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Industry Folks – Carrie Edomm, Controller, Astro Sheet Metal Co. Inc


DALLAS/FORT WORTH – Carrie Edomm was never one for making lists, but now she has enough balls in the air to make it worth the effort. The 35-year-old wife and mom works as a controller at Astro Sheet Metal Co. Inc., serves as treasurer of the Subcontractors Association of the Metroplex (SAM) and last month began her new role as SAM’s executive director.

    Edomm began working part-time at Astro, which was founded by her grandfather John Paxton, while she attended the University of Texas at Arlington. She worked briefly for another company to gain a different work experience, and returned to Astro in 2005. She now works alongside her brother, two uncles, four cousins and her cousin’s husband, and a host of employees that feel like family. She says her business management degree and strong accounting background make the job an ideal fit.
    “I like that every day is different,” she says. “I love the small business environment. There are a few hard deadlines; I have some flexibility. It’s not high stress, but the things I do are important. I love being here every day. I feel that working here is the best way to honor my grandfather.”
    Her father, Allan Paxton, was president at Astro for 25 years, and would tell her and her brother Steve about his membership in SAM and his role on the board of directors. The siblings joined SAM as well, and Edomm began taking on more responsibility within the association.
    “About three years ago, I was asked to be on the board of SAM, so I took that position,” she says. “Shortly after that, the treasurer wanted to step down and wanted to know if I was interested, since she knew that I had an accounting background. I took that on, and since parts of the money and membership side of SAM fell under that role, when Pete Snider decided to retire as executive director, he recommended that I take the position. It has been a natural progression, which has been nice, since it challenges me in a different way than my job at Astro.”
    Challenges include keeping track of work, SAM and family – hence the lists.
    “I have been married to my husband Brian for 12 years,” Edomm said. “We have two boys, 9-year-old Jacob and 7-year-old Andrew. There is very little time for much more than that! The kids are the center of our world. I have a large extended family, and try to hang out with my friends when I can. And I try to carve a few hours for myself once a week. It’s more important than ever now.” –mjm

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Melissa Jones-Meyer dfweditor@constructionnews.net