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22 Sep, 2017

New Member Spotlight: Marcos Molina

Kyle Veater

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Marcos Molina of Quinn Evans Architects is celebrating one year of membership with SMPS DC! We caught up with Marcos to learn more about his experience with the chapter thus far.

Quickfire

Name: Marcos G. Molina Figueroa

Company: Quinn Evans Architects

Title/role: Marketing Communications Coordinator

Hometown & Current town: San Juan, PR; Washington, DC

Alma Mater(s): American Military Academy (HS); Marquette University (BS)

Family/pets: Single with a beautiful cat named Leo

Favorite DC-area restaurant: Estadio

Favorite DC tourist destination: U.S. Capitol

Favorite travel destination: Paris

Favorite book – business and/or pleasure: Harry Potter and A Series of Unfortunate Events

Food you always crave: Fries deep smothered in cheese with bacon and hand squeezed lemonade

Favorite celebrity/brand to follow on social: Celebrities are a tad overrated/Apple

Favorite app: Facebook

Favorite movie: Tough question; I have over 20 favorites. But I watch Mean Girls every year with my best friend, wine (or margaritas) and cheese.

Currently binging on Netflix: Blacklist [Editor's note: Co-sign]

When I’m not at work you’ll find me: At Happy Hour

Dream job: Corporate Brand Executive - International

Let's Get To It...

What inspired you to join SMPS and what are you hoping to get out of your membership
My supervisor recommended I join the organization as I familiarized myself with the industry. It’s now been a year and I couldn’t have made a better decision. I am hoping to continuously learn ways in which I can elevate deliverables for my firm as well as building a network of friends who share my wins and struggles.

What has been the most valuable part of your membership so far?
Being a member of the PR and Communications Committee has been quite rewarding.

What got you into the AEC industry and what keeps you here?
I’ve always had an interest for architecture and while I didn’t target this industry during my job search, I am very pleased this is where I landed. I love how there is never a dull day and am proud of working for a firm that makes an impact in the community through its work.

What has been your favorite SMPS DC or SMPS event?
Nothing tops Kickoff Events!

What part of the SMPS mission to Advocate, Educate, and Connect most resonates with you and why?
Educate: I had no background or knowledge of the A/E/C industry, and SMPS (national and local) have been to this day, instrumental in me being able to do my job well and deliver on the challenging projects this industry demands.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned through SMPS (an event, speaker, or fellow member)?
Understanding the value of voice and brand in the proposal preparation process.

Best work-related advice you’ve ever gotten?
Always have a plan.

Who is your professional idol? Why?
Tim Cook is my professional idol. While it might sound cliché or expected, Apple is a true brand visionary. They’ve taken a product line and woefully created an intrinsic value that connects its use to our every day life. In doing so, they have created a need rather than a wish, for apple products in the household; otherwise known as lifestyle marketing. Everyone can learn something from Apple.