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Member Spotlight

December 2012
Frank Monkiewicz, Owner
Frank Monkiewicz Photography 
Photograph on right taken by: Jeff Dunn 

Frank has been a member of SMPS for three months and an in kind sponsor for seven years. He is a professional photographer and has been attending and photographing SMPS social events and the ROC awards for years. Frank shares, "The people are wonderful and so camera friendly! I can't tell you how easy it makes my job." His primary goals are to further his relationships with members, make new friends and hopefully have them as clients too.

What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?
Probably 100 year old eggs which are very tasty! Sort of like jello that is getting hard....

What's the one thing, you can't live without?
My loving and caring wife of course. After that its tennis, traveling and taking photographs of everything I see!

What's your motto in life?
"Never for me the lowered banner, never the last endeavor"- Ernest Shackleton- explorer

What's your favorite thing to do in the fall?
I enjoy alpine hiking in the White Mountains.

What's rocking your work world today?
Everything! Life evolves and changes and I go with it with vigor.

What's your favorite material object that you already own?
I have a framed signed aerial view photograph (by the late Bradford Washburn) of the West Buttress of Mt. McKinley (Denali) that I can't live without. Its my favorite photo of all time!

What would we find playing on your radio in your car or on your ipod?
Classical music.



October 2012
Michael Fabbiano, Principal and Owner
Highpoint Engineering, Inc.

Michael has been a member of SMPS for 6 months. He appreciates the "easy to start" conversations at the events and meetings about business development and work in general. Michael explains, "We all do very similar work and it is good to be amongst peers. The camaraderie and access to a larger network is also very powerful." Michael is a firm Principal and Owner of Highpoint Engineering, Inc. They are a full service civil engineering and consulting firm that provides civil/site design and permitting experience for a variety of project types and clients.

Michael recently attended the following events: the 2012 ROC Awards, Business Development Training & Coaching: Strategies for Maximizing Your ROI, and the Rooftop End of Summer near Fenway networking event. Michael's primary career goals are to have better access to architectural firms and hopes that SMPS will act as a vehicle for enhancing his business development. Michael explains, "Because I am a business owner, my goals are to drive sales, create brand recognition for the firm and promote relationship building one conversation at time."

If you were a cartoon, which one would you prefer being?

What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?

If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?
I would eliminate procrastination because it takes time away from other things that may be more important.

What's the one thing, you can't live without?
My family.

What's your motto in life?
You can't finish what you don't start.

If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get? Chocolate

When you were little, who was your favorite super hero and why?
Batman. He had the cool gadgets....a cool car and Batwoman.

What's your favorite thing to do in the fall?

What's rocking your work world today?
Work is very busy these days. On the boards and permitting we have a large solar project, ground up Medical Office, ground up construction and expansion for a private school for Autism, a new FW Webb facility on the Cape, and Data Center upgrades on the North Shore to name a few. In construction we have a Lab project in Metrowest, a Fire Protection upgrade project on the South Shore and a bunch of utility and condominium remediation projects in the pipeline sprinkled across the region.

What characteristic do you value the most in your coworkers?'s that "we'll get it done" type of attitude that is inspiring.

What one factor or facet of work do you complain, moan, and groan about the most?
Spending time to scope a project to only have the prospective client use our scope to let other competitors "catch up." It happens more times than I care to remember.

What's your favorite material object that you already own?
My Tahoe...I mean our Tahoe.....well I guess I mean my wife's Tahoe.

What would we find playing on your radio in your car or on your ipod?
Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, ACDC, Queen, Styx, Credence Clearwater and Rush......and Talk Radio.

September 2012
Susan Geelmuyden, Marketing Proposal Manager

Susan Gavini has been a member of SMPS since early 2011 and has been in the industry nearly six years. Susan enthusiastically explains, "The ability to develop valuable relationships through SMPS with fellow marketers and industry thought leaders who possess years and years of A/E/C knowledge offers me endless learning and business partnering opportunities!"

Susan attended "Powerful Proposals: The Integration of Strategy, Graphics, and Writing" earlier in the summer. She stated that many of the tips and techniques that were presented were directly applicable to her firm's current proposal development objectives and was able to apply some of the techniques immediately.

Susan is currently working towards her Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) certification and continues to expand her knowledge about business development and marketing through SMPS events, SMPS Social Media, and her involvement with the SMPS Communications Committee. "The combination of these resources provides me with the valuable skills needed to help build business through proposal marketing."

If your friends had to describe you as a Muppet which one would you be?
Rolf, the dog. I play piano, am relatively calm and I rarely get flustered by mayhem.

What would we find in your refrigerator right now?
Pub Cheese, Pineapple and Bacon Smoked Chicken Sausage, and Pinot Grigio.

If you could trade places with any other person for a day, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional. With whom would it be?
Coach Belichick. I admire his ability to bring a new team together every season and his belief that leadership and character and the players' relationship with his teammates are of vital importance to their success. Coach believes it's not only about talent, but how the mix of all these qualities affects the team.

If you had to describe your day as a traffic sign, what would it be?
"Speed Limit 65"

Favorite film
It would have to be a tie between Slapshot and Master and Commander.

Where do you live?
I live on a boat. In the summer I live in Quincy at Marina Bay and during the winter in Charlestown at Constitution Marina.

Do you have any pets?
I have 3 cats that live on board: Sammy, Marley, and Jimmy (named after musicians).



Leadership Profiles

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