New Member Spotlight: Katie Rubino
As part of our recurring #MemberMoments series, we will be featuring one new member celebrating their one-year membership anniversary each month. This month’s featured new member is Katie Rubino, Senior Proposal Development Coordinator at MGAC. We caught up with Katie to get to know her and find out what her experience with SMPS has been thus far…
Name: Katie Rubino
Role: Senior Proposal Development Coordinator
Hometown & Current town: Bradenton, FL / Washington, DC
Alma Mater(s): The University of Mississippi
Favorite DC-area restaurant: currently obsessed with All-Purpose Pizzeria
Favorite DC tourist destination: The Zoo
Favorite travel destination: Anna Maria Island, FL
Food you always crave: Pizza or ice cream
Favorite celebrity/brand to follow on social: Chrissy Teigen
Favorite app: Instagram
Currently binging on: This Is Us
When I’m not at work you’ll find me: At Flywheel…or happy hour
Let’s Get to It
What inspired you to join SMPS and what are you hoping to get out of your membership?
I was new to the AEC industry and learned about SMPS through my boss at the time. I thought it would be a great networking and professional development opportunity as well as a good marketing resource.
What has been the most valuable part of your membership so far?
For me, it’s been all about the relationships. My first boss in the industry was really involved in the chapter, and encouraged me to get out and meet people. It was through those initial connections that I was able to seek out volunteer opportunities, and take the next step in my career.
What has been your favorite SMPS DC or SMPS event?
I attended the 2016 Summer Celebration and it really renewed this spark in me to get the most out of my career. From there, I wanted to get more involved so I joined the Community Outreach Committee.
What part of the SMPS mission to Advocate, Educate, and Connect most resonates with you and why?
I think Connect resonates most with me. In such a short amount of time I’ve been able to meet new colleagues and develop friendships, sharpen my marketing and communication skills, and learn how to confidently network in a room full of strangers.
What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned through SMPS (an event, speaker, or fellow member)?
The first education session I attended was the Marketing Coordinator Bootcamp Series. The 4-part series helped me refine and sharpen basic skills that are needed to successfully navigate and grow in the challenging world of AEC marketing. The seasoned marketers that led these sessions provided countless best practices, tricks of the trade, and words of wisdom that I still use today.