Jenny Hughes

Marketing Manager

Specialty

Higher Education

Location

Lawrence

Contact

P 785.727.2415

Jenny brings a can-do attitude and an appreciation for architectural beauty to her role as marketing manager for the Higher Education studio.

She has decades of experience managing marketing campaigns and community relations, adding value to external and internal content, branding, local media relations, and events. She expertly cultivates relationships with colleagues, clients, and vendors to effectively plan and execute projects,  all with a keen eye for design.

Jenny was raised in the countryside of Northeast Iowa by her parents, who instilled their work-hard, play-hard ethics in her and her older brothers.

That “can-do” attitude to persevere has helped her in many situations. Following the KCU Weaver Auditorium project, she thought flying with a hired photographer and piloting over downtown Kansas City to take finished project photos would be fun. Flying doesn’t usually bother her, but hot outdoor temps + open windows (no AC) + 3-seat plane + tall buildings nearby = queasy Jenny. She managed to tough it out and is now thankful for drone photography!

One of the accomplishments she’s most proud of is growing a career in marketing and communications across various industries while raising two daughters. Off the clock, she  enjoys spending time with her two rescued dogs, being outdoors, landscaping, and visiting family out of state.

Get to know Jenny

Who is your biggest hero and why?

My dad is my biggest hero. While working at John Deere during his career, he self-taught himself to remodel apartments (sweat equity) and restore cars (for fun and to enter in car shows). He did all of this without a mentor and long before the internet or DIY videos! He passed that knowledge and can-do attitude to my brothers and me. At 83, he still works on muscle cars in IA and AZ and is my #1 fix-it-guy when visiting KS.

What is your advice to young professionals in your field?

Be confident in yourself, don’t be afraid to share your ideas or opinions, and find a good mentor. Seek out leaders in your firm who recognize talent and teach staff, and your career growth will come automatically.

What is the best part of your job?

My favorite thing about doing marketing & BD in the AEC industry is experiencing the transition of work – from a capture plan, to an RFQ or RFP, interacting with different people across the firm, and then later promoting the finished project. For me, it’s very rewarding to see how a project is making a positive and sustainable impact on a community.