Kathryn Kucharski

Marketing Manager

  • Shawmut Design and Construction
  • Member, Programs Committee
A motivation to others and a real team-player, April’s member of the month, Kathryn Kucharski is a valued asset to our chapter. Originally from the Midwest, Kathryn has established herself as a true New Yorker and the current marketing manager for Shawmut Design and Construction. Her passion clearly lies in the entirety of the marketing process, from first contact through project completion. As a member of the programs committee, she has contributed her time and energy into the valuable bi-monthly panels that we all attend and learn from. Let’s read below as Kathryn has shared some of her thoughts and ideas with us. Where are you from originally and what brought you to New York City? I was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI and then moved to Cedar Rapids, IA with my parents, 3 brothers, one dog, and one cat after I finished 5t h grade. I went to college at Washington University in St. Louis and then finished at University of Iowa in Iowa City where I minored in studio art and majored in art history. I then moved to Boston for graduate school in art history and museum studies and later studied archaeology and focused on the Maya. I’ve gone on archaeological digs in Belize a couple of times. During the digs I was camping or living in small cabanas for several weeks, learning to avoid all the poisonous snakes, and being kept awake by howler monkeys. But having an ocelet run by your cabana in the middle of the night and seeing macaws and spider monkeys at your site is amazing! Getting rained on for days on end, not so much, but we had great crews and I learned so much.
I eventually found my way to Shawmut Design and Construction and after 12 years in the Boston office decided to make the move to our New York office 3 years ago. We were starting a new Tri-State academic group and I asked to join the team. All my college friends had lived in New York and I never had, so I thought it was time to make a change.

[expand title=”Read the rest of the article here…”] What motivates you the most as the Marketing Manager of Shawmut Design and Construction? It’s been an incredible experience to be there from the start helping a new division as it grows. Being involved in the management of marketing for our group as we expand is exciting. Watching jobs go from our first contact with the potential client, through the RFP and interview process, and then being able to see projects completed is worth all the long hours and hard work. We were awarded the first project we went after, a historic renovation at Convent of the Sacred Heart, and I live just up the street, so I pass by the school on my way to work in the morning.I’ve also enjoyed being able to combine the mentoring of young women with my career. I mentor a 15 year old girl through Catholic Big Sisters Big Brothers and recently I’ve been with working with 6th graders at The Hewitt School as part of a
STEM career discovery program. I’ve been organizing the class with the STEM Coordinator at the school and the students are planning, designing, and building a recreation and garden area on their school’s roof deck. I taught a class at Hewitt with my Marketing Coordinator, Megan Braley, on Presentation Skills. The students will be presenting their project plans in the near future to their school so they can be approved and funded. We also answered their questions about careers in marketing and in the A/E/C industry. What are some of your favorite movies and television shows? I don’t actually own a TV, so I don’t watch many shows, but do like “Mad Men.” I can identify with Peggy and it is fun to see where each season takes her. I love movies – some of my favorites are “Babette’s Feast,” “My Life as a Dog” and “Last Year at Marienbad.” In what part of New York City do you enjoy spending the most time in and why? I live in Upper Carnegie Hill and I spend a lot of time on Museum Mile trying to see as many exhibitions as I can at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, and the Whitney. The Neue Galerie is my favorite museum – besides all the amazing Gustav Klimt paintings, the townhouse is exquisite, and Café Sabarsky has the most delicious Viennese pastries! I also try to visit other sections of Manhattan and the other boroughs – there’s always some place new to explore. I’ve been spending more time in the East Village and on the Lower East Side recently – so many cool little shops, galleries and restaurants. What do you find to be most rewarding about being a member of the Programs Committee? I joined the Programs Committee as soon as I joined SMPS last year and it has helped me connect with new industry contacts and also make new friends in the city. It’s so rewarding to work with the other committee members to develop the topics and secure the panelists for our bi-monthly panels. I’ve learned a great deal in helping to organize the programs as well as through attending the panel discussions and hearing the insightful questions from our audiences answered by industry experts. What SMPS events coming up are you looking forward to attending? We have an upcoming program on May 14th on “The Ever-Changing Dynamics of the Corporate Workplace.” We are re-doing our own office space this summer and I’m looking forward to hearing about the current trends. We’re also currently developing a retail program for July 23rd called “Shopping in the Information Age – A Look at How Technology is Altering the Retail Landscape.”[/expand]