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28 Aug, 2019

Member Spotlight: Susan Merrigan, FSMPS, FSAME, CPSM

Anne Morris

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Name: Susan Merrigan, FSMPS, FSAME, CPSM

Company: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Title/role: Senior Marketing Manager

Hometown & Current town: Irvine, CA / Arlington, VA

Alma Mater(s): American University (undergrad), American University (grad), UF (grad)

Family/pets: Liam (13), Maisy (10) / Mick (English Cream Golden Retriever puppy)

Favorite DC-area restaurant: Landini Brothers (Old Town)

Favorite DC tourist destination: Smithsonian

Favorite travel destination: Greece

Favorite book – business and/or pleasure: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Food you always crave: chocolate

Favorite celebrity/brand to follow on social: N/A

Favorite app: Facebook (I know – I’m old.) to keep up with friends and follow my news feeds

Favorite movie: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Currently binging on Netflix: NCIS (with Maisy) and How to Get Away with Murder

When I’m not at work you’ll find me: hanging out with Maisy and Liam – usually doing Girl Scout and Boy Scout activities

Dream job: Michelin Guide Restaurant Inspector

Let’s Get To It…..

What got you into the AEC industry and what keeps you here?
Fell into it while temping at the Capital Hilton right after college. EYP was looking for a Marketing Assistant and it paid much more than a Hotel Sales Assistant. As it turned out, I was pretty good at proposals and have been recruited to various top design firms over the years.

When and why did you first join SMPS, and what keeps you coming back?
My Marketing Manager at EYP encouraged me to get involved in SMPS. I learned so much from the educational programs early in my career that gave me the toolkit to be successful in my job.

What advice do you have for our newer SMPS DC members about getting the most out of their membership?
Get involved in a committee! You will make lasting friendships in this industry that will serve you personally and professionally for many years.

What has been your favorite SMPS DC or SMPS event?
The DC Chapter’s 2007 Cosmic Bowling fall kickoff event. My sister, Emily Wilson, and I tied for First Place in the Bowling Tournament. So fun!

Do you have your CPSM? If so, why did you get it and how has it impacted your career?
Yes, I got my CPSM in 2005 when I was the DC Chapter President. According to several recruiters, it was a differentiator when they were looking for candidates. It helped me get to the shortlist twice - and I landed both jobs.

What part of the SMPS mission to Advocate, Educate, and Connect most resonates with you and why?
Educate. I feel very strongly about Paying It Forward to the next generation of marketing coordinators. Industry veterans volunteered their time to teach me Best Practices early in my career. I have taught numerous workshops at the national and local level over the last ten years. I’m always happy to share my lessons learned to members.

What is your favorite SMPS DC memory?
Meeting Lauren Young at Chadwick’s in Georgetown at our first Talking Shop committee meeting 20 years ago. We have been close friends ever since!

Best work-related advice you’ve ever gotten?
Ask questions! Don’t stress over asking dumb questions at work. It saves you and your team a lot of wasted time. Just be sure to take notes and learn from the answers.