A new group of women help guide the industry
“One who gives professional advice or service.” This is the definition given for consultants, and in the construction industry, these individuals provide the insight and knowledge to help construction companies take their firms to the next level.
Following up on the success of the Women in Construction, Constructech magazine is now honoring the inaugural Women Consultants in Construction. While there are many women that fit this bill, there are five initial women that stand out as leading the charge for advising innovation and advancement in the construction industry.
These five women all have a slightly different journey and serve different niches in the market, but each of them leads their organization with both vision and grace, and helps shape the direction of technology adoption in the construction industry. Some specialize in accounting, while others focus on modeling and design, but all are passionate about helping their clients achieve greater operational efficiency through the use of advanced technologies and systems.
These women are executives, leaders, and advice givers. Some of them are wives and mothers, and many of them have been entangled with the construction industry since youth. And now they all have one thing in common: They are the 2017 Constructech Women Consultants in Construction, and they are helping guide the use of technology across the construction industry.
Cindy Baldwin founded her company in 2000, with the focus on offering consulting services for the industry. Today she is responsible for spearheading the company’s growth and strategic planning, while nurturing employee relationships and ensuring the highest level of satisfaction for her clients. Her experience with BIM (building information modeling) and VDC (virtual design and construction) enable her to work through traditional processes to implement change. She has also developed key relationships with technology companies to explore the world of VDC and virtual reality. While she enjoys her construction consulting role, she admits a perfect day would be spent on a boat, fishing with her two boys or reading John Maxwell to help her be a better business manager.
Danielle Dy Buncio
Founder & President
Danielle Dy Buncio is a visionary who solves clients’ problems through people, process, and technology, and has become a thought leader on virtual reality, disruption, and artificial intelligence. She is not afraid to jump head on into a client’s problem, and has spearheaded a number of partnerships with hardware companies. By taking a broad approach in understanding and implementing available tools, she is helping the ecosystem grow. Danielle also goes out of her way to support other women in business. The biggest way she helps out is that she practices what she preaches. The ratio of women to men at VIATechnik is above the industry average. She also guides women in advancing their careers, being a role model to other women, and balancing family requirements with work.
Having graduated from Siena College with a B.S. in accounting, Lynn Coffey brings something very unique to this group of women. She has more than 20 years of combined experience working with construction management, operations, and accounting and software implementations. In 2012, she founded ProCon Solutions, which works with construction business owners, managers, and IT professionals to strengthen software usage and increase user productivity. She engages with clients on a regular basis to redesign software practice at the user level and offer new software evaluation and installations. She is actively involved in a number of organizations including the NAWIC (National Assn. of Women in Construction), CFMA (Construction Financial Management Assn.), and Utah Technology Council, among others.
Hagen Business Solutions
Carol Hagen is an industry leader in accounting, project management, estimating, and document imaging for the construction industry. She founded her company in 1996 and aims to increase revenue opportunities, decrease costs, and increase productivity for every client. In her spare time, she volunteers as a tour guide for Arizona Construction Career Days, encouraging high school students to consider a career in construction as well as works on the community service board of the Arizona Builders Alliance, where she is responsible for social media promotion of activities including backpack drive, Cell Phones for Soldiers, and Annual Toy Drive. She is an active member in organizations such as CFMA (Construction Financial Management Assn.), ASA (American Subcontractors Assn.), AGC (Associated General Contractors of America), and NAWIC, among others.
Robin Mercier Kuc
3D/BIM Design Consultant
With a Bachelors in German and Language and Literature and a Masters of Architecture, Robin Mercier Kuc recognizes the intricacies involved in the design process. Today, she provides independent consulting services for architects, offering initial conceptualization stages through BIM (building information modeling)-coordinated construction documents. Her experience includes Revit, AutoCAD, 3ds Max, Photoshop, InDesign, and more. She embraces new software and methods and also enjoys researching and exploring architectural theory. Her studio is a proud supporter of the CYCLE Kids program, which aims to strengthen the emotional and physical health of children by giving them the skills to lead active and healthy lifestyles, using the fun and practical skill of riding a bike.