Member Spotlight - Noele Pennington

May 4, 2021
Noele Pennington
Marketing Coordinator
Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company
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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/noele-pennington-a8701a125/

Professional Background: 
I’ve been with Hathaway Dinwiddie for over two years and serve as Marketing Coordinator for the Special Projects Division. My day-to-day activities involve responding to RFP/RFQs and introductory packages, as well as update and maintain our opportunity and business development tracking lists, and other internal marketing items. Prior to joining the AEC industry, I worked with children and pursued becoming a teacher. I love working with children, but now that I’ve found my calling in business, it has become a true passion of mine. I always joke that when I retire, I’ll go back and teach. 

CREW SF Background: 
In 2019, my colleague and fellow CREW SF member, Arami Matevosyan, brought me to a Membership Madness event, and I learned all about what CREW has to offer. She introduced me to Samantha Low and they both nudged me in the right direction. My first position with CREW SF was UCREW Program Director, where I strived to educate young women about all the different sectors within commercial real estate and possible career paths. In 2020, I took on my second role as Vice Chair to the Community Affairs Committee and helped Chair Heather Trimble build on the committee’s established success. Our group is working hard to bring the golf tournament to fruition this year and expand the chapter’s community outreach efforts. Toward this end, we have been working with Girls Inc. and Girl Scouts of America to bring volunteer opportunities to our chapter and educate young women. I also brokered a partnership with Brandman University to provide CREW SF members discounts on education courses and degrees. The program launched in January 2021 and is gaining traction as we work to build chapter awareness. Now in 2021, I am honored to be a part of the Governance Committee, working to select our next group of board members.

Q&A: 
1. What do you like most about your job and/or industry?
There are periods of chaos, but one of my favorite parts about the job is the rush when I am down to the wire and get a proposal out on time. I live for the adrenaline, I guess! I also love the feeling of success when I find out that we are awarded a project.

2. What advice do you want to give a new CREW SF member?
Get involved! One of the first things I learned is: you get out of CREW what you put into it. Even if you just sit in on a committee or volunteer to help with an event, all of it counts. It is the most supportive and open community I have ever been a part of – everyone wants to see you succeed and will do what they can to make it happen.

3. What has been the highlight during your membership with CREW SF?
I value the relationships that I’ve developed and cultivated. I have and expanded network of trusted allies who support my professional journey and progression, and they have all taught me so much; I truly take it to heart.

4. How has CREW SF benefitted you personally and/or professionally?
Due to my multiple positions within the CREW SF chapter, I have learned to be my own biggest supporter, and that I can handle more than I expected. We were given so many opportunities to attend virtual events last year that helped us develop ourselves and think deeper into who we are, what we want and how we can plan on getting there.

5. What do you like to do in your spare time?
If I am not spending time with friends and family, I can be found spending time outdoors or reading a book during my spare time.

6. What’s a fun fact that you’d like to share about yourself?
I’ve been snowboarding since I was about 4 years old, and I love shredding in the mountains as much as I can. It’s one of my ultimate happy places - even when I return exhausted and sore!