“A small town, mostly farm land.” That’s how Senior VDC Coordinator, Hannah Harrison, and Senior Project Manager, Rallisa Jones, characterized most of Huntsville, Alabama, and its surrounding area as they grew up in the state. But this version of the city is starkly different from the Huntsville that Field Engineer Julia Gaston knows today — […]Continue Reading
Mindy Torres never planned to join the ranks of the construction industry. Now 21 years later, she can’t imagine being anywhere else. It all started with applying for an operations assistant job at Robins & Morton more than two decades ago. “I really didn’t know anything about the industry before then, and thankfully Barbara Wilson […]Continue Reading
Pecola never imagined she’d one day work in construction. “Growing up, I wanted to be a P.E. teacher,” she said. “And I’ve had a lot of different jobs. I worked for the post office. I have a cosmetology license to braid natural hair. I also worked as a security guard.” In fact, working in security […]Continue Reading
As the daughter of a custom home builder, Jackie often accompanied her father to his projects. Observing her dad’s ability to craft intricate homes that positively impacted so many people, she knew early on she was interested in a career in construction. In high school, Jackie became interested in environmental conservation, and in college, she […]Continue Reading
Raven Phillips currently supports five senior-level estimators by setting up projects, managing project schedules, pre-qualification, and all things bidding. And those are just a few of her daily responsibilities. She earned a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Memphis and also has a master’s in corporate communications from Northeastern University. When she completed […]Continue Reading
They say the third time’s the charm, which Jennifer Lacy might agree with in terms of how she found her ultimate career path. Jen graduated from East Texas State University — now Texas A&M University-Commerce — with a bachelor’s degree in operations management and a minor in human resources. After that, she continued her education […]Continue Reading
When Liz Swack was working on her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Alabama, she didn’t know that she’d end up entering the construction industry. “A friend told me about the [job] opening, and I knew Robins & Morton was a great company to work for,” Liz said. “So I went for it. […]Continue Reading
Julya Welch started off as an engineering major at Auburn University, but she soon realized that wasn’t the career path she was meant to take. “I found my way to environmental design,” she said. “There were a lot of electives required for my degree, and I took several building science classes. These courses were so […]Continue Reading
although christena Holcombe has been in the industry for six years, construction has always been in her blood. “My family had a hardware company when I was growing up, and my grandfather and great grandfather were constantly building things in the shop,” she said. “I always had an interest in what they were doing, but […]Continue Reading
For some, the dream of a particular career starts with a childhood interest. For Rallisa Jones, it all started with a building. In high school, Rallisa rode past a construction project in downtown Birmingham every day while driving to school. “My mother was a school teacher, and when I was a senior in high school […]Continue Reading
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