Company & your title: Associated General Contractors of TN – Middle TN Executive Director
Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
Birthday: May 11
What do you love most about the construction industry and how long have you been in it?
I’m not sure there has been a time that construction was not part of my life. Both of my grandfathers were in construction. One was a Citadel civil engineering graduate. He became an engineer with a few Kentucky construction companies and the US Army Corps of Engineers. The other was a sales manager for Nashville-based Franklin Brick. None of their children were interested in math and science, but their only granddaughter was! I have always excelled at all things STEM related and love to work on projects with my hands. I was in the engineering program at Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School and completed my Bachelor of Science in Concrete Industry Management at MTSU. I worked in ready mix for my internship and concentrated my efforts and education in materials testing. I graduated during the 2008 recession, so my career took a turn to the construction association path. While it’s not what I originally envisioned for myself, I really enjoy being an advocate for the industry. My days are spent working with local government, community, and schools to promote quality training and quality jobs in construction. I especially enjoy encouraging women to consider the opportunities in construction. I think having a mentor or role model in the same industry that can relate to your experiences is a key to success.
What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
Spend time with family and my puppy. We especially enjoy boardgames, antiquing, and weird roadside attractions.
How did you hear about NAWIC and why did you join?
When I started working at AGC, they just purchased a membership for me and told me I was now a member. Ha! Eventually I got brave enough to attend a meeting and was immediately encouraged to get more involved. About two years in I was on the board and on my way to President. NAWIC has really helped me grow professionally and I love all the support members provide each other. I was 100% shy when I first started with NAWIC. Now I can easily talk to a new person at a meeting or speak in front of a group. I owe most of that to NAWIC.
What advice would you give a new member or prospective member?
Get involved! Be available for about 2 hours per month to work on a NAWIC project or attend a meeting and stick to it! Sometimes it will be less than 1 hour, sometimes more. Investing just 2 hours a month can create several things: a better NAWIC for women in the construction industry, a better investment from the industry into the future of construction, and a better you! The professional contacts, service, and growing experiences are all worth it for you and your company. Association memberships are like gym memberships. If you don’t use them, you won’t have results.