MENTOR: Jennifer Black, Service Solutions, Bernhard MCC
Length in the industry: 15 years
SMPS member since: 2015
Why did you apply to the mentorship program? To share my knowledge & experience in Business Development in the A/E/C Industry.
What do you hope to learn from each other? My goal is to learn more of the marketing side of our business.
How did you (or plan to) structure your mentorship? Do you meet at the same time every week? Do you have an agenda for each meeting? We like to mix it up – our meetings are different each time. We’ve met for coffee, lunch, at A/E/C Industry networking events. We talk anything and everything – issues we’re dealing with at work, how to communicate more effectively, marketing trends and new marketing strategies in A/E/C.
What do you like best about working in the A/E/C industry? I like meeting people & helping them come up with solutions for their facility maintenance needs.
What is your biggest strength in your current position? My biggest strength is my ability to connect people and build mutually beneficial relationships.
PROTÉGÉ: Teri Ashori, Marketing Specialist, TLC Engineering for Architecture
Length in the industry: 3.5 years
SMPS member since: 2017
Why did you apply to the mentorship program? A coworker and graduate of the program suggested it because I was looking for a way to learn more about the industry and further my career.
What do you hope to learn from each other? I hope to learn not only about the industry but to benefit from Jennifer’s business development experience and she is enthusiastic about learning more marketing and communications practices from me.
How did you (or plan to) structure your mentorship? Do you meet at the same time every week? Do you have an agenda for each meeting? Jennifer and I hit it off from the first coffee. We have no trouble finding ways to get together and just chat socially often. So far we have had coffee, lunch, taken a tour and met at an industry networking event. She is very involved and offers great new experiences to develop my industry knowledge and grow my connections. I like that we have met at different venues because it presents diverse topics.
What do you like best about working in the A/E/C industry? I have a great deal of knowledge and experience in the marketing field and have always enjoyed teaching others about the importance of marketing and how it can help in any industry. It is an especially exciting time in the A/E/C industry because I can see awareness starting to grow and it is thrilling to be a catalyst.
What is your biggest strength in your current position? I think my desire to help provide solutions and a better way to get to them is my strength. I work from both sides of the brain; I am very organized and task-oriented but also creative and passionate. I think that makes me a great fit as a visual communications specialist in this industry.