Member Spotlight Header Dori Landry

23 May, 2017

Member Spotlight: Dori Landry

Kyle Veater

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Dori Landry, former board member, is celebrating 20+ years of membership with SMPS DC. We caught up with Dori as part of our on-going #MemberMoments series...


Name: Dori Landry
Company: Ayers Saint Gross
Title/role: Director of Client Relations
Hometown & Current town: Washington, DC – I’m a true local!
Family/pets: Lucky that most of my family lives in the immediate area!
Favorite DC-area restaurant: Fiola Mare in Georgetown
Favorite DC tourist destination: The Mall
Favorite travel destination: Cancun Mexico, I am solar-powered!
Favorite book – business and/or pleasure: The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
Food you always crave: Popcorn – I go to movies as an excuse to eat popcorn!
Favorite app: Waze. I would literally be lost without it.
Currently binging on Netflix: Just finished Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu, taking a break from binging!
When I’m not at work you’ll find me: Outside.
Dream job: Living it! Moving over to Ayers Saint Gross in 2016 was the best career decision I have made.

Let's Get To It

What got you into the AEC industry and what keeps you here? My first job was with a small architectural firm that shared space with a developer, so I got a taste of both worlds. I also tried GC, and found that I love working with people that are engaged in design - the creativity and passion they bring to their work is invigorating.

When and why did you first join SMPS, and what keeps you coming back? 1993-ish. I was working at HNTB and Steve Reiss told me to look into this marketing group that was in our building in Old Town. I went and met with them, went through the materials, went to a few events and decided to join. Once a member, I got very active. I served as a committee member for several committees, then got on the board and did several years on the board. I have made some of my best business connections and personal friends through SMPS.

What advice do you have for our newer SMPS DC members about getting the most out of their membership? Join a committee, and be active. When I first joined, I used to volunteer to work registration - that way I got to meet every person who came to the event.

What has been your favorite SMPS DC or SMPS event? The kick off party. I like getting to meet the new board, and reconnecting with old members. I have to admit, I miss the Oktoberfest we used to do.

What part of the SMPS mission to Advocate, Educate, and Connect most resonates with you and why? As I have gone through my career, my needs have changed. First, education was key - there was so much to learn. Now, I think connect is key. The network I have put together, largely through my association with SMPS, helps me on a daily basis!

What is your favorite SMPS DC memory? SMPS New Orleans – going out on Bourbon Street. That’s all I am saying . . .

Best work-related advice you’ve ever gotten? Hire someone who you believe can take your job, allowing you to move up!