Connie Denman | Project Manager
A Never Ending Series of Changing Circumstances to Forecast and Manage
Today we are featuring Connie Denman, the project manager on our Orange Team who has been with Kensington Glass Arts, Inc. for 10 years. Connie was kind enough to take some time to tell us about what she does day to to day and provides some great advice for women who a looking to go into the construction field.
1. What does a day in the life of a Project Manager for KGa look like?
That’s a big question to answer! A day in the life of a PM is a never ending series of changing circumstances to forecast and manage. You are always thinking ahead, whether it is during the submittal process, the measuring and ordering process or for the final push to completion. There is never a dull moment. A PM has many responsibilities which include staying on schedule to meet end dates on time, staying within budget, managing field staff, vendors and clients. Keeping everyone’s “emotions” managed almost always guarantees a successful project. You are working to gain the trust of your client and build a solid relationship with them, to keep them coming back to us. The job requires a lot of attention to detail, and the ability to multi-task in a very fast paced work environment. You need to be able to see the finish line at the beginning of the project and create a plan for completion so that you never lose sight of it. You also need to be able to think on your feet so that you recover quickly from the bumps you will inevitably encounter along the way.
2. Why did you choose a career in construction?
I landed in the glass industry accidentally 23 years ago because it worked best with my children’s schedule. I found a love for this industry in the process.
3. How many women work in your department?
On my specific team there are just two of us, however, we have a lot more women working at KGa today than when I started working here.
4. What do you love about working at Kensington Glass Arts, Inc.?
I love working here because there is always room for growth. I have been in several positions within the company before becoming a Project Manager, all of which I enjoyed. However, I probably would not have thought of becoming a PM had it not been for our CEO and VP giving me the encouragement I needed to give it a try.
5. What advice do you have for women who want to get started with a career in construction?
I would say go for it! You have to work hard…sometimes it feels like twice as hard to get the same recognition, but in the end it is worth every minute you put into it. It is very gratifying to walk a project at the end and see all of the materials come together and know you had a part in the outcome.