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.
Shauna Garcia, Marketing Manager
Describe Your Role at Pogue:
Overall my role involves seeing through the business procurement process from beginning, when an RFP is released, to the end when a team interviews for final selection of a contractor. Additionally I oversee a marketing team and support marketing needs throughout the company.
How long have you worked at Pogue and in the construction industry?
I’ve been in construction for 19 years, the last 5 at Pogue. I started as a receptionist in a job-site trailer for another construction company. From there I moved into the company’s estimating department as an estimating coordinator. Once I mastered that position I started supporting marketing efforts until there was an open marketing position.
What does a typical day in your job look like?
Most days I spend reading and breaking down RFPs and requests from owners. I often communicate business opportunities to our leadership team and work through strategy for RFP response and delivery. I support the entire company with their marketing needs and oversee a marketing team made up of a proposal coordinator, graphic designer and communications coordinator.
What is your favorite aspect of working in construction?
I enjoy the fast pace and deadline driven work. I really appreciate the culture and the people; it’s such a family environment where people truly care about each other.
What is the best memory you’ve had from working at Pogue?
On my first day at Pogue, Ben Pogue (CEO) prayed for all the employees. While the entire team bowed their heads in prayer he stated, “Bless our employees and their families, their children and their finances.” I felt so blessed to be at a place where they pray for your home life and care about you as a person.
What advice do you have for women who are interested in working in construction?
If you’re thinking about entering the construction industry, don’t be afraid to consider the operations side and working in the field. Many women work in the field and they absolutely love it! Working in operations can be challenging but rewarding.
How a colleague describes Shauna:
“Shauna brings so many great things to Pogue Construction. She is an extremely hard worker who does whatever it takes to get her job done. She is one of the most professional people I have ever worked with and leads by example in everything she does. Colleagues know that she is there for them, whether it’s just being a good listener, or helping with a marketing request. She is constantly looking for ways to make our company and her department better and she works very hard to make sure that we are putting our best foot forward in every area she touches.” Zach Walker, Vice President