The Colorado Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) hosted its Marketing Excellence Awards on March 8 in Denver.

Emcees Christine King with The Weitz Co. and Stacy Stout with BRANDiac Strategies presented the annual awards for achievement in business development and marketing.

The four major individual awards went to: Julie Witecki, regional marketing director at Swinerton Builders, who won the Leonardo Award, the chapter’s highest honor; Linda Kelly, marketing manager, Martin/Martin Inc., who was named Marketer of the Year; Alejandra Spray, marketing director, AMI Mechanical Inc., named Business Developer of the Year; and Emily Cox, marketing coordinator at Norris Design, who was named the chapter’s Member of the Year. The chapter also presented awards in nearly two dozen other categories.

The Associated Builders and Contractors Rocky Mountain Chapter team, led the ABC Student Chapter at Colorado State University, won second place overall at the ABC National Construction Management Competition, which  was held during the association’s recent national convention in Long Beach, Calif. The CSU team also won a third place in project management and scheduling and a second place in estimating.

Pictured (from left) are: Mike Menke, ABC-member liaison to the student chapter, FCI Constructors Inc.; students Tanner Atchison (team captain), Sean Furst, Kyle Deuschle, Chris Martin and Jack Jambor; and faculty adviser Jon Elliott.

The competition provides students with an opportunity to showcase their knowledge of construction management skills outside the classroom. More than 18 teams from colleges and universities across the country competed over two days. They were judged based on project management, safety, quality control, estimating and presentation skills.

“It is exciting to see the future of our industry in action,” said Doug Carlson, ABC Rocky Mountain Chapter president and CEO.

“These students are not just learning our industry, they are bringing new and fresh ideas and technology to the table,” he said.