Kelly Fox, Marketing Manager at McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
SMPS Member since: 2013; currently serving on the Membership Committee
How has SMPS helped you in your career? SMPS has given me the opportunity to network and develop relationships with several peers within the AEC industry. The exposure to so many marketing and BD individuals within our industry was made possible because of my membership.
What is the biggest benefit of being active in SMPS? Being active in SMPS is beneficial because you are always learning. Whether you attend an educational event, hear from local government officials at a program, or learning about a new business opportunity through networking at a social event, you are always learning and growing your network.
What do you love most about your job? I love the variety of my job – no one day is the same. Being in marketing, you wear a lot of hats, therefore you are responsible for several different activities/tasks. I have the opportunity to work with people on a daily basis – being a part of a team and working collaboratively is my favorite way to work.
If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why? I cannot stand conference calls – every week I have at least 10 conference calls. They take up a lot of time and usually aren’t as productive as they should because people do not plan prior to the meeting. I could work off of email if I could.
What’s the best career advice you have ever received? Don’t stop learning – always grow your network.
What would you do with a year off? I would love to travel with my husband around the world. There are so many wonderful places to see and people to meet – trying new foods, seeing new scenery and experiencing new culture would be amazing!
What do you enjoy most about Houston? I enjoy the variety that Houston offers. There is so much going on in this vibrant city, from food festivals, to cultural events, to football games – it has something to offer to anyone. And everyone is really nice – it feels like a giant small town, everyone knows everybody it seems.
How do you kick-back? I enjoy cooking and spending time with my husband and dog. Anything outside with those two and I am set.