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'Don't be intimidated,
have confidence in
your knowledge and
speak with confidence.'
Much infrastructure will be needed for that growth, Bond says. "So
the possibilities are only going to become greater, and I am extremely excited about the possibilities for me as a woman in this arena,"
work will be its main source of
business going forward.
The New Normal
Bond has structured JOYCO mindfully after her experiences in the
male-dominated construction industry. "There are certain realities of
working in construction," she states.
"As an employer, I have found that women can be a distraction on
a busy site," she says, adding that she hopes this will change as more
women become involved in construction and learn trades.
"There are more subcontractors hiring women within their own
companies and placing them on their site crews," she says. "It's happening gradually, and soon it may not be the exception but ordinary
business as usual. That day is coming, I am sure of it."
Kress' stance on the issue has made him an ideal partner. "Randy
has a great philosophy, [which is] 'I like working with people who
get the job done, man or woman,'" Bond says. "That really is the
bottom line for me as an employer."
For now, though, Bond says, Kress will be the face of JOYCO. "We
have found this to work well for us," she says. "If I need to be on site,
I'm there, but most days, I do choose to be on site after construction
has ended for the day."
"Infrastructure is going to be my main source as far as the state and
federal contracts I am looking to connect with," she predicts.
She also believes the industry will hire and train more women to
adjust to the current labor shortage. "They're going to have to and
the salaries are going to attract the women," she says. "I really do
think that is the future.
"The thing that I would say to women considering a career in construction is, don't be intimidated, have confidence in your knowledge and speak with confidence," she advises. "The acceptance and
respect will be there."
Bond plans for JOYCO to work with large developers as the business
continues to grow.
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