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SMPS Boston July 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. July’s Member Spotlights include Andrew J. Beaton, Principal & Marketing Manager for CDM Smith and Kelly Brolin, Marketing Coordinator for VHB.

Member Information:

Name: Andrew J. Beaton

Company: CDM Smith

Title: Principal & Marketing Manager

Years Involved in SMPS: 6 years (as of September)

Committee: Secretary, Executive Committee; previously Communications Committee

Personal SMPS-Related Awards: 2015 New Member of the Year

What advice would you give to someone considering joining SMPS?

This is probably what everyone says, but that’s because it has the virtue of being true: don’t just join the chapter, join a committee. We have committees that cover whatever aspect of your professional development you’d like to focus on. You’ll pick up experience while making new friends and new connections. Basically, becoming a volunteer unlocks a whole new level of SMPS Boston.

What was your favorite SMPS event to date?

Every Town Hall Meeting is inspiring because our volunteers are smart and thoughtful, and the discussions are great…I especially liked the 2018 edition because the after party at Silvertone was outstanding!

What is something about your job, other than money, that has inspired you to keep working there?

My colleagues! I’m really lucky to work at CDM Smith with brilliant engineers and scientists and dedicated client service folks—located all over the world. And, our corporate marketing & communications team in Boston is creative, driven and highly effective. I am psyched to come to the office whenever we have a major project or big challenge in the works…which is pretty much all the time.


Member Information:

Name: Kelly Brolin

Company: VHB

Title: Marketing Coordinator

Years Involved in SMPS: Just under two (joined November 2017)

Committee: Special Events and Communications

Personal SMPS-Related Awards: I don’t think this counts as an award, but I was selected for one of this year’s Build Business scholarships and am SO excited to go down to DC next week.

How has your SMPS membership benefitted your career?

My SMPS membership has opened doors to many great learning and networking opportunities that aren’t available in typical work settings (marketing bootcamp, proposal workshops, AEC-curated InDesign trainings, just to name a few). I have always struggled with public speaking and meeting new people and SMPS has been a great outlet to challenge my fears and get out of my element. These experiences have been instrumental in helping me shape my career and find my professional confidence.

What advice would you give to someone considering joining SMPS?

To steal a line from Nike—‘just do it!’. If you are thinking about joining a committee, attending an event, applying for a conference scholarship or even just raising your hand to share ideas at an event—take the leap to make it happen (with the proper work permissions for time/money, of course).

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

I just finished watching season 2 of Big Little Lies. Aside from the all-star cast and loving the first season, I was mostly excited for season 2 because of the ‘Reese Witherspoon throwing ice cream at Meryl Streep’ image that was all over social media last summer, but *spoiler alert* the scene did not make it to the final cut –


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 Garabedian


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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