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Sitting down with… MF Project Management’s Michele Fleming

The Senior Project Manager of MF Project Management on her favorite time of the day to get things done, the craziest thing that ever happened on a job, and how her mother’s childhood advice to her still rings true today.

What’s the most cherished item in your office?

I have a small chalkboard that belonged to my mother who passed away when I was young. In her handwriting, it says, “Thought for the day,” “To love someone is to allow them to grow.” I have four adult children in their 20s. Her statement probably meant for me and my teenage years turned into advice for me during my children’s teenage and young adult growing years.

What’s your favorite time to get things done?

I prefer later in the day when things quiet down.

What’s the soundtrack that plays in the background of your office?

I have a home office so silence or spa music. My guilty pleasure is listening to “Judge Judy” in the background, as it’s not a show you have to watch.

Name the band you cannot take off your playlist.

Boston, Styx, Queen. I love old-school rock.

What does a typical workday look like?

In the morning I problem-solve. The afternoons are touching base and connecting. Late afternoon is for relaxing and focusing on paperwork when the phone calls have died down.

What’s the craziest thing that has ever happened to you on a job site?

I came to do a punch walk in a store in Florida that was complete and filled with fixtures. We were getting our final sign-off from the building inspector that day. I had scheduled for clothes to come in the next day.

I had already gone through three different superintendents and the 3,000 square foot space barely made it to this point of completion. The building inspector walked in, looked up and said, “I’m not signing you off because you never had the ceiling coated with a mono-coat.” Then he then turned and walked out.

What are you binge-watching right now?

The final season of “Yellowstone.” I also love K-Dramas.

What’s the coolest thing you have done since the pandemic hit?

My husband and I went to Napa California with some friends and went on the Napa Valley wine train. We toured the vineyards and wined and dined.

What has this experience taught you?

Laughter with friends and family is worth more than gold.

If you knew what was going to happen, what would you have done differently?

Remodeled my house.
Favorite comfort food?

Cold pizza with pepperoni, mushroom and onion.

Best advice you ever received?

I was working at Disneyland and had just got promoted into management, I had spent years wearing blue in the maintenance division. An electrician I knew came up to me and said, “I have worked here many years and have seen many people get promoted, it changes people, don’t ever forget where you came from.” I never look down on anyone; everyone is important, no matter what role they hold.

Biggest influence in your life?

My husband. He always supports me, he took on my role of taking care of my children and his child while I traveled to all my stores across the country for years. He is strong, funny, and chill. When my anxiety rises, he is the first to tell me to focus on the big picture which helps me refocus. He is my rock.

What trait do you most admire?

Honesty. If there are issues on the job site I don’t expect the GC to try to solve everything I have enough experience to help by approving more money or adding time, but if they tell me everything is fine when it’s not, it does not go over well with me.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Never jump to conclusions. Always hear both sides of the story. I have always been very perceptive and can tell when contractors or subcontractors are not telling the truth but it’s important to know both sides before jumping to conclusions.

What’s the first thing you are going to do when you are able to get back to some sense of normalcy?

At this point, I feel things are back to normal. I spend every weekend riding my bike to the beach with my husband and my two dogs, Kira and Murphy.

Catching up with… Firehouse Subs’ Jen Abernathy

The Director of Development for Firehouse Subs Brand on the art of binge watching your favorite shows in between your little kids’ favorites, the beauty of white noise machines and the mentors who inspired her. What’s the most cherished item in your office? A coaster

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Catching up with… Ad Art Sign Co.’s Wendy Sabine

The Senior Business Development Manager dishes on the time she couldn’t find a jobsite (not her fault), how the inside of an airplane could be her second office and why her children are the biggest influence in her life. What’s the most cherished item in

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Catching up with… Little’s Michael Magee

The Studio Principal of Retail for Little names the band he cannot take off his playlist, the lessons learned from the past few years and the advice he would give to his younger self. What’s the most cherished item in your office? During COVID, I

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Sitting down with Rectenwald Brothers’ Art Rectenwald

The President and CEO of Rectenwald Brothers Construction Inc. on why Starbucks Iced Americano is his go-to morning starter, the importance of focusing on what you can control and how his mother’s example keeps him charging forward. What is the most cherished item in your

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Catching up with… Lido Lighting’s Yvette Ludwig

The Vice President of National Accounts on the power of patience, getting things done and why “Miami Vice” is still the best binge-watching going right now. What is the most cherished item in your office? Our dog, Holly. She has a giant dog bed in

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Catching up with… Bureau Veritas’ Lynelle Grimes

The Senior Vice President of Bureau Veritas talks about the importance of measuring, capturing and documenting everything, the beauty of staycations and why it is always best to stay in the moment. What’s the most cherished item in your office? My extra-large computer monitors. I

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Events
CCR NYC Facilities & Construction was held September 28th, 2023 Noon to 4 PM at Penthouse 45.
 
The 14th Annual 2024 Hybrid Summit will be held January 2024, Date & Location TBD.

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January 26th, 2023
The 13th Annual Hybrid Summit was held on January 26th, 2023 Noon to 4 PM EST.

Virtual Women in Construction: Building Connections was held on October 20th, 2023 via Zoom.

2023 Virtual Men’s Round Tables

2023 Men’s Round Table #1 will be held on November 7th, 2023


2023 Virtual Women’s Round Tables

2023 Women’s Round Table #1 was held on October 20th, 2023

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