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Women in Construction
Haley Frazier started out as a project coordinator with a company who focused on renovating and developing large apartment complexes throughout the south. She says, "I loved the work and found it very rewarding and challenging. From there I knew I wanted to pursue a career in construction management."
I was working for a CPA in New Hampshire that had a niche in construction accounting and I had to work with all kinds of construction companies. When I decided to leave public accounting and go into the private sector, construction seemed like a good fit for me. Also, growing up in Connecticut, my dad owned a ceiling and drywall construction company, so he's very proud that I am at Denron now.
Construction offers a tangible outcome that will exist for years, decades, in some cases centuries. When you work in construction you have an opportunity to leave your mark on the world. Additionally, the work is always interesting with endless opportunities for growth and development. As a military spouse I moved often so I am thankful the skills I have developed in construction are transferable.
Coryn Brosnan has been in the staffing industry for 22 years and says that skilled trades staffing is the most rewarding field she been a part of. "Peopleready Skilled Trades is a company that treats their employees amazing. Opportunity for growth and professional development are always available. We take pride in partnering with construction companies to help them grow".
To women considering a career in construction, Majken Poley, Project Manager with ReArch Company, would say, don't be afraid to put yourself out there. "It can sometimes feel pretty male dominant, but don't let that hold you back. I have found so much support and respect in my role, regardless of my gender. More and more women are popping up in the industry, paving the way for the future of women in construction."
A career in the construction industry has always come natural to Michelle Trodella, Director of Operations Administration with Methuen Construction Co., Inc. "Growing up in a family of skilled mechanics and trade workers instilled an interest from a young age to not only love the visual and measurable accomplishments at the completion of a project, but also to embrace each step along the process as individual small achievements. Like many who have held the flashlight for their fathers while they worked on a project, that contribution albeit small was essential. Each individual role plays a part within the progression of the project progression and successful completion."
Kristen Peik with Alpine Environmental, Inc. appreciated the more tangible work that goes into the construction industry. "Even though I'm not working in a hands-on position, it's rewarding to see the end result of the work our company as a whole provides our clients."
Construction was not so much an industry Nicole Demers, Payroll Manager with Optiline Enterprises LLC. was looking for but more that she fell into and loved. "It was and still is a dream job...The projects we are on are always different and our team crushes it!"
Juliet Hadley graduated from Elon University with a double major in Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Management. After graduating she joined the family business, Pella Windows & Doors of New England, as a Marketing & Business Development Associate. She enjoys many things about her career, but, she says, “working with my family members (dad, sister, brother-in-law) is something I will cherish for the rest of my life.”
Megan Butcher, Project Manager with Fulcrum Associates, sees construction as a unique opportunity to meet and interact with many different types of people and problems. "No single day is the same as the last and there are always things changing and new things to learn. The industry as a whole is at a point where it is no longer moving in the direction of how it has always been but seeing major innovation in every aspect from how the work is actually implemented to how projects are managed."