Members of SMCKC,

What a year for SMCKC 2015 is turning out to be! Between 100+ member breakfasts and our first-ever AMPS awards, SMCKC is starting the year off with some amazing content.

Thanks a ton to everyone who was able to join us for the AMPS in February. We have some exceptionally talented social media professionals in Kansas City putting together campaigns that are among the best in the industry.

I’d like to thank the SMCKC board as well as an incredible group of volunteers for making this a reality. That includes our SMCKC Volunteer of the Year, Jessica Best. I’d also like to thank all of our sponsors as well as our title sponsor IBM and our design sponsor Ariel Media for creating all of the collateral we needed to make this happen.

Before getting into the campaign winners – let’s give a special round of applause for our individual winners that were recognized for their exceptional contribution to social media, KC, and SMCKC:

Volunteer of the Year – Jessica Best (emfluence)

Rookie of the Year – Danuta Janizewski (Barkley)

Trailblazer of the Year – Jake Jacobson (Children’s Mercy Hospital)

Congratulations also to the following category winners, who were reviewed and voted by our independent judges from SMC Des Moines to be the best of the best:

Over the next few months we plan to go into more detail on these campaigns, both in the form of individual blog posts and as future content for breakfasts and professional lunches.

We’d also like to stress that this was just the beginning! Was something missing? Tell us! Was there something you absolutely loved? Tell us that too! I can (as always) be reached via Twitter @KrisNielsenKC.

Lastly – The first AMPS was a huge undertaking and we would love all the volunteers we could possibly get for next year’s show! Interested? Shoot Andrea Garcia (Our Advocacy Chair/Lead on the 2016 Show) an email at

Congratulations again to all of our winners and those who came out – it truly was a night to remember!

Kris Nielsen

President, SMCKC

About Kristopher Nielsen

Kristopher Nielsen is the eCommerce / Customer Service Manager for the Soave Automotive Group, a collection of 10 luxury and exotic automobile franchises in the Kansas City and Topeka area. He is also the President of the Social Media Club of Kansas City