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May Lunch & Learn: Marketing & HR - Aligning the Two to Help Your Firm Win the Best Talent

As AEC marketers, many of us wear a multitude of hats in our day to day roles. More and more often, the responsibilities of marketing and human resources overlap, and sometimes unfortunately even collide. In our increasingly competitive marketplace, hiring the best and brightest talent requires fresh new approaches to talent acquisition. Having a strong brand is not only important to attract and win projects; it's also crucial for attracting and retaining the best employees. Join us for a presentation and discussion with three AEC marketers about the importance of aligning marketing and HR goals and learn from their experience collaborating between the two areas. Presenters include: Katie Harris, LEED AP, Director of Marketing at RVi Planning & Landscape Architecture; Amy Hageman, AEC Brand Ambassador; Erin Bettison, CPSM, Marketing Manager at The Beck Group

Space is limited to 35, so sign up soon.


Katie Harris, LEED AP
Director of Marketing, RVi Planning + Landscape Architecture

Katie Harris is a communications specialist with a passion for making things better today than they were yesterday.  Katie has worked in the AEC industry for over a decade, where she has provided leadership in many different areas – from marketing and business development to internal communications, recruiting, retention, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic business planning. As Director of Marketing at RVi, Katie is responsible for guiding the firm’s communications for all key constituencies, including clients, allied firms, employees, and the community. She also drives the firm’s overall marketing strategy, supports and guides the firm’s seller/doer team, and plays a key role in encouraging and nurturing creativity and innovation firm-wide.

Katie has an undergraduate degree in communications from UT Austin and an MBA from Concordia University. She is a Past President of the SMPS Austin Chapter and served on the SMPS Austin Board for 4 years. Katie has also volunteered and presented on the topic of marketing and business development for many local organizations, including AIA Austin, Texas Society of Architects, and SEAoT Austin.

Katie Harris RVi Planning Landscape Architecture 

Amy Hageman

For the last 5 years Amy Hageman directed all marketing and business development related functions for BIG RED DOG, and as they grew to over 100 people in 6 offices across the state, she teamed up with HR to help incorporate the BIG RED DOG brand into new recruiting and retention efforts. Her accessibility and proximity to HR and the CEO led to a faster execution of new ideas which helped to elevate BRD's efforts in recruiting new talent, as well as developing unique onboarding practices for both new and existing team members. 

Amy holds a B.A. in Business Administration from St. Edwards University, and she is active in many local professional organizations. She is currently the owner of TEXAS TINY POOLS, a smart pool option that creatively maximizes your backyard space with a sliding deck pool cover. 

Amy Hageman Texas Tiny Pools 

Erin Bettison Rapp, CPSM
Marketing Manager, The Beck Group

Erin Bettison Rapp is the Marketing Manager for The Beck Group, an integrated architecture and construction company. Erin has over 11 years of experience as an AEC marketer, and has worked with large and small architecture firms and general contractors. At Beck, she is responsible for deepening Beck's presence in the Austin market through innovative marketing and communications strategies. She is passionate about both external and internal communications and creating stories around projects and people that resonate with clients and firm employees.

Erin has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Houston and is a CPSM, Certified Professional Services Marketer. She is a graduate of the Leadership Austin Emerge Class of 2016, and currently serves as the Education Chair on the Board of SMPS Austin and on the Associate Board for Back on My Feet. 

Erin Bettison Rapp The Beck Group


May 2,
11:30am to 1:00pm
DPR Construction
9606 N Mopac Expy #300
Austin, TX 78759
United States
Members: $20; Non-Members: $35