Name: Kelly Tant
Company: Thomas Printworks
Role: Strategic Account Executive
What services does your company provide?Print, Repographics & Sinage provider
Years of Experience: 15 years
Where are you originally from?Growing up in a Navy family we moved frequently. Born in Japan, moved to Corpus Christi, TX, over to Spain, to southern Florida and finally to Texas as a teenager and graduated college in Hawaii.
Tell us something really interesting about you.Worked as a former Golf Professional in Europe (Germany & England). Also PGA Professional in Maryland when we returned from overseas. Decided to leave that industry when my kids (now 24 – Ryan and 22 – Rachel) were starting to grow up. As a golf professional working weekends was a definite. My guys (Ryan & Rachel) were active in sports and I wanted to be a part of it, coaching & cheering…
Everyone at SMPS has a story about why they joined the organization. What’s yours?Due to the facts I’d never worked this industry I was intrigued about working this industry. The industry is exactly what I thought. Going onto worksites wears on shoes. Had to buy working/steel toe boots (as a city slicker, something totally new). The industry & relationships I’ve built is exactly what I thought it would be… Totally love it!
What drew you to the A/E/C industry?A totally new industry that I had never worked within (see above)…
Where’s your favorite place to eat in San Antonio?I live in New Braunfels, so reaching outside the box… And following on the coat-tails of Felicia’s responses about HAMBURGERS from last month, my favorite restaurant would be Freiheit’s Country Store on FM 1101. They use the FAMOUS sweet Hawaiian rolls. Graduating from school in Hawaii, I’m a bit partial to those rolls!
What do you like to do in your free time?Play golf… :)
Do you have any pets?Two Labrador Retrievers (a mother and her pup) -- Named Momma & Baby… Okay, not so creative… But it works!
What would be impossible for you to give up?Having FUN! I love it here in Texas. There is always something to do. I’ve become real good friends with quite a few of the Vineyard owners out in the Fredericksburg / Johnson City area. And totally enjoy going out there.
Describe your ideal vacation.Another Club Med vacation like I took in the past to Swiss Alps (St. Moritz, Switzerland)… However, would like this one somewhere in the Caribbean. Probably a week-long trip to Costa Rica!
Name: Felicia T. Love
Company: Marmon Mok
Role: Marketing Specialist
What services does your company provide?Architecture, Interior Design and Master Planning
Years of Experience: 8 years
Where are you originally from?Born in San Antonio but have also lived in the Philippines, Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, Germany and Rhode Island.
Tell us something really interesting about you.I have lived out of the country and was able to travel to almost every European country . . . I married my high school sweetheart, after graduating college we reconnected and the rest is history :) . . . I have been matched with my Little in Big Brothers/Big Sisters for going on 6 years. I am a mentor at Business Careers High School.
Everyone at SMPS has a story about why they joined the organization. What’s yours?When I joined the industry, my company at the time wanted me to get better acquainted with other AEC marketing people and learn more about our trade through SMPS. Before I even joined, they signed me up to be a mentee in the Mentorship program and I am glad I did. I was paired with a very knowledgeable and well known colleague and as my mentor she gave me a lot of great industry insight. In my almost 6 years with SMPS, I have been involved with various committees and served on the board as Secretary and Membership Director. I have always believed “you get as much out of something as you put in,” so it was important for me to get involved early to really appreciate all that SMPS has to offer. My experience with the organization has all been positive.
What drew you to the A/E/C industry?Honestly, I knew nothing of the AEC industry while I was in college and taking my marketing classes. I initially wanted to work in advertising; however, when I graduated the economy was on the downturn so it was difficult to find work. I put my resume in with a temp agency and was hired at Marmon Mok for a few months which opened my eyes to this whole other field of marketing. After about a year and a half later, I found my way back to the industry through a referral from my time working at MM. And after a couple of years I found my way back also to MM. Overall, the AEC industry has been good to me and I have enjoyed it so far.
Where’s your favorite place to eat in San Antonio?Well, it is hard to say just one when there are so many great places to eat in SA. Let’s see. . . Lüke is always good for seafood and their burger. Whenever I have a guest in from out of town I always seem to take them to La Gloria. The Grill at Leon Springs has famous crab cakes and their Sunday brunch is a must have. I love Halcyon for their chai tea, brunch and S'MORES! I think Whiskey Cake is probably one of my new favorites, many of their menu selections are great plus they have fresh juice mixes and of course their whiskey cake is kind of a big deal . . . Okay that may be enough :)
What do you like to do in your free time?Shopping, trying new restaurants (if you didn’t notice from the previous question), watching and analyzing movies . . . going to Burger Friday (every Friday my Marmon Mok friends and I, we eat burgers – website coming soon: burgerfridayforever.com)
Do you have any pets?Two Cats: Queenie and Mischa
What would be impossible for you to give up?My sense of humor. Sometimes serious moments need a little laughter.
Describe your ideal vacation.Somewhere on a secluded, calm beach with clear waters, white sand and water sports.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Address:P.O. Box 17945San Antonio, TX 78217