DETROIT, Mich. – Terry Merritt’s focus early on in her career was to become a key executive at Walbridge.
Her hard-work and determination paid off, as she sits on the company’s Board of Directors and is a Senior Vice President.
Walbridge is highlighting a few of the many women whose contributions help our company thrive during the annual “Women in Construction Week.”
Learn about Terry’s work during her 36 years with Walbridge and her advice to people coming in the industry.
Why did you begin a career in construction?
“Well, I started as an executive assistant with Walbridge but from my first day I always knew I wanted to become a key executive. I was fascinated by the work we do and challenged myself to work hard.
I learned so much from the talented people around me and also had a lot of opportunity to grow. I put in long hours and it wasn’t easy but I did end up getting that key executive role. Today I’m a Senior Vice President and sit on the Board of Directors.
It took a lot of hard work and commitment but I was determined and knew I was going to work hard to grow at Walbridge. I was very driven to complete my goals here.”
What advice do you have for those starting in the industry?
“Don’t focus on your title – focus on showing people your talents and take on responsibilities.
Learning is so important. Early on in my career, I took extra classes at Lawrence Tech just to learn more about the construction industry. The information I learned was immense.
Lastly, don’t take yourself too seriously. You’ve got to have fun. I don’t think a day has gone by where I haven’t enjoyed a good laugh at something that happens. Obviously working hard is important but enjoying what you do is important too.”
What’s been one of your best memories in the industry?
“The Chrysler Tech Center (CTC), built in the 90s, still stands out to me. It was a massive undertaking for a construction company and Walbridge’s team was diligent and focused as they