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31 Mar, 2021

Veteran Member Spotlight: Tracy Allen

Anne Morris

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For this month’s veteran member spotlight, we spoke with Tracy Allen, Vice President, Corporate Director of Client Relations at ECS Limited. Find out why Tracy stays engaged with SMPS and what drives her approach to our industry.

Quickfire

Name: Tracy Allen

Company: ECS

Title/role: VP, Corporate Director of Client Relations

Hometown & Current town: Centreville, VA (Hometown), Leesburg, VA (Current)

Alma Mater(s): Longwood University (BS Marketing & Management); Marymount University (MBA)

Family/pets: Murphy (6 yr goldendoodle), Riley (2 yr goldendoodle), KC (17 yr old cat) and Chowder (1 year old rescue kitty)

Favorite DC-area restaurant: Café Milano in Georgetown

Favorite DC tourist destination: Lincoln Memorial and seeing the Cherry Blossoms

Favorite travel destination: New Zealand

Favorite book – business and/or pleasure: “Outlander Series” by Diana Gabaldon

Food you always crave: Anything spicy

Favorite celebrity/brand to follow on social: HA! Am I that lame that I don’t follow anyone?

Favorite app: Waze

Favorite movie: The Sound of Music

Currently binging on Netflix: Firefly Lane

When I’m not at work you’ll find me: Jogging or on my Peloton

Dream job: Working at a winery

Let’s Get To It……

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

After I graduated from college, I answered an ad in the Washington Post that had the word “marketing” in the job title. I had no idea that I would be entering the AEC industry at the time. I worked for RJA Group (fire protection engineering firm) and they educated me on the entire building process. I really enjoyed seeing a project go from the drawing board to completion and that has kept me in this industry.

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

I joined SMPS right after I got my first job at RJA. My boss said “I need you to get involved and get on the Board of SMPS.“ I said, “Sure! What is SMPS?” Ha! I found that this was such a great network of colleagues and long-time friends. Every meeting I attended, I met someone new and found opportunities for future projects for my firm.

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

I would suggest getting involved on a committee right away. I actually reached out to the Chapter President when I first joined and asked what committee needed the most help. It turned out that the newsletter committee needed volunteers. I ended up joining that group and, from that point on, my network and circle of life-long friends grew.

What has been your favorite SMPS DC or SMPS event?

I used to be in charge of the Social Events for both the DC and the Baltimore Chapter at the same time. Can you believe it?? I was a crazy-busy person back then. I would say my favorite event was always the DC Chapter Mardi Gras party. We had great food, entertainment, and themed decorations. It was always a hit and so much fun.

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

I would say CONNECT is the word that resonates the most me and SMPS. This is such a great organization, both locally and nationally. Everyone is here to find opportunities for their firms. SMPS makes it possible to make connections and build relationships their monthly programs and networking events. I have made connections through the years that I can still reach out to and gather information. These relationships were built throughout the years and remain strong.

What is your favorite SMPS DC memory?

I think my favorite was when I was presented with the Golden Tuba. I was very surprised and honored to be awarded this special distinction.

Best work-related advice you’ve ever gotten?

“Be yourself and you will shine.” This was a quote from my old boss and I always think of it when I walk into a room full of strangers.