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SMPS Boston May 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. May’s Member Spotlights include Kara McLellan, Director of Marketing & Communications for Utile and Amy Fahey, Marketing Manager for Colantonio Inc. 

Member Information:

Name: Kara McLellan

Company: Utile, Inc.

Title: Director of Marketing & Communications

Years Involved in SMPS: 14

Committee: Membership Committee

What advice would you give to someone considering joining SMPS?

My advice would be to join a committee. You will make invaluable new connections while helping to shape the Boston Chapter. The people I’ve met through serving on the Membership Committee have played a huge role in my personal career growth and in my firm’s business development opportunities. Not to mention, many of them are now my closest friends.

What was your favorite SMPS event to date?

I was the chair of the Membership Committee from 2017-2018. Before my term started, the incoming committee leaders were asked to attend a workshop on time management that I found extremely helpful. The most eye-opening takeaway from this working session is that we’re simply not as good at multi-tasking as we like to think. I now try to focus on allocating enough time to successfully complete an individual project in its entirety, knowing that I’m managing my time more effectively in the long run. Additionally, I thoroughly enjoy the various SMPS networking events throughout the year and look forward to meeting new members. Beneficial partnerships, intel, and opportunities inevitably pop up!

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

Utile is the most unique firm I’ve worked for over my nearly 16 years in the A/E/C industry. I learn something new every day from my colleagues, ranging from flexible space planning to designing our cities in order to combat and accommodate the impacts of climate change. As the Director of Marketing & Communications, being able to brag about the thoughtful and impactful work that comes out of the office makes my job fulfilling. It’s always exciting to see what’s coming next.


Member Information:

Name: Amy Fahey

Company: Colantonio Inc.

Title: Marketing Manager

Years Involved in SMPS: 10

Why did you decide to join SMPS?

I joined Colantonio with only a bit of experience writing proposals in the financial services industry.  When SMPS reached out to me, I learned about the incredible resources they offered: webinars, events, conferences, sample documents, blog posts, the marketing journal and newsletters.  So, it was a no-brainer for me. I don’t know what I would have done without SMPS. 

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

I have a few favorite parts. I love that I get to do so many creative things in such a fascinating industry, from helping design a website to finding new ways to write about my talented co-workers.  I love that I get to learn something new every day, and that no two days for me are the same.  And even though I am not involved in the actual building process, I share my company’s sense of pride in the excellent work that we do.

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

Colantonio gives me the freedom, budget, technology and support to do what I need to do.  They trust their staff and do not micromanage. They also prioritize family life and insist on manageable workloads.  Why would I work anywhere else?


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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