Did you ever see yourself having a career in construction?
Heather: I’ve been around construction most of my life, but as a little girl, no I did not think I would grow up to become a Safety Manager in construction.
What was your first introduction/job in the AEC industry?
Heather: Cleaning up my dad’s shop starting around the age of 5.
Verla: Denver International Airport.
What do you love most about your career?
Heather: Educating and meeting so many wonderful people.
Verla: Being able to build and seeing your progress daily. It builds confidence and pride in what you’re doing.
Becky: Being able to point out what I built.
What is the most surprising thing about being in the industry?
Heather: That’s a tough question; in my role nothing surprises me because I am surprised everyday! A very pleasant surprise is how genuinely JHL’s Construction Safety Community came together during the pandemic and built a lasting community of support and sharing.
Verla: My passion for being able to see a building go from dirt and prints to a satisfied customer.
Becky: How the building goes from dirt to the building.
What is your advice for women starting out in the industry?
Heather: Be your authentic self, you are bringing a lot to the table, and you deserve a seat at the table!
Verla: Never be afraid to ask questions and learn something new everyday.
Becky: Give it your all and don’t hold back.