 2018/2019 program year and is Director of Marketing at GUND Partnership.

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