Doug Parker, FSMPS, CPSM, CMO at BoyarMiller
SMPS Member since 1997; Currently serving as an Advisor/Thought Leader on the National Senior Learning/Education Task Force
How has SMPS helped you in your career? I attribute my career success 100% to the education and network provided through SMPS. I rely on my network for information ranging from industry trends to career opportunities to learning tips on the newest software applications. For example, early in my career, the design-build delivery method was relatively new. I was working for an architecture firm and responsible for the proposal for a big design-build project. I didn’t have a clue what “design-build” meant and certainly didn’t have any boilerplate information that I could use as a starting point to answer the proposal questions. So, I called a fellow SMPS member who worked for an international GC and who I met at PLS when we were both incoming presidents-elect and asked for help. She sent me more information than I could ever have sourced on my own which made me look like a star to my principals. The ability to pick up the phone and call someone in any major city in the US – for professional or personal reasons – is invaluable.
Can you offer a helpful hint for fellow SMPS members? Two things:
- Volunteer selfishly. We all have limited time outside of our busy work schedules. So, particularly for newer members or individuals new to professional services marketing, look for opportunities to contribute in areas where you need to grow and learn. If your job requires event planning and you don’t have that experience, volunteer to serve on the Chapter’s Awards Gala committee. If you’re in business development and need to make new contacts, volunteer on the Programs Committee and help solicit speakers for programs or volunteer to organize a program that is specific to your firm’s growing market sector.
- Get involved. It’s an obvious answer, but you get out of your membership what you put into it! If you are new, proactively reach out to the chapter president and volunteer for a committee. If you are a seasoned member, do the same at the regional or national levels. The network you will build, and the experience you will gain will serve you a lifetime.
What do you love most about your job? I am very fortunate to work for a company where Mission, Values and Culture are king. Our culture drives how we work with clients. I say all the time, “it’s not what we do, but how we do it,” that sets my firm apart. Most professional services either are or are quickly becoming commoditized. So, at BoyarMiller, I’m very proud that the WAY we work with our clients and deliver services – driven by our Mission and Values – is our differentiator. And that translates to the way we treat each other internally as well. It’s a very special place.
What has been your hardest lesson learned? Balancing the demands of work and my personal life. This year, I lost my mother to complications from dementia. While she lived in a memory-care facility, I was her primary caregiver for two years. As an only child, the responsibility (and privilege) of caring for my mom became my number one priority. Figuring out how to keep above water at work while responding to medical emergencies as well as just dealing with day-to-day care for someone with a degenerative terminal illness was tough. By the grace of God, counsel from good friends, and the support of an amazing boss, I learned: to ask for help; to over-communicate with my boss and the partners at my firm; that most things will be OK despite the urgency I felt in the moment; and, most importantly, I learned to have no regrets.
What do you enjoy most about Houston? I’m a native Houstonian so I’ve seen this city really change in my lifetime. There’s so much I love about Houston including the commitment to public green spaces/parks in the last 10 or so years; the diversity of the city and the fact that we tend to be progressive in a terribly red state; and that amazing Mexican food is available on almost every street corner.
What is your favorite film? For anyone I’m Facebook friends with, you know the answer to this question: Pitch Perfect (I not II). I watched PP I almost every day for months after the end of a significant relationship. It’s just a happy film and it helped get me through…
What would you do with a year off? I dream about this. I would rent a casita in San Miguel de Allende for a year and learn Spanish, write a book, and eat, sleep and drink to excess.