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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 William Lu, Communications and Marketing Coordinator for Flansburgh Architects and Kelly Cohane, Corporate Marketing Manager for GEI Consultants, Inc. 

Member Information:

Name: William Lu

Company: Flansburgh Architects

Title: Communications and Marketing Coordinator

Years Involved in SMPS: One

Why did you join SMPS?

The person previously in my position was involved with SMPS. With the encouragement from my supervisor at Flansburgh, I decided to also join SMPS. Because of the timing of my membership application, I was able to take advantage of the membership fee rebate offered as part of SMPS Boston’s recruitment drive last summer!

What advice would you give to someone considering joining SMPS?

Sign up! There are a lot of opportunities that the SMPS offers for you to develop professionally. Being connected with the community of A/E/C marketers in the Greater Boston area also helps to learn from your industry peers in many meaningful ways.

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

Checking Flansburgh’s Instagram account!

 

Member Information:

Name: Kelly Cohane

Company: GEI Consultants, Inc.

Title: Corporate Marketing Manager

Years Involved in SMPS: 16 years – I’ve been a proud member since 2002

Committee: Presently, I am a member on the Special Events Committee.

Past involvement includes:

Former Member of SMPS Boston Board of Directors (2005-2007)

SMPS Committees served:

  • Communications Co-Chair (2002-2005)
  • Director of Communications Committee (2005-2007)
  • Outreach Committee Chair (2007 – 2010)
  • Special Events Committee Member (2010 – Present)

SMPS Related Awards: I am the very honored recipient of Volunteer of the Year (2018) from SMPS Boston

How has your SMPS membership benefitted your career?

Just about every aspect of my job has been influenced by SMPS. With a 27-year career with GEI, and 16 of those years involved in SMPS, a person is bound to get a lot of influences. Through attending events, participating in committees, and simply networking I have advanced my knowledge of marketing within the A/E/C industry beyond imagination. I’ve increased my knowledge of PR, graphics, promotional items, design, strategic planning, event management, and software and databases. Additionally, learning and valuing team dynamics and understanding working environments. To once needing to be mentored I am now fortunate to be looked at as a mentor.  My evolution at my job has to do with the people I am fortunate to work with – their brains, creative minds, and influences – but also lessons learned along the way with SMPS.

What was your favorite SMPS event to date?

I love all the events at SMPS. I think they are on par with hot topics, a myriad of learning opportunities as well as fun, networking events. Sometimes you just need to have fun with your peers.

But selfishly if I must pick one it would be the 2018 SMPS Boston Awards Gala. This is a Special Event Committee event so it’s near and dear to my heart.  I love each committee member and we really worked so well together to make it a great event. The venue was amazing, it attracted SMPS friends old and new, and I was honored with an award for Volunteer of the Year.

What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?

I think one of that the most interesting things about me that you wouldn’t learn from my resume is I’m a bit of a junkie, for movies and TV.  We should be a little influenced by Holly Golightly (from the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s).

Sounds crazy that with all that is available to us, but I have found TV shows and/or movies to be a great icebreaker.  We may not all watch the same genre of movies or shows, but everybody watches something that interest them, and they want to talk about it.

Early in my career a former co-worker recommended an evening event where we were tasked to talk to a stranger in the room for five minutes. You couldn’t talk about your family or your work. Sounds simple, right? Well, it wasn’t.  I approached a stranger and said, “have you seen any good movies lately?” We chatted easily for five minutes, went out for a drink after the event, and she recommended a movie which is now one of my favorite movies.

I love to watch all types of movies, but dark comedies are my favorite.  With some good, cheesy dramas sprinkled in. Top favs: Death to Smoochy, The Outsiders, Rocky, and Very Bad Things, just to name a few.

 

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 kcasey@suffolk.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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