Women in Construction

Laura Hopson

Builders Exchange of Michigan: How did you earn your first dollar? Laura Hopson: EM Services was established back in 1993. I did not start EM Services, I bought the majority of the ownership of the business in November 2018. So, it is difficult to...

Brenda Vander Ploeg

Builders Exchange of Michigan: How did you earn your first dollar? Brenda Vander Ploeg: At a young age, my father would take me to his office on Saturday mornings for miscellaneous chores. I still remember him taking the cash out of his wallet to...

Dian Selleck Wilson

Builders Exchange of Michigan: How did you earn your first dollar? Dian Selleck Wilson: One of my first projects was The Spirit of Ford in Dearborn. I think that was the first project I earned money. BX: What drew you to the...

Lisa Knight

Lisa Knight, owner of DVapple Logistics LLC, started her company in 2019. DVapple specializes in concrete flatwork, sidewalks, and concrete steps. Builders Exchange of Michigan: How did you earn your first dollar? Lisa Knight: Completing a...
Lisa Knight

Lisa Knight

Lisa Knight, owner of DVapple Logistics LLC, started her company in 2019. DVapple specializes in concrete flatwork,...

Jessica Novack

Jessica Novack

Builders Exchange of Michigan: How did you earn your first dollar? Jessica Novack: By washing dishes at a restaurant when I was 12. My first real job was at an ice cream shop BX: What drew you to the construction industry?JN: My father. I grew up...

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Jodi van Haren

Jodi van Haren

Builders Exchange of Michigan: How did you earn your first dollar? Jodi van Haren: When I was 11 years old, I created fliers and passed them out in my neighborhood to offer my services of dog walking or babysitting. I was beyond excited to get some...

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Linda DenHartigh

Linda DenHartigh

Builders Exchange of Michigan: How did you earn your first dollar? Linda DenHartigh: Working for my father who was a commercial/residential painting contractor. I started working for him when I was eight years old. BX: What drew you to the...

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Anne Coursey

Anne Coursey

Builders Exchange of Michigan: How did you earn your first dollar? Anne Coursey: I picked strawberries for 15¢ a quart. BX: What drew you to the construction industry? AC: My parents opened Champagne & Marx Excavating as a partnership with Mr....

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Amy Folleth

Amy Folleth

Builders Exchange of Michigan: How did you earn your first dollar? Amy Folleth: I actually made my first dollar working retail. BX: What drew you to the construction industry? AF: My husband. He worked for a family business since he was 15 years...

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Teresa Farnell

Teresa Farnell

Builders Exchange of Michigan: How did you earn your first dollar? Teresa Farnell: My first real job dollars were in New York City, I went into publishing out of college. It was almost literally a first dollar – the pay was around $16,000/year....

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