Columbia, SC, November 18, 2016
Please join our chapter in welcoming our newest member, Jill Surface who is a Project Manager with Vulcraft South Carolina a division of Nucor! Her office is based in Lexington, SC and we look forward to learning more about Jill and Vulcraft.
Vulcraft Corporation was founded in 1946 in Florence, South Carolina as an industrial steel fabrication facility. In the fall of 1954, the company began manufacturing long and short span joists exclusively. Vulcraft – South Carolina became a member of the Steel Joists Institute in May 1959 and was subsequently purchased by Nuclear Corporation of America in September of 1962.
North Charleston, SC, November 16, 2016
NAWIC Chapter 113 members (l to r) Brittany Grabski of Brownstone Construction Group and Susan Clary of Contract Construction participated in Charleston County School District’s (CCSD) Small-Women-Minority Business Fair informational session at Chicora Elementary School in North Charleston, SC, on November 16, 2016.
The event was facilitated by Brownstone Construction Group in conjunction with CCSD and Cumming Construction Management to give women-owned business enterprises, small and minority subcontractors a forum to interact with General Contractors and discover future opportunities.
Columbia, SC, November 10, 2016
NAWIC Chapter #113’s established initiative, “Buddy Lunch,” brought this fine group of ladies together for a meal and an enjoyable mid-day gathering at Za’s Brick Oven, located on Devine St., Columbia, SC.
NAWIC members pictured (l to r) include: Dana Jacobs, Sign-It-Quick; Christie Lee, Boyer Construction; Haley Ray, Haley Ray Pavement Marking; Nichole Kopenhaver, McCrory Construction; Tia Hudson, Metcon; and Susan Clary, Contract Construction.
Members discovered that they have a lot in common, are passionate about NAWIC, and genuinely care about helping each other succeed in their personal and professional development.
Columbia, SC, November 4, 2016
Members Nichole Kopenhaver, CIT and KC Fondaw of Chapter #113’s Career Awareness Committee were invited to attend a Career Development Facilitator Networking Meeting at Midlands Technical College, Harbison Campus. Nichole presented to the group of local county school career specialists on the structure, growing trends, careers within the construction industry and how educators can help encourage students to follow a path within the industry. Other presenters included: South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association (Douglas O’Flaherty), Midlands REC update (Dr. Kaye Shaw), Richland Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Youth Services Div. (Deputy Steffany Boyd / Captain Harris).
Columbia, SC, November 3, 2016 – Several NAWIC Chapter #113 members attended the Ultimate Business Expo for Small, Woman-Owned and Minority Contractors and Suppliers on November 3, 2016, from 7:30 to 2:00 at the Koger Center for the Arts. The event was sponsored by The University of South Carolina and the South Carolina Airports Coalition. Pictured are April Coleman, Precision Plumbing of Sandy Run, Inc., Tia Hudson, Metcon, and Susan Clary, Contract Construction, Inc. Other members who were in attendance include Haley Ray, Haley Ray Pavement Marking, and Brittany Grabski, Brownstone.
The University of South Carolina in conjunction with the SC Airports Coalition (Columbia, Charleston, Greenville-Spartanburg and Myrtle Beach), continued its initiative to provide informative networking and purchasing opportunities that will benefit all small and minority businesses in South Carolina. The Ultimate Business Expo included sessions to inform businesses of upcoming construction projects at the University of South Carolina and to provide information on upcoming opportunities with the South Carolina Airports.
The following information sessions were held:
View from the Top: An overview of upcoming Construction Projects and upcoming opportunities, USC Facilities/CM At-Risk Contractors; Perfecting Your Elevator Speech: TJ Watkins, Enterprise Holdings Joint Ventures, A Different Twist: Jill Myers, Hudson Group Bonding Is A Necessity: Joe Jackson, US DOT Mid-South Atlantic Region DBE and ACDBE Certification: Christina Johnson, SC Department of Transportation.
Columbia, SC, November 1, 2016
Please help us in welcoming Brownstone as a company partner to our chapter and congratulations to Brittany Grabski! Brittany Grabski has accepted the Marketing Director position with Brownstone in Columbia, SC and they have graciously signed her up as a NAWIC member under their firm!
Brownstone is a full-service consulting firm specializing in Program/Construction Management and Architecture. We are experienced and competent professionals who can manage, design and deliver projects as clients expect, “with superior quality, under budget and on time.” To find more out about Brownstone go to www.bstonegroup.com
Katie McKinley, a 5th Grade Teacher at Midway Elementary School and the founder of PattyPacks, will be the guest speaker at our Chapter’s November 1, 2016 membership meeting. PattyPacks was created in loving memory of her son, Patterson Grey McKinley.
