Name: Mary Ellen Johnson
Company: Leverage BD
What services does your company provide?Our mission is to leverage our extensive contract and project management experience and relationships to develop and grow AEC firms through federal, state, and commercial relationships. We provide business development, marketing, bid strategy, project management, and back-office integration. In 2017, we have helped clients receive over $20M in contracts awards and are currently proposing on another $40M+ in projects scheduled to be awarded by the end of the year.
Years of Experience: 15+ years
Learn more about Mary Ellen:
Where are you originally from?
I was born in South Dakota, moved to Texas when I was 10 and grew up in a small dusty town in West Texas - Fort Stockton, home of Paisano Pete!
Tell us something really interesting about you.
Oh gosh, I’m amazingly ordinary but I do feel that being the mother of 4 young men, ranging in ages from 19 to 23, has made me an expert juggler, tent maker, tightrope walker, entertainer, concessionaire and ring master – yes, this is my circus and those are my monkeys! They, along with my husband, have made my life very interesting and fun!
Everyone at SMPS has a story about why they joined the organization. What’s yours?We moved to San Antonio from Dallas last summer where he was a member of the Dallas chapter. It is a great organization that provides networking, education, support and more so naturally we knew it would be a great way to introduce me to this industry and get involved in our new community!
What drew you to the A/E/C industry?The AEC industry is new to me. I’ve spent most of my marketing career working with nonprofits but had volunteered time working with other AEC organizations such as SAME and ASHE. Because of the tremendous growth in San Antonio, once we moved here my husband talked me into working with him in the AEC industry and I’m so glad he did…of course, you’ll have to ask him if he’s glad.
Where’s your favorite place to eat in San Antonio?This is tough! I LOVE food…all kinds and I love to try new places. Because we’ve been here less than a year, I feel like I’m still in search of my favorite. I’m always open to suggestions! A few that I’ve really enjoyed are: Smoke Shack, Feist, La Fonda on Main and Shuck Shack.
What do you like to do in your free time?I love traveling, being active and listening to live music (while drinking a beer or 2)! My husband and I use our downtime to get out and run, hike, kayak, etc. We really enjoy Ragnar Races and traveling to race in other parts of the country. My favorite race so far is the Monterey Bay Half Marathon – 8-9 miles along the coast of California, stunning!
Do you have any pets?We have 2 impossibly spoiled and adorable shih tzus, Lexi and McCoy, who have definitely reaped the rewards of us becoming “empty nesters”.
What would be impossible for you to give up?
Mascara…just kidding, but don’t underestimate the difference it can make! But seriously (sappy mom answer coming), it would be impossible to give up time with my family. We are all busy and live in different places so I cherish every second I get when we are spending time together. It’s the best!
Describe your ideal vacation.
Take me to a beach!! Sun, sand, water and tropical drinks…paradise!