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Celebrating Women in Construction

Posted March 08, 2021

This week marks the 61st anniversary of Women in Construction Week and CCG is celebrating all the women in this critical and essential industry.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2020 nearly 148 million people over the age of 15 were employed in the United States, and 46.8% of them were women. However, of the nearly 10.8 million people employed in the construction industry, only 10.9% (approximately 1,170,000) were women. And while that percentage is low, especially compared to other industries, it is up slightly from 2010 when that number was just 8.9%.

Here at CCG we are proud to have extremely talented and enthusiastic women on our sales staff dedicated to financing equipment for the construction industry. To showcase them and to encourage other women to consider a career in construction, we’ve asked them a few questions about their experiences and for some advice they would give to women looking to join the industry.

Haylee Ellrich – Regional Sales Manager – West

  • How long have you worked in, or with, the construction industry?

Over 5 years. I started underwriting in our construction division in 2016. Over the next 4 years I worked with the construction team serving the Midwest to the West Coast interviewing and learning about a huge variety of customers from every segment of the industry. In 2020 I transitioned into the field as a regional sales manager.

  • What do you like, or enjoy the most about the industry? 

The people, of course. The industry is full of hardworking, innovative, and down to earth people that are a blast to speak and spend time with. I am constantly in awe of my customers who juggle so much but always make time for me. I am also fascinated with how dynamic this industry is. Techniques and equipment evolving for efficiency and safety, the variety of work that can be accomplished using one piece of equipment, navigating the highs and lows of each segment, navigating different terrains and climates, coordinating all the pieces of a project. I’m never bored working in this industry and critical thinking is a must!

  • What advice would you give a young woman considering a career in the construction industry?

Be confident, the industry needs us! Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t currently know; there are amazing men and women in this industry eager to help you learn and succeed.

  • If you could drive or operate ANY piece of construction equipment, what would it be?

An excavator with a mulching head! If you haven’t seen what those bad boys can do, please look it up on YouTube. 

  • Do you own a hard hat? 

Of course. It’s still a little too clean though.

Christina Magnotta – Regional Sales Manager – Northeast

  • How long have you worked in, or with, the construction industry?

I have been in and around the construction industry for over 3 years now after having been in the transportation segment for over 16 years.

  • What do you like, or enjoy the most about the industry? 

I love feeling like I am contributing to the growth and development of our nation’s vital infrastructure and building trades.

  • What advice would you give a young woman considering a career in the construction industry?

Go for it!!  The industry needs diversity, and it needs a fresh approach. Women have proven they can excel in any field they try – why not construction & equipment finance?

  • If you could drive or operate ANY piece of construction equipment, what would it be?

I’d like to combine my transportation & construction experience by getting behind the wheel of a 40-50 Ton Off Highway Articulated Dump Truck. 

  • Do you own a hard hat? 

Of course! If I ever get a chance to drive one of those dump trucks I’m going to need it!

Rosemarie Chambless – Regional Sales Manager – Southeast

  • How long have you worked in, or with, the construction industry?

I have been financing construction equipment for 35 years.

  • What do you like, or enjoy the most about the industry? 

A career in construction provides opportunity to make a difference in your community as well as form lifelong friendships and relationships with knowledgeable professionals who are happy to share their industry insights.  The construction industry is important to our economy and our communities.  Construction projects provide jobs, inject both funds and new life into communities, and create infrastructure to keep our community and our country moving.  Whether it is building a road, clearing land for development, or building a bridge the things you build matter to the people in your community. 

  • What advice would you give a young woman considering a career in the construction industry?

The beauty of a career in the construction industry is that your career aspirations can be sky high, the only limit to what you are able to achieve falls upon you!

  • If you could drive or operate ANY piece of construction equipment, what would it be?

A bulldozer.  I’ve heard it said that the bulldozer’s main claim to fame is its sheer strength and bulldozers go where no other normal tractor would risk. 

  • Do you own a hard hat? 

Yes, and it is pink!

Tara Cardella – Regional Sales Manager – Southeast

  • How long have you worked in, or with, the construction industry?

10 years. But I actually grew up in construction because my father worked in the industry. I’d go on job sites with him during summer break and dig trenches to lay pipe.

  • What do you like, or enjoy the most about the industry? 

The People, the dedication they have to the industry and the passion they have for it. Construction takes true grit and hard work. You’ll see crews working from sun up to sun down. Construction is part of everyone’s day to day life even if they don’t work in the industry. From the roads we drive on to the homes we live in, without construction we wouldn’t be able to go anywhere or do anything. 

  • What advice would you give a young woman considering a career in the construction industry?

Never take no for an answer and don’t be afraid to get your boots dirty. (This was advice a President of a Large Construction Company told me years ago. It is something that I carry with me every day.)

  • If you could drive or operate ANY piece of construction equipment, what would it be?

A front loader. 

  • Do you own a hard hat? 

Yes.

Linda Brown – Assistant Vice President – West Coast

  • How long have you worked in, or with, the construction industry?

30 years.

  • What do you like, or enjoy the most about the industry? 

I like everything about the Construction Industry but first and foremost are the people – hard working, hard driving, good people.  They build our bridges, our roads, our school, our homes.  Construction creates communities.   How can you not have massive respect for the workers that get up at 4am to pave our roads and build our bridges? 

  • What advice would you give a young woman considering a career in the construction industry?

It’s never dull. Construction is in constant motion and typically moves at a fast pace.  If you are comfortable in jeans, boots and don’t mind getting dusty go for it - If you like wearing high heels and lack a sense of humor, probably not the best career choice.

  • If you could drive or operate ANY piece of construction equipment, what would it be?

A crane. 

  • Do you own a hard hat? 

Yes, I’ve had one for years – hard hat and steel toe boots.

As you can tell, the CCG women who work with our construction clients are passionate about the industry and about helping their customers. We thank these ladies and all women in construction working to provide opportunities and careers in this extremely vital industry.

You can learn more about the leading association promoting women in the construction industry by visiting The National Association of Women in Construction.

Interested in joining the CCG team and working with this great group of women? Visit our Careers page to see all the available positions.

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