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Posted By Administration, Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, February 12, 2019

“It is not a lack of resources; it is a lack of resourcefulness that creates many roadblocks.” The wise words of my first boss that has played a thousand times in my mind since hearing it for the first time over two decades ago. The lessons we learn from mentors that stick with us throughout our career is often priceless. 

Certainly, this was one message that prompted my pragmatic and analytical approach to resolving problems.   In advance to making informed decisions that I must stand behind, I aim to ensure that I am turning over the "appropriate amount of stones" to arrive at the best choice for the team and ultimately our firm. Of course, research takes time, especially when the paralysis by analysis kicks in. Google will only tell you so much. However, I have found much solace in reaching out to others who do what I do, within the same industry, every day.  Since 2010, the information that I have received from SDA members has saved me time, money and provides a higher degree of confirmation that I am on the right track to making well-informed decisions. Let me share a recent example with you. On Social Link, I posted a question about a new tax law called the Qualified Business Income Deduction (QBI), that I and our CFO were having a hard time understanding. I did some minor research and concluded it would take days if not weeks to do enough research to lay it all out for our team in a meaningful manner. Within a day or so of my post, Sarah Wallace FSDA, LEED Green Associate, shared with me an entire presentation on the subject. It answered most questions we had on the QBI deduction. Her quick response and the information she shared saved me hours, which equates to money, and helped our finance team make a knowledgeable decision on how to move forward with our end of year tax planning strategies. 

What a fantastic and valuable resource we are to each other, and each other’s firms. Over the years, my most valued asset in my resourceful tool-box is SDA and the members we represent. I’d encourage you to embrace this aspect of the SDA experience. Being backed up by the knowledge of hundreds of business professionals in the A/E/C industry is a win-win for your professional development, building your credibility, and ultimately helping advance your firm. Thank you, SDA!



Brooke Simcik, CDFA is the Business Manager for VAI Architects Incorporated in Dallas, Texas.

She currently SDA 2018-2019 National President-Elect

Tags:  Resourcefulness  SDA  Society for Design Administration 

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Anne McNeely, CDFA says...
Posted Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Well said! It feels good to know that we have each other's backs and are hear to lift each other up to be successful. Thank you SDA!
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Anne McNeely, CDFA says...
Posted Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Please forgive that typo... i meant "here".
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Betsy Nickless, FSDA says...
Posted Tuesday, February 12, 2019
When you're a member of SDA, you get us!!
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Sarah Wallace, FSDA, LEED Green Associate says...
Posted Thursday, February 14, 2019
Thanks for the "Shout Out" Brooke! Glad i could help! I couldn't agree more with your post and know first hand that the SDA member Network has saved me time and my firm money. I encourage everyone to make the time to take a few minutes to review the Social Link and Forum posts weekly or even monthly and share back with everyone. Even though we are all super busy, those few minutes to share back are returned ten fold throughout your membership!
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