Kristin Liu, LEED AP

Senior Associate, Business Development Syska Hennessy Group, Inc.

Kristin Liu
  • Member, SMPS-NY Membership Committee
Overwhelmingly focused, extremely diligent and unquestionably passionate about the AEC industry, July’s Member of the Month, Kristin Liu is someone you definitely should get to know! In her business development role at Syska Hennessy Group, Inc., she demonstrates the overall intellect and drive to effectively network and understand industry trends. Her commitment to SMPS is evident through her participation as a member of the Membership Committee where she authors the It’s A Matter of Principal blog. Let’s read below as Kristin has shared some of her thoughts and ideas with us.

[expand title=”Click here to read the interview…”] Where are you from originally and what brought you to New York City? I was born in the beautiful island of Taiwan in its bustling capital city Taipei; however, I spent my early childhood frolicking along the beaches of the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia. From age seven through eighteen, I called Northridge, CA my home. In 1998, Columbia University beckoned me to New York City. I’ve lived here ever since and am a proud resident of Stuyvesant Heights in Brooklyn. What degree(s) do you hold, and from what schools? I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Columbia College. I also studied computer science, worked as a student IT consultant, and started a fusion dance troupe called Raw Elementz. The College’s liberal arts education taught me how to think critically and ask questions which is an invaluable skill set that I use in both my professional and personal life. If you could choose any other profession what would it be and why? 1) Teacher, 2) professional development coach, and 3) photographer and scrapbook store owner. Because 1) I have a knack for breaking down technical information and making it digestible for new learners, 2) I enjoy helping others grow, and 3) I love capturing moments and telling stories visually. Can you tell us more about your SMPS committee work? My main role on the Membership Committee is to author the ‘It’s A Matter of Principal’ blog topic. It is a forum to help SMPS-NY connect with and provide value to firm owners in the AEC industry. It is still a young blog so we welcome feedback and new ideas on how to enhance its value. All of us on the committee are passionate about delivering Quality Membership Benefits to our SMPS-NY family. What are some challenges that you face daily in your career and how do you overcome them? One of my daily challenges is finding enough time to focus on the different aspects of my business development role. They include networking externally, networking internally, researching leads and market trends, and providing strategic input for specific client pursuits. It really helps me to take a moment in the morning and visualize just three results I’d like to achieve by the end of the day. Then I focus on getting those three things accomplished. [/expand]