Employee Spotlight | Nancy Genies
KGa Preconstruction & Contract Administrator
Nancy Genies, the Preconstruction and Contract Administrator for Kensington Glass Arts, Inc. comes through the Ijamsville office greeting everyone with a “Good Afternoon” while she distributes samples and checks in with Project Managers. A vibrant personality and dedicated individual, Nancy has spent the last 4 years working on the Preconstruction Team to facilitate the initial phases of some of KGa’s biggest projects. Nancy took some time to share with us her career journey with KGa and her thoughts on careers in construction. This is her story.
Nancy Genies accepted a position as the Preconstruction Administrator in the winter of 2016. Now a Preconstruction and Contract Administrator, Nancy plays a vital role on the Preconstruction Team. Her position is really two roles in one. As a Preconstruction Administrator, Nancy is responsible for “requesting and tracking samples of glass and metals [KGa] is providing for individual contracts, tracking critical path milestones and reporting progress or challenges to the Preconstruction Team.” Her role also requires her to “interface with all the Materials Management, Logistical, Finance, and Fabrication departments for the KGa-fabricated glass and with Specialty vendors for the “fancy” glass. [She] works with the Preconstruction team to keep the Project Management Teams up-to-date on the samples.” She continues, “as things may change throughout the project, as they are known to do, Preconstruction continues to support Project Management.” As for the Contract Administrator portion of her job, Nancy is responsible for “reviewing all incoming contracts to make sure the scope of work included matches what they have bid. [Nancy] identifies job-specific activities that must be followed, as well as any circumstances or penalties that can affect KGa negatively, so they can be addressed or modified before the contract is signed.” Aside from the many duties she performs in her position, Nancy also assists in managing the KGa-Frederick office. Nancy shares “I try to keep track of and maintain an adequate supply of the standard office supplies, janitorial supplies, and above all else – the COFFEE to keep the troops moving forward.” She laughs, “People are very serious about their coffee!”
When asked what she loves most about her job, Nancy shares, “being able to contribute to the success of KGa is my primary joy. That joy comes from working with such a wonderful and diverse group of folks, both my internal and external clients.” Despite this, Nancy shares that her role does in fact, come with its own challenges, but shares “most challenges are manageable with thinking outside the box, asking for feedback, or just listening. The KGa team is a resourceful group.”
When asked why she chose a career in construction, Nancy shares, “I have worked in many different industries throughout my professional career. Construction has been my primary path.” She continues, “I am drawn to construction because I am continually in awe of seeing a “concept” become a “reality”. Spending the majority of her career in construction, Nancy shares that the industry has changed quite a bit. She began her career in the age of “slide rule, hand-drafted plans, and blueprint machines.” She says, “technology has invaded/improved the construction industry as it has everywhere else in our world. Construction can be honed down to the nth degree in every area with computerized-this and computerized-that.” She marvels, “I sometimes wonder how we were able to successfully build anything before all of this “Google-it” technology, but those buildings are still standing and remain in use, as well as being models for buildings being designed today.”
As someone who’s primary path has always been construction, we asked Nancy what kind of advice she would give a high school student struggling to decide whether to pursue a college degree or a career in the skilled trades. She responded, “I would advise students to evaluate the cost, time, and money that is required for various professions. Research salaries, which will surprise them. Check on the statistics for growth. After that list is created, look at it and evaluate what the ROI will be for what they think/thought they wanted to do. If they start in a profession that does not require a great output of money in the front, they can work at a job where they can save the money to move into another profession without creating a cesspool of debt they can never finish repaying while working in a profession they really don’t want to follow.” Thank you for sharing your story with us Nancy!