Working Behind the Scenes to Keep Projects on Track

DeAnna Cartee      PC team Prosper Stadium Tour

In celebration of Women in Construction Week March 1-7, 2020, Pogue Construction has profiled women from various departments throughout the company to find out why they choose to work in construction and how they make an impact at Pogue Construction.

DeAnna Cartee, Sr. Project Coordinator

Title and Job Description:

As a Sr. Project Coordinator my role involves leading the Project Coordinator Team and implementing new processes and procedures.  I serve as an intermediary between our subcontractors and project managers. I assist Senior Project Managers with job set-up, issuing contracts, change orders, pay applications, processing close-out documentation, and supporting with punch lists.  I work to build relationships with our subcontractors by ensuring documents are complete and executed.

Years at Pogue:

I’ve worked at Pogue 3.5 years; it will be 4 years in August.

Years in Construction and Industry Background:

I have been in the construction industry for 20+ years (my entire career). I started as a temporary Project Assistant with Dalmac Construction, after one week they made me an offer to stay as a full-time employee. I never imagined I would work in construction but immediately loved the day–to-day involvement in projects and seeing a project from beginning to end.

What does a typical day in your job look like?

Lately, my focus has been the transition to our new software program, CMiC. I took the lead on training for the new program for project management. On a regular day I spend time preparing and issuing contracts, communicating with subs regarding change orders or payments, and supporting the Project Coordinator Team.  I provide overall support for the team and make sure all paperwork and required documentation is in order to support the project schedule.

Project Coordinators are involved in every aspect of the project. Multi-tasking is key when working on up to 10 projects at a time. The job also requires a lot of checks and balances on the financial side.

I’ve been lucky to have great mentors along the way, like Gale Roberge (Pogue’s Chief Estimator), who have guided/empowered me through my career to grow and expand on my skills.

What is your favorite aspect about working in construction?

I love that construction projects are always evolving and changing, there’s never a dull moment!  I also enjoy the people – individuals in construction have a strong work ethic and a ‘get it done’ attitude. The industry is always changing which means I get the opportunity constantly learn and grow.  I knew when I started that I was going to be in this industry forever!

What is the best memory you’ve had from working at Pogue?

Supporting the Prosper Stadium Project was an amazing experience with a talented team.

What advice do you have for women who are interested in working in construction?

Be strong and confident; sometimes you have to follow and lead at the same time.

Always ask questions and be engaged. Show your team that you want to be involved every day with every aspect and let them know you want to learn.

Don’t be afraid to speak up and share your ideas.

Whether you want to be in the field or the office, there is so much opportunity for women. And women can offer so much to the industry. Sometimes we (women) have a different way of looking at things and that can be beneficial to the project.

How a colleague describes DeAnna:

“To simply say that DeAnna is an asset to our team would be an understatement. Her work ethic, positive attitude, and professionalism are attributes that allow her to positively impact the projects she is working on and the people she interacts with on a daily basis. Her influence is not only felt by our project management team, but also our estimating team, accounting department, marketing department, field personnel, and clients. Team members at Pogue Construction hold DeAnna, and the difference she makes every day, in the highest regard. This organization is truly better because of her.” ~ Brandon Colquitt, Project Manager