Tell us about your role and a little of your background at US LBM.
I am a Shop Supervisor for Carpentry Contractors Company’s prefab shop in Montrose. I also run the Employee Engagement Committee and recently joined the Social Media Committee for Lyman Companies. I started working at CCC six years ago as a carpenter helper. My first day, I immediately realized I didn’t know much about carpentry. Thankfully I was determined not to give up and had many trainers and motivators to keep me going.
How did you get into the industry?
I was working as a Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide and wanted a change. I had always felt like I wanted a “man job” but didn’t think I would be accepted anywhere, until I met a woman that said she had a job like that; she introduced me to CCC and US LBM.
What do you like most about your work?
I love swinging a hammer! The thing I like most is encouraging and helping others rise to their fullest potential. Starting from the bottom, not knowing much about the carpentry world, has given me a great perspective and helps me convey to others that anything is possible if you set your mind to it. Through CCC’s Employee Engagement Committee and through social media I have been able to show more about who we are as a company and what we do.
How have you grown as a professional since you joined the company?
When I first started, I had a lot of anxiety and doubts. As time went on, with my peers and mentors encouraging me the entire way, I went from a carpenter helper, moved up six positions to what I am now, Shop Supervisor and Social Media Coordinator. I have learned how to handle some of the most difficult situations and so much more.
How would you describe the culture at US LBM?
US LBM has a culture of its own. I would describe it as impactful. They see potential in the smallest of people and pour into them. They were willing to invest in me, seeing the potential in me that I didn’t see in myself. US LBM puts their employees first and is respectful and mindful about their personal lives. They are all about their people.
What would you say makes US LBM unique?
How involved US LBM is in their people makes them unique. They are constantly offering classes and training to help their team succeed, providing resources to help employees be the best they can be. I would also say that everything they are doing day in and day out makes a difference. From donating cards for seniors to building homes for Habitat for Humanity, they are always trying to do good in our communities – I love that and being a part of the change!