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Administrative Professional’s Week Spotlight: Patty Newcomb

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Administrative Professional’s Week Spotlight: Patty Newcomb

As we celebrate Administrative Professional’s Week 2021, we turn the spotlight to a few of W. M. Jordan’s administrators who help keep our teams and projects running smoothly. Today, we introduce you to Patty Newcomb, an Estimating Administrator in our Richmond, Virginia office.

How did you get into construction?  After working as a hair stylist for several years and having my son, I decided I wanted to work in more of an office environment. Construction had always been of interest to me since my mom worked for Bass Steel Buildings. With her help, I started at WMJ as a receptionist when they needed someone to fill the role. After taking a break to spend some time with my son, I returned as a part time office assistant. Since then I have worked in the SWaM department, as a project administrator and now I am in the estimating department. I really have seen so many aspects of the company!

What are your main duties? Working in estimating has really given me an appreciation for how much work and detail goes into each estimate. I am currently writing subcontracts, working in our Smart Bid Net System and helping the estimating team as needed.

What do you enjoy the most about your job?  As cliché as it sounds, I absolutely love the people I work with. W. M. Jordan is truly one big family. We all care about each other and want to see each other grow and succeed in our careers.

Is there anyone specific who has helped you in your career? My mom has been a rock for me both personally and professionally. When I was new at W. M. Jordan, she showed me that being someone people can rely on is the foundation to any position or title. She really impressed me with the impression she made on everyone around her. If I have ever needed anything, she has been there for me.  She didn’t always have the answers, but she always did her best to make it better. Watching her and seeing the impact she has made on people’s lives fills me with pride. She taught me that no matter your title or position, you need to be there for the people around you.