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16 Nov, 2017

New Member Spotlight: Jennifer Pham

Kyle Veater

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Jennifer Pham of Interface Engineering is celebrating her one-year anniversary with SMPS DC! We caught up with Jennifer to learn more about her career journey and how SMPS has helped her along the way.


Name: Jennifer Pham

Company: Interface Engineering, Inc.

Role: Marketing Coordinator

Hometown: Norman, Oklahoma Current Town: Washington, DC

Alma Mater: University of Oklahoma

Pet: I recently just adopted a four-year-old Jackhuahua.

Favorite restaurant: Maketo – I think the business concept is brilliant, retail in front and café/restaurant in the back.

Favorite DC Tourist Destination: The National Cathedral has a garden hidden in the back and I like to go there with friends and we picnic. Even though it is in the center of DC, if makes you feel like you’re not in the city.

Favorite Travel Destination: NYC. I could go there for 24 hours just to recharge my creativity.

Favorite Book: Quiet by Susan Cain (Shout out to the introverts out there)

Food you always crave: My mom’s pho

Favorite Celebrity/brand to follow on social media: Youtuber vlogger Casey Neistat. He’s one of the few Youtubers who has created a huge global presence built entirely from laptops and phones.

Favorite app: Spotify

Favorite movie: Bridget Jones Diary – every woman can relate to her character on some level.

Currently binging on Netflix: Chef’s Table. I love how they highlight different chefs from around the world with their own unique style and no style is similar.

When I’m not at work you’ll find me: Grocery shopping. I find roaming the aisles slightly therapeutic.

Dream job: Being Anthony Bourdain. I would love to travel the world just to eat and then write about it.

Let's Get To It...

What inspired you to join SMPS and what are you hoping to get out of your membership?
A few years ago, I was the only marketing person in the DC office and Lauren Myers Young suggested I join so I’d be able to meet others with similar roles.

What has been the most valuable part of your membership so far?
The most valuable part of my membership are the resources I am exposed to such as the Guru Guidance program. There I met Kyle Veater who has been an amazing mentor, as well as lifelong friend. [Editor's note: You're the bomb, Jen! - Kyle]

What got you into the AEC industry and what keeps you here?
My background in environmental design combined with my marketing experience is how I got my foot in the AEC industry. What keeps me here are the people I’ve met along the way that are shaping me into a better marketer and contributor to our field.

What has been my favorite SMPS event?
Behind the scenes tour of the Renwick Gallery during the Wonder exhibit.

What part of the SMPS mission to Advocate, Educate, and Connect most resonates with you and why?
The education aspect is what resonates with me the most. In this industry, you don’t go to school to learn how to be a marketer - you learn on the go, and in most cases, under fire. Having other resources at my fingertips such as textbooks, webinars, friends, and mentors to support my personal and professional development are invaluable.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned through SMPS?
How to foster relationships. These are the people who help mold you and guide you in your career and you never know when they may come up again.

Best work-related advice you’ve ever gotten?
When I moved to DC four years ago as an intern, I had no idea what the city was going to be like. Someone told me that I will need to be my own advocate because only YOU will be the one who figures out where you want to go and how you will get there.

Who is your professional idol? Why?
My professional idol would be my former boss and good friend, Thuy Tran. As her former nanny, I got to learn from the sidelines of how much work it takes to be both a mother and a boss. It was one of the most valuable experiences I’ve learned thus far.