Name: Adrian Grau, CPSM
Company: Foster CM Group, Inc.
Role: Marketing Manager
What services does your company provide?Program/Project Management, Construction Management, Construction QA/QC Inspections, Web-Based Document Controls, Construction Administration, Record Keeping
Years of Experience: 10 years
Where are you originally from?Lake Jackson, Texas – the home of Buc-ee’s!
Tell us something really interesting about you.I’m the only person that I know named after by my Mom and my Dad. My maiden name is Adrian Elizabeth Lindsey: Adrian is my Dad’s first name and because I was named after him, I have the masculine spelling. Elizabeth is my Mom’s middle name. My great grandmother’s first name was Elizabeth and my grandmother, my mother, numerous great aunts, two of my cousins, my niece and I all share the same middle name in honor of our matriarch.
Everyone at SMPS has a story about why they joined the organization. What’s yours?I was completely unfamiliar with the AEC industry when I joined Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. in 2005. I had a BBA/Marketing degree and some sales experience, but didn’t feel very prepared to take on the job at hand (I was hired as Corporate Marketing Specialist). Some of the other marketing staff at LAN were a part of SMPS and invited me to a luncheon. I immediately joined the organization, got involved on the membership committee and still see and keep in touch with some friends from the Houston chapter today. I joined the organization because it gave me a connection to others that were in the same boat—if they could do this job, so could I! And what better way to learn the ropes than from others that were already leading the way?
What drew you to the A/E/C industry?Honestly, I didn’t go out looking for a job in the AEC industry. To be frank, I didn’t even know that marketing in the AEC industry was a thing, much less had its own certification! A childhood from of mine, who I also went to college with (she also has a Marketing degree), told me about the job opening at LAN. She was working there as a Marketing Coordinator in their Traffic/Transportation group. I was living in Dallas at the time and was looking to get back to the Houston area to be closer to family. I knew I wanted something new career-wise, so asked her to send me the job description and application information. I submitted my resume, had a few interviews and the rest is history. Ten years later, I’ve worked as Corporate Marketing Specialist at LAN, Marketing Coordinator at Raba Kistner, and now Marketing Manager at Foster CM Group.
Where’s your favorite place to eat in San Antonio?That’s a really, really hard question. San Antonio has some really good food options, especially Mexican! I’m not sure that I have one single favorite place, but I can usually always go for sushi at Li’s Sushi & Chinese Restaurant, brunch at Cibolo Moon at the JW Marriott, a sandwich from Zito’s Deli on Broadway, Italian food at Pesto, or Mexican at Lupe Tortilla. Their queso flameado with chorizo and their frozen margarita with sangria swirl—they both have my mouth watering just thinking about them!
What do you like to do in your free time?Free time? What’s that?! With a 5-month old, free time is a thing of the past! That said, my favorite free time activity these days is SLEEPING, but I also love cooking, spending time with friends and family, traveling and just about anything that involves water and sunshine! With two stepkids currently attending Texas A&M, our free time has also involved a lot of travel to College Station for Texas Aggie football games!
Do you have any pets?Yes, I have an 11-year yellow lab named Bella (she was my first baby). My husband and I also have two other dogs, Chance and Chewy. They’re both Cocker Spaniels.
What would be impossible for you to give up?My family. Hands down. Without them, I wouldn’t be who I am. I wouldn’t be successful at what I do.
Describe your ideal vacation.That’s easy—a trip to the Playa Fiesta Hotel in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico! My husband and I got married there in November 2013 and we’d go back annually if possible. That vacation consists of a beachfront luxury boutique hotel complete with the best staff on the planet (seriously, their customer service can’t be beat!), beautiful accommodations, private serenity just as if you’ve rented your own private villa, delicious food (the best chilaquiles and guacamole I’ve ever eaten!), bar service that is bar none and even a hotel dog, Jefe! The owners Lindsey and Adam (and their entire staff) really do go above and beyond to make their guests feel right at home and ensure a vacation they’ll never forget!
Applications are now being accepted! The SMPS San Antonio CPSM Scholarship Program is designed to help qualified SMPS members overcome financial barriers that may keep them from attempting CPSM certification.
