Kate Derexson | Service Manager
Everyday is Different and Full of Challenges
Kate Derexson is KGa’s service manager, she was kind enough to chat with us about what her job entails and what she loves most about working for KGa. Thanks for sharing with us Kate!
1. What does a day in the life of a Service Manager for KGa look like?
A day in the life of the Service Manager is always changing! Everyday is different and full of different challenges but the best part of the day is a job completed and more importantly a satisfied customer.
2. Why did you choose a career in construction?
My father was in the construction material business as well as very handy. I spent a lot of time as a kid watching him build things and I learned from a young age about tools and building materials. I, of course, was stubborn and went down a completely different path, acquiring a degree in Public Relations & Advertising. After working in the trade show industry for awhile and deciding it wasn’t for me, I went to work for a home builder and then a glass company as an estimator and eventually ended up at KGa. My dad always said construction was in my blood and I can admit now he was right!
3. How many women work in your department?
Two women work in the service department. Myself & my assistant, Ann.
4. What do you love about working at Kensington Glass Arts, Inc.?
The thing I love most about working at KGa is the people. I work with amazing men and women that support and assist each other in a way I’ve never encountered anywhere else.
5. What advice do you have for women who want to get started with a career in construction?
My advice to women wanting to begin a career in construction is simple…Go for it! If you have a passion for it, pursue it. Find somewhere to work that encourages your growth in the industry. Starting out in the glass business, I was one of a few women, especially as an estimator, but I didn’t let anything stop me from learning everything I could and making valuable connections. I would encourage other women to not be intimidated and do the same.