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About Me

I was in the construction trades for 20+ years, between working for others or by building, owning and operating a commercial contracting company for commercial and industrial business owners, local, state and federal entities. At the end of the day, I am passionate about all things construction, right down to every nut and bolt. 

I also enjoy writing and researching for communication and contract negotiation strategies, creating handbooks for human resources and employ manuals, and my personal interests in health, exercise and nutrition. 

Business consulting has become one of my hobbies. I often work with minority groups who have come to the U.S. in hopes of a better life. The thrill is when we successfully navigate the sometimes murky waters together for a resolution that helps them grow as a company. 

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My Writing Samples

How the tragic death of a University of Utah student helped save my step-daughter.

I sat in the quiet darkened living room listening to what I call the void after my husband and step-daughter had gone to bed. You know that place where nothing exists except for silence and too often, echoes of your worst fears. I’d been watching news reports and reading news articles surrounding missing University of Utah student, Mackenzie Lueck. The story broke earlier that day outlining events surrounding her disappearance on June 17th.


Steps in a Gap Analysis

The gap analysis is an effective and simple tool that allows you to see where you are, where you want to be, and graphically illustrates the gap between the two. Sometimes referred to as a needs assessment, you use it to organize, plan and market your products. It helps you set a time line for the changes to be implemented. A gap analysis finds ways to improve your company's performance. In order to do that, you must know where you are in the moment and where you want to be.


Why I quit NaNoWrImo - Every year since 2010

NaNoWrImO, aka National Novel Writing Month, is for writers to craft 50 thousand words in 30 days. You write 1667 words per day and you will hit that goal. Sounds easy enough right? I sat at my desk for over an hour 7 days ago so proud that I was writing a story for the first time in a very long time. I was going to make it to that finish line if it was the last thing I did. I’d been at it for about an hour when my stomach started knotting up. You know that feeling.


I wanted to be like Hemingway

I have imagined him day-by-day at his trusty typewriter as he spun his tales and imparted his wisdom to all who would pick up his books. For Whom the Bell Tolls and the Old Man and the Sea, stamped indelible marks on my teenage mind and I’ve not been able to shake them since. Through the years I have fantasized about a long conversation over coffee and danishes in which I became one of Ernest’s most cherished friends.


Negotiation Techniques

Related Problems Faced During Negotiations Learn More → Do you remember the old saying, "He who speaks first loses"? Negotiating techniques in the past were primarily focused on the idea that there must be a winner and a loser. There are various negotiating techniques to be considered; win-win, playing hardball and gamesmanship. To know which of these techniques will work best for you, determine first what it is you want to accomplish.



Marketing and Social Media

With 20+years of successful business entrepreneurial development and ownership in the industrial and commercial roofing trade, I've done every from office to roof tech to CEO and Chairman of the Board. Capacities I've served in but not all inclusive, follow; human resources, contract negotiations, RFP's, bids, estimating, accounting, CFO, controller, marketing, legal and customer service. On a great day you could find me out on the roof with my crews discussing safety and timelines.

Company: CCP, Inc.

I worked there from 1/2015 until now


Area of responsibility: Human Resources Customer Service Marketing and Advertising Contract management

Company: Clark's Quality Roofing, Inc.

I worked there from 1/ until /

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