In recent years women have more than proven they can drive changes in construction—which is why Constructech magazine has just announced the winners of their first annual Women in Construction award program. The award recognizes women showing leadership through: 1) involvement with technology within the construction industry, 2) contribution to helping their company grow and progress via the use of cutting edge-edge solutions, 3) influence in the growth of technology within the overall construction industry, 4) inspiration for other women in industry, technology, or her local community.
Two Donley’s team members: Katie Robbins, Finance Director and Courtney Moore, Project Manager were selected as winners of the award.
Katie joined the Donley's team in 2011 serving as its Financial Planning and Analysis Manager. In April 2015, Katie was promoted to Finance Director and is now responsible for financial planning analysis, budgeting, forecasting and cash management, as well as strategic planning. Additionally, Katie oversees the ConstructAssure subcontractor default insurance program and works closely with Donley's Chief Financial Officer to manage the Contractor Controlled Insurance Program and other Risk Management programs.
As a self-described "Process Junkie" Katie starts every project with three questions: 1. How can I make this process better? 2. How can I make this process faster? 3. How can I make the results more meaningful?
By looking at each project from this unique perspective, Katie has been able to extract data in ways that allow Donley's leadership to better understand what the data means which ultimately leads to better business decisions. One such area that has seen significant growth is job-cost reporting. Advocating the use of the SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Services) platform, Katie, working side-by-side with IT, demonstrated to Donley's leadership the power of the service. Today, Donley's is able to conduct up-to-the-minute job reports measuring productivity, quality and cost as well as monitor business cash flow.
Another area of data analysis and review that Katie has developed has been Key Performance Indicator (KPI) reporting. One of the first projects Katie was tasked with, she mined and analyzed all available data to come up with appropriate indicators to measure company performance. Today, KPIs measure Safety, Quality, Schedule and Cost across all jobs and is now a standard in Donley’s process library. Donley’s ownership utilizes the KPIs to identify challenges and to plan for the future.
Finally, Katie developed a Weekly Executive Dashboard to monitor billings, retainage, outstanding receivables and job cost variances. This snapshot report identifies financial target areas Donley’s leadership indicated they wanted to review each week. This snapshot report has been instrumental in raising awareness of how cash flows and how the organization operates.
Courtney began her construction career in 2004 as a senior project engineer with a construction firm in Santa Monica, California. In 2009, she accepted a position as project manager for a Northeast Ohio-based construction manager specializing in higher education and healthcare projects. Since joining Donley’s as a project manager in 2011, Courtney has worked on high-profile projects for the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University.
Courtney's philosophy regarding technology is to embrace its use in order to standardize and streamline processes to improve the client's experience with the project. She shares this philosophy by serving as a member of Donley's Technology and Process Improvement Committee. This committee is focused on investigating new construction-related hardware and software in order to provide new resources to employees to make task-management easier and to stay one step ahead of the competition.
Through the use of online, virtual meeting software (e.g., Blue Jeans and GoToMeeting) Courtney has been influential in opening the channels of collaboration between Donley's regional and corporate offices in order to standardize many corporate procedures. This collaboration has ultimately led to the standardization of client care provided throughout the organization.
Courtney openly shares her knowledge of Viewpoint by assisting/training project engineers and other project managers on ViewPoint's ERM modules such as cost accounting, subcontracts, and RFI submittals. In addition, Courtney brings this knowledge to the subcontractor community. Courtney explains, "Every day there is some level of training within the subcontractor community to get them up to speed on the software we [Donley's] use." Web-based applications such as Submittal Exchange, PlanGrid, Newforma are all utilized by Donley's and make document processes/exchange easier, but require that all team members--including subcontractors--understand the applications. Courtney works with each subcontractor to ensure they are adequately trained.
We are proud of the recognition that Katie and Courtney have received. At Donley’s, genuine people providing innovative solutions in support of our clients’ vision, budget, and schedule is part of our work.
The full list of 2015 Women in Construction winners can also be found in the Sept/Oct issue of Constructech magazine. The issues are available in print or by downloading the Constructech app in the iTunes App Store or Google Play.
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