Project Manager, Hoover Construction Co.
I have been in the construction Industry for 17 years, arcing many of the disciplines. Being a female in the industry has had its ups and downs; I have had to “earn my wings” and prove myself. My interest in the construction industry is part of my DNA - I was essentially born into the industry. My Dad successfully owned and operated an excavating company in northern Minnesota, retiring last year, after 40+ years in the industry. As 1 of 4 daughters, I was a bit of a “tomboy” and spent a lot of time with my dad playing in the dirt and learning by watching him.
My first jobs were summers spent working side by side with my dad. I was asked to do everything the guys were asked to do - from running the #2 shovel, installing water/sewer lines, and operating the equipment. Those summer experiences fostered my interest to continue my career within the industry. From there I moved on to an Inspector position to get an understanding of the other side of the coin. Ultimately, construction management is where I found my groove and have spent the past 9 years working as a project manager for Hoover Construction Co. The best part of project management is working with a team from start to finish, with the satisfaction at the end to say, “I helped build that." That is what excites me.