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Meet a Board Member: Amanda Erickson

Amanda Erickson
Sellen Construction

SMPS Position: Past President

Years with SMPS: 5

What excites you the most about the coming 2017-2018 SMPS year?
This is a very exciting year for our chapter because we are starting a new three-year strategic plan. The board and committee chairs recently gathered to develop the primary goals and direction for this plan, and we will continue to refine it over the next few months. Our new strategic plan is largely driven by the responses you submitted in the member and non-member surveys. We have heard your concerns and needs, and we're actively trying to respond to them in the most effective way possible. I'm very excited for our chapter as we start down this new road with a fresh perspective.

What do you love most about SMPS?
Truly, SMPS is such a unique organization. Many of us are inherently competitive - you have to be to enjoy and excel in our positions. One minute we're in our offices, trying to create the best proposals possible to beat our competition; the next minute, we're at our roundtables, sharing ideas and helping our competitors through shared challenges. This is one of my favorite things about SMPS - as competitive as we all are, everyone inherently cares about helping each other to improve and thrive in our companies and in our roles, and we aren't afraid to show that.

What part of your daily routine do you enjoy the most?
Yoga and running. I try to fit in time to run and practice yoga at least four times a week overall. Sometimes I hit that goal, sometimes I don't. Either way, I always feel better on days that I'm active.

How do you like to spend a rainy day?
I'm a big reader and list maker. If I don't have plans on a Saturday and it's raining outside, I first try to sleep in as long as I can - that's pretty important to start the day out right! Then when I wake up, I grab a cup of coffee and start making a list of everything I want to accomplish that weekend. Then I usually end up ignoring my list and reading for hours until it's time to get up and get moving.

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