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18 Apr, 2018

Member Spotlight: Jeanine Quaglia

Kyle Veater

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For this month's veteran member spotlight, we caught up with Jeanine Quaglia, Principal and Director of Marketing at Quinn Evans Architects.


Name: Jeanine Quaglia

Company: Quinn Evans Architects

Title/role: Principal / Director of Marketing

Hometown & Current town: Middletown, NY / Washington, DC

Alma Mater(s): New York Institute of Technology

Family/pets: Amalfi, a very handsome tuxedo cat who’s always dressed for a party

Favorite DC-area restaurant: The Red Hen

Favorite DC tourist destination: The Summerhouse at the US Capitol - a quiet, hidden gem and a great place to cool off and relax on a hot summer day

Favorite travel destination: Barcelona

Favorite book – business and/or pleasure: Resonate by Nancy Duarte. I bought copies for my entire team and recommend it often. On my personal shelf is The Nightingale and I recommend that to anyone who hasn’t read it yet.

Food you always crave: A NY salt bagel (hard to find here) - so, anything salty really.

Favorite celebrity/brand to follow on social: Amy Sedaris. Such amazing wit!

Favorite app: Press Box (no more going to the drycleaners!)

Favorite movie: Legends of the Fall and Immortal Beloved

Currently binging on Netflix: I, sadly, just finished Mozart in the Jungle. I’m just starting Britannia.

When I’m not at work you’ll find me: Exploring local bike paths and trails.

Dream job: The person who names colors for a paint company. Or a veterinarian.

Let's Get To It...

What got you into the AEC industry and what keeps you here?
I love working within the built environment. I went to architecture school and became an “alternative career architect” when I came to Washington, DC. Now as a career marketer, I can’t imagine working in any other industry.

When and why did you first join SMPS, and what keeps you coming back?
I joined SMPS on the recommendation of the Director of Marketing at my first job. It is a great place to stay connected to those who do what I do, and more so, for the long and enduring relationships I have developed with fellow marketers.

What advice do you have for our newer SMPS DC members about getting the most out of their membership?
Make as many connections as you can – these people will become your network and your friends.

What has been your favorite SMPS DC or SMPS event?
Last year’s Pinnacle Experience was such a rewarding event that connected senior level marketers. It brought diverse voices to participants and really propelled me to think beyond AEC in different ways. I came back to the office with new ideas and insight that energized my team.

What part of the SMPS mission to Advocate, Educate, and Connect most resonates with you and why?
As the director of marketing for my firm, I am constantly being asked to mentor staff on how to market.

Best work-related advice you’ve ever gotten?
Act first, ask forgiveness later. (Really, just act!)