Spotlights

2019 Women in Construction: Jennifer Howe, Principal, Vice President, Director at SMMA

What were your biggest fears when you started out in your profession? As a young woman in engineering, I was concerned that I might not be taken seriously or given the same opportunities as my male peers were given. Although there are always outliers, my experience at SMMA has been quite the opposite.

2019 Women in Construction: Jessica Smith, Principal, Director, Project Manager at SMMA

What were your biggest fears when you started out in your profession? When I first started, my biggest fear was the power suit! I later realized it wasn’t the power suit itself I was afraid of, but what it represented. It meant conforming in what was considered a man’s world: dressing like a man.

2019 Women in Construction: Marie Fitzgerald, Board Member, Senior Vice President, Director of Interior Design at SMMA

What were your biggest fears when you started out in your profession? My biggest fears included paying back student loans, since competition was huge, and the economy was not the best. I was always worried about a layoff, but I worked harder and longer than anyone else to ensure that it would never happen.

2019 Women in Construction: Mariana Botero, CAD Designer/Modeling Specialist at Acentech

What inspires you: I’m inspired everyday knowing that I am affecting the experiences people have when they inhabit a space. Knowing that my work will affect people’s lives, even if they are not fully aware of it, motivates me to produce only my best work.

2019 Women in Construction: Mery Meas, Project Accountant at Acentech

What inspires you: I was always good with numbers and I strive to be a perfectionist at what I’m good at. If somehow my skills can help people advance society towards a greater cause, then that’s inspiring to me.

2019 Women in Construction: Christine Medeiros, Assistant Project Manager at Haynes Group, Inc.

Which project, deal or transaction was the “game changer” in the advancement of your career during the last 10 years? Working on Dana Barros Basketball Club – Stoughton, Mass., a 40,000 s/f space. We installed high-quality finishes, not typical in a basketball facility of this type.

2019 Women in Construction: Ratima Pisalyaput, Project Manager at SGA

What are you doing differently in 2019 that has had a positive impact on your career? Despite my natural instinct to be heads down to get the work done and focus on the task at hand, I’ve been put in a position where I am not interfacing with clients more and leading coordination with consultants.

2019 Women in Construction: Jessica Randolph, Project Manager at SGA

What was your first job and what did you learn from it? From the time I was twelve and through high school, I worked for my mother as an assistant in her small business services company. I learned that there were going to be tasks I didn’t like to do in life, but it was still necessary to do them.

2019 Women in Construction: Gable Clarke, Partner, Director of Interior Design at SGA

What was your first job and what did you learn from it? My first job in the industry was as a design/sales rep for a commercial furniture dealership. I learned so much from that experience, including how to be solutions-oriented and how to work collaboratively with other designers, industry peers and end users. 

2019 Women in Construction: Sarah McGillicuddy, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Acentech

Career highlight and what inspires you: I love working within the field of design and construction as it is full of creative problem solvers always seeking to push the envelope – my colleagues and peers inspire me daily. I value the flexibility provided by Acentech that enables me to pursue a career that is fulfilling, while also being an active and engaged parent to my two young children.