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Industry Folks - Guadalupe Vasquez, Houston Shell & Concrete (a CEMEX company)

image Guadalupe Vasquez, Territory Manager, Houston Shell & Concrete, Houston, TX

HOUSTON - Guadalupe Vasquez can’t help but remember the reaction she received as a young girl visiting a jobsite, and the message it sent.







    “In my childhood, my dad was working out in the field in masonry, and you wouldn’t see females; the only reason I was there was to go with him to pick up his paycheck or something like that. It was weird in that I was always the daughter with the dad and not with the mom [on the site]. Even then, it was “What is she doing here?” From my perspective, [the inclusion of women in construction] has definitely changed for the good of the industry. It’s more balanced now.”
    Vasquez has strived to become a part of that balance. For the past five years, she has worked at Houston Shell as a territory manager. She previously worked in the home mortgage industry, but a layoff motivated her to visit a staffing agency to explore her options.
    “I went to an interview at an agency, and I was asked about my experience to try and find a fit,” Vasquez remembers. “The woman looked through her binder of open jobs to find something that matched my experience. When she reached one of the pages, she said that I wouldn’t be interested in the job on there; it was related to construction and building materials, so she told me about other opportunities. It turns out that, when I left, another staffing agency called me and asked me if I would like to interview for the same position that the first agency thought was not a fit for me. It turned out to be Houston Shell & Concrete.
    “As I got more involved with Houston Shell, I realized that it was definitely something I wanted to do,” Vasquez continues. “Construction to me has always been a strong, tough, get-it-done industry. I think that is a very good description of who I am.”
    Vasquez has been fortunate to find mentors everywhere on her journey and hopes to keep growing with Houston Shell’s support. She also hopes to support other women who work – or want to work – in construction.
    “I am the first-generation college graduate in my family,” Vasquez says. “I inspire those younger girls who are behind me – my nieces and little cousins – and they perceive me as a very strong woman. One day, I visited my niece and she was wearing a safety vest when I expected to see her playing with dolls. I said, “Wow! What made you pick that little safety vest?” and she said, “I want to be like you, Tía!” I showed her pictures on social media of what I do, and that inspired her to grab a safety vest at the store. So how many more women can we inspire? There are so few women in the industry and I feel like we can make a great impact.”
    Houston Shell & Concrete is a customized concrete, ready-mix supplier in Houston. –mjm

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Melissa Jones-Meyer dfweditor@constructionnews.net