Making Moves: Women in Construction
In celebration of Women in Construction Week, we are highlighting three team members who bring grit and tenacity to their construction careers every day.
Rachel Hinson joined our Southeast team in 2020 as a Project Coordinator. Through her dedication, attention to detail, and on-going professional education, she quickly earned the title of Project Manager. In this role, Rachel is responsible for the coordination of schedules, materials, and project documentation.
“I love the variety and challenges that come with project management. Every day is different, and I learn how to tackle new problems,” said Hinson. “I love making things better. I improve processes and get rid of kinks to better support my crew and deliver first class projects.”
Hinson recently earned a certification from the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and qualified for the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam. Her drive to learn and grow is an integral part of her success and the growth of her team.
Safety is Kent Companies’ number one priority. Safety Coordinator Maridel Aldana equips our teams with safety training, process and resources every day. Aldana serves as the lead safety coordinator for our Central Texas Multi-Family group, and she visits up to 15 jobsites each week.
“Safety is our first hallmark, and Kent Companies put resources in place to reach our team at all levels. My skills and knowledge are valued, and I know I make an impact every day at Kent Companies,” Said Aldana.
Aldana quickly built relationships with our teams on jobsites. “I’m a support system for them to perform their work safely. Prioritizing those relationships and letting them know I truly care about their safety makes my job that much more effective.”
As our Central Texas team continues to grow, safety leadership is increasingly important. Aldana is building safety culture and knowledge with our team every day.
Brianna Secor can teach you a thing or two about getting your hands dirty. Brianna joined our Northern Michigan team in early 2022 as a general laborer. In less than a year, her work put her on the path to train to be a foreman.
“I became interested in construction at an early age. I remember helping my dad with projects at our house. I loved using my hands to create or fix something,” said Secor. “Now as an adult, I’m using those same skills to support my family and build projects that shape my community.”
Secor takes pride in conquering construction challenges. “We had a Traverse City project where I was tasked with building a 15-foot wall; the tallest I had ever done. When it was all said and done, it came out as close to perfect as it could have been. It made me really proud to see the accumulation of my skill and effort in that wall.”
These women are making moves at Kent Companies and in the construction industry. Each one brings a unique skill set to Kent Companies and builds value for our team, our customers and our community every day.
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