Growing up, Hannah Pirez always took an interest in construction. Watching her father manage his construction company, she traveled to job sites and gained insight and understanding into what construction entails.
After she graduated from Roger Williams University with a degree in management, she joined Callahan Construction with the goal of project manager.
She researched various firms but chose Callahan because of its emphasis on family. “At Callahan, you’re not just a number — you’re working for a family and they appreciate everything you do for them. Growing up in a family-run business, and now working in family-run business, you work harder. You feel you are working towards a greater cause because you feel you are a part of the family.”
Pirez noted that being a woman in a field of mostly men is sometimes a challenge; however, her ability to rise and take charge is what sets her apart. She understands the challenges from both a leadership and workers perspective, gained from her experience in the industry.
“I feel I bring a different perspective on things — my experience working with my dad has allowed me to learn how best to address issues that may arise, such as a difference of opinion with a subcontractor.”
She uses her innate knowledge to show her strength as an assistant project manager and earn her stripes to move up.
“Callahan is a place where you get as much as you give, and I’m grateful for the opportunities and resources that have been provided.”