O’Neal Manufacturing Services, Greensboro
What drew you to work at O’Neal Manufacturing Services?
The challenge of something new. I was working in Supply Chain at O’Neal Steel and at one time, the purchasing team had certain people that bought for OMS. I remember hearing them talk about the material and the parts and it scared the heck out of me. I thought it was something I’d never understand. Thinking I couldn’t do it, made me want to do it even more. The opportunity later came open at OMS to be a part of their purchasing team, and I was excited to be a part of it.
What woman has most influenced you in your life and/or career?
There isn’t just one. I have a big family of strong women. They’ve all influenced me and been a driving force to succeed. They rock. I also had a manager when I worked at a bank that was a HECK of a woman. She really sparked a fire in me that is still there today.
What advice would you give to a woman wishing to start their career in the industry?
Don’t hesitate. I didn’t know the first thing about it when I started, and I’m still learning everyday. There is no better industry than Metal. Steel, specifically.
What are you most proud of?
I’m proud of myself for taking chances on things I knew nothing about. The steel industry, manufacturing, all of it. I took a chance on things that were unknown and out of my comfort zone and it’s been the best decision. I’m super thankful for my first position at O’Neal Steel and the transition to OMS. I take great pride in my job and the company I work for and I wouldn’t be where I am if I always stuck with what was comfortable.