Chelsea Kopf Member Moments

30 Jul, 2017

Member Spotlight: Chelsea Kopf

Melissa Hollinshead

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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 Chelsea Kopf, Business Development Coordinator for Southland Industries.


Name: Chelsea Kopf

Company: Southland Industries

Title/role: Business Development Coordinator

Hometown & Current town: Grew up in Springfield, VA and now live in Herndon, VA.

Alma Mater(s): I received both my undergrad (BS, Business Administration – Marketing) and graduate (MBA) degrees from University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA.

Family: I have a dog, Toby, who I’m pretty obsessed with. I also have two older brothers who both recently welcomed babies into each of their families. Don’t tell my dog, but I might be slightly more obsessed with my two nieces than him.

Food you always crave: I’m always craving Dunkin Donuts iced coffee – not quite food, but always a craving. Might be more of an addiction than a craving at this point.

Favorite movie: I have a few: Forrest Gump, A Beautiful Mind, and Love & Mercy. I could watch any of those on repeat.

Currently binging on Netflix: I’m currently rewatching Gilmore Girls for the billionth time (guilty pleasure), but I think some of my other favorites include Black Mirror, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Masters of None, The Office, and Parks & Rec.

Let's Get To It...

What inspired you to join SMPS and what are you hoping to get out of your membership? A former boss of mine introduced me to SMPS and all of the resources, people, and opportunities that it provides. I’ve greatly enjoyed attending various seminars and events, and hope to continue to learn more about the industry and meet other professionals in the area.

What has been the most valuable part of your membership so far? Coming in new to the industry, SMPS has been a great way for me to gain some AEC knowledge from a marketing perspective.

What part of the SMPS mission to Advocate, Educate, and Connect most resonates with you and why? Education – I believe that education not only provides you specific knowledge, but provides you with a platform to develop critical thinking skills within that area of expertise. The more we can learn, the more we can develop new ways to better our industry, our line of work, our companies, and ourselves. SMPS does a fantastic job of providing education seminars and resources, both locally and on a larger scale, to make us stronger and develop people at all levels.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned through SMPS (an event, speaker, or fellow member)? Everyone can bring value to the table, and sharing that knowledge makes us all stronger.

Best work-related advice you’ve ever gotten? Take calculated risks – Unless you continue to learn, improve, and push boundaries, both your career and your product will become stagnant. Be critical – Always ask yourself “why” and constantly work to improve yourself and your work. Let your work speak for itself – The best way to gain respect is to do good work. Good work will speak louder than any words will.

Who is your professional idol? Why? (Can be a big celebrity name or someone you’ve worked with or anywhere in between.) Michelle Obama – kind of a cliché answer, I know, but she is an incredibly intelligent and accomplished individual who has been able to achieve so much incredible integrity while speaking to such a large audience.