New Member Spotlight Ronalle

13 Sep, 2017

Member Spotlight: Ronalle Hawkins, CPSM

Kyle Veater

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Name: Ronalle Hawkins

Company: KCCT

Title/role: Senior Marketing Coordinator

Hometown & Current town: Portsmouth, VA / Bowie, MD

Alma Mater(s): Hampton University / Bowie State University

Family/pets: 1 mate: Taylor; 3 kids: Mannie, Nina, Eugene; 1 Grand: Little Mannie; 1 Rottie: Omar Herman Schwartz Von Schneider

Favorite DC-area restaurant: Georgia Brown’s

Favorite DC tourist destination: National Museum of African American History

Favorite travel destination: My parents’ home

Food you always crave: Ice

Favorite celebrity/brand to follow on social: Joy Reid

Favorite app: Wave

Favorite movie: She’s Gotta Have It

Currently binging on Netflix: Ray Donovan (on Demand)

When I’m not at work you’ll find me: At home working on our family business

Dream job: Housewife & socialite

Let's Get To It...

What got you into the AEC industry and what keeps you here?
My first job out of college was with McGraw-Hill’s Construction Information Group as a Construction Reporter. I was a journalism major and the AEC industry was new to me. I had so much to learn. Fortunately, I am an “information junkie”. I can never have too many details. The fact that there are so many facets to AEC, so much to learn – keeps me right here. There is always something new to learn. I can never pass a crane and not look up. I can never pass a jobsite and not wonder a million things: Who designed it? What is the price tag? What is that exterior finish? Will the interiors be high-end? Is it a green project?

When and why did you first join SMPS, and what keeps you coming back?
I think I joined back in 2003 when I was working for Tompkins Construction. I really enjoy the people I meet and the business connections I make.

What advice do you have for our newer SMPS DC members about getting the most out of their membership?
Find a committee or cause and work it. Meet as many people as you can. Take advantage of the many learning opportunities to broaden your knowledge base or hone your skills.

What has been your favorite SMPS DC or SMPS event?
Build Business 2017! BTW I was this year’s Rock Paper Scissors Champ. (Never played before I won.)

Do you have your CPSM? If so, why did you get it and how has it impacted your career?
Yes. I received my CPSM earlier this year. Funny thing was, while I was studying, I found study notes from around 2010 when I first decided to get my CPSM. Life happened – I changed jobs, my career went in a different direction. And then, you come back full circle. The entire CPSM process – the decision to still pursue my CPSM, the study group, the pushing myself to make time to study - it was well worth it. The whole process reinforced for me that I know a lot about my industry and that I am doing what I know & love. Some of the smartest and hardest-working people I know are CPSMs.

What part of the SMPS mission to Advocate, Educate, and Connect most resonates with you and why?
Educate. There is so much to learn in our industry. Whether it is learning about your job, like how to do it better or differently, or whether it’s learning about architects, engineers and construction, there is so much to educate yourself about. The webinars, conferences, the sharing of ideas and being able to discuss things with peers – SMPS is so valuable to me in my work life.

What is your favorite SMPS DC memory?
How welcoming people were at my new members event and how totally awesome this chapter must be to have such dedicated members.

Best work-related advice you’ve ever gotten?
Network, network, network. But get to know people. Nobody ever leaves this industry. You will cross paths again so don’t burn any bridges.