When Susan isn't managing some of the biggest Capital Improvement projects in League City, she's on her bike, swimming, or running to prepare for a triathlon. Did we mention she's also a wife and mom? Get to know her and how she manages her time to do it all.
What is your title and what do you do?
I’m a Senior Project Manager. My goal is to deliver on the City’s CIP from project inception all the way to construction. I work on projects like Calder Road, the FM 518 hike and bike trail, League City Parkway and Brittany Lakes intersection improvements, those are the big ones.
How did you become Project Manager?
I’ve been working for the City for just over a year. I’m from St Louis Missouri. I went to the University of Michigan, bounced all over the Midwest, then worked for 10 years in Chicago before moving here. I had 15 years of engineering experience in the private sector and wanted something different. I saw the tremendous growth in the city and thought they could use help and applied for the position!
Does your job get stressful at times?
(Laughs) I think the most challenging part has been trying to make sure that residents know that we hear their concerns and that were doing the best to address them. It gets a little hard knowing that some people get frustrated at times, but we hope that the finished product is something that they’re happy and satisfied with.
Favorite part about your job?
I like meeting with the residents and getting to put a face to a name, they get to put my face to a name and getting to personally interact with them so that they know we are genuinely listening to what they want and that we are taking their concerns and feedback and trying to implement them into our CIP.
You like to run, tell us about that.
I come from a running background but I mostly do triathlons now, swimming biking and running. That’s really where my little free time is spent, training and racing. I train every day pretty much when my schedule and energy levels allow it. I also have a daughter, Madeleine and she’s 7, and my husband is in the Coast Guard, he’s stationed away in Lake Charles, Louisiana. I’m a single parent during the week, so when I’m not working it’s all about Maddie!
How did you start competing in triathlons?
I did my first one in 2012. It went better than expected, I was really nervous, I wasn’t a strong swimmer but I made it through and I wasn’t the last person to finish! It’s something I enjoy doing and helps me manage stress. My husband runs too and I think it’s a good example to my daughter. It shows her time management skills and shows her that if you really want something, you can find a way to fit it in and make it happen no matter your schedule.
What has been your best race?
The one I’m most proud of is one I did last year, it was a half IRONMAN race in Conroe and I had a bike wreck 42 miles into the race. I gouged my knee, got eaten up by ants and fell in a patch of poison ivy, but I finished with a decent time! That experience was self-affirming and made me realize I was tougher than I thought I was.
Any advice for someone who wants to run a triathlon or start running?
I think the hardest part is getting started. My husband had been doing them since 2005 and I didn’t do them until 2012. I was interested in trying them, but didn’t have the courage. I didn’t want my daughter to live a limited life out of fear, so I did it to show her that even though you’re scared to do something, it doesn’t mean you can’t do it.
Do you have any goals you want to accomplish?
I signed up to do IRONMAN Texas this year but I got injured, I'm currently doing physical therapy to recover. My goal is to stay healthy so I can compete next year.