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Time to Reflect

I recently returned from Build Business, a whirlwind conference of jam-packed workshops, lectures, panel discussions and inspirational keynote presenters. It really is a wonderful immersion into all things A/E/C marketing and business development, and I always leave with great new ideas, renewed energy and a rekindled passion for this industry.

And there’s something about traveling that gives you a fresh perspective.

I was humbled to spend several days after the conference visiting our nation’s capital and touring the many monuments and museums, most of which are absolutely free! They’re open to all and their intent is to educate and inspire, and they do that in spades.

I spent two half days at the Air & Space Museum, learning about black holes and dark matter and the pioneers of flight: The Wright Brothers, Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh. I learned about the space race and viewed the incredibly rickety lunar lander (there’s still a part of me that thinks it’s a hoax!) I viewed provocative art at the Hirshhorn museum, and toured as much as I could of the African American History and Culture Museum in three hours – I needed three days! And I rounded it all with a walk through the hall of America’s Presidents at the National Portrait Gallery, culminating in the opportunity to view Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of our 44th President, Barack Obama.

Like I said, it was a great opportunity to gain some perspective.

As I walked the galleries and read about the many Presidents who’ve lead our country, I couldn’t help but feel the bittersweet pang knowing my year as SMPS Seattle Chapter President is drawing to a close. While my duties this year in leading our chapter shouldn’t even been mentioned in the same sentence as the challenges of leading a nation – in some ways the essence is the same. Lead a group of smart people who lead others to greatness; act in the best interest of our constituents at all times.

I feel honored to have served as your Chapter President this year, and I feel even more proud of the great team of people who accomplished so much in the past 12 months. I’m also thrilled that we have an incredibly talented and passionate group of people lined up to take the helm in just a few weeks. Our chapter is well positioned for continued growth and success in the years ahead.

So while I know my board service is far from over – I’ll be serving as Past President until the fall of 2020 – I do want to say thank you for giving me this opportunity to lead you and serve you this past year. It’s been a year of learning, challenges, and great success.

I hope you’ll join us at the Kick-Off on September 17th to toast to our chapter’s past, present, and future – and to get inspired about how you can get more involved. To borrow the words of John F. Kennedy (whose memorial I visited in Arlington, VA) I implore you to ask not what SMPS Seattle can do for you, but what you can do for SMPS Seattle. Our chapter is great because of YOU!




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