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Paula Balcius grew up in a construction family. Her dad was a self-employed mechanical contractor. Her youth was centered around the business. "It's just always been the industry I've had the most knowledge about. My brothers joined dad's business and it was always the topic of family dinners. Actually, it still is the topic most discussed at family dinners."
One of the most critical components to this industry is learning on the job, so find yourself a mentor who can genuinely help you pursue your ambitions. And as you move up and learn more each day, reach back and bring the next young, ambitious lady along with you.
When I was little, I spent many hours playing with a wonderful set of Legos®. I've had a fascination for the built environment since then. My career path, although far from construction, has developed in the built environment over the past 20 years and I've found a home in it. I may not swing a hammer or an excavator, but I enjoy showcasing the people, places, and projects that do and telling their story.
I love making meaningful connections with people. I try to lead with an honest approach to things. I connect with people and those connections have proven to be the best part of my job.
Cindy Cassavaugh enjoys participating in the building process. She says, "It is like watching the future unfold with every completed project."
I realized at a young age that traditional school was not how I learned. I needed my studies to be tangible in order for it to make sense. I did construction trades at the vocational school within my high school and after a 5 year break decided to go to college for construction management.
My father has owned our business since I was 1 year old. I grew up in the industry and have always had a passion for design, architecture, real estate and the process of construction. I feel like it is in my blood and the only industry I'm truly passionate about.
Kasey Tardif started as a laborer and obtained her OSHA 10 and not too long after got her OSHA 30. Then she started working in the safety aspect of her company and obtained her OSHA 500.
Kristin's advice or women considering a career in the construction industry – "Go for it! It is proving to be one of the most welcoming industries I've ever worked in."
Construction is a lucrative industry that will always be around, filled with complex and dynamic projects, several trades and career paths to choose from with options for remote, office, or field work.
I love construction. It is always a changing environment and we get to work with great and talented people. I learn something new in the world of safety every day.
Construction is an industry that allows diverse activities, provides an ever changing environment and people to interact with. It allows me to utilize my organizational skills and my love of people to develop and execute construction projects with a high sense of satisfaction at the completion. It is never boring.
You, just by being a woman, will bring a different dynamic to your interactions with subcontractors, vendors and teammates. That’s ok, different doesn’t mean less than or bad. Different just means not the same.
"There are many things I enjoy about my career, but if I had to pick one thing, it would probably be at the end of the project when we can compare the design with the finished product."
Shari Durazzano’s role in construction is in building membership at ABC where she can share resources like education, safety, training, and networking. One of her favorite aspects of that role is hearing about and seeing the amazing projects member companies have built.
For those who do not know me, my name is Matt Johnson and I am thrilled to be the 2021 chair of the the NH and Vt chapter of ABC. I am a construction attorney and practice at Devine Millimet in Manchester and have since 1997. I live in Bedford with my wife Gretchen and five kids, all of whom have been home so I am particularly looking forward to ABC events in 2021.
Thank you for your interest in attending the 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting and Board Induction. We look forward to seeing everyone’s faces on our screen Wednesday, January 13 at 3:00 pm.
ABC NH/VT is pleased to announce a new educational series that will provide important information about labor laws and compliance and their impact on contractors.
The New Hampshire Air National Guard is currently recruiting individuals to join the 157 Civil Engineer Squadron.
Joshua Reap, President & CEO of Associated Builders & Contractors NH/VT Chapter will Represent Builders on New Council
Associated Builders & Contractors New Hampshire Vermont Chapter (ABC) recognized the best of the best construction projects at the 22nd Annual “Excellence in Construction” awards program October 29th.
Join Associated Builders and Contractors of NH/VT on Thursday, October 29 at 3:00 p.m. as we celebrate the 2020 Excellence in Construction award recipients. The Excellence in Construction Awards celebration honors the region's most innovative and high quality construction projects, safety programs and diversity programs. This year we will honor 12 companies with 15 awards.
Associated Builders and Contractors, New Hampshire/Vermont Chapter (ABC) recognized 27 local companies and 34 individuals for their commitment to safety and leadership on and off the jobsite. Held on September 24th, the annual Construction Industry Safety Awards and Graduation Event recognized the safety records of top construction contractors in New Hampshire and Vermont in several categories. The event also served as graduation of 34 individuals from the association’s “Future Leaders in Construction” and Super Intendent programs.
Each year our members donate a variety of classroom supplies to help support our education and training opportunities. This year we are expanding the offer of “in-kind” sponsorships for our Future Leaders in Construction (FLiC) program.
Our Future Leaders in Construction (FLiC) program recognizes that the future of your company and the construction industry is dependent on effective leadership.