One (1) CPSM Exam scholarship will be awarded for the 2015-2016 CPSM Exam Study Group and will cover the expenses associated with the exam application and registration fees–up to $545 in value.
Don’t miss your chance; download the application below!
Instructions:Complete and email your application to Stephanie Silva, CPSM, 2015-2016 SMPS San Antonio Sponsorship Director, at email@example.com
Name: Nick Holscher
Company: Kimley- Horn
Role: Project Engineer - Associate
What services does your company provide?Kimley-Horn is a multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firm offering services to local and national clients in the public and private sectors. Our services include Land Development, Water/Wastewater, Transportation Planning, Roadway Design, Planning, Aviation, Environmental, Water Resources, Survey, and Landscape Architecture, among many others.
Years of Experience: 9 years
Where are you originally from?I was born in Augsburg, Germany (military brat), but my family moved to San Antonio when I was two. So I consider myself a native San Antonian.
Tell us something really interesting about you.I’m married to my high school sweetheart and we have 3 wonderful children under the age of 6.
Everyone at SMPS has a story about why they joined the organization. What’s yours?I joined SMPS because I was tired of being a wall-flower at all the various professional organization luncheons, breakfasts, happy hours, etc. I wanted to feel like I could walk into any meeting in San Antonio and have a good shot at knowing a large majority of the folks. SMPS just felt like the best fit and most welcoming for me. Over the last few years of being on committees and now being on the board, it has turned into so much more for me and my career.
What drew you to the A/E/C industry?I was always good at math in grade school, but can’t handle blood, so being a doctor was out of the question. I took to Civil Engineering in college because it just seemed the most practical to me. I didn’t know what part of Civil Engineering I would end up in, but went straight on Kimley-Horn’s Land Development team out of college and realized it’s a great fit for me.
Where’s your favorite place to eat in San Antonio?Two Step Restaurant and Cantina. Food is awesome….margaritas are better.
What do you like to do in your free time?Sports, Sports, and more Sports. Any and all things Spurs, Cowboys, and Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Do you have any pets?Not yet, but my kids are getting antsy.
What would be impossible for you to give up?ESPN
Describe your ideal vacation.I can’t wait to take my family on a European vacation when the kids get older and show them where I was born.
SMPS SRC is looking for 3 story tellers and game changers to share their stories of how they've each Taken Center Stage in their Life, their Work or in their Community.
Benefits of Being a Short-Form Keynote Speaker
Name: Eva Ramirez
Company: RVK, Inc.
Role: Director of Marketing & Business Development
What services does your company provide?RVK provides Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture.
Years of Experience: 26 years
Where are you originally from?Austin
Tell us something really interesting about you.I so wanted to be an Oceanographer because the enormity of the ocean so intrigues me.
Everyone at SMPS has a story about why they joined the organization. What’s yours?New to San Antonio, I knew the best thing for me was to attend a luncheon where more of “my kind” gathered. Not that I’m trying to date myself, but that was when Austin and San Antonio was one chapter so it was a perfect setting for me since I was marketing for a firm with an Austin and San Antonio office. It was the best thing I could have done to grow my network, learn more about the industry I loved and get involved with this fabulous organization.
What drew you to the A/E/C industry?My nighttime seasonal gig with IRS was over (I was attending college during day) and a friend asked me if I wanted to help doing office work at an engineering office and I said yes. As it turns out one of the engineering firm’s founders was my neighbor – our families still live in the same homes on the same street (one house between the families). He rarely would come out to play – guess he was studying (did I say he is way older than me?).
Where’s your favorite place to eat in San Antonio?This is a tough one to narrow down but for now I will say anything at the Pearl (including Tacos and Tequila).
What do you like to do in your free time?I love getting outdoors. Since last year, I’ve made efforts to walk and run more and enter races to keep me focused on staying active. I recently took up biking and also love grilling along with spending time with family and friends.
Do you have any pets?I skipped down to this question and thought about only answering this question. I do have a beloved Chihuahua mix. Anyone who has not kept in touch with me is probably thinking this is an impostor answering this question because owning a dog was never something I seriously considered.
