Spotlights

2017 Women in Building Services: Kristen Gizzi, ECCO Development LLC

How have you navigated obstacles to achieve success in your career? I have faced many obstacles, each one unique and at different points within my career. One cannot look at an impediment as a reflection on themselves. You cannot let your self-confidence be impacted by any obstacle…

2017 Women in Building Services: Angela Rella, ACC Real Estate Services, Inc. 

What trends are you seeing so far this year? Thankfully, the New York/Long Island economy is doing very well this year. Sales are up! Construction is booming, especially on Long Island. Owners are buying more and can afford to pay for professional property management…

2017 Women in Building Services: Sara Rubenstein, Continental Ventures 

How do you play your strengths to your advantage in your career? I am very passionate about what I do, and I think that comes across readily. That passion and excitement helps motivate my team. I also flex to other people’s strengths and weaknesses to build the best possible team and to drive performance. Because I love what I do…

2017 Women in Building Services: Jennifer Anna Pazdon, Cast Connex

How have you navigated obstacles to achieve success in your career? I see a lot of potential in the AEC industry, particularly in NYC where progress happens at lightening pace, to become a real positive leader in the future of how our cities operate and how people live. Not only are projects more complex…

2017 Women in Building Services: Megan Guy, Simone Development Companies

What trends are you seeing so far this year?  In healthcare, changing demographics such as aging Baby Boomers and a move away from urban centers to the surrounding suburbs, combined with continued consolidation within the healthcare industry, continues to drive new…

2017 Women in Building Services: Deborah Rashti, EMS Restoration

How do you play your strengths to your advantage in your career? My strengths are the years of experience that I have in the restoration business. There is a lot to learn and there is nothing like hands on learning. I also have been attending industry functions for many years and have developed a strong network of professionals that…

2017 Women in Building Services: Nancy Colella, NYS Sustainable Corp.

What do you do for fun? Fun, wow that is a great question. My idea of doing something fun is entertaining, laughing, listening to great music with a great bottle of Moscato and talking with my family about the silly youthful stories we all shared in. Certainly, my friends, which are…

2017 Women in Building Services: Cat Trenner, BMDC Construction

How have you navigated obstacles to achieve success in your career? I believe that being in business development in any industry can be challenging, often times hearing many no’s until you hear that vital yes. I equate it to playing golf. Bad shots aside, that one great drive keeps you coming back for more. I feel that…

2017 Women in Building Services: Barbara Kavovit, Evergreen Construction

How do you play your strengths to your advantage in your career? Well in the words of Maya Angelou, sometimes “life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” And of course, never take “no” for an answer which means one of my strengths is being persistent. If you think you are…

2017 Women in Building Services: Zoe Hutzler, Outsource Consultants

How do you play your strengths to your advantage in your career? My drivers have always been to be results oriented and knock things out of the park, and to be a great listener but never a “yes” person. It has been of equal importance to me to retain my humility. I don’t believe bravado has ever won the real race. Taking a genuine interest in clients and people is so much more fulfilling and makes servicing people that much better.