A new honor for women in construction

Women make an impact across Minnesota’s construction industry on job sites and behind the scenes. Finance & Commerce is recognizing these construction leaders at the inaugural Top Women in Construction awards.

“We report on the construction industry every day,” said Finance & Commerce Publisher Bill Gaier, “It’s a very male-centric industry, but we started hearing stories of how women are impacting the industry and felt the time was right to recognize that contribution. These awards will be a celebration of women in construction.”

Women will be recognized in six categories for their innovative approaches to industry development, community involvement and business integrity.

Finalists have been named in the categories of industry leadership, outstanding tradesperson/craftswoman, outstanding project management/estimating, companies to watch, outstanding service to the profession, and professional services. Category winners and an overall Top Woman in Construction will be announced at an evening event on March 25 and featured in a special Finance & Commerce publication.

The awards finalists are:

Industry Leadership

Diane Haugen – CEO, Certified Wood Products Inc.

Christy Lewis – Vice president, Suntide Commercial Realty

Kristine Lindeman – Director of construction, Best Buy Co. Inc

Gerry Stock – President and CEO, Central Roofing Co.

Krystal Vierkant – Owner, CEO, CFO, Rock On Trucks Inc., Rock On Cos.

Outstanding Tradesperson/Craftswoman

Crystal Felch – Field engineer, Greiner Construction

Kelly Martin – Journeyman laborer, Mortenson Construction 

Barb Pecks – Union business representative, North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters

Laurie Walters – Field laborer, RJM Construction

Outstanding Project Management/Estimating

Chris Dokken – Senior project manager, Kraus-Anderson

Stacy Glovka – Senior project manager, Greiner Construction

Sarah Paul – Senior virtual design and construction specialist, JE Dunn Construction

Tina Serafin – Division manager, Danny’s Construction Co. LLC

Amy Staudinger – Senior director, project management services, Colliers International | Minneapolis-St. Paul

Companies to Watch

Debra Hilmerson – President and CEO, Hilmerson Safety

Elissa Merritt – President, Above the Rest Floors and More

Elizabeth Ennenga – CEO, Quad E Companies Inc.

Jamey Flannery – President, Flannery Construction

Meghan Huber – Vice president, Welsh Construction

Outstanding Service to the Profession

Elizabeth Campbell – Director, emerging business inclusion, Ryan Cos. US Inc.

Jocelyn Knoll – Partner; chair of construction & design practice group; co-chair of development & infrastructure industry group, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Seaen Kosmides – CEO, OlympiaTech Electric

Barb Lau – Executive director, Association of Women Contractors

Yolanda McIntosh – Corporate EEO officer – human resources manager – MN division, Lunda Construction Co.

Professional Services

Mary Cave – Client executive, Cobb Strecker Dunphy Zimmermann

Kristine A. Kubes – Founder and CEO, Kubes Law Office

Erin Mathern – Attorney/shareholder, Winthrop & Weinstine

Cindy McCleary – Vice president, managing principal, Leo A. Daly

Willy Morrison – Manager, Concrete Materials Laboratory, American Engineering Testing Inc.

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