Name: Dawn Coleman
Company: Associated Builders and Contractors, South Texas Chapter (ABC)
Role: Membership Director
What services does your company provide?
We are a national construction industry trade organization representing nearly 21,000 chapter members through over 70 chapters in the US. We serve the construction industry through advocacy, business development and construction education.
Years of Experience: 20+
Learn more about Dawn:
Where are you originally from?
Born in Shiner, Texas – I used to have to ask people “Have you heard of Shiner beer?” to get them to recognize the name! Not anymore! But I’ve never met anyone else born there! I grew up in Houston, went to school in San Marcos back when it had another name….Have been in San Antonio for 30+ years.
Tell us something really interesting about you.
We’re related to Davy Crockett on my grandmother’s side.
Everyone at SMPS has a story about why they joined the organization. What’s yours?
I originally joined back in the mid-80s when I was the Marketing Coordinator for Goetting & Associates. We started the joint chapter with Austin. We would travel back and forth each month – alternating meetings in each city. It was exhausting but fun! We moved briefly to New Jersey and I worked for a civil/environmental engineer and was involved with SMPS there. Then a long stretch of doing other marketing and consulting work… So when I got back into the industry, my first call was to SMPS to rejoin.
What drew you to the A/E/C industry?
I enjoyed the process of trying to find out about new work before everyone else! Then it was challenging to follow that through to landing the project. It was very satisfying when the process went full circle. We did a lot of exciting projects in SA back then. Now that I’m back in the industry, it’s fun to see who has moved up in their companies, started their own, etc. And I am amazed what a small world the whole construction industry is in the San Antonio area. Everyone knows everyone – it’s great!
Where’s your favorite place to eat in San Antonio?
J. Alexander’s holds a lot of special memories for me and my family. And Chuy’s. My family actually gave me some stock because I eat there so often!
What do you like to do in your free time?
I am building a house right now, so that takes up any free time. But ordinarily, I enjoy spending time with my daughter and son, my friends, my dogs, DIY projects, decorating...
Do you have any pets?
We started out as a “lab family” – they’re great dogs. Now we’ve transitioned to a “labradoodle family”. They have all of the positive traits of labs – plus they don’t shed! And they’re adorable. We have Mollie, Gus and soon to add another to the fold.
What would be impossible for you to give up?
The snap answer would be chocolate. Or red wine. But honestly, it would be my family and friends. They’re what life is all about and have helped me in so many ways.
Describe your ideal vacation.
It would definitely involve family and friends at the lake or the beach. And chocolate. And red wine.