We're happy to announce the 2018 Individual Award nominees. The Individual Awards allow us to recognize and honor outstanding members of the A/E/C industry who are making an impact in the community.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD NOMINEES
The Community Service Award recognizes an individual of the Austin A/E/C industry who continually demonstrates and promotes volunteerism within the community. The nominees include:
Priscilla is a director of business development for Kitchell Contractors. Priscilla was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, and after graduating from high school, she attended the University of Texas at San Antoni, where she was a cheerleader and pledged the sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi. It was through AOII that her community service involvement began, as she was active in the National Philanthropy for the Arthritis Research Foundation. Since then, Priscilla has been an active member of the A/E/C industry for over 16 years and has continued her community service with the support of her family and colleagues. Priscilla is active in the Austin Area Food Bank, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Austin Pets Alive, the Arthritis Research Foundation, the American Heart Association (where she is on the executive leadership team for the annual Heart Ball), and most recently, she has applied for a volunteer opportunity at St. David’s North Campus.
RYAN THERRELL, LEED AP
Ryan is the director of business development for The Beck Group’s Austin regional office. He focuses on client development and retention and has been responsible for over $1 billion in project wins since 2012. After graduating from Texas A&M University, Ryan worked in the field on Beck’s construction projects for over eight years before transitioning to a business development role. A native Austinite, Ryan is immersed in the community with active participation in a number of local organizations, including the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Dell Children’s Trust, the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA), and the San Gabriel Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association. He serves as the chairman of Momentum, the economic development partnership between the chamber, the City of Round Rock, and private businesses; on the executive committee and board of directors of the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce; and as the vice chairman of the Austin chapter of Associated General Contractors.
DANIEL WOODROFFE, PLA
Daniel Woodroffe is the design director, president, and founder of dwg. In a little more than seven years, the studio has grown to a staff of 20 experts in landscape architecture, urban design, master planning and sustainable infrastructure. dwg. attributes this success to innovation and design excellence, which has forged a solid reputation for thinking out of the box, working collaboratively, and building long-lasting relationships. These skillsets are compounded by the firm’s passion for community involvement and leadership – traits that Daniel exemplifies daily. Daniel was recently appointed to the board of directors for the Austin chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as an at-large member to raise awareness of the value of architecture and broaden the influence of architects and urban designers. He is also serving on the search committee for the new professor of Landscape Architecture at UTSOA and is one of a founding board member for the newly-formed Downtown Austin Alliance Parks board.
LEADERSHIP AWARD NOMINEES
The Leadership Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates consistent, driven leadership that impacts their firm and the Austin A/E/C industry as a whole. This person goes out of their way to mentor less-seasoned members of the industry in an effort to create and support the next generation. The nominees include:
JANKI DEPALMA, LEED AP, CPSM
Janki DePalma, LEED AP, CPSM is an associate at DCI Engineers and leads the business development efforts for the firm’s Austin and Denver offices. She has served as a leader in many local industry organizations in the following roles: RECA District Team co-lead, ULI’s Women’s Leadership Initiative Steering Committee member, ULI Next South Flight chair, and SMPS Education Committee member. She also co-founded a local women’s networking organization, SheSuite (formerly MurderClub) to help women network in the commercial real estate industry. Thanks to a close friend, Janki volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House Charity of Central Texas as a member of the Bandana Ball Committee. She was appointed to the City of Austin’s Asian American Quality of Life Commission and Austin ISD’s Citizens Bond Oversight Committee. In her spare time, Janki enjoys volunteering at Baldwin Elementary School as a coach for Math Pentathlon, a coordinator for the First Lego League Robotics Team, and as a one-on-one adult/child reading specialist.
Debbie Warner started her career in the A/E/C industry in 1996. She has worked for a nationally-recognized architecture firm as well as spending over 18 years with MWM DesignGroup. In 2010, Debbie took a short break to start her family, returning to the industry in 2013. During her time at MWM DesignGroup, she quickly rose the ranks into management and leadership roles in marketing and administration, starting as a bookkeeping assistant, moving to marketing coordinator, and recently becoming a shareholder, elevating to the position of principal and vice president in November 2017. Debbie is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive internal and external marketing plan, while managing the entire business development process. Debbie is also passionate about promoting the firm’s corporate culture, which makes MWM such a great place to work. Her ability to realize the vision and mission of the company, while promoting an overall sense of team work, is a true asset to the firm.
TRICIA WILLIAMSON, CPSM
Tricia began her career as a financial planner but quickly realized she enjoyed selling people’s skills over crunching numbers. She has spent the last 20 years focusing on professional services marketing and has held various in-house positions with smaller firms and Fortune 500 companies. She has worked as an independent consultant for over seven years and currently holds the position as the Central Texas team leader with Jacobs Engineering. She spent eight years on the SMPS Austin chapter board, serving in roles such as treasurer, sponsorship chair, president-elect, president, and past president. Quick to offer assistance regardless of the ask, she has been the keynote speaker for several SMPS lunch & learn programs and has been a Mentor for the SMPS Mentor Protégé program for the last three years. Tricia obtained her CPSM designation in 2010 and continues to serve as a leader, friend, and confidante to many across our industry. She also supports the A/E/C industry outside of SMPS through her role as committee chair for ULI Austin’s Real Estate Development Course and various volunteer positions through Commercial Real Estate Women and AIA Austin.
All winners will be announced at the Third Annual Black+White Bash on January 25, 2018 at the Eleanor. Submit and entry and purchase your tickets today!
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