Member Spotlight: Michael M. Jones

Michael M. Jones, CPSM, Public Relations Manager, EYP

SMPS Member since 2007; Co-Chair of the 2018 SMPS Southern Regional Conference (SMPS SRC)    

How has SMPS helped you in your career? I was introduced to SMPS Houston in 2007 by coworkers Jill Hope and Peter de la Mora. At that time, I wasn’t a big networker, and it didn’t appeal to me at the time. The more exposure to the organization, the more engaged I became. The learning opportunities, lunch and learns, and the awards programs opened my eyes to the interesting ideas marketers were trying in our industry and that ended up hooking me as to the value of SMPS.

Being a part of SMPS has given me access to marketers not just in Houston, but statewide and across the nation. It has allowed me to continue to learn more about marketing, business development, and communications, while affording me networking opportunities too. I truly appreciate how open this community is to sharing ideas and helping each other elevate the profession of marketing and business development.

Can you offer a helpful hint for fellow SMPS members? I would recommend finding ways to be a part not just of your local chapter, but look at your regional conference as an option (for us in Houston, it’s the Southern Regional Conference). You’ll be surprised at how many other awesome marketers are out there that you can sympathize or empathize with.

What has been your memorable SMPS event to date, and why? I’ve been more involved at the SMPS SRC level than locally. My most memorable SMPS event so far is this year’s conference! Working with an incredible committee of marketing teammates across Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma was extremely fun and rewarding.

Why did you decide to pursue your CPSM certification? I wanted to expand my knowledge of marketing professional services and the certification helped with that.

What do you love most about your job? I love working with passionate professionals, both in marketing and beyond. I’ve had the great fortune to see architecture, interior design, and medical planning from the perspectives of inventive designers across the nation. I learn something new nearly every day! 

If you were not in this industry, what would be your “dream job”? I’ve always loved marketing – so being a creative marketing mind in any “industry” would be fantastic! When I was in elementary school, I dreamed of being a game show host. That seemed like a fun way to play games every day.

What would you do with a year off? If I had unlimited resources, I’d travel the world seeking out new opportunities to share with loved ones.

What do you enjoy most about Houston? I’ve lived in Houston almost my entire life – and I’ve loved it. I enjoy the mix of cultures and people. Most of the Houstonians I’ve met have been good, honest, fun-loving folks. The fact that Houston is often ranked as one of the largest cities in America means we get access to world-class entertainment (sports, music, comedy, art).

If you could trade places with any other person for a day, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional with whom would it be? June 22, 1994 – It would have been fun to be Hakeem Olajuwon on the night the Rockets won their first of two consecutive NBA Championships! 

What is your favorite film? It’s impossible to narrow down to one favorite, but comedies are my favorite.

What would we find playing on your iPod, or phone, etc. PODCASTS! I listen to a wide variety of pop culture, sports, comedy, interview-based, and news podcasts.

Where do you find inspiration? Everywhere! I find inspiration in the people that I talk with and learn from. Family, friends, pop culture… you never know where inspiration will be lurking.