Member Spotlight: Monica deLaGarza

Monica deLaGarza does it all – 40 Under 40; TCU Executive MBA class of 2022; member of SMPS, Leadership Fort Worth, PRSA; and board member for CREW Fort Worth – all in addition to her position as Director of Marketing and Communications at OWT Architects. We sat down with her to find out what motivates her and how she successfully juggles family and professional commitments.

How did you get started in the A/E/C industry? I have been in the industry for 13 years. I started in New Jersey at SYSTRA Consulting, a rail transit engineering firm owned by SNCF, the high-speed rail company of France. I have worked on all three sides of the industry, engineering, architecture and construction. 

How long have you been a member of SMPS? What do you enjoy most about it? I have been a member since 2013. I love the educational opportunities and connecting with people that understand the complexities of my work.

Tell me about your new position at OWT Architects. I love working at OWT Architects, a full-service design firm in Downtown Fort Worth. Three principals, Andrew Oxley, Richard Williams and Jim Tharp founded the company. They curated a team that is creative, energetic, and passionate about delivering high quality designs regardless of project constraints. I am delighted to be part of this team. 

What led you to joining the Executive MBA program at TCU? I am a journalist by training and that is how I approach my work. I decided to pursue an MBA to deliver more expertise and value to my employer. I wanted to impact the whole business. In order to gain the knowledge and credibility to do so in a reasonable amount of time, an intensive MBA program was the best solution. 

You’re very involved in local professional organizations in addition to SMPS, your full-time job, and your MBA program. How do you find balance between your many commitments as well as work/life balance? At home, work, school and community I am surrounded by wonderful people that take the collection of days I’m alive and make those days a fulfilling life and adventure. My significant other and parents are very supportive of my endeavors. My daughter wants to be an entrepreneur so she gets that work and business school are important. She is getting exposed to valuable business lessons at 10 years old, that she can apply to her business someday. I get to apply what I am learning at OWT daily. I am the treasurer for CREW Fort Worth. They believed me and gave me an opportunity to lead, even though I had no accounting experience. I am learning as I go and applying the MBA lessons there as well.

What are you currently reading?   The last non-textbook I read was called Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki, for my entrepreneurship class. 

What’s your favorite restaurant in Fort Worth?  I love Little Red Wasp and Press Café and Uncle Julio’s has been a fave since I was a kid.

What’s on your bucket list? Finishing the MBA, and in terms of hobbies I want to learn how to play the harmonica, travel to Australia, Africa and Alaska.

What can you not live without? God and my family.

What’s your favorite weekend activity? I love going out for walks at the ranch and spending time with my family including our two golden retrievers. I get to the spa as often as possible for some self-care which I highly recommend!

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Member Spotlight: Jodi Bird

"Jodi is instrumental in organizing events and helping people stay engaged with the chapter. She’s a great resource for all things marketing and can always be counted on for advice, industry knowledge, and a good laugh. Thanks for being an active member of SMPS Jodi!"
- Destiny Silva, Director of Programs and Education, SMPS Fort Worth

How did you get started in the A/E/C industry? Fell into it by accident. My background was Corporate Librarian – got hired to handle the Carter & Burgess photo library. The rest is history!

How long have you been a member of SMPS? What do you enjoy most about it? 11 years – joined when the Fort Worth Chapter started. Collaboration among marketers is what I enjoy most about SMPS.

What are your career goals? Take the CPSM exam in early 2020 and become certified.

Tell me about your new position at MLA. Director of Business Development – I wear both hats – Marketing and Business Development. Marshall Lancaster & Associates, Inc. (MLAI) is a Professional Land Survey firm located in Hurst, Texas. We are also a registered WBE and HUB firm.

What is the most valuable skill you learned early in your career? Networking! I think my network is one of my most valuable assets. Be open to meeting all kinds of new people – you never know who might be a great resource, even if you don’t think so at first.

What are you currently reading? Cracking the Leadership Code: Three Secrets to Building Strong Leaders by Alain Hunkins.

What’s your favorite restaurant in Fort Worth? It was the Bird Café ☹ I am very sad that it had to close.  

What’s on your bucket list? Traveling to Kentucky to visit Lane’s End and other famous Thoroughbred breeding farms.

What can you not live without? Coffee

What’s your favorite weekend activity? Events at the Historic Granbury Square (during non-pandemic times).

 

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Member Spotlight: Monica deLaGarza

Monica deLaGarza does it all – 40 Under 40; TCU Executive MBA class of 2022; member of SMPS, Leadership Fort Worth, PRSA; and board member for CREW Fort Worth – all in addition to her position as Director of Marketing and Communications at OWT Architects.
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Member Spotlight: Jodi Bird

Get to know Jodi Bird, Director of Business Development at Marshall Lancaster & Associates, and one of SMPS Fort Worth's first members.
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Meet the 2020-2021 Board of Directors!

Get to know a little more about this year's chapter leadership.
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Call for Nominations: 2020-2021 Board of Directors

SMPS Fort Worth is now accepting nominations for positions on the Board of Directors for the term beginning September 1, 2020.
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Learning Opportunity: FREE Webinars from SMPS HQ with PROMO CODE

ICYMI: Take advantage of $1000 savings AND earn CPUs with webinars from SMPS HQ, but you must register by May 31!
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SMPS Fort Worth Update: COVID-19 Response


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February 2020 Event: BD Demystified

Big thanks to Lynn Ducas and Andrea Pender for sharing their knowledge and experience with SMPS Fort Worth in February 2020!
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2019-2020 SMPS Fort Worth Board of Directors

The Board is dedicating this year to engaging our membership in participating in new and effective ways. SMPS Fort Worth just celebrated our 10th anniversary and will be unveiling new programs and special events in the upcoming year.
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Event Recap: Steer Style Bingo 2017

Thursday, October 19, professionals and community leaders from across the area attended SMPS Fort Worth’s second Steer Style Bingo event, benefiting the Fort Worth Herd and the SMPS Fort Worth Scholarship Program.
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Event Recap: Steer Style Bingo 2016

August 25 marked the first annual Steer Style Bingo event where professionals and community leaders participated a fantastic event that benefited the Fort Worth Herd and the SMPS Fort Worth Scholarship Program.
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