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Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley George.

Hi Ashley, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’ve always been the type of person that wanted to take advantage of an opportunity put in front of me. I moved over to Orlando from Brevard County in 2013 with the intent of finishing up a bachelor’s degree at UCF; however, my desired degree program was being eliminated. With knowing that, and not wanting to continue wasting time on coursework when I was unsure of what I wanted to pursue further, I decided to take a break. During this “break” from UCF – spoiler alert, I’m still on a break from higher education – I worked in the hospitality industry, a tire shop, and finally, an assisted living facility in management. That last-mentioned role is how I got to where I am today. I was the business office director at a facility in Apopka and eventually received my ALF Administrator license.

A few months after receiving that license, I was presented with the opportunity to work in the construction industry, purely through networking. I interviewed with NEI General Contracting and was offered a position with the company as a Project Coordinator, starting in March 2016. I am still working with NEI and received a promotion to Assistant Project Manager in August 2018. In the 5+ years that I have been working in this industry, I can confidently say I cannot imagine working in another industry for the rest of my life. Working for a GC, I’ve been challenged, taught, and have encountered some memorable experiences.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I would not say that my journey to where I am has been a smooth road, but I would not say it’s been a treacherous journey either. I spent about 5 years in and out of college, studying various subjects – nursing, accounting, education, to name a few – and trying to find my niche. As it turns out, where I am now is somewhere I never thought I would have been.

Since I’ve been in the construction industry, my biggest challenge is learning the technical side of things. Thankfully, I work with a team that is always willing to take the time to teach their team. There is no such thing as a “stupid question” here.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I work for a mid-size general contractor in project management, and I’m proud to say that I am a woman in construction. I’ve helped to construct three nursing homes/skilled rehab facilities throughout Florida, and I’m currently working on a few projects in the state renovating transitional apartment communities. I love knowing that the work that I’ve done with NEI has gone to help local communities, either by providing safe healthcare facilities or safe, comfortable housing. I’m a very goal-driven person, and I love to see these projects move from preconstruction through to the finish line.

Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
I would love to connect with local subcontractors and suppliers throughout the state! Even if I do not personally have the opportunity to work with a company directly, I may have a connection who can use the support. I am always interested in building relationships in order to support the communities I live and work in. Please feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn to chat more.

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