What took you down this career path?
I was an Interior Design major at CSU, and decided to minor in Construction Management. After being enrolled as a CM student for half a semester, I realized I was enjoying my CM classes a lot more than my ID classes. I enjoyed the CM class content and the other students so much that I decided to make residential Construction Management my career.
Who do you most admire?
Honestly? My dad. When I decided to change majors from Interior Design to Construction Management, I asked him one question – “Are you OK with paying for me to get a degree in construction?“ He then asked me, “Is it something you think you will love going to work every
day? If so, then your tuition is money well spent.” I told him I definitely loved every aspect of the residential construction industry. The rest is history… 24 years later, with a degree in construction management, I still wholeheartedly love what I do and the people I work with.
Your favorite restaurant?
We have a local restaurant here in Loveland, Henry’s Pub, where the people/ staff are lovely. However, I will never turn down an opportunity to enjoy a burger from Red Robin…
What are your hobbies?
My first love is golf… I played in high school (not very well) after taking lessons from my dad. When my kids were 11 and 9, my husband and I started to play in the early mornings (date “mornings” instead of date “ nights”) Both of the kids were always still in bed when we got home, Since then, both kids have taken up the game, too… I love our “Buckner foursome” outings – even though the kids totally “school” me, now…
What was the last great book you read?
“The Art of Racing in the Rain” – I’m a total dog fan… This was a great book that made me realize there are so many other viewpoints than my own.
What is your favorite spot in Colorado to visit?
Estes Park – can’t get enough of that home-town feel.
Your work philosophy?
Go big or stay home.
What do you think is the state of the building industry in your area?
Northern Colorado’s residential building is the strongest it’s been in over eight years… However, there is still a constant struggle with building jurisdictions – the building permit fee increases are out of control. Our local chapter has decided to put forth money to do a study
to determine where these fees are going. I’m both excited, but hesitant, to see what these results will yield.
Do you have a favorite project, and why?
I love our custom homes… nothing like turning a dream into reality for our homeowners.
Any advice for a new CAHB member?
Don’t concentrate so much on where your fees are going; local chapters, along with the state and national chapters, have done so many things to help all home builders, including general liability insurance costs, construction defects, etc. These chapters don’t “advertise” the great things they are fighting for. Don’t get caught in the minutia – realize that we are providing the American Dream. We all get lost in the profit margin.
What are you working on now?
Work wise ? Custom homes – so excited to work on such a great diversification of homes.
NoCo HBA chapter wise? Working with the local community college (Front Range Community College) and a local high school (Loveland High School) to recruit motivated, hard-working students for skilled labor. Our current work force needs the many talented young people out there. I strive to make these young adults realize they are needed and worthy as I feel our society continues to make feel anyone interested in the construction industry feel second-rate.
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