Biscuit came into my life this year on February 17, thanks to Abby Shaver. He is about 4 years old and the most playful, loving, polite, handsome little fella. Every Saturday, he travels with me to Austin to stay with mom and he does wonders for her. He was so meant for me!
What would be impossible for you to give up?See pet question. I would put one word here “Biscuit” but people may think I mean the bread.
Describe your ideal vacation.One of my ideal vacations would be on a Caribbean beach enjoying an awesome breeze with waiters checking on me and my party every 15 minutes – a beach side massage would be also necessary.
Last week, Dr. Brian Gottardy, Superintendent of NEISD, and Garrett Sullivan, Executive Director of Construction Management and Engineering at NEISD, spoke at SMPS luncheon about the district's $499.95 million bond. Below is a video previewed at the event and flyer detailing the work proposed in the bond. If you're a member, don't forget to login to MySMPS to download exclusive materials from the September luncheon!
Click here to view the NEISD Bond Flyer
SMPS San Antonio is proud to announce the newly selected 2015-2016 Board of Directors:
President-Elect/Programs DirectorNick Holscher, PE | Kimley-Horn
Past PresidentChristy Rhone | Cram Roofing
TreasurerCindy Delgado | Lehmann Engineering, Inc.
Communications DirectorAudra Allen | Cude Engineers
Membership DirectorCharli Valadez | BD Structural Engineers
Congratulations to the new Board members and thank you to all our members and sponsors for your support and dedication to the San Antonio Chapter. Let's make this another great year!
Name: Stephanie Silva, CPSM
Company: Intelligent Engineering Services, LLP (IES)
What services does your company provide: Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering, & Land Survey
Years of Experience: 15 years
Number of years as a member of SMPS: 5 years
Other organizations/affiliations/associations involved in: AIA San Antonio, CEFPI, Real Estate Council of San Antonio, IFMA, San Antonio Food Bank, Feed My Starving Children
Education background: Alamo Colleges
Why did you originally join SMPS and how has it benefitted you and your firm?
I originally joined SMPS for the opportunity to meet in person others in the industry I had only knew through email. SMPS has allowed me to develop relationships with so many other amazing talent and has allowed me the opportunity to learn through them and form meaningful collaborative partners.
What are you interests and hobbies outside of work?
I love spending time with my family. I love my church. I enjoy traveling, baking, watching sappy Hallmark movies, and all things Food Network.
How did you get into the A/E/C industry?
My dear friend’s father was one of the original Managing Partners and it all evolved from there.
The restoration of San Antonio Independent School District’s historic “rock pile,” Alamo Stadium, is an important piece of San Antonio history. Originally completed in 1940 on an old rock quarry, the stadium was in need of several upgrades to bring it up to modern building codes and comply with current ADA standards. While retaining its fundamental historic integrity, the design of the stadium renovations and upgrades included the restoration of stone walls, improved play areas, ADA accessibility, concessions, restrooms, locker rooms, sound system, security system, lighting, press box, scoreboard and storage. Spectator seating was replaced with new bench seating.
The design of the site amenities includes new parking circulation and drop-off areas, as well as infrastructure upgrades including electrical, plumbing, storm drainage system, sidewalks, landscaping, irrigation and parking. At the west entrance, a new plaza was designed to provide additional circulation and vendor space on game days.
Since 2011, the Alamo Stadium has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The restrictions to keep a historical status, drastic changes in ground elevations, unknown existing foundation and soil conditions, and unique project location, created challenges for the design and construction of the stadium upgrades, however the project was completed by the deadline and ready for the first game of the 2014-2015 season. The renovated facility is available as a multi-sport venue, including football, track and field, and soccer.
Name: Lacey Beicker
Company: Beicker Martinez Engineering
Role: Office Manager
What services does your company provide: Structural Engineering
Years of Experience: 2 years
Number of years as a member of SMPS: 2 years
Education background: Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance
I am new to the marketing world. I joined to learn and get involved in the A/E/C industry.
I'm expecting my first child in August. I have two English bulldogs, Pirate and Buster Chops, that keep me entertained.
Family (my dad).
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