Amy Bolton: Member Spotlight

What year did you become an SMPS member?

I joined in May of 2018.

Do you currently hold a board or committee position?

Yes, I sit on the Membership Committee. I’m typically the one behind the table at events handing out name tags and checking people in.

What do you help with on your committee and why do you suggest someone to be involved with one?

Getting involved in a committee isn’t a huge commitment like some people might fear. It incorporates you into a team where you get to know other members on a personal and professional level. When I attend events, I try to sit with new members and help answer their questions about SMPS Central Florida. If you are new to SMPS, I’d encourage you to get involved. I have made great connections that have turned into friendships and reliable professional resources.

How would you describe your role/job?

My role is heavily involved with proposals and marketing. I support the Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Protection, Structural, and Technology teams and put together proposals for our clients. I also help with business development, tracking leads, and work on potential teaming opportunities throughout Florida.

What have been the challenges and rewards of your career?

Deadlines and quick turnaround on projects can be challenging at times. Thankfully, we have the staff and support at TLC to keep everyone organized as we are constantly tracking and communicating behind the scenes. It’s rewarding to see projects under construction that you helped track and coordinate. Downtown Orlando’s Church Street Plaza is almost done being built and TLC contributed a big part to that project.

What has been your most meaningful or interesting project?

Recently we found out that we won the Structural Engineering Continuing Services Contract out at UCF. This was meaningful to me because I was part of the entire process. I personally put together the proposal, helped with the interview, met the Director of Facilities and UCF maintenance staff, and more. Usually I’m not part of each step of the process, but this time I was and it was a very rewarding win for TLC.

What’s one thing you’d teach someone in your industry?

I used to be a recruiter, so I would probably try to teach people not to focus on trying to find the perfect person. I’d recommend hiring someone that has a good attitude and a passion for what you do. The current market makes it tough to find ideal candidates. Training and development is crucial and will help you get your organization where you want it to be.

What’s your favorite Central Florida restaurant and why?

Hillstone in Winter Park. They have the best service and teamwork. A server could come to your table and refill your water and you wouldn’t even notice, because you’re so caught up in the ambiance or conversation. Tip: Make a reservation, but arrive early so you can take advantage of the backyard, lake views or fire pit.

What has contributed to your success?

Tara Bleakley. She has taken me under her wing, introduced me to clients, supported me while I’ve been on maternity leave and mentored me. She was SMPS President a few years ago and encouraged to me to join. As a result I’ve gotten to meet some really great people in our industry and

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