Member Spotlight: Courtney Franklin

courtney-franklin-final.jpgMarketing Coordinator at Hensel Phelps

SMPS Central Florida Position: Treasurer, but this coming year I will be joining the Communications Committee, so Treasurer is up for grabs!

Member Since: 2015

Why did you want to be on the board? I wanted to get the most out of my SMPS membership. I felt that throwing myself into a role would allow me to meet more members and grow my network.

What do you hope to accomplish as director/chair? As Treasurer, I hope to help the chapter grow and have a successful year.

What advice would you give to someone interested in becoming a board member? Joining the board is one of the best things you can do as a member. Not only do you have the opportunity to learn and grow from other professionals but you develop friendships along the way. 

How would you describe your role/job? As a marketing coordinator, I help my company win work! I can do everything from leading a proposal to assisting on a proposal with one of my team members. We also handle all social media, headshots, advertisements, community service events, and many other aspects within the company. We really have our hands in every pot!

What have been the challenges and rewards of your career? For me, the most difficult challenge was joining an industry I knew nothing about. I had to learn a lot before I could understand what exactly was being asked of me. The most rewarding part of my job is seeing the excitement of the entire team when we win a job!

What has been your most meaningful or interesting project? I think my most meaningful project was my first proposal I lead completely on my own. At the time my team was chasing four jobs and everyone had to work in silos on their respected proposals. This allowed me to challenge myself and prove to myself, my team, and my Operations Managers that I can handle it!

How has membership in SMPS helped you to advance your firm or your career?  Through my connections through SMPS, I was able to land an interview with Hensel Phelps and eventually secure my job! I absolutely love Hensel Phelps and am so grateful for the members who connected me with Carrie and Michelle!

What’s one thing you’d teach someone in your industry? Continue to learn! Stay up to date on the new technologies and what’s popular so you can compete with the younger generations that will be stepping up soon!

What’s one thing you’re glad your employer didn’t know about you before you were hired? I’m glad my employer didn’t know that when I am designing or writing that I blast movie soundtracks (i.e. Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter)

Favorite book? The entire Harry Potter series!

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