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Fran Pruyn, CPSM

How long have you worked at your company? 
Since September 2002            

How would you describe your role/job? 
Chief Marketing Officer – I strategize, I budget, I mentor, I write, I weigh in, I coach … the business development, marketing, and public relations of the firm.  I am also the Secretary of the Board of Directors and sit on the Executive Committee for the firm, so have those management/administrative responsibilities.

What are the rewards of your job? 
The relationships with people I would otherwise not know who expand my world view; a salary and benefits that is comfortable; associating with artists who are architects, landscape architects, graphic designers, interior designers and photographers; the opportunity for creativity, the opportunity to strategize pursuits and sometimes be successful; the respect of my colleagues.

What are your challenges? 
Time, nobody ever has enough time.

What has been your most meaningful project? 
Utah State Fairpark Public Market Feasibility Study – I served as the project coordinator and editor of the report.  It was great to work on an actual project, instead of just chasing it.

How long have you been an SMPS member? 
Since July 20, 1990 (30 years this month!)

What is your role in SMPS?
None right now, I'm taking a breather and letting other people have opportunities – However, I have been Board Secretary, President-Elect, President, Past President, Education Director (2X) Programs Director (3X – I. believe, including the year I was president-elect. I am also a founding member of the chapter.

How has SMPS membership helped you? 
The network provides me answers that I need at the end of a phone line; the latest thoughts and techniques on how to market professional services; inside intelligence on upcoming pursuits; connections to people I want to meet.  Friends.

What’s the best career advice you’ve received? 
1.    Learn to stop taking things personally, it isn’t about you.
2.    Figure out what people are good at and let them do it.  

What’s the best career advice you’ve given? 
Treat your co-workers, clients, consultants like people you want to get to know. Then get to know them.

What has contributed to your success? 
My ability to write a declarative sentence.

What’s on your bucket list? 
Two West Highland Terriers.

What was your childhood dream? 
To wear a cool uniform.

Guilty pleasure: what can you not live without? 
I don’t ever want to live without my friends, my family, my horses, my dogs.
I don’t like to think about life without theater.
I wouldn’t like to do without my convertible.

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