Category: Women in Construction

Building Together: Mindy Lovell

Mindy Lovell never planned to join the ranks of the construction industry. Now 20 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 […]

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Building Together: Pecola Sims-Barthell

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 […]

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Building Together: Jackie Mustakas

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 […]

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Building Together: Janelle Carriere

Although Janelle is a recent addition to the Robins & Morton team, she has been studying construction and working in the field for some time. She graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in building construction. After that, she took the traditional path many new college graduates experience in the industry. “I […]

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Building Together: Raven Phillips

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 […]

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Building Together: Jennifer Lacy

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 […]

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  • Division Marketing Director
  • Lean
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Building Together: Liz Swack

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,” Swack said. “So I went for it. […]

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Building Together: Anais Escalona

Six years ago, Anais was working as an importer and exporter of heavy machinery when she saw that Robins & Morton was looking for an administrative assistant. She decided to take a chance and apply for the position – and that chance paid off. Anais started out answering phones and scanning documents, but within three […]

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  • Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida
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Building Together: Julya Welch

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 […]

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Building Together: Christena Holcombe

Christena Holcombe has only been in the industry for about five years, but 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 […]

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