Joi Therrien, Contracts Coordinator, Gilbane Building Company
Joi Therrien always had a passion for engineering, so after high school she went to community college and got an associate’s degree in engineering science. She later transferred to a four-year university to pursue a degree in civil engineering. At that same time, she started an internship with Gilbane after an introduction at a career fair. She enjoyed her internship so much that she ultimately accepted a full-time position. She continued to pursue her degree while working full time at Gilbane, graduating with a degree in project management. She has been working in the purchasing department and has used her experience to streamline the purchasing process and improve compliance with company policy.
Joi enjoys the interaction that she has with the project teams. Purchasing is the start of every project so, with each new job that is awarded, she can build new relationships, allowing her to expand her network.
For any woman looking to get into construction, Joi would advise, “Don’t let an existing process stop you from creating opportunities for yourself and don’t be afraid to follow a nontraditional path. The reason I’m at Gilbane is because I asked for a chance to prove myself and the opportunity was created for me to do that.”