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15 Feb, 2018

New Member Spotlight: John Bavoso

Kyle Veater

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John Bavoso of Kimley-Horn is celebrating his one-year anniversary with SMPS DC! We caught up with John to learn more about his career journey and how SMPS has helped him along the way.


Name: John Bavoso

Company: Kimley-Horn

Title/role: Marketing Coordinator

Hometown & Current town: Port Jervis, NY (hometown); Washington, DC (current town)

Alma Mater(s): College of William & Mary (undergrad); American University (grad school)

Family/pets: I’m not allowed to have pets in my apartment building, but my parents have two tiny beagles named Betsy and Gracie who I love to spoil when I visit them.

Favorite DC-area restaurant: Open City – great brunch and about a block from my apartment.

Favorite DC tourist destination: The Portrait Gallery – the atrium is amazing (and, you know, the art ain’t bad either).

Favorite travel destination: London

Favorite book: Yoga for People Who Can't Be Bothered to Do It by Geoff Dyer

Food you always crave: Any food that would be served at a young child’s birthday party (e.g., pizza, cake, ice cream, etc.)

Favorite celebrity/brand to follow on social: At the moment, Adam Rippon! I like people who are both really good at their job and hilarious/snarky at the same time.

Favorite app: Apple Podcasts or Spotify (I spend 2+ hours a day on the Metro, and these get me through it with my sanity relatively intact).

Favorite movie: Mean Girls. It’s so fetch.

Currently binging on Netflix: Gilmore Girls (full-series rewatch!), but I’m just biding my time until season 2 of Jessica Jones comes out.

When I’m not at work you’ll find me: Writing a new play in a coffee shop, at a rehearsal/meeting for my theatre company, or seeing/reviewing a play around DC.

Dream job: Either a full-time playwright, or the person who chooses songs for movies and TV shows.

Let's Get To It

What inspired you to join SMPS and what are you hoping to get out of your membership?
This is my first job in the field of professional services marketing, so I wanted to join SMPS to meet others in the field and better understand the industry. Also my best friend, Jen McGovern, CPSM, badgered me into it. :P

What has been the most valuable part of your membership so far?
I had the opportunity to attend Build Business last year in Indianapolis, which was a wonderful experience. I learned a lot, got to meet some great new folks, and was even complimented on my dance moves!

What got you into the AEC industry and what keeps you here?
Honestly, I entered the industry on the recommendation of a friend after I had been laid off from a job (for the second time in three years). During the past three years, I’ve really grown to value the connections I’ve made with my colleagues and discovered a real passion for the rail/transit sector, in particular.

What part of the SMPS mission to Advocate, Educate, and Connect most resonates with you and why?
Connect. I still don’t know all that much about the technical side of engineering, but making connections between people who are super passionate about their work and finding new passions of my own has been very rewarding.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned through SMPS (an event, speaker, or fellow member)?
I attended several sessions at Build Business about re-imagining presentations and they caused me to rethink a lot of the strategies I had been using, and I brought these back to my firm to get everyone thinking differently, which has been exciting.