New Member Spotlight: Melissa Hodge, Business Development Manager

New Member Spotlight: Melissa Hodge, Business Development Manager

Melissa joined HRV, Inc. as Business Development Manager in May 2016 with 20-plus years of business experience in several industries, including oil & gas, safety and security, automotive manufacturing and transit/transportation. Her diverse business management background and expansive network of industry connections provides insight, direction and continuity. Specifically, Melissa’s expertise in operations management, employee relations, client satisfaction, occupational health and safety, and account management aligns with her position and HRV, Inc.’s strategic growth approach and the manner in which it develops lasting professional relationships. Committee positions within the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce (PAACC), Greater Pittsburgh Honorary Commanders Association, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), and Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) are but a few of the community involvement activities on which Melissa focuses. She has held Committee Chair, Board, and Executive Board leadership positions in many of these organizations, as well as received the PAACC’s 2013 Ambassador of the Year award and the 2015 Sally Award for Exceptional Community Leadership. Melissa attended Douglas School of Business and Robert Morris University for her degree in Business Administration/Accounting.

What to know more about Melissa?

Why did you join SMPS?

Being new to the AEC industry, I looked at SMPS as an organization that offered great networking opportunities, as well as educational benefits to assist me in bridging the gap in my experience and knowledge of the industry. It also offers me a way to give back to an industry organization at which I am committed to succeeding in. It aligns with one of my favorite quotes “No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.” – Calvin Coolidge

What SMPS events are you most looking forward to?

I am really looking forward to attending the SMPS Heartland Regional Conference here in Pittsburgh in April. I am also looking forward to attending my first #theAECsofmarketing program event to give me the opportunity to meet everyone face to face that I have been working with. So far everyone I have talked with and met have been wonderful.

 What do you do in your free time?

A huge fan of anything outdoors, I am constantly on the go enjoying kayaking, hiking, biking, as well as sportsmanship activities such as archery and target shooting. I love to travel both locally and abroad, experiencing new cultures, food and sights. I reside in Findlay Township with my husband Chris, son Jeremiah and their cat Summer.

 People would be surprised to know that…

Coming from a background working in the field and on a plant floor .. I am more comfortable with wearing a hard hat, steel toed boots and an FR jumpsuit, then dressing up in a business suit.

Melissa is now a member of SMPS Pittsburgh Communications Committee. Welcome!

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