Build Better Podcast

Look for Episode 1 to launch soon!

In the first episode of Build Better, Luiza Mills of Interstate Electrical Services discusses how by “doing some soul searching and taking a lean journey”, Interstate Electrical became a more unified and innovative company.

Luiza Mills

Luiza Mills brings over 16 years of executive management experience in electrical distribution to her role as vice president of human resources and public relations at Interstate Electrical Services. Mills’ education, energy, passion for excellence, and ability to focus on the details while never losing sight of the broader picture, are assets that drive Interstate and its employees to achieve continued success.

Under Mills’ direction, Interstate’s Human Resources and Marketing departments are responsible for the policies and programs that affect employees, including recruitment and orientation, disability compensation services, employee career planning, diversity programs, training, internal and external company branding and marketing strategies.

Having served on numerous boards over the years, Mills’ is a current member of the New England Employee Benefit Council (NEEBC), Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), Gould Institute Board of Trustees, ABC Human Resource Committee, and the ABC Apprentice Oversight Committee. Mills’ professional background in the construction industry also includes marketing, business operations, lean methodologies, and mergers and acquisitions.

Special thanks to Manufacton for sponsoring our innaugural podcast!

Episode 2 will go live February 28!

On Episode 2 of Build Better, Karrie Kratz of Gilbane Building Company tells our listeners how her company sells leaders, not buildings, and because of this Gilbane is at the forefront of training their employees – their most prized asset.

Karrie Kratz

Karrie Kratz is vice president of Gilbane Building Company, and is currently the operations manager of Gilbane’s Connecticut office. Kratz leads Gilbane’s field operations which are comprised of a diverse portfolio of complex projects including one of the state’s largest projects, Renovation of 165 Capital Ave., several K-12 projects such as Greenwich New Lebanon Elementary School and West Haven High School, Fairfield University, Danbury Hospital and others in the Healthcare, K-12, Higher Education, Corporate and Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences Markets.

A 19 year veteran of the construction management industry, she has held the positions of accounting clerk, project accountant, project engineer, manager of engineering, regional quality manager, project manager and senior project manager and operations manager over the course of her career. 

A 2010 recipient of the PWC – Woman on the Rise Award and AGC’s 2013 Project Manager of the Year, 2016 Hartford Business Journal 40 under 40 honoree and an ENR Top Young Professional, Kratz has dedicated her career to building collaborative teams and providing exceptional client satisfaction on all of Gilbane’s Connecticut projects. In addition to participating in several industry organizations and mentoring youth interested in the construction industry, she is also an active member of the Girl Scouts of Connecticut and a meal site team leader for the Shoreline Soup Kitchen and Pantry.

Special thanks to Triax Technologies for sponsoring Episode 2 of our podcast!

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