Name a memorable piece of advice you received that
impacted your career in a positive way?
Growing up in a family of three girls with a father in law enforcement, I was lucky to receive quite a bit of advice. No matter what job I had at different stages of my life, I always remember my father saying, “treat the Janitor the same way you would treat the CEO.” I took this with me wherever I went, and it still sticks with me today.
When did you know Construction was right for you? And what advice would you give young women looking at a career in construction?
Throughout my life, I have been surrounded by family and friends in the construction industry. When it was time to launch TRM Concrete, I had the network and lifelong relationships in place to build the company with a solid foundation. TRM thrives from these relationships and its core group of people that bring out the best in each other to reach success. The advice I would share with all young females (including my younger self): be curious, lean in, and take a seat at the table even if you are the only female in the room. Lastly, have poise, humility, and let your personality shine.
To date what has been your most challenging project or situation in your construction role?
2020 was a hard year for everyone, and for TRM, it was the most challenging year. Covid-19 forced me to look at things from a different perspective. I had to change how my team and I worked overnight while also addressing business challenges to ensure we were flexible, but prepared and consistent, for anything that came up in the future. Making sure my employees were safe and protected was my number one priority. Luckily, they are an amazing team of employees and we were able to work through it together; I am fortunate to have them.
What do you find the biggest challenge with being a woman in construction?
Fortunately, I’ve come across many amazing people in the construction industry. People advised I would be met with challenges as a woman in construction. Of course, I come face to face with adversity some days, but for the most part, people are intrigued and interested in what I have to say about my work. I have been supported immensely as a woman in construction, and this is truly a sign of the times and advancement for women.
If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would you choose?
Who I am and who I have become has been a journey of learning and growing, which I can proudly say is a place that I’ve worked hard to get at and I wouldn’t change that for the world. I’d stay exactly where I am!