Tell us about your involvement with ABC/CMEF?
We are fairly new members of the ABC of Greater Houston Chapter and I must say, I am very proud to be a part of this wonderful organization. Since the start of our membership with ABC, I joined a few committees in order to get more involved and get acquainted with other members of the organization and its staff. I am currently an active member of the Commercial Committee, Political Action Committee and most recently joined the Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
Why did you decide to become involved with ABC/CMEF?
I am always looking for ways to help others and like to get more involved with our community and the industry. I enjoy working with people and am willing and able to help out when and where I can. My Mentor and Leader, Craig La Grappe, saw a great opportunity for me to do this with the ABC organization, so, he encouraged me to join and get involved. Everyone that we have met at ABC has been very helpful, cordial and very welcoming…it feels good to be a part of such a great organization. I am also very fortunate to be able to work with a company like ABGi, a company that understands the value of providing sponsorship, helping the community and the industry alike, and who affords me the opportunity to get more involved with this organization. My new role as Business Development Manager for ABGi USA, along with the many years experience as a Director of Human Resources and Safety, and Consulting, in the Construction, Fabrication, and Oil & Gas industries will be very helpful in my personal goals to grow with this organization and be able to mentor others and those young adults coming into the industry.
What’s your greatest achievement (personal or professional) and how has it shaped the person you are today?
I feel that my greatest achievement thus far, both personal and professional, is where I am in life today. I have a great new Sales career in the Finance industry, I am a proud member of the ABC organization, and my husband, Mike, and I have a big beautiful family to boast about. I have faced head-on many adversities and hurdles along the way in my career path and in life, in general, that have made me the person I am today. Growing up in the industry, a Latina, I worked very hard…put in many late nights, weekends, and holidays to grow professionally…and successfully balanced that with my family and home life as well.
What’s the best piece of advice you have to offer for someone new to the industry?
Get involved as much as possible…whether it be by joining committees, attending events and providing sponsorship whenever and for whomever you can, etc.!