The mission of PattyPacks is to assist the families of infants and children born with a vast array of congenital heart defects. PattyPacks strives to reduce the emotional strain on the child’s family during hospitalization.
The inspiration of PattyPacks is derived from Patterson Grey McKinley’s hospitalization, at birth, and subsequent visits to the Medical University of South Carolina. Patterson, his nurses, his doctors and his other heart family friends provided an awesome example of evaluating life’s priorities.
It is PattyPacks intent to deliver “the Pack” for families to utilize during the stressful hours in the operating room and during post op. PattyPacks was launched by the gifts and blessings of many of Patterson’s family and friends and now continues to be supported by the community through fundraisers and our annual PattyPacks Warm a Heart 5K and 10K race.
Over the last 5 years PattyPacks has delivered thousands of packs to families at The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital in Columbia.
NAWIC Chapter #113 Member Meeting will be held at Mashburn Construction,1820 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201. Date & Time: November 1, 2016, at 6:00 PM
For more information, please contact: Coral Brandt (Jumper Carter Sease Architects), Membership Chairperson, phone: 803.791.1020; email: email@example.com
Fort Worth, TX, September 28, 2016
The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) installed Connie Leipard, CIT, as its 62nd National President during NAWIC’s Annual Meeting and Education Conference in San Antonio, Texas on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. Leipard, owner of Quality Drywall Construction, has been a member of NAWIC’s Central Missouri Chapter since 1995.
“NAWIC is poised to make a positive impact in the construction industry by focusing our resources on member career development through leadership opportunities, education and networking,” said Leipard. “The 2016-2017 NAWIC national board is committed to making a difference by implementing effective training programs for our members. In addition, we will increase engagement with construction employers to determine future training programs. Our efforts will lead to greater success in recruiting and retaining women in the industry.”
Leipard’s goals for the upcoming year include providing training resources for chapter leaders and individual members to promote personal, professional and association growth; continuing succession planning for the upcoming retirement of NAWIC’s executive vice president; and implementing a national marketing program.
Leipard’s theme for her year in office is “Support – Encourage – Grow.” This encompasses what NAWIC is all about—enhancing the success of women in the construction industry. She wants to, “remind members of the opportunities we have through NAWIC to make a difference in the industry and for the women employed in it. As we support, encourage and grow, the influence of women in the industry will increase.”
NAWIC also installed officers President-Elect Catherine D. Schoenenberger, Granite State Chapter, N.H.; Vice President Dove Sifers-Putman, CBT, Charlotte, N.C. Chapter; Treasurer Anne Pfleger, CIT, Lima Ohio Area Chapter; Secretary Diane I. Mike, CBT,Fort Worth, Texas Chapter; and Immediate Past President Riki F. Lovejoy, CBT, CIT, Greater Orlando, Fla. Chapter.
In addition to the officers, the NAWIC board is comprised of a director from each of the association’s eight regions. Each director serves a two-year term and is elected by her peers to bring the wishes and needs of the chapters to the attention of the association. New directors installed include:
- Midwest Region Director Vickie Nickel, CIT, Greater Kansas City, Mo. Chapter;
- North Central Region Director Jenny Mangas, Cincinnati, Ohio Chapter;
- Northeast Region Director Doreen Bartoldus, P.E., CCM, Lower Hudson, N.Y. Chapter; and
- Pacific Southwest Region Director Elizabeth M. Teramoto, CIT, Las Vegas, Nev. Chapter.
NAWIC region directors serving the second year of their term include:
- Pacific Northwest Region Director Ruth Fritts, Boise, Idaho Chapter;
- South Atlantic Region Director Lorie Lythgoe, Richmond, Va. Chapter;
- South Central Region Director Dena Rowland, Fort Worth, Texas Chapter; and
- Southeast Region Director Angelia McElroy, CIT, Tampa, Fla. Chapter.
NAWIC is an international association serving approximately 124 chapters across the United States. It was founded in 1953 to enhance the success of women in the construction industry as “Women in Construction of Fort Worth, Texas.” In 1955, the charter was expanded to allow chapters to form across the country and the National Association of Women in Construction was born. NAWIC’s Core Purpose is “To enhance the success of women in the construction industry.” The association has expanded to include international affiliates in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom. For more information, please contact Communications Director Autumn Daughetee at (817) 877-5551. Visit NAWIC online at www.nawic.org.
SOURCE National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)