Some of my most fond memories of childhood are of being brought along to service calls with my Dad, sitting on a five-gallon bucket, watching him work on a condenser or walk in cooler. Fast forward 11 years, I bought my first car using money I had earned invoicing my dad’s clients for new RTU’s, duct work and service calls…I guess one could say that construction is in my blood.
As an adult, I started my career in the field. Working on the jobsite as a laborer, roofer, carpenter, painter, and even mudding drywall. That hands on experience gave me the edge that I later needed, sometimes having to prove myself in an industry at that time was predominantly male. Once I acquired my license as a general contractor and lead abatement supervisor, I started my own contracting and abatement company until I left MN in 2013 to attend school in NY.
Every day is a new challenge, learning more and more about an industry I am enamored with. To me, construction equals empowerment; I love being a positive role model for my daughters knowing that my teenage daughter has lettered in theater freshman year, but not as an actress but instead building the stage sets for the plays. There is nothing I’d rather do, and now at Gardner, there is no place I’d rather be!