WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND? EDUCATION? PREVIOUS JOBS?
My experience is in precast manufacturing and ready mix production in a small business setting. Education was in music and art. My first job was in a sign company as a draftsman.
WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE GETTING INVOLVED IN THE CONCRETE INDUSTRY?
Since I became involved in this industry early on (at 23), my previous jobs were lots of summer jobs; fast food, furniture mfg, textiles and drafting.
HOW DID YOU GET THE POSITION YOU CURRENTLY HAVE?
My father was running a precast company as part of his contracting business. I didn’t have any brothers and both my sisters had master’s degrees in Psychology and Education. They were not interested in the business, so it sort of came to me by default. I worked up through the ranks starting as a laborer, with some clerical duties. After ten years I became president of the company.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ASPECT OF YOUR POSITION?
Freedom to do what‘s right, without having to persuade anyone it it’s the proper thing to do.
WHAT ASSOCIATIONS ARE YOU INVOLVED WITH?
Carolinas Ready Mixed Concrete Association (past board member)
Carolinas Associated General Contractors-associate member
National Precast Concrete Association-member
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS AND AMBITIONS FOR YOUR POSITION?
As a small business owner in manufacturing, I would like to see more women take advantage of the opportunities offered by entrepreneurship. It truly allows women to make themselves successful with the fewest barriers.
WHAT TYPES OF CHANGES WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE IN THE INDUSTRY?
It would be good to see this industry embrace diversity. It seems to be behind almost all other industries in this aspect. It will require the efforts of very few to achieve this as in the words of Malcolm X, "Power never takes a back step - only in the face of more power."
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR OTHER WOMEN JUST ENTERING THE CONCRETE INDUSTRY?
Find a good mentor (they don’t even have to know they are your mentor), work in the most non-traditional female jobs, and work for yourself if you can.