Drew Prochaska, Business Development at DPR Construction
SMPS Member since: 2015; Current Sponsorship Director
What does your committee do? The sponsorship committee seeks out annual sponsors for the Houston Chapter and helps them utilize their sponsor benefits throughout the year. The committee also assists with SMPS Gala sponsorships and special program sponsorships.
Why did you want to be on the board? I have learned so much from SMPS that I want to be sure it continues to be a strong organization for others in the industry.
What do you hope to accomplish as director/chair? I hope to continue the success that my predecessor, Jamie Calvert, achieved in exceeding yearly sponsorship goals. In addition, I hope to expand awareness to firms that are not currently involved in SMPS but may benefit from chapter sponsorship.
What advice would you give to someone interested in becoming a board member? Get involved with a committee and help as much as you can. Learn from the director of that committee everything that goes on “behind the scenes”. Keep your eyes and ears open for other ways to help the chapter throughout the year. Introduce yourself to everyone involved in the origination, especially those who you see at multiple SMPS events, and get to know them.
Why do you love SMPS? It is where professional development, networking, and fun all meet. SMPS members are the most welcoming I have ever met and they encourage me to be better at what I do.