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STACEY KLEMPEL: MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

What year did you become an SMPS member? 2018.

Do you currently hold a board or committee position? Yes, I am a part of the Membership Committee.

If Yes, what do you help with on your committee and why do you suggest someone to be involved with one? Our committee supports all members of the Central Florida chapter. We host three to four events a year such as the new member breakfast, member social, end of year celebration/annual meeting, as well as coordinate the mentor/protégé program. I help my committee by working the registration table and checking everyone in at events. We also have monthly calls/meetings to discuss and plan upcoming member events. For someone who hasn’t been in the AEC industry for very long, joining a committee has been a great way for me to get involved and connect with other marketing professionals in the industry.

How would you describe your role/job? I help all our North, Central, and South Florida teams on different internal and external marketing projects throughout the year. This can include creating proposals, brochures, presentations, and award submissions. I also help organize and participate in our business development trade show events.

What have been the challenges and rewards of your career? The biggest challenge was coming into the construction industry knowing nothing about construction. It was a huge learning curve coming out of school, but overall has been nothing but rewarding. I’ve learned and accomplished so much in just two years with the help of my amazing leadership and support staff. When I was able to complete a full proposal and presentation for the first time and come out with a project win, that was a huge highlight for me. From then on I’ve been able to grow and continue to build my strengths with each project I submit.

What has been your most meaningful or interesting project? One of my most memorable projects has been the Mount Sinai Medical Center Renovations and Infrastructure project. It was the largest and most detailed proposal I’ve done and was also my longest proposal that was two months of planning meetings, drafts, and edits. Because of the long time frame and client specific RFP rules, I was able to be more creative with graphics, charts, and innovative technology I wasn’t used to using. We ended up getting the win and secured a spot on Mount Sinai’s main campus in Miami Beach, FL, which was also a huge win for my company.

How has membership in SMPS helped you to advance your firm or your career? My job is all about making connections and being able to work with different types of people. SMPS has helped me branch outside of my company and make connections with marketing professionals who also do what I do every day. The more I get involved, the more I continue to learn.

What’s one thing you’d teach someone in your industry? Never say no! When someone asks for my help with something that I may not be super familiar with or technically isn’t something I do, I do it anyway. It helps me learn new things and continue to make connections with people I work with every day. I want them to trust I can handle any task that’s thrown my way.

Which of your personal attributes has made you most successful in your career? I’m hard working, a fast learner, but most of all very competitive. Whether I’m competing with myself to continue to grow and be better or competing against other firms for projects. It’s what makes my job most exciting.

What has contributed to your success? My leadership and marketing team. If I didn’t have my team I wouldn’t be where I am in my career today. Whether I have a question or need help with something, we always have each other’s back.

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