Member Spotlight Erin Hooper Director, Board Liaison to Programs Committee

July 14, 2020
Written by: CREW Detroit
This week’s Spotlight is on Erin Hooper, Business Development Specialist for Stantec.  Erin also serves as the Board Liaison to CREW Detroit’s Programs Committee. With her assistance in leadership, the Programs Committee plans and coordinates various events throughout the year. These events are centered on topics that matter to the commercial real estate industry. The Programs Committee aims to provide provoking, relevant and helpful content to our members and CRE professionals at exciting venues throughout Metro Detroit.

Why did you join CREW? And how long have you been in CREW? 
New to the industry at the time, I joined CREW Detroit in 2011 to get to know and engage with AEC peers while becoming more immersed in Detroit commercial real estate.

What advice would you give a new Member? 
Join a committee and be an active participant. It is hands down the best way to get involved, realize membership benefit potential, and get to know your peers (and idols!) in the industry.

Why is CREW important to you? To your company? 
CREW Detroit is important for me as a sales and marketing professional for architecture services. It exposes me to various industry trends, fosters introductions I normally wouldn’t make, and offers various opportunities to elevate my company’s brand.

What has CREW done for you? Personally and Professionally? 
My career would look much different if it wasn’t for CREW Detroit. Thanks to connections I’ve made in the chapter, the professional role I have today is exponentially superior to the role I had when I first joined. Not to mention, I’ve met lifelong friends and important professional relationships through this organization.  

Can you share a #crewsuccess story? Job Opportunity? Project Opportunity? 
In 2016 I was at a crossroads with my employer – opportunities for growth were lacking and the work-life balance was not sustainable for me at the time. By simply reaching out to a few colleagues within the chapter, I was able to articulate my professional interests and skillset and, in short, find an opportunity that was a much better fit.

3 things I wish I had known to elevate my professional career. An accurate value of my skillset. The power of speaking up. To explore more than just upward opportunities; those that present on the sides may offer benefits not considered before.
How have you been involved in CREW? Committees; Board? Nine years. I started attending CREW events before becoming a member. I joined a committee the moment my application was accepted.
Who was your CREW Sponsor and how did they impact your experience within CREW? 
Dannis Mitchell. She took me to my first few CREW events and convinced me to join. 

How would you describe your leadership style and/or key attributes of your professional strengths? 
I’m in the mud with my team. In order to be an effective leader, one should be intimately familiar with the roles of her team and the challenges they face. 

What is your favorite quote? 
“I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.” – Scout/Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird