March 10, 2020 / By Donna Reist, Marketing Specialist

Women in Construction – In Their Own Words

Rebecca Schaefer, Assistant Project Manager

What do you like best about the construction industry?
There is always a new challenge, and you get to be a part of bringing a building to life.  So many jobs today live on the computer. Construction is about putting the pieces together in the real world.

 What do you enjoy most about your day?
Problem-solving with subcontractors and team members on the job site to resolve construction details.

What would you say to a female considering a career in construction?
Curiosity about how things work and a go-getter attitude are the most important tools to be successful in construction.  If you are interested in buildings and you thrive working outside and thinking on your feet, go for a career in construction management.

 

 

Jane Brown, Construction Labor Manager/Office Manager

What do you like best about the construction industry?
No two projects, or construction workers, are alike.  There’s variety in what we do every single day.

What do you enjoy most about your day?
Interacting with our field crew.  Our crew is made up of the most talented and nicest guys I know.  It’s my pleasure to work with, and for, them.

What would you say to a female considering a career in construction?
We need you!  It’s no longer a “man’s world” in Construction.  The opportunities are there at every level.  Visit the carpentry program at your local career tech center.  It’s a great way to start your career exploration into our industry.  Gets some hands-on learning experience and see where your interests take you.

 

 

Lisa Gibson, Lisa McCartha, Jessica Vencill, Construction Project Assistants

What do you like best about the construction industry?
Every day is something new.  The cool part is you get to build buildings & see the results.  Watching progress turn into a completed project with a team is rewarding!  (Lisa McCartha)

What do you enjoy most about your day?
I enjoy my interaction with our MVG team and gathering the proper information to secure a successful.  I feel that I make a difference and I’m appreciated for my contributions.  (Lisa Gibson)

What would you say to a female considering a career in construction?
Don’t be afraid to step into this profession and explore all the aspects. Get an internship or co-op and see what you could bring to the table to help the processes work better.
Who knows, you could be the next person who turns a small idea into a huge contribution.  Dream Big! (Lisa Gibson)

 

 

Rachel Hamm, Angie Hall, Tracie Starks, Construction Project Assistants

What do you like best about the construction industry?

I love the variety of projects.  Every building, every site, and every client is different and each offers up something different on every project.  Sometimes challenging but never boring!  (Tracie Starks)

 What do you enjoy most about your day?

Being a valued member of the project team that helps contribute to the successful completion of each project.  (Angie Hall)

What would you say to a female considering a career in construction?

Working in construction, you get to use your creative thinking skills every day, be a part of revitalizing and adding to a community, and be a part of a team of people who each have an important role to play.  (Rachel Hamm)

 

Lindsay Blankenship, Assistant Construction Manager

What do you like best about the construction industry?
I enjoy the endless supply of knowledge and education. With every project, there is always something new to learn.

What do you enjoy most about your day?
I enjoy coordinating work with the subcontractors.  When the pieces finally fall together, its definitely a good feeling.

What would you say to a female considering a career in construction?
There are so many opportunities in the construction industry.  Going into the trades is a great way to start a career with little debt.
Obtaining a degree in construction management is another way to go if you are looking for a leadership role.  Either way, there is room for advancement.

 

 

Adrienne Ruebusch, Business Development Cincinnati

What do you like best about the construction industry?
I’ve grown up in this industry, so seeing construction methods evolve and change with new technology is fascinating.  No two projects are the same, but the experiences you have on one project can usually help you trouble shoot on the next.

What do you enjoy most about your day?
Finding solutions to our client’s needs.  We’re providing the environments that help other businesses succeed, and that’s a great feeling.

What would you say to a female considering a career in construction?
Do it!  The industry as a whole benefit from diverse thinking that women can provide.

 

 

Kim Unruh, Amy Reid, Construction Project Assistants

What do you like best about the construction industry?
It is never boring.  Tomorrow is guaranteed to be different.  (Amy Reid)

What do you enjoy most about your day?
No matter what I have going on during a particular day, what I enjoy the most is the camaraderie with team members.  (Kim Unruh)

What would you say to a female considering a career in construction?
Construction practices an equal employment opportunity and an equal promotion opportunity.  New Associates are taken seriously by management, and if leading a department, a crew, a project team, or even a division is in your goal, they will provide opportunities to help make that happen.  (Amy Reid)

 

Amy Elsea, Vice President

What do you like best about the construction industry?
Watching a piece of dirt transformed into housing a building whether it’s an industrial warehouse or a corporate office building – the whole process is so interesting along with everything that needs to happen to make that transformation a reality.

What do you enjoy most about your day?
I get to meet so many people from various professional backgrounds and learn how we all work together to bring a building project to fruition.

What would you say to a female considering a career in construction?
Construction is the only industry where you can say ‘we built that!’, and it’s both rewarding and exciting!
It’s great to see women in what have been traditionally male roles changing the rules and moving the needle forward!

 

Erin Standen, Project Manager

What do you like best about the construction industry?
No two days are the same.  Each one comes with its own set of challenges and problems to solve.

What do you enjoy most about your day?
Finding creative solutions to issues.

What would you say to a female considering a career in construction?
It’s a lot of fun!  Don’t shy away from it just because it’s traditionally been a male-dominated field.  Diversity of perspectives and backgrounds is important.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Mangan, Chief Executive Officer

What do you like best about the construction industry?
I love seeing the impact we have on a landscape and in a community… but most of all, I love the people!

What do you enjoy most about your day?
Every single day is different.  I love the variety.

What would you say to a female considering a career in construction?
I would say YES!  This is your chance to have an impact and to truly enjoy what you do every day!