As this year’s conference chair, I’m excited to welcome you to Build Business 2017 in Indianapolis. I am thrilled that you are here to Build Yourself, Build Your Firm, and Build the World! For those who couldn’t attend, we hope you enjoy our new daily e-newsletter, The Build Business Experience, which will offer you a chance to be part of the conference from wherever these next two days take you.

This year, the conference committee was challenged to turn Build Business upside down. We embraced the opportunity for growth and took a fresh look at how the conference delivers content. We drew inspiration from you through your comments and suggestions and created programming to help you and your firm build more business and win more work.

We’re delivering educational content in new and exciting ways with not only breakout sessions, but also through peer to peer -focused roundtables and hands-on digital learning labs. We realize there are many different ways that people learn, and with these new ways of delivering content, we strive to offer something for everyone.

For our Main Stage events, we brought back our popular MAX sessions to open the conference last night. This morning you’ll hear from a noted futurist and at noon enjoy lunch while listening to a commercial real-estate panel held in collaboration with NAIOP.

Tonight’s Evening of Excellence has been revamped as well, with dedicated time to mix and mingle before we honor the achievements and excellence within the SMPS membership and the A/E/C industries. The awards ceremony will inspire you to take on your next professional challenge feeling refreshed and invigorated. Of course, after the ceremony, join us for Ovation! The After Party where you can dance the night away.

We have a ton of other exciting things planned for you today, some of which are highlighted in this newsletter. For those here in Indy, your program guide, pocket guide, and mobile app are great resources to plan a great day of learning and networking.

And finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank our generous sponsors and exhibitors who have supported the conference this year. Don’t forget to visit them in the Networking Hall to thank them (and participate in our exhibitor trivia game). In the hall, you’ll also find MARKENDIUM: LIVE, where you can purchase copies of the SMPS Body of Knowledge six-series set and fun t-shirts to commemorate your time here at Build Business.

Enjoy the day!

Stacy Stout, FSMPS, CPSM
Conference Chair