Tell us about your role and a little of your background at US LBM.
I started with US LBM in 2017 as a Support Specialist on the IT Service Desk. I worked on the Service Desk for about three years until joining the Project Management team. As a Project Manager, I handled the implementation of technology for new locations and acquisitions. Since then, I have joined the IT Business Engagement team where my primary responsibility is to be a voice for our businesses and IT teams. We are here to improve IT performance, support and communication.
How did you get into the industry?
My dad started his own computer consulting business in the early 90’s, so my interest in IT started at a young age. I realized I could make it a career, so when I found an opportunity on US LBM’s Service Desk, I jumped on it. My management team took a gamble with hiring me, since I had little knowledge about IT, but I was super excited to learn and help out.
What do you like most about your work?
I think the most rewarding part of my job is having the opportunity to build relationships with our divisions and other team members. I enjoy feeling like I am making a difference in people’s lives. I am able to use my skillset of translating “IT stuff” into a message that people can understand. I enjoy being an advocate for our divisions and for our IT teams.
How have you grown as a professional since you joined the company?
I have grown a TON since starting with US LBM. I entered the company completely “green,” having no formal IT education and little experience. With the help of my teammates, I was able to learn so much about IT in general, in addition to the institutional knowledge about each of our divisions. The skills I learned through my positions at USLBM translate well into any job around the company.
How would you describe the culture at US LBM?
I would describe US LBM’s culture as supportive. I have always been encouraged to take on new challenges, and without the support of my teammates, I wouldn’t be where I am now.
What would you say makes US LBM unique?
US LBM’s diversity makes us unique. Each one of our divisions does something different than the next, yet we’re able to come together as one and leverage our skills cross-divisionally to become a more powerful company.