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.
Debi Morellil-Matzke, Executive Assistant to Ben Pogue, President & CEO
Describe Your Role at Pogue:
I keep Ben’s life simple; organizing events, calendars, and meetings. I work proactively to find solutions and present them to Ben so he can be prepared. My role also involves managing the office. Making sure office contractors, vendor and services are executed.
How long have you worked at Pogue and in the construction industry?
In June, it will be two years since I joined Pogue and the construction industry. Before that my career was focused on hospitality, most recently in restaurant management and prior to that 23 years as a flight attendant. When I was working as a Manager at Rick’s Chophouse downtown McKinney, I had the pleasure of meeting and working with the entire Pogue family. I love the hospitality industry and taking care of people, becoming an executive assistant felt like a natural fit.
One of the things I love most about working at Pogue is the people that I work with. It’s wonderful to be in such a fun environment where your team members become friends and family. I’m always bragging about working at Pogue. As a result, everyone I know wants to work here!
What does a typical day in your job look like?
I typically spend a lot of time managing schedules, answering phone calls, emails and responding to requests that need immediate attention. There really is no typical day for me because it’s ever changing. I like walking in not knowing exactly what to expect. It requires flexibility and the ability to shift gears quickly.
What is your favorite aspect of working in construction?
Something I really enjoy about working in construction is seeing the behind the scenes and what goes into getting a project built. You have no idea the time and energy, and the sheer number of people involved in completing a project. There is such a sense of accomplishment in seeing projects in their final stages.
I also love the people and the culture. I’ve had the pleasure of working for some incredible companies, however I’ve never worked at a place where the culture is so consistent. Pogue team members and leadership team definitely walk the talk. I have the advantage of working ‘behind closed doors’ where I witness our leaders showcase an incredible level of integrity, loyalty and care for this company, team members, clients and subcontractors.
What is the best memory you’ve had from working at Pogue?
My favorite memory is actually from my very first day of work! The Dallas Business Journal was at the office taking pictures of the team in recognition of the company being voted one of the best places to work in DFW. That was a pretty exciting way to start a new job.
I also love Monday mornings. We start our week off together with a devotion, prayer requests and team members sharing from their heart.
What advice do you have for women who are interested in working in construction?
People may think that construction is a man’s world, but there are so many different aspects of this industry for women to grow, excel and advance. Everyone is treated equally here and we all bring unique and valuable skills to the company.
How a colleague describes Debi:
“Deb is positive energy. She is a hard worker and problem solves so well. Nothing is above her or beneath her, she is willing to get her hands dirty if needed. I’m so thankful for Deb. She makes me better, keeps me on schedule, takes giant loads off of me so I can focus on important things. Without her not only would I not be functioning at a high level but the company wouldn’t either as a result. She is truly a Godsend and the best!
Not only that, but Debi brings the fun to everything she does. Even in stressful situations Debi always finds a way to laugh and shine a positive light. She has a servants’ heart that is made of pure gold. Pogue is so beyond lucky to have Debi who works tirelessly to make Pogue one of the Best Places to Work.” ~Ben Pogue, President & CEO