28 Feb, 2019

Veteran Member Spotlight: Lauren Young

Anne Morris

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For this month’s veteran member spotlight, we spoke with Lauren Young, Associate Partner, Business Development at BKV Group. Find out why Lauren stays engaged with SMPS and what drives her approach to our industry.


Name: Lauren Myers Young

Company: BKV Group

Title/role: Associate Partner, Business Development

Hometown & Current town: St. Louis, MO & Falls Church City, VA

Alma Mater(s): Emory University (undergrad) and University of Georgia (grad)

Family/pets: Husband Andy, Kids Samantha (8) and Lily (7) and will be adding a new puppy late spring!

Favorite DC-area restaurant: These days any ramen shop makes me happy!

Favorite DC tourist destination: Tour of the monuments

Favorite travel destination: St. John, USVI

Favorite book – business and/or pleasure: Recently finished The Hate You Give and The Nightingale – both were excellent!

Food you always crave: pho / ramen

Favorite app: Spotify or Waze

Favorite movie: Shawshank Redemption

Currently binging on Netflix: Grace and Frankie

When I’m not at work you’ll find me: Driving kids to activities and eventually drinking wine on my couch in pjs! On weekends we are typically grilling out / hanging with Falls Church City neighborhood friends.

Dream job: I’m living it! But if not here, I’d go with working at a winery… but just on warm, sunny days and between 10 and 3 pm weekdays only!

Let’s Get To It…..

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

Fell into it by blind luck through a professor connecting me with an old student looking for a coordinator. I’ve stayed with it for over 20 years because it’s a fun industry filled with creative, interesting people whom I love being around! And no two days are ever the same.

When and why did you first join SMPS, and what keeps you coming back?

My mentor / boss Rose Dela Vega told me to join, and when Rose said to do something, you do it! Over the years I’ve made good friends, gotten great advice and have grown tremendously through the support of SMPS and its members.

What advice do you have for our newer SMPS DC members about getting the most out of their membership?

Get involved on a committee and lean into the organization fully!

What has been your favorite SMPS DC or SMPS event?

I’ve always been a big fan of the awards program. I love seeing all the great contenders and it draws out a great group!

Do you have your CPSM? If so, why did you get it and how has it impacted your career?

I did not ever take the CPSM exam, and regret this very much!

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

I absolutely love the mentor / mentee component of SMPS. Both ends of this spectrum are so rewarding!

What is your favorite SMPS DC memory?

Meeting Susan Merrigan at Chadwick’s in Georgetown at my first committee meeting in 1998 and sticking around the bar with her until way past midnight that first night. She’s been a great friend ever since!

Best work-related advice you’ve ever gotten?

To leave RTKL after four years as a coordinator and take a job at Little as a business developer. My boss sent me to the interview and told me it was time to go because as long as I was at RTKL doing proposals it would be tough to reposition myself as a business developer. She said there would always be an opportunity to come back. And she was right – three years later I returned in a business development / marketing manager role.