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SMPS Boston December 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. December’s Member Spotlights include Anna Luciano, Marketing Manager for Nitsch Engineering and Sarah McGillicuddy, Director of Marketing and Business Development  for Acentech.

Member Information:

Name: Anna Luciano

Company: Nitsch Engineering

Title: Marketing Manager

Years Involved in SMPS: 15

Committee: Formerly served on the Professional Development Committee (2005-2009), Communications Committee (2009-2014), Programs Committee (2014-2015), and as President (2015-2016); currently serving on SMPS NERC Communications Committee (2017 – Present) and Advisory Council (2018 – Present)

Personal SMPS-Related Awards: New Member of the Year (2007), Marketing Professional of the Year (2019)

What advice would you give to someone considering joining SMPS?

Join a committee! You can learn a lot about marketing in this industry by attending professional development and program events, and will meet some great people by attending the social events. But you will develop amazing relationships with other marketing professionals by working together on a committee (or on the Board!). These people will help you continue to grow as a professional and leader, and you can make some amazing friendships.

What is your favorite part about being a marketer in the A/E/C industry?

I studied marketing in college, and I love it as a profession in general – I enjoy the wide range of practice areas and how each works together to help a business succeed. I specifically love marketing in the A/E/C industry because it’s exciting to be a part of changing the built environment (hopefully for the better!) – to actually see physical change happening because of work your company has done (and maybe even because of a proposal you helped develop!). I love when I’m walking around the city with friends or family and we see a construction project happening, and I know what’s going on!

What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it?

Elf! I’m a huge fan of the holiday season – that month between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The spirit of joy, giving, and peace that define the season mean a lot to me, and this time of year always makes me so happy. As part of this, I love to watch holiday movies – everything from classics like Miracle on 34th Street (the 1947 version is my favorite) and White Christmas to the Hallmark Christmas movies (my favorite from this year has been The Mistletoe Secret). But Elf is one of my top 3 all-time Christmas movies – the joy and laughter just make me so happy! I watch it at LEAST once each holiday season.

Member Information:

Name: Sarah McGillicuddy

Company: Acentech

Title: Director of Marketing and Business Development

Years Involved in SMPS: 15

Committee: Board Member 2012-2015 as President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past President. Prior committees include, Director of Awards, Director of Programs, and member of Communications.

Personal SMPS-Related Awards: SMPS Marketing Professional of the Year 2018

How has your SMPS membership benefitted your career?

SMPS gave me access to responsibilities my daily job did not yet require. For instance, I had the opportunity to manage a budget when I was early in my career, during the economic downturn, and losing money on an event could have had a dire effect on the SMPS Boston chapter.

What advice would you give to someone considering joining SMPS?

Remember that great growth in discomfort and most things worth doing are uncomfortable. What may seem like a tight knit group of people who have known each other for a long time, in actuality is a warm and receptive group open to meeting, helping and advancing others.

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

I have two children and I receive a daily report from my 3-year-old son, Alden’s school. Here is an excerpt: “We are not sure why but the topic of marriage has been a very popular theme in dramatic play. We had a couple disagreements about who can dance with who since not everyone wanted to be ‘married’.  We talked about how dancing is fun for everyone and you don’t have to be married to dance.” Reading these digests always make me smile, and look forward to asking questions when I get home! I suppose I’m reading on a screen so outside of that, I’d say hot yoga, running, or listening to my latest favorite podcast, Crime Junkies.

 

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 Kaytee Casey, SMPS Boston Blog Manager, at kayteecasey@icloud.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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