How did you get your start in construction?
I was in the right place at the right time talking to the right man. I hold him in the utmost regard, as I didn't have the opportunity to work for his company as planned. But I am forever grateful and I hope he hears of this.
What are your main responsibilities on the job site?
Oiler in the morning, then either operating a skiddy, loader, or crane. I go wherever they need me.
What are the things you enjoy most about the work you do?
Learning something new every day. It's a challenge some days, but overall at the end of the day, if I can walk away with more knowledge, then it's been a successful day.
Who has been one of your biggest influences and mentors in your career?
It's a toss-up between my Dad (Lanny Loew IUOE Local 139) and Jake Johnson (IUOE Local 49). My dad unknowingly planted the seed to be an operator and taught me life skills through an operator's eyes. And Jake fostered those skills and helped me grow in the trade. With both of them having the patience and communication of a saint, we were able to accomplish the 1st of many of my goals.
What advice would you give a young girl who wants to go into construction?
What are you passionate about? Learn the pros and cons from those who've been in the trade for years. Can you handle the cons??? If so, go for it. Then surround yourself with those who want to help support your goals. They are out there. Take advice from men and women and lastly, don't limit yourself. Dream big and reach big. Someone will grab that hand and help if you remain persistent.
What is one challenge you've had to overcome to be successful?
Learning to work with other women who are a lot like me. It's forced me to take a step back and reevaluate my focus and communication skills. It's a great challenge to have if you can recognize the whole picture and how to make it work.