Kalia Graham: Member Spotlight

What year did you become an SMPS member? 2019

How would you describe your role/job? My role as the Retail and Entertainment Industry Coordinator is to get in front of the qualification and proposal stage of projects by meeting the owners, architects, and other team players before a project may even exist. It’s about getting a deeper knowledge of the industry through research, communication, and networking nationally and regionally.

What have been the challenges and rewards of your career? The workload can be crazy and stressful at times, but you just take it one day at a time.  The reward is winning the project!  It’s a great feeling to know that you were apart of it.

What has been your most meaningful or interesting project? Our firm recently completed Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland Resort.  Being a part of the team during the preselling process, the development of the proposal and successfully winning the project, as well as seeing the look on guests' faces on opening day was the most rewarding!  Just being a part of history!

How has membership in SMPS helped you to advance your firm or your career?  It’s been a great experience meeting people in Marketing / Business Development whom I may not have met if it was not for SMPS.  I’ve attended several networking events and educational sessions and will continue to do so to help me grow in my career.  I look forward to being involved more.

What’s one thing you’d teach someone in your industry?  Ask questions!  I learn something new every day in this industry.

If you could trade places with one person for a day, who would it be and why? A talk show host.  I enjoy meeting new people and I get to run the show.

One thing you wish everyone knew about your job?  It’s fun!  Travel around the country seeing the amazing work our firm is doing.

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