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SMPS Boston February 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. February’s Member Spotlights include Doreen Bennett, Office Manager & Marketing Coordinator for BWA Architecture Inc. and Theresa Palid, Senior Marketing Specialist for VHB.

Member Information:

Name: Doreen Bennett

Company: BWA Architecture Inc.

Title: Office Manager & Marketing Coordinator

Years Involved in SMPS: 1

Committee: Outreach Committee

Why did you decide to join SMPS?

I had been attending SMPS events, paying non-member pricing for almost a year.  It became very evident that the cost of membership actually paid itself.  At ABX ‘18 BWA took advantage of the membership special SMPS was offering and officially joined SMPS.  Besides it being cost effective to join SMPS, the educational and networking activities was what drew me to SMPS so attending as a member makes me an active part of the SMPS community.

What was your favorite SMPS event to date?

SMPS offers professional development opportunities, fun relationship building activities and inspiring volunteer experiences.  Volunteering at ABX’19 was a great learning experience, being exposed SMPS on new level was great.  SMPS Days of Service made for rewarding volunteer experiences at Rosie’s Place and Dress for Success, can’t wait for the opportunity again this spring.

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

The last thing I watched was RIGGED on Amazon Prime.  I choose to watch it in support of the Youth Ministry that I volunteer with at my church.  We are honoring Black History month with a presentation on Voting Rights.  RIGGED is an informative documentary on the history of the fundamental right to vote and the importance empowering young voters to exercise their right to vote, in every election.  

Member Information:

Name:Theresa Palid

Company: VHB

Title: Senior Marketing Specialist

Years Involved in SMPS: 2

Committee: Outreach Committee

What advice would you give to someone considering joining SMPS?

Do it! Working as non-technical staff in a technical industry can feel isolating at times, and being a part of the SMPS community can help keep you sane.

What was your favorite SMPS event to date?

I really enjoyed this year’s events at Dress for Success and Rosie’s Place. It can be hard in the chaos of life to find time to give back, so I’m loving the opportunities SMPS has been providing lately to network and volunteer at the same time.

What do you work toward in your free time?

This winter, I’m learning to ski. I grew up in the Midwest, which is probably why I’m so fascinated by mountains. Now that I live out here, I want to be able to enjoy them year-round. I did my first double black diamond last weekend- and I only fell once!


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 or Kaytee Casey, SMPS Boston Blog Manager, at


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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