Women In Construction Fall 2018

Women In Construction Fall 2018

45 Females Who Lead

For centuries, the construction industry has been central to everything. It has changed the way we work, and today we have reached a precipice where companies need to be leaner and safer—while at the same time being disruptive.

Construction labor efficiency and productivity has decreased, while all other non-farming labor efficiency has doubled or more since the 1960s. In construction, roughly 70% of projects are over budget and delivered late, according to the Lean Construction Institute, www.leanconstruction.org.

Further, the industry still sees roughly 800 deaths and thousands of injuries per year. At the same time, the construction industry is facing two other big hurdles: the need to rebuild infrastructure and the rise of the worker shortage.

This is where women enter the equation. Together women and men can help change the way work is done. Add a little bit of technology and innovation, and the solution to solving productivity, safety, and the worker shortage is clear—but it will take some very strong leaders to get us there.

Every year, Constructech magazine honors the Women in Construction to identify the strongest visionaries in the space. The percentage of females within construction might only be 9%, but the women heading up major projects or representing leadership roles are still going strong. Women are a core component of helping the industry evolve—and they have a strong voice for how to move technology forward.

In 2015, when Constructech first began recognizing women for their outstanding contributions in this highly male-dominated field, it took quite a bit of research to find 38 women. This year, there were many more entries than in any previous year, and it became obvious we need the help of a wider array of women. So for the first time, Constructech enlisted the advice of a panel of previous winners to determine who should be named this year.

This year’s panel of judges include Karmyn Babcock, The Weitz Co., Sandra Benson, Hexagon PPM, Lynn Coffey, ProCon Solutions, Carol Copeland, formerly of Robins & Morton, Jennifer Green, Jordan Foster Construction, Carol Hagen, Hagen Business Systems, Dawn Korbelak, K Hovnanian, Nancy Novak, Compass Datacenters, Diya Peters, Rosendin Electric, Jennifer Suerth, Pepper Construction, and Cari Williams, DPR Construction.

Still, the number of qualified women were far more than just 38. So this year, Constructech expanded the list to 45 women. The 2018 Women in Construction are tenacious, passionate, inquisitive, and mentors driving the industry forward in new and innovative ways. These women are helping create more profitable, safe, and productive jobsites.

With the construction industry facing a skilled labor shortage, these awards come at a good time for construction to allow women and men to come to together to inspire the next generation of workers. And it all starts today.

Laura Black, editor,
Peggy Smedley, editorial director
and Sandra Guy, contributing writer

The Winners

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Stephanie Adamczyk – Project Manager
Ryan Companies

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Nicole Baca – Estimator
Suffolk Construction

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Alyssa Bailey – Project Engineer
Stronghold Engineering

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Joanna Benning – VP of Facilities and Construction
Mercyhealth

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Jamie Berzon – Information Technology Manager
S.M. Wilson & Co.

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Caramy Biederman – Engineering Team Lead
Faith Technologies

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Heather Bowman – Director of Operations
Branch & Associates

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Ally Cain – Project Management
Walt Disney Imagineering

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Janet Callahan – President and COO
Palmer Paving Corp.

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Jit Kee Chin – Chief Data Officer
Suffolk Construction

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Ashly Coggins – Construction Area Manager
Fluor Corp.

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Catrinia Cook – Corporate VP
Cardel Homes

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Shelley Doran – Senior VP
Webcor Builders

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Sarah Dudek – Software Specialist
ARCO Murray Design Build

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Kristen Erickson – Virtual Construction Manager
Pepper Construction

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Eva Fryar – VP of Construction Operations
Payne Family Homes

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Dominika Graham – Project Manager
Plus Group of Companies

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Shannon Gwyn – Senior Applications Administrator
GE Johnson Construction Co.

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Liz Hartmann – VP of Field Operations
W. Bradley Electric, Inc.

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Sherry Hunyadi – Director of Applications
Granite Construction

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Sara Hutchcraft – Associate Preconstruction Manager
Faith Technologies

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Tiffany Ital – Corporate Purchasing Manager
Eastwood Homes

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Carmen Kasner – Regional Chief Executive
NV5

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Anna Kennedy – Project Manager
Clark/Sullivan Construction

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Stacy Kubit – Managing Owner
Kubit Engineering

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Stephanie Littlefield – Lead Estimator/Assistant Project Manager
Walsh Group / Walsh Construction

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Emily Mays – formerly of
Manhattan Construction Co.

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Becky McCain – Senior Project Manager
Concord General Contracting

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Jessica Morrissey – Operations Manager and Lead Estimator
Bald Hill Builders

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Suzanne Motica – Director of Product Management
Kiewit Corp.

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Kate Panks – Systems Manager
Johnson Development Associates

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Jennifer Parkerson – VP, Operations
Welsh Construction

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Siggy Pfendler – Director of Virtual Construction
Columbia Construction Co.

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Katrina Pratt – Project Manager
AECOM Tishman

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Kimberly Roy – CEO
HITT Contracting

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Dareen Salama – formerly of
Lehrer

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Melissa Schulteis – Virtual Construction Specialist
Miron Construction Co., Inc.

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Cathy Underwood – VP of Preconstruction
Branch & Associates

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Erin Valentine – Director
McCarthy Building Companies

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Sheryl Van Anne – Construction Executive
M.A. Mortenson Co.

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Courtney Vigrass – Mechanical Estimator
Walsh Group / Walsh Construction

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Lacy Wargel – Lean Engineer
Bowen Engineering

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Cassie Warner – CFO/Senior VP
Weis Builders

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Katie Wells – Director of Lean Construction
Brasfield & Gorrie

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Jennifer Wukelic – Project Manager
Northwest Construction

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