Member Spotlight: Bruna Monzillo

Bruna Monzillo

Strategy Manager

Albert Kahn Associates

Number of Years in the AEC Industry:

How has SMPS membership been of value to you and your career?
One of the biggest challenges to starting a new operation from scratch, is developing this network database that is critical to business success. SMPS has greatly improved our connections, understanding of the market and new business opportunities.

How did you get started with your career?
I don’t have any background in sales or marketing. I am an architect and have developed my career towards Business Administration and Strategic Planning. I was part of Kahn’s office in Brazil and was invited to lead our efforts to build a new hub in Florida that would not only create a presence for our firm in the South, but also manage all projects in Latin America.

What excites you about your work and the contribution you make?
A position that involves Business Development is about connections and strategy for me, and I love combining both. I try to grow our network surrounding us with people and companies that share the same purpose we have. I believe in a market where good competition is encouraged and welcomed! Sharing and giving is the best way to grow in my opinion and that is my main goal.

What helpful tip(s) can you share with your fellow SMPS members?
I think a good tip is to always try to be out of your comfort zone. There is potential for greatness for those who put themselves out there with courage.

What are you currently watching on Netflix?
I am currently watching Abstract.

If you could visit anywhere in the world you have never been, where would you go?
I still haven't gone to Italy and my family from both sides are originally from there, so I would love to visit.

Do you have a secret talent? What is it?
My secret talent is crochet! Yes, I am an old lady.

What was your first real job?

You're a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
I love Burgundy, which is a dark red. It's a color with a lot of personality and boldness.

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