The week of March 7-13, 2021 we recognize and celebrate Women in Construction Week (WIC) and the many women who work in and make important contributions to our industry every day! We are pleased to share the stories from many of the women who work and live in NH and VT. The project was created in partnership with I Build NH and NAWIC Granite State Chapter.
I wanted a long term career, not just a job. The construction industry is constantly evolving and I find that I’m continually learning. The construction industry is multifaceted in so many regards. I enjoy working with such a diverse group of individuals.
What is your education/training background?
I graduated from Plymouth State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. The courses I enjoyed the most were business and statistics related.
How did you find yourself working in the construction industry?
I started by working in an administrative role for a small equipment dealer. During my time there I began taking on additional duties in the finance office where I then began learning the different types of machines and their respective components. I was able to take the fundamental knowledge I learned there and apply it to other areas. I soon realized there was so much more to the industry and I was eager to learn more. Once I developed the knowledge and confidence, I was hooked.
When I made the transition to Nortrax and joined their sales team, I was able to fine tune my skill set. At Nortrax, I’m responsible for working directly with our Territory Managers to configure and price machines for the end user.
What do you enjoy most about your career?
The fact that I’m part of a team. We are constantly collaborating and brainstorming to come up with new ideas as the industry evolves. The idea of being part of something bigger, and that we enable our customer to build things. I have so much more appreciation when I see a new building or road being built and knowing that so much goes into a project long before we see the end result.
What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on?
I enjoy working on complex deals. Sometimes this involves pricing a multi-million dollar machine package. Other times, I could be working on a municipal bid spec and enjoy analyzing each detail to configure the correct machine. The gratification that comes with a successful project is so rewarding.
What advice do you have for women who want to work in the construction industry?
Be yourself. Break free from the stereotypes and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Be confident in your knowledge and skill base.
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing nearly 21,000 chapter members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. ABC’s membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors.
I Build New Hampshire
I Build NH represents the construction sector of the state through the Sector Partnerships Initiative (SPI). I Build NH represents companies involved in heavy construction like municipal water treatment systems and road building, electric and telecommunication infrastructure, civil engineering, heating/ventilation/air conditioning businesses and more.
National Association of Women in Construction
The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) has over 115 chapters throughout the United States, including the NAWIC Granite State Chapter. NAWIC provides its members with opportunities for professional development, education, networking, leadership training, public service and more. NAWIC advocates for the value and impact of women builders, professionals and tradeswomen in all aspects of the construction industry.