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29 May, 2020

New Member Spotlight: Suzy Schuck

Anne Morris

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Suzy Schuck is a Marketing Manager at Summer Consultants, Inc. and is celebrating her one year membership anniversary (May 23rd)! We caught up with Suzy to find out how she got into the AEC industry and how SMPS has helped her early on in her career.

Quickfire

Name: Suzy Schuck

Company: Summer Consultants, Inc.

Title/role: Marketing Manager

Hometown & Current town: Bourne, Massachusetts/Current Town: Washington, DC

Alma Mater(s): Tufts University

Favorite DC-area restaurant: Still figuring that out

Favorite DC tourist destination: The National Mall – I enjoy looking at the buildings and memorials and its very convenient to my apartment.

Favorite travel destination: Grand Cayman was one of my most relaxing vacations, but Italy was so much fun.

Favorite book – business and/or pleasure: Too many to choose from, but I always like a good mystery.

Currently binging on Netflix: I recently finished Peaky Blinders on Netflix and am currently working my way through the latest season of Outlander on Starz.

When I’m not at work you’ll find me: Playing volleyball somewhere

Let’s Get To It…..

What inspired you to join SMPS and what are you hoping to get out of your membership?

I participated in SMPS activities when I was living in Connecticut and got a lot out of them, but never officially joined. When I moved to the area, I knew that I wanted to be more fully engaged and SMPS would be a great way to understand the AEC industry in this area. It’s also really great that Summer Consultants values and encourages this kind of professional development as well.

What has been the most valuable part of your membership so far?

The events. Since I am newer to the area, they have made it possible to meet new people while also participating in some great activities.

What got you into the AEC industry and what keeps you here?

I sort of fell into the AEC industry early in my career when I joined a capital planning and management company. I worked with both architects and engineers, but not in the typical design setting. I learned about facility assessments, building maintenance and renovation, and something just clicked. Since then I have worked for both architecture and engineering design firms, and I have been able to be a part of these amazing projects. I have learned so much, and I never stop being in awe of the end results – whether a small renovation project or a brand-new building – and the positive reaction it brings out of the people who use the building. I love being a part of that.

What part of the SMPS mission to Advocate, Educate, and Connect most resonates with you and why?

Connect. Everyone I have met is so nice, welcoming, and happy to help with any questions I have or provide suggestions for resources, which is one of the things I was hoping for when I joined.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned through SMPS (an event, speaker, or fellow member)?

I was very fortunate to be able to attend the SMPS annual conference last year when it was here in DC, and it was great. There was one particular presentation on the brain and how critical thinking actually helps to improve the health of your brain. It was fascinating, and helped me to focus my attention on my work activities but also know when it is time to step away for a little while if something isn’t quite falling into place for me and come back to it with a renewed focus later on. Hopefully my brain is a little healthier for it.