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Event looks, at how to win public agency projects.

The New York Area Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) will host a Principals' Breakfast program called "Beyond the Paperwork: How to Win Public Agency Projects" on Wednesday, January 14, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at The Penn Club of New York, 30 West 44th Street, New York City. Firm principals accompanied by an SMPS member receive reduced admission.

"In sector projects offer A/E/C firms unique opportunities in a variety of program types to better their cities and communities," notes Lauren Hlavenka, Assoc. AIA, director of marketing for Handel Architects and SMPS New York Chapter president. "This event will take an in-depth look at the dos and don'ts of government-related marketing and business development, how to learn about potential projects, and how to position your firm to win the next big job.

"The discussion is sure to be very informative--and not to mention timely."

Aaron Schwarz, FAIA, principal and director of Perkins Eastman, will moderate the panel discussion, featuring:

David Kane, senior vice president of capital program at the New York City Economic Development Corporation;

Jonna Carmona-Graf, senior team leader, capital projects, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation;

Robert Lemieux, executive director of design, construction and management for The City University of New York; and

Tim Volonakis, manager, professional, technical & advisory services division, procurement department, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

Schwarz's portfolio includes numerous award-winning projects for colleges, universities and schools, cultural and government organizations. He has taught at several architectural programs and is a visiting critic at such schools as Cornell, Clemson and Washington University. He was named one of The New York Times' Stylemakers and one of Crain's New York Business' 40 under 40.

David Kane oversees the management of the design and construction of a wide variety of New York City's capital projects, including ferry terminals, sports facilities, the city's wholesale markets, major infrastructure initiatives, cruise terminals and waterfront improvements. Kane is a licensed civil engineer in the state of New York, as well as a city planner certified with the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Jonna Carmona-Graf has been with the Department of Parks and Recreation since 1985, and played a major role in one of their most exciting projects, the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Pool & Rink. Carmona-Graf is now bringing her experience to a new challenge: Mayor Bloomberg's PLANYC.

Robert Lemieux has been executive director of the department of design, construction and management at the City University of New York since 2007. Previous appointments include deputy vice president of facilities management at Columbia University Medical Center.

Tim Volonakis' career with the Port Authority spans over 35 years. A partial list of programs for which he is responsible includes security, planning, information technology, insurance programs, marketing services, accounting and auditing.

The cost for "Beyond the Paperwork" is $75 for members and $100 for nonmembers, and $40 for firm principals accompanied by an SMPS members.
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Date:Jan 7, 2009
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