O’Neal Manufacturing Services, Birmingham
What drew you to work at O’Neal Manufacturing Services (OMS)?
I was referred by a colleague who was familiar with the O’Neal brand and family legacy which represented values like mine. I’ve been with the company for just over three years and have seen those values demonstrated every day.
What woman has most influenced you in your life and/or career?
My mother. At the age of 19 she was involved in a car accident, sustaining a broken back and losing use of her legs. However, as a paraplegic, she never lost faith. She was strong and determined and lived life to the fullest. She positively impacted many people with her attitude, independence and grace. She passed away when I was 19 but instilled in me a strong work ethic and a desire to approach life with drive and appreciation.
What advice would you give to a woman wishing to start their career in the industry?
- Be confident, yet humble
- Seek advice from those who’ve gone before you
- Learn as much as you can
- Don’t be afraid to take risks
- When you fall down, get up
- Set goals-have something to work for
- Embrace change
- Be grateful
- Care about people- make someone smile everyday
- Enjoy the journey
What are you most proud of?
I’m actually more thankful than proud. I had great role models in my parents who set the foundation for me and family and friends who continue to support me. There have been several pivotable and defining moments, but all the life experiences and opportunities I’ve been afforded had have shaped me and helped me grow as a person.