With two degrees in biology, Susan's first job was working as a chemist in a lab. Her greatest discovery? That she enjoyed the client interaction and sales side of the business. She returned to graduate school for an MBA and has worked in marketing and sales for technical professional services firms ever since. As SmithGroupJJR's Director of Marketing, Susan oversees all strategic corporate marketing initiatives, including the firm's client satisfaction program, website, corporate communications, and staff development of a large marketing team. "Don't be afraid of trying something new," she suggests. "And don't be afraid to ask questions. It shows you're interested and you learn." Perhaps working with architects was her destiny: Susan grew up in rural Wisconsin, near Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin. "I heard stories about him from my aunts and uncles," she recalls. "He was such a colorful character who reinvented himself several times over his career-the consummate marketer!"