Elena Montenegro | Accounting Manager
In this Field You Can See and Share Your Success!
Elena Montenegro is the Account Manager at KGa. Elena has been with the company for 10 years and was kind enough to take some time to tell us about what her daily responsibilities are and how she got into the construction business.
1. What does a day in the life of a Accounting Manager for KGa look like?
I check my e-mails for messages that will need my attention first thing in the morning. I am mostly looking for Waivers, which in turn translates to money. I am the one that set up new jobs in our computer system for the contract division, request Certificate of Insurance, and submit any documentation needed to start the new jobs. I meet with all the Project Managers to go over their jobs the 1st week in the month. I prepare for our monthly billings the 2nd week of the month. The busiest days for me is between the 10th through the 25th of the month. I help the Service Department with sending out their invoices to their customers.
2. Why did you choose a career in construction?
I began my career in construction in 1996. I had to learn a new language after coming from an import/export international coffee company based in New York City. I move to Maryland and was given the chance to learn about the construction field. I was going to do the billing for Builders Hardware Company. I had to learn how to communicate in the construction language from how to bill for hinges to hollow metal doors including door size, closers, hinges & door stops, just to name a few.
3. How many women work in your department?
Currently there are 2, myself & Pam but there will soon be 3.
4. What do you love about working at Kensington Glass Arts, Inc.?
I love working for KGa because it is an easy working environment.
5. What advice do you have for women who want to get started with a career in construction?
Please don’t be afraid to get into this field. It is rewarding to know that we are part of the construction and remodeling of nearby buildings! I used to go to place like the local library, hospitals & schools and I would say “that door is from Builders Hardware!” It made me feel so proud. Now, I go to the African American Museum and I can say “Kensington Glass Arts helped build this!” In this field you can see and share your success!