Member Spotlight: Ben Parrish

ben parrishMarketing Specialist at Turner Construction Company 

SMPS Member since: 2012

Where are you from? Orlando.

How long have you been with your firm? I started with Turner in 2010.

What inspires you? Great work.

Where is your favorite vacation spot? Palau. Some of the greatest scuba diving in the world!

What is or was your most interesting deal? As marketers in this industry, we can create a swath of work that can have practical applications for the companies we work for. It’s not uncommon for me to do everything from a job site photo shoot, some video editing, page layout, rehearse for a massive presentation, get final documents out to the printer, and then update our charity website. The only limit is how many YouTube tutorials you can get through. The whole process fascinates me and keeps me coming back for more.

Which of your personal attributes has made you most successful in your career?  My eye for design and ability to defend it. I have developed both over the years. As a young designer, I used to think that people would just gravitate towards great work. I learned that’s not always the case. Especially in the AEC industry. Some of my greatest work was questioned and I had to defend it. Nothing worse than having great ideas but lacking the skills needed to pitch them.

What’s your favorite Central Florida restaurant and why? Right now, I love Eden’s Fresh. They make this salad called the Daisy. It’s amazing and I can’t get enough of it. As a bonus, it’s a nice walking distance from the office.

What’s one thing you’d teach someone in your industry? The power of InDesign Styles! Use styles for all the things!

What’s the best lesson you’ve learned from a mentor? I had a professor in college that constantly delivered one message to me: “push your work.” It didn’t matter what I did or how long I spent on it. His initial response was always “now push it.” I still tell myself that every day.

Favorite book? “Damn Good Advice (For People with Talent!)”

Ben Parrish is an award-winning creative leader who helps set the vision for clients to bring creative projects to life while crafting stories that drive value for clients.

A gifted photographer with over seven years’ experience in marketing at Turner, Ben routinely designs and produces corporate presentations and business proposals valued at $100-900 million; including projects for NASA, JPMorgan Chase, Orlando International Airport, and Blue Origin. Ben was honored with the ABC Marketing Excellence Design Award in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

Ben also provides advertising, web design and marketing production support for Kim Parrish Creative Services. KPCS clients include global brands like Walmart, ADP Small Business Services, Universal Studios and others. Ben is a true creative resource, utilizing a keen eye for design and advanced software skills to develop responsive websites, manage massive print projects and beautiful identity packages for companies of all sizes.

When he’s not designing proposals, and building brands for clients, Ben is fulfilling his desire for travel, having already explored a wide range of destinations including Micronesia, France, Italy, Germany, the Pacific Northwest, and Machu Picchu in Peru.

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