Member Spotlight: Juan Coronel

How do you maximize your SMPS membership? (how are you involved in the chapter, what would you recommend other members get involved in, etc.)

As an SMPS member, I do my best to stay engaged with the Oregon chapter as much as possible. I attend events, roundtables, and I am currently the Media Relations Manager with the Communications Committee. I take every opportunity possible to learn from the members of the chapter, and to connect with like-minded professionals of the A/E/C industry. I would recommend members and professionals of the A/E/C industry to get involved in SMPS any way they can. There are all sorts of networking and educational opportunities to further your knowledge in the construction industry.

What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

As a young leader, I was encouraged by a mentor to not only focus on accomplishing tasks, but to focus on taking care of the community as well. If we succeed at our task, but the morale of the community is depleted, then we have not fully succeeded as leaders. The health and welfare of the people is far more important than the task at hand. This belief has become a key component to not only my career, but my life as well.

What is the bravest thing you have ever done?

I believe the bravest thing I ever did was joining the United States Military. It was right after September 11th, 2001, and I was only 18 years old. It was one of the hardest decisions I ever made; I was not only scared but honored at the same time. I learned a lot about working as a team, and even more about overcoming obstacles. Some of my best memories come from my time in the Military.

What is your favorite local restaurant?

In Beaverton there is a restaurant on Cedar Hills called La Sen, and they have an excellent bowl of vegetable pho. If you’re going to try it out, then I would suggest asking for extra fried onions; it enhances the flavor and keeps me coming back for more!!

What is a recent book that you have enjoyed? Why?

I recently read a great book by Ray Dalio called Principles. Ray Dalio is a hedge fund manager and the founder of Bridgewater Associates. In the book he talks a lot about economics and economic prediction. He also speaks about growth and common principles of highly productive individuals. There is a lot of great information in his book, and it was easy to see the value in its paragraphs.

“It is far more common for people to allow ego to stand in the way of learning.” - Ray Dalio, Principles

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  1. marlene coronel

    Jun. 29, 2020

    great advice...any community could gain from stepping up to the task of improving their area of this's people like you who help to make a difference..thanks for your contributions.


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