After 20 years in Architecture and Design industry, Dana Taylor has final found a position that encompasses her passions for architecture, business and building relationships. Meet the new Business Development Manager of SJCF Architecture.
SMPS: Are you a Wichita native?
Dana: Yes, I started out in Wichita as a kid and we moved to Butler County while I was still in elementary school. I graduated from Circle High School but because my dad had always had his own business in Wichita, I’ve always had a strong connection with Wichita and the community here.
SMPS: Where did you go to college? Degree?
Dana: K-State. Interior Architecture.
Dana: Watching my kids grow up while attending their school and sporting events, spending quality time with my friends and family and if there’s any time left, watching a good K-State football game is always great too.
SMPS: What’s your favorite kind of music?
Dana: Country / Christian
SMPS: And your favorite meal?
Dana: …anytime someone cooks for me is usually my favorite food! Though, if I had to narrow it down, it would be my fiancés grilled steak with seasoned and grilled yellow squash or my dad’s smoked BBQ ribs & brisket with my mom’s sweet potatoes and corn casserole.
SMPS: What do you like about living in Wichita?
Dana: I love living in Wichita because of the size and I’m close to family. Wichita isn’t too big that you never run into a familiar face. Yet, it’s not too small that you’re always running into the same familiar faces. There’s a lot of great talent and opportunities here, and I’m continually discovering new and different things that I have yet to experience around here.
SMPS: Are you married, any kids or pets?
Dana: I’m engaged and I have 2 daughters, ages 17 and 13. We have 1 dog and 1 geriatric cat…
SMPS: Tell us a little about your position at SJCF Architecture.
Dana: Business Development Manager – I’m new to SJCF as of April of this year and it’s been a great fit for me! My new position has allowed me to combine my passions for architecture, business and building relationships all into one. My role entails managing new business opportunities, developing client & employee relations and overseeing the marketing and corporate identity of the firm.
SMPS: Where did you work before SJCF?
Dana: I’ve been in the Architecture and Design industry for almost 20 years. Before SJCF I had various roles including: Design Consultant / Interior Architect / Marketing Coordinator. I’ve worked at PBA Architects, Howard and Helmer Architects and have also been an independent business owner.