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Honor Roll
by avoiding the commute.
And, in fact, by saving 40 minutes
of commuting time each
way each day, Boutte was
able to rediscover his passion
for playing the guitar. Having
that time to be outside at the
beach and make music with
his friends is invaluable.
Boutte is very socially
conscious. During the pandemic,
to support those in
the Los Angeles community,
he joined Water Drop LA, a
volunteer organization that
delivers water weekly to Skid
Row residents. The group
provides clean drinking water
to people experiencing homelessness
and others who face
water insecurity. Boutte has
volunteered with the organization
for the past year, and it
has brought him closer to the
community he lives in; it's also
been an avenue to develop
great friendships. What's
more, he is a leader of Arup's
Los Angeles EDI (Equity, Diversity
and Inclusion) group,
helping to promote inclusion
and combat bias. Boutte
hopes to play a larger role in
our industry's diversity efforts
in the years ahead.
Connect with Boutte on
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/
matthew-boutte-629695122.
Under 30
Kelsey Mayhew,
senior audiovisual
project manager at
Jaros, Baum & Bolles
(JB&B) - New York
Brooklyn has the largest population
of the five boroughs
of New York. And, when the
COVID-19 pandemic hit, it
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Immediately Recruited
The thought of a global pandemic
was the furthest thing
from Mayhew's mind when,
in 2016, she graduated from
Stevens Institute of Technology
with a major of music
technology and a minor in
theater and technology. She
was immediately recruited
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by her friend to work as an
AV design engineer at AV
consulting firm JB&B in New
York. Right around when the
pandemic hit, Mayhew was
promoted to senior AV project
manager. Now, she finds
herself helping to train new
employees virtually.
seemed as if that population
doubled. That is when Kelsey
Mayhew of Jaros, Baum &
Bolles (JB&B) decided to leave
Brooklyn in search of her own
space. She found a new home
in Stamford, Conn., and her
new roommate became an
adventurous cat, Finnegan,
who loves to climb on ceiling
beams during her video calls.
Working from home has
been a positive experience for
Mayhew. She found that she
had less anxiety about commuting
to/from New York, and
the time she gained from not
commuting empowered her
to become healthier and more
fulfilled personally. Working
from home enabled Mayhew
to take up running, baking and
needlepoint. " Working from
home made me realize what
makes me happy as a person, "
she explains. " What I need
to do daily to feel accomplished
involves personal and
work tasks to be that happy
human. "
The New WFH Reality
JB&B quickly worked out
internal processes and procedures
to help adapt to the
new work-from-home reality,
but, at the very beginning,
it was a tough transition,
Mayhew admits. That tough
transition was certainly not
isolated to JB&B, however;
the industry in general had to
catch up. But once workflows
were changed and everyone
got on board with the new
processes and routines, business
ramped up quickly. The
new workflows even revealed
some new efficiencies in
commissioning projects and
interactions with AV integrators,
and those will continue
beyond the pandemic years.
Mayhew acknowledges that
JB&B largely has a younger
crowd of employees, and
she found herself missing
in-office social interaction and
quick, impromptu catchup
conversations. But Mayhew
found other ways to maintain
that in-office camaraderie -
namely, utilizing collaboration
tools like Zoom and Teams to
collaborate on projects and
have impromptu meetups.
Virtual learning has also
proved helpful to Mayhew.
Mayhew's newly found focus
time - time made available
by the absence of a commute
-empowers her to embrace
work-skills development, including
learning Revit. What's
more, conducting meetings
in her own space has grown
her confidence. She finds virtual
meetings less intimidating
and easier to conduct as
compared to in-person " suits
versus me " types of meetings.
Nonetheless, virtual
events did lead to burnout,
so Mayhew has enjoyed the
change of going back to
in-person networking events
like InfoComm. But the virtues
of in-person gatherings
notwithstanding, Mayhew
believes that we'll never get
100% of people back into
the office. And those who do
come back will need different
office experiences; this will
manifest in more soft seating
spaces and more spaces for
collaboration. From her point
of view, the office space used
to be so formal; these days,
that is not what people are
looking for anymore. Clients
are refreshing their spaces
to accommodate this new
informality.
Connect with Mayhew
on LinkedIn: linkedin.
com/in/kelsey-mayhewcts-28229590.
30
to 50
Michael Bridwell,
vice president,
commercial sales at
Sonance - Decatur, Ga.
You fly to Las Vegas to attend
our industry's largest trade
show, and you don't even
make it out of your hotel
room.... What did not stay in
Vegas was COVID-19, and,
sadly, Bridwell got sick before
this year's show even started.
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