Women In Construction Week – Suzie Bennett
Suzie Bennett | Project Administrator
“Working in construction comes with a lot of ups and downs. A lot of stress. Lots of last-minute things that need to get done. Lots of things that needed to be fixed yesterday. Learn to laugh it off. Learn to be resilient. Never give up.”
Why did you get into the construction industry?
Growing up, I was always drawing and designing buildings and properties. I must have planned out my future farm a million times by the time I graduated high school. When I graduated and started hunting for a job, I ended up getting into construction and have never looked back.
Why did you choose to work at Martin Horn?
I had previously worked as a subcontractor for Martin Horn and knew it was a company that treated people well and always put 100% into their work. I was cruising through job listings one day, just to see what was out there, and came across the listing for Martin Horn and I knew that I needed to go for it.
What unique skills do you bring to your job as a woman?
I am highly organized and have the ability to quickly change gears from one project to another.
Are there women who inspired you along the way? Who?
Margie Goldstein-Engle has always been a huge inspiration. She is one of the world’s top female equestrians. She started out with nothing but hard work and determination. She has accomplished so much and is still out showing and winning. Yet even with all her fame, she will stop to talk and help anyone.
What career advice do you have for younger women interested in construction?
Working in construction comes with a lot of ups and downs. A lot of stress. Lots of last-minute things that need to get done. Lots of things that needed to be fixed yesterday. Learn to laugh it off. Learn to be resilient. Never give up.
Why do you think women should work in construction?
Woman generally have a better eye for the smaller details. It’s imperative in construction to be able to look at both the big picture as well as the smallest details to determine if what is being constructed for the best possible outcome and to achieve its intended purpose.