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SMPS Boston August Member Spotlights

SMPS Boston is committed to providing extreme value to our members. Our Member Spotlight Blog serves as a platform to welcome New Members to SMPS Boston and highlight our established members within the A/E/C community. August’s Member Spotlights include: Jennifer Tulipani, Senior Marketing Specialist for Simpson Gumpertz & Heger and Amanda Alcamo, Marketing & Communications Specialist for Acentech Inc.

Member Information:

Name: Jennifer Tulipani

Company: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Title: Senior Marketing Specialist

Years Involved in SMPS: 2000-2006 and 2014-present

Committee: Former Director Special Events Committee, Special Events Committee Member, North East Regional Conference (NERC) Planning Committee Member

How has your SMPS membership benefitted your career?

SMPS has helped my career in so many ways, but two important benefits stand out. The first is the opportunity to network and to develop long-term and meaningful relationships. The second is the opportunity to gain knowledge and perspective through workshops, webinars, and conversations with other SMPS members. SMPS makes it easy for me to share this knowledge with my team, which adds value to my company.

What was your favorite SMPS event to date?

Among the many fantastic events that SMPS has hosted, there are two, in particular, that are top of mind for me. The first was Build Business 2016 in Philadelphia and the second was the 2018 SMPS Boston Awards Gala at the State Room.

At Build Business I strengthened relationships with SMPS members in the Boston Chapter and beyond,  learned a lot, and had a great time! The SMPS Boston Awards Gala was more of a personal accomplishment. It was the first awards gala that I led as the Director of the Special Event Committee and I was so grateful to have served with such talented and dedicated committee members. Their work made the event the highlight of the program year and a huge success for the Boston chapter.

What is your favorite screen-time break activity at work?

Taking a coffee break. SGH recently moved to a new built-to-suit office and our new café space is amazing! The café has high-tech coffee machines and Bevi water stations. But the best part of taking a screen-break is being able to chat with my co-workers around the “water cooler.”

Member Information:

Name: Amanda Alcamo

Company: Acentech Inc.

Title: Marketing & Communications Specialist

Years Involved in SMPS: 2 years in October

Committee: Communications Committee

Personal SMPS-Related Awards: New Member of the Year 2020

Why did you decide to join SMPS?

When I first joined Acentech, I previously had not worked in the AEC industry. A few of my marketing colleagues recommended joining SMPS to learn about the industry through the eyes of experienced marketing professionals. Professional services marketing is unlike any other type of marketing and to truly understand how it works there is no better group of people to learn from than the experienced members of SMPS.

What was your favorite SMPS event to date?

While it is not a true event, I had the opportunity to be involved in the Marketers Make it Happen Video Series all the way from pre-production to post. It was a terrific opportunity to learn about some of the innovative AEC companies in Boston as well as their forward-thinking marketing professionals. Having never met most of the people I interviewed, I had the unique privilege of crafting questions that could be just as eye opening for the viewer as they were for me. The video series gets to the core of what makes a company succeed and how marketing specialists move that goal forward. This experience provided me with opportunities I otherwise would not have had and also allowed me to learn from many talented people, from presidents of companies, to senior marketing coordinators, to video producers, and everything in between.

What do you work toward in your free time?

A few years ago, I became interested in photography. I love capturing images of moments, places, and times we sometimes forget about while running through life at whirlwind speeds. There is no better feeling than when the photo on the screen reflects what you saw with your own eye; what you wanted to capture and portray. The art of photography is much harder than pointing and clicking, and the intricacies of it are fascinating to me, as well as the intricacies of photo editing. The process of making an image from start to finish is truly a creative endeavor.

 

If you are interested in being featured in an upcoming spotlight or would like to nominate a member, please reach out to Paul Garabedian, SMPS Boston Communications Committee Member, at pgarabedian@ellana.net or Amanda Alcamo, SMPS Boston Blog Manager, at aalcamo@ACENTECH.com

Paul Garabedian

Author

Paul works for ELLANA Construction Consultants as a business development associate. Although still new to the commercial construction industry, Paul grew up on construction sites. His father was a residential general contractor and carpenter and following in his footsteps, Paul took his first job working with his father on construction projects. Paul decided to make a career change and transition into the commercial AEC industry in 2016. Having already met so many amazing people, Paul is looking forward to continuing to learn and grow his knowledge in the industry.

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