CAROL STREAM, Ill/ July 13, 2018 (STL.News)
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, based on this year’s winners of the 2018 Women in Construction awards.
Now in its fourth year, Constructech magazine’s 2018 Women in Construction recognizes women who are the most successful women working within the construction community and are constantly proving that they have the passion, tenacity, and steadfastness to lead the largest and most successful projects in the world, all while leveraging innovative technology.
Nominations were directed to the editorial staff at Constructech magazine and then winners were chosen by a group of their peers within the construction industry.
“I am always inspired by these women. It’s truly a great time to celebrate women who never hold back and who are an inspiration to the next generation—both men and women,” says Peggy Smedley, editorial director of Constructech magazine and president of Specialty Publishing Media. “The dinner is just an opportunity to take a few hours out of the year to really acknowledge these women who are employees, colleagues, friends, family, and to just appreciate all that these humble, gracious, and strong leaders are doing and to really thank them for their contributions.”
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 mentor and inspire the next generation of workers.
“These women are demonstrating how to be an effective leader in the construction industry today,” says Laura Black, editor, Constructech magazine. “Together, as an industry, we can bring a whole new generation of workers to the jobsite. These women are taking the first step, helping to mentor and lead in encouraging ways.”
The 2018 Women in Construction are:
Stephanie Adamczyk, Ryan Companies
Nicole Baca, Suffolk Construction
Alyssa Bailey, Stronghold Engineering
Joanna Benning, Mercyhealth
Jamie Berzon, S.M. Wilson & Co.
Caramy Biederman, Faith Technologies
Heather Bowman, Branch & Associates
Ally Cain, formerly of Fluor Corp.
Janet Callahan, Palmer Paving Corp.
Jit Kee Chin, Suffolk Construction
Ashly Coggins, Fluor Corp.
Catrinia Cook, Cardel Homes
Shelley Doran, Webcor Builders
Sarah Dudek, ARCO Murray Design Build
Kristen Erickson, Pepper Construction
Eva Fryar, Payne Family Homes
Dominika Graham, Plus Group of Companies
Shannon Gwyn, GE Johnson Construction Co.
Liz Hartmann, W. Bradley Electric, Inc.
Sherry Hunyadi, Granite Construction
Sara Hutchcraft, Faith Technologies
Tiffany Ital, Eastwood Homes
Carmen Kasner, NV5
Anna Kennedy, Clark/Sullivan Construction
Stacy Kubit, Kubit Engineering
Stephanie Littlefield, Walsh Group / Walsh Construction
Emily Mays, Manhattan Construction Co.
Becky McCain, Concord General Contracting
Jessica Morrissey, Bald Hill Builders
Suzanne Motica, Kiewit Corp.
Kate Dennis Panks, Johnson Development Associates
Jennifer Parkerson, Welsh Construction
Siggy Pfendler, Columbia Construction Co.
Katrina Pratt, AECOM Tishman
Kimberly Roy, HITT Contracting
Dareen Salama, Lehrer
Melissa Schulteis, Miron Construction Co.
Cathy Underwood, Branch & Associates, Inc.
Erin Valentine, McCarthy Building Companies
Sheryl Van Anne, M.A. Mortenson Co.
Courtney Donahue Vigrass, Walsh Group / Walsh Construction
Lacy Wargel, Bowen Engineering Corp.
Cassie Warner, Weis Builders
Katie Wells, Brasfield & Gorrie
Jennifer Wukelic, Northwest Construction
The 2018 Women in Construction winners will be honored at a reception and dinner on Wednesday, August 22 at 7 p.m. at Carlucci Restaurant in Rosemont, Ill. The awards Gala will include a cocktail reception, dinner, and awards presentation. There will also be a special panel discussion with women in the construction space, talking about challenges in the industry today, such as the skilled labor shortage, and how we can come together to solve them. The panel will include Lynn Coffey, founder and owner, ProCon Solutions, Nancy Novak, senior vice president, Compass Datacenters, and Jennifer Suerth, vice president, technical services, Pepper Construction. This dinner is open to anyone. For more information, please visit https://constructech.com/wicdinner18/
The dinner will be held the night prior to the annual Technology Day Conference, which will take place on Thursday, August 23 in Arlington Heights, Ill. https://constructech.com/tech-day/agenda/
For complete profiles and details on the women who made the 2018 Women in Construction list, pick up the Fall issue of Constructech magazine, which will be available in print and on the Web in September.
About Constructech Magazine
Constructech has connected hundreds of thousands of construction professionals for 20 years. Constructech’s audience is comprised of construction professionals who specify products, systems, and tools in residential, commercial, and industrial building marketplaces. For more information about Constructech, visit constructech.com
About Constructech Technology Day
Constructech Technology Day is a one-day conference that dives into discussions on the use of technology in the construction industry. The conference is open to project managers, CEOs, students, CTOs, IT directors, professors, and more. Technology Day provides attendees with the opportunity to identify ways to effectively use technology to be most efficient in the office and at the jobsite. constructech.com/tech-day/