Laura Black
Editor At-Large

Carol Stream, Ill. – Aug. 22, 2019 –At the fifth annual 2019 Women in Construction dinner Constructechcelebrated and gave awards to women construction, which were initially announced in June, and the first annual Women Heavy Equipment Operator Awards, which were announced in April.

The dinner, which was held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago in Arlington Heights, IL., followed the Constructech Technology Days event, and is designed for men and women to take time out of their busy schedule to honor their colleagues and loved ones for a job well done in the construction industry. This year, Constructech extended its reach to honor women all across the industry and the world through both the Women in Construction and the Female Heavy Equipment Operator awards.

The Women in Construction list is comprised of some of the most successful women working within the construction community who are taking advantage technology and represent many of the largest, most innovative construction companies in the country, while the Women Heavy Equipment Operator Awards honors the 10 most successful women who are working in the construction and mining industries.

The 2019 Women in Construction are:
Carrie Arnold, (formerly Fluor Corp.)
Brandi Baldwin, Missouri Dept. of Transportation
Tracy Bell, Tilson
Elizabeth Calder, Suffolk Construction
Adrienne Carlson, Faith Technologies, Inc.
Rebekah Casey, Brasfield & Gorrie
Amanda Comunale, Victaulic
Valan Daniel, Gray Construction
Nicole Darling, Ryan Companies
Sarah Ebeling, CPPI
Dana Erdman, Bulley & Andrews, LLC
Liz Fronduto, Power Design Inc.
Kelsey Gauger, Suffolk Construction
Kally Gibbs, Haskell
Jennifer Giese, Faith Technologies, Inc.
Jackie Guttman, The Ruhlin Co.
Susan Heinking, Pepper Construction
Alloy Kemp, Thornton Tomasetti
Melissa Kershner, Aurora Contractors, Inc.
Mona Kharouba, Suffolk Construction
Courtney King, Ryan Companies
Megan Koch, Marsh Construction
Constance Lai, Grunley Construction Co., Inc.
Jennifer Landau, Landau Building Co.
Pamela Diane Lankford, Eastwood Homes
Allison Lewis, Gray Construction
Ashley Martin, Flintco, LLC
Zoe McBride, Thornton Tomasetti
Nicole McElroy, Leopardo Companies
Rachael Montosi, Kaplan Construction
Kelly Olson, Western States Equipment Co.
Sheryl Palmer, Taylor Morrison, Inc.
Anne Roark, Power Construction, LLC
Gabrielle Robitaille, Flintco, LLC
Gianny Romero, Flintco, LLC
Adrienne Sherwood, Grunley Construction Co., Inc.
Marie Speakman, Suffolk Construction
Kaitlin Veenstra, Ryan Companies
Jarka Vonder, PS&S
Patricia Waller, Gannett Fleming
Debbie Watt, Shawmut Design and Construction
Cristine Winchester, Flintco, LLC
Taylor Wright, T&M Equipment
Julie Wright, Porter Davis Homes
Tamara Yang, Balfour Beatty US

The Women Heavy Equipment Operator is chosen based on the individual’s machine ability, mechanical aptitude, and how the individual embraces technology. Judges also look at how many hours the individual worked without a recordable incident, mentorship skills, and the challenges the individual has overcome to be where they are today.

The 2019 Women Heavy Equipment Operator winners are:
Kirsten Anderson, Imperial Oil
Sarah Emig, Connelly Crane Rental
Linda Gerdon, TC Construction Co., Inc.
Kristen Hand, Granite Construction Northeast
Mikayla Smith, LCI-Lineberger Construction Inc.
Terry Stacey, Imperial Oil
Kimberly Tuttauk, Iron Ore Co. of Canada
Debra Thompson, Rachel Contracting Inc.
Kathy Tuccaro, Imperial Oil
Cindy Van Marter, Sundt Construction Inc.

“The evening always exceeds my expectations when we have a chance to connect and learn from some of the best in the construction industry,” says Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Constructech magazine, and president of Specialty Publishing Media. “It’s always such a pleasure to meet and mingle with women who are truly transformative for the industry.”

In-depth profiles of the Women Heavy Equipment Operator Awards were included in the Spring issue of Constructech magazine, which is available in print on the Web; and in-depth profiles of the 2019 Women in Construction will be in the Fall issue of Constructech magazine, which will be available in print and on the Web.

The Technology Days Conference continues today, Thursday, August 22, with sessions focusing on strategies for North America.

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