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Expert Spotlight: Chelsea Bellay

Years at Nave Newell: 3 years (2 in business development, 1 in civil engineering department)

Current Role: Business Development

Expertise: I am Nave Newell’s Expert in Making Connections. I love meeting new people, getting to know about their business, and then introducing them to others in the industry to help them be successful.

Education: MS in Environmental Resource Management from Villanova University, and BS in Environmental Resource Management from Penn State University

How does your education and background as an engineer help in your current role? I have been able to lean on my experience in design and taking projects through approvals to guide new clients in the early stages of their project. I help them understand what to expect during the process by providing an estimated scope of work and preliminary project schedules.

Favorite Nave Newell Project: I enjoyed working on the St. Joseph’s University Master Plan project. The master planning process itself is so exciting, as it opens up all of the possibilities and potential for a site.

Favorite Nave Newell Way Fundamental: Fundamental #14 – Speak Straight – with respect, and in a way that keeps the action moving forward.

Family and Fun Facts

Family: Dan (husband), two mastiffs, Hyde and Tilly, and a barn cat named Pebbles

Childhood Dream Job: Bartender – was not as glamourous as I had imagined!

Hidden Talents: Painting and Plumbing

Favorite Way to Relax on a Weekend: Demolition

Favorite Vacation Destination: Cape Cod, MA

Favorite Book: Hidden Life of Trees, by Peter Wohleben

Professional Questions

What attracted you most to Nave Newell?

There was a point in time where I realized the day-to-day of civil engineering wasn’t where I wanted to go in my career. I left Nave Newell to make a transition. A few months later, there was an opportunity to come back in a business development role- I jumped at the chance to work with a great team of professionals and a company that’s really dedicated to their employees.

Who’s your mentor?

Greg Newell is a great mentor. I’m interested in residential real estate and investment and he always takes the time to share interesting information and tips with me. He’s very thoughtful – a trait I value and continuously try to embody.

What do you like most about your job?

I like being able to have an impact on the long-term growth and success of our company. A bonus is that I’m able to do this by meeting new people!

What are your goals for the next year?

I would love to bring a brewery project to Nave Newell. I can only imagine that it’s especially rewarding to have happy hour in a location you’ve helped bring to fruition!