The focus of WIC Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry, raise awareness of the opportunities for women and to emphasize the growing role of women in this field.
President Mike Zacharias explained, “We are proud to support Women in Construction Week and to highlight three individuals who have been critical to our business and industry here in Houston."
Cougar USA Chief Financial Officer Deanna Parmenter has helped pave the way for many women in construction. With over 20 years of experience in various construction capacities, she believes "women bring a different perspective to construction than their male counterparts. Women tend to bring a more human aspect to the planning and implementation of a project and consider some of the more aesthetic and non-quantifiable components of a project." She has helped rebuild an orphanage and local school after a hurricane in Nicaragua, assisted with home repairs for the elderly living in disadvantaged areas, worked with Habit for Humanity on many projects and most recently led teams doing demolition work after Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston and surrounding areas.
Dyan Ratcliff brings a lot to Cougar USA. With a primary role of Accounting Clerk, she is always working with our team to ensure that we can provide the best service and integrity. Starting out her career working for an engineering company, Dyan explains, "Seven years ago, you didn't see women who went out in the field on construction sites alongside men." It's no surprise that she now feels that "the growing role that women have in the construction industry shows what we can do, and what we are capable of handling. It doesn't have to be limited to on-site manual labor construction, but also administrative, production and managerial positions. A capable mind shouldn't be limited to a particular gender, and it's refreshing to see a change for the better."
Project Administrator Kim Rumenapp is no stranger to the construction industry. "My father operates his own construction company. Growing up, I would help out on the job sites. I have always had an interest in construction." As women become more prevalent following this career path, she explains, "it's no longer the exception to run across a woman in your daily interactions." With a strong belief that it's now a level playing field for women in this industry, she hopes to continue building awareness and encouraging those around her.
"Our team is strengthened not only by Deanna, Dyan and Kim, but by every woman that we interact with in our industry," says Scott Magee, VP of Sales and Marketing, Cougar USA.