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11 Jun, 2018

New Member Spotlight: Jessica Gody

Kyle Veater

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Jessica Gody is a Marketing Coordinator at Hughes Group Architects and is celebrating her one year membership anniversary today (June 12th)! We caught up with Jessica to find how she got into the AEC industry and how SMPS has helped her early on in her career.


Name: Jessica Gody

Company: Hughes Group Architects

Title/role: Marketing Coordinator

Hometown & Current town: I grew up in Katy, TX which is a suburb of Houston. I currently reside in Herndon, VA.

Alma Mater(s): University of the People

Family/pets: I am a proud dog mom to two Chihuahuas. My girl is a dainty, little princess and my boy is essentially, Dennis the Menace, in dog form.

Favorite DC-area restaurant: Purple Patch.

Favorite DC tourist destination: The Washington National Cathedral. The stained glass is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

Favorite travel destination: New York City as well as Northern and Southern California.

Favorite book – business and/or pleasure: My all time favorite series, Harry Potter.

Food you always crave: Indian food. Chicken vindaloo, biryani, dosas... yum!

Favorite celebrity/brand to follow on social: The cast from the television show Superstore

Favorite app: MoviePass and Waze

Favorite movie: It's impossible to narrow down to one choice! Some of my favorites include Amelie, Stand By Me, Sixteen Candles, and The Lost Boys.

Currently binging on Netflix: It isn't on Netflix, but I frequently binge watch Superstore on Hulu. It cracks me up!

When I’m not at work you’ll find me: Thrifting, watching a movie at the theater, or attending concerts

Dream job: Professional multipotentialite (marketing maven, artist, rock star, actress, fashionista, and photographer)

Let's Get To It

What inspired you to join SMPS and what are you hoping to get out of your membership?
My boss first introduced me to SMPS. I previously worked in piping design for an engineering firm in Texas. Though I had technical engineering design experience, the marketing side of the AEC business was new to me. SMPS was a great way to help bridge the gap between the technical design and marketing side of the business.

What has been the most valuable part of your membership so far?
Learning how connected the AEC industry is. SMPS provides the opportunity to build and strengthen relationships with others involved in the industry.

What part of the SMPS mission to Advocate, Educate, and Connect most resonates with you and why?
It is a tie between educate and connect. The AEC world can change and evolve, so it is important to stay up-to-date and knowledgeable. Connecting is also important because it keeps us engaged and makes our work more meaningful.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned through SMPS (an event, speaker, or fellow member)?
I find the Lunchtime Learning Labs to be the most valuable. As we all know, this industry is deadline-driven and we do not always have availability to attend events. The Lunchtime Learning Labs are an excellent way to gain industry knowledge during a standard workday lunch break.

Best work-related advice you’ve ever gotten?
"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world." – Robin Williams

"Opportunities don't happen, you create them." – Chris Grosser