Staff: Office-staffer brings creative arts background to bear

Veteran part-time Office Manager Betsy Preston understands how CNH ticks and is energized by the continuous learning required in the fast-moving architectural field.
“It is a place where everyone is treated with trust and respect,” said Preston, “a great place to work.”

Early in her 13-year span with the firm, she took care of delivery details for architectural plans and submittals. These went by courier and U.S. Mail. The transition to digital communications has streamlined the process and eliminated the need for bulky shipments. Her responsibilities have moved into marketing activities, preparing proposals and utilizing her graphic design and Photoshop skills.

Preston appreciates the flexibility with work hours and the group’s teamwork to meet deadlines. Other pluses include monthly CNH meetings over lunch and a few happy hours here and there.

With a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, she is an avid photographer. Preston’s skills have proven valuable with some architectural projects and she’s applied her talents to desktop publishing.

She regularly attends travel photography workshops to advance her skills. Preston recently returned from her second trip to Vietnam. Eclectic in her hobbies, she plays the trombone with the Minneapolis police swing and concert bands, and volunteers to shoot photos for Make-A-Wish-Foundation special events. A resident of Minneapolis, Preston is a perennial volunteer at her church and a member of the Minnesota Knitters Guild.

She also has two grown sons with careers of their own.

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