Board Member Spotlight for December 2020
Job Title: Business Development Manager/Project Manager
Organization: Johnson, Mirmiran, & Thompson, Inc.What is your job in 25 words or less?
My job has two key components: 1. Develop a business development and marketing strategy for JMT in Colorado, and 2. Pursue, lead, and manage new and ongoing projects.
AWRA Member for # years: 3 yearsPosition held in AWRA:
What is your hometown? Castle Rock, COWhat is one thing you like to do for fun?
In normal years I do a lot of triathlons (mostly Olympic and 70.3 distances) but I generally enjoy any opportunity to get into the woods backpacking, skiing, canoeing, etc. My favorite non-active thing to do is knit. I design and knit everything and anything you could imagine (sweaters, hats, mittens, scarves, and cuddly stuffed animals).
I have been in the water industry since 2007. No specific moment sparked my interest in this field. Reflecting on this I believe I was always interested in water and that this interest was heightened in graduate school.
I wish that I had known that it was possible to maintain my passions outside of work while continuing to develop professionally. For too long I prioritized work over my personal passions and maxed out my PTO. I learned many years into my career the importance of taking time off and maintaining other interests. It makes me better in all aspects of my life, not just my career.
Right now I am working supporting clients in their compliance with America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA). AWIA requires that all water providers that serve a population of 3,000 or greater certify with the US EPA the completion of a risk and resilience assessment of their critical assets, and update or create an emergency response plan. I’ve enjoyed working with clients through this process, learning more about their systems, and facilitating their internal conversations.
I think Colorado is going to continue to see a trend of collaboration between water providers to create additional efficiencies within their financial and physical infrastructure.