By Beau Ryan, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Although you may have yet to meet Melissa Showers in person, there’s a good chance you’ve seen her amazing work. Her skills in commercial graphic design and her knowledge of the Texas markets are essential to helping market Rockspring’s properties in select media channels as well as build colorful and eye catching presentations and brochures that are used by the firm’s investment team.
A graduate of the Art Institute of Houston, Melissa’s works help illuminate the firm in several ways and we’d like to now shine light on her with this Q&A.
How did you start working with Rockspring?
I initially joined the firm in 2011 to assist the real estate division in marketing properties and then was quickly snagged by managing director Jim Hynes to do “one project” for the capital raise division…and so a second adventure began. I am now marketing director for both teams.
What’s your primary role?
I design and create all the marketing tools used to sell real estate and raise capital, including website design, magazine ads, investor presentations, videos, company brochures, eblasts, and more.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Helping to make capital raise an exciting venture and keeping the potential investor engaged when they are hit with pages of financial information. Marketing tools are constantly evolving, and so I find it compelling when I get to marry current art trends with the professionalism of the financial world. Rockspring gives me the creative freedom to continue to expand my horizons.
Tell us about your career before Rockspring.
Before Rockspring, I handled marketing for Arcan Engineering, an international consultancy company well known globally for its achievements in feasibility studies, basic and detailed engineering, and more. I also worked for several small real estate firms where I focused on branding and advertising. I’ve also done freelance commercial graphic design for more than 15 years with a variety of clients in Houston and New York.
What do you like to do on your spare time?
My skills are also my passion. I have been drawing and painting since I could pick up a brush at 3-years old and never stopped. It has truly helped me become a better graphic designer and opened up my creative passions to the fullest.
I also love the outdoors, especially the Texas Hill Country. My two sons and I are true explorers as we’re always looking for our next adventure.
What’s your favorite thing about the office culture?
It truly feels like a family here. We all help each other grow and the energy at the office is always light-hearted and down to earth. We work hard and play hard.
Art by Melissa Showers – Pictured left to right, A Diamond in Prospect Park (2016), Gazing (2015)