CELEBRATING WIC WEEK: THE AMAZING WOMEN OF WEIFIELD (FEATURE #2)
CELEBRATING WIC WEEK: THE AMAZING WOMEN OF WEIFIELD (FEATURE #2)!
March 1 – 7, 2020 is nationally recognized as Women in Construction (WIC) Week — where companies throughout the U.S. celebrate and emphasize the growing role of women in the industry!
We are excited to profile some of the highly competent and committed women in our ranks, this week – next up is Sage Johnson, Weifield Executive Assistant!
“I LOVE THE PEOPLE WHO WORK IN CONSTRUCTION” ~ SAGE JOHNSON, WEIFIELD EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
I started as a General Manager of a small restaurant; I was not getting what I needed from that job, and it wasn’t conducive to being a first-time mother. So I did some research and learned that the construction industry was booming. I took a leap of faith and took a job as an office manager at a small welding firm. It was a bit daunting being in a new atmosphere, but I grew to love it more and more. The challenges of construction are unique, and I felt like this was my place. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out at the welding shop, so I started my search again to find my next place. That is when I found an HR position at Weifield! It was a breath of fresh air the moment I walked into the door. I knew I was part of something bigger and I couldn’t wait to make it a better place. I spent about a year in HR; while I loved the experience I received in HR, the opportunity was proposed to me to become Seth’s (the CEO’s) assistant which was something I haven’t done before. So again, I took a leap of faith and fol-lowed my gut. It was one of the best decisions I have made. I have learned so much in just two years, from how to maintain a schedule to how to acquire a company. Oh, how I have grown! I now have a goal to run a division of Weifield in ten years and I have a great support system willing to get me there. I am so grateful!
What I enjoy most about the construction industry has to be the challenge. I love to solve problems and identify innovative ways to make things better, faster, and stronger. Also, I love the people that work in construction. We are rough around the edges, but we carry good hearts and souls.
For their guidance and support throughout my career, I first want to thank Lauren in HR for hiring me, and for mentoring me to get to the next level. She taught me a lot in a little time and I would not be where I am at today without her guidance. I also want to thank the owners of Weifield for building an amazing company where my family and I can thrive. Lastly, I would like to thank Seth; it is amazing to see where we are now, compared to where we were just two years ago. He has little time, but he makes sure to spend time with me to help get me to my goals. He has given me so much more than a job; he has allowed me to share my thoughts openly, be who I want to be, and become a better worker and person. I have never had a boss that was so dynamic and I don’t think there is a better teacher to learn from.
What I enjoy most about Weifield is the people I get to work with every day. Starting at our executive level, where they have taught me so much, to our field guys who are the hardest workers I have ever met. I am blown away almost every day to watch the way we truly interact like a big family. We have each other’s back, and we are willing to fight for one another to get to the same goals. You don’t find that at a lot of places, especially a construction firm. Also, I love to brag about all the cool/one-of-a-kind work we do!
My aspiration for the future is to run a division of Weifield — successfully. Now, I am not sure what division or what that looks like now, but I know that’s what I want and I want to do it with Weifield. This means a lot for me as a woman because you look at someone like Karla Nugent (Chief Business Development Officer), who has managed to become so successful as a woman in construction at a whole different level. She is grounded in her faith/community, isn’t afraid to tell it how it is, and she is humble, philanthropic, poised, and confident. She is someone I look up to and aspire to be, one day. I hope that more women find these opportunities and get to look up to me one day in the same light.