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Jen Newman, FSMPS, CPSM | Principal, Elevate Marketing Advisors

How long have you worked at your company? 
My partner, Doug Parker and I launched Elevate January of 2020. Prior to that, I had my own consulting practice called Ignite.

What are the rewards of your job? 
It is extremely rewarding to know that what we do to help firms achieve their growth goals provides opportunity for every person at every level at that firm. The friendships that have developed with our clients has also been a highlight.

What are your challenges? 
Like many of our clients, Resource Management! 2020 has been an extremely rewarding and busy year with no signs of slowing down. Project planning software has been a great resource as well as our incredible team of consultant partners.

What has been your most meaningful project?
Being embedded in several firms serving as fractional Chief Business Development Officer leading their business development from planning to implementation and accountability while coaching their doer-sellers is extremely meaningful. 

How long have you been an SMPS member?
Jan 2021 will be 14 years

What is your role in SMPS?
I currently serve as the SMPS Society Build Business Co-Chair & as a member on the 50th Anniversary Committee.

How has SMPS membership helped you? 
The vast resources along with the knowledge, ideas, and insights of my peers have played a huge role in my career. The incredible network across North America has helped grow our business through awareness and referrals.

What’s the best career advice you’ve received? 
Learn the business—the whole business. Understand strategy, finance, and operations—how it impacts your role and how your role can impact them.

What’s the best career advice you’ve given? 
Find a mentor outside your firm and be open and honest with them. Find an advocate inside your firm who will tell you the truth no matter what and will challenge you.

What has contributed to your success? 
Mentorship and my SMPS Community. I have always made it a point throughout my career to find a mentor and soak in all the knowledge I could about all sides of the AEC business. I then learned even more becoming a mentor to others. My SMPS Community has been a huge resource of knowledge, ideas, and insights.

What’s on your bucket list? 
I absolutely love to travel. I have a plan to visit all 7 continents! I only have Australia, Antarctica, and South America to go.

What was your childhood dream? 
I wanted to be a Talk Show Host. In fact, I studied Television Production in college and worked for a national talk show.

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