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10 May, 2017

New Member Spotlight: Scott Bach-Hansen

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As part of our recurring #MemberMoments series, we will be featuring one new member celebrating their one-year membership anniversary each month. This month's featured new member is Scott "Bach" Bach-Hansen, Director of Business Development, Southeast USA for SETTY.


Name: Scott Bach-Hansen aka “Bach”
Company: SETTY
Title/role: Director of Business Development, Southeast USA
Hometown & Current town: Garrett Park, MD & Fairfax, VA
Alma Mater(s): University of Maryland
Family: Wife, Michele & 3 daughters: Madison (14), Kayla (11), Emory (7)
Favorite DC-area restaurant: Barrel & Bushel (Tysons) or Filomena (Georgetown)
Favorite DC tourist destination: Arlington National Cemetery
Favorite travel destination: Hilton Head Island
Favorite book – business and/or pleasure: Make Today Count, by John C. Maxwell
Food you always crave: Bar food appetizers (non-seafood because I’m allergic)
Favorite celebrity/brand to follow on social: Zac Brown Band
Favorite app: Waze or MyFitnessPal
Favorite movie: Good Will Hunting
Currently binging on Netflix: The West Wing
When I’m not at work you’ll find me: Refereeing basketball games or with family
Dream job: Pro golfer or (more realistic) creative thinker for a company (I’m an idea guy)

Let's Get to It

What inspired you to join SMPS and what are you hoping to get out of your membership? Being new to the industry, I heard that SMPS was a great resource to get plugged into. I was looking for two things:

  1. Get connected with others
  2. Learn more about how this AEC world works

My next goal is to become more connected and evaluate a committee to consider joining in the next year.

What got you into the AEC industry and what keeps you here? I was recruited away from the office equipment regional management world. I love that I can touch the work that we do and I am on the front lines to make this world a better place for my girls.

What has been your favorite SMPS DC or SMPS event? I really learned a lot at the Construction 101 event. It was really informative and well organized.

What part of the SMPS mission to Advocate, Educate, and Connect most resonates with you and why? As a licensed minister, Advocate has always been an important piece of who I am. But I believe for me (professionally), it would be Connect. To be successful, you must be able to connect with others and develop relationships. I feel that SMPS provides great opportunities to do this and now it’s up to me.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned through SMPS (an event, speaker, or fellow member)? As someone that was new, it took me a while to learn some things. I was always too afraid to ask about what the heck a building envelope was or the various differences in the types of work (design-build, design-bid-build, CM-at-risk, etc.) and what they mean. The Construction 101 program answered some of these for me and it was extremely valuable.

Best work-related advice you’ve ever gotten? Less is more. Don’t over-explain, over-do, over-react, over-push.

Who is your professional idol? Why? (Can be a big celebrity name or someone you’ve worked with or anywhere in between.) David Naylor from 2Logical, Leadership Development – he’s a great teacher for anyone that wants to be in leadership or engage in the role of developing other people to maximize their efforts and reach their goals. He taught me how to truly be a mentor to others. I was able to attend multiple training sessions that he led in my previous life and I really enjoyed his lessons.