Kristin Valente

Marketing Coordinator

VW
  • Greeley and Hansen LLC
  • Co-Chair, Professional Development Committee
If you don’t already know October’s Member of the Month, I suggest you make the effort to. Kristin Valente has become a fixture of the SMPS NY chapter while serving as the Co-Chair of the Professional Development Committee. Her dedication and good natured spirit makes her a valued asset to not only SMPS, but at her position as marketing coordinator at Greely and Hansen LLC. Let’s learn more about Kristin, as she has shared some of her thoughts and ideas with us below. Where are you from originally and what brought you to New York City? I’m originally from Coventry, CT, which is a small town in Northeastern Connecticut near the University of Connecticut. After college I lived and worked in Stamford, CT for several years as a Marketing Coordinator for Perkins Eastman Architects. New York City was a short train ride away and I would often travel to NYC on the weekends. Eventually, I couldn’t resist the excitement and opportunities NYC could offer and after accepting a position with Greeley and Hansen, I made the move two years ago and couldn’t be happier.

[expand title=”Read the rest of the article here…”] What have you found to be most beneficial about being a member of the SMPS NY chapter? There are so many aspects of SMPS NY that I find beneficial. Not only have I learned a tremendous amount from attending the various Programs and Professional Development events, but it’s a fantastic network of my peers and industry professionals. I have truly enjoyed being part of the team as a member of the Professional Development Committee. As Co-Chair I’ve grown professionally through working closely with my fellow committee members, which has afforded me the opportunity to develop my marketing, business development and leadership skills and forge great relationships. If you could choose any other profession other than your own, what would it be? I would be a college soccer coach. Soccer is a passion of mine. I played growing up, throughout high school and college at the University of Vermont. The summer after I graduated, I had the opportunity to serve as an Assistant Women’s Soccer coach at Eastern Connecticut State University. I found great reward in being part of a team, the camaraderie with the players, coaching and leading the players throughout the season to a conference championship and NCAA tournament berth. I loved going to work outside every day, staying active and traveling for a sport I loved playing and still enjoy today. What are some of your favorite movies and television shows and why? I enjoy cooking in my free time and I love watching anything on the Food Network. Top Chef is definitely my favorite show. I love thrillers and suspense for both television and movies. My other favorite TV show is The Walking Dead, it keeps me on the edge of my seat and I love the characters. My favorite movies are the ones that catch you off guard and surprise with unexpected twists. My favorite movies in this regard are Memento, The Sixth Sense and Fight Club. I also love Alfred Hitchcock movies. Rear Window and North by Northwest are my favorites. What are some challenges that you face daily in your career and how do you overcome them? The biggest challenge that I face daily in my career is keeping up with the constant flow of shifting priorities throughout the day or week. It’s also part of what I enjoy about my position. I am always kept on my toes and no two days are the same. It’s easy to get caught up in managing the day-to-day tasks, qualifications and proposal deadlines. I strive to constantly prioritize my efforts and focus on the most immediate task at hand, while finding time to plan for longer lead items that require attention. It’s a balancing act. I strive to dedicate time every day to focus on the big picture and strategic initiatives that are critical to my firm’s success and growth. [/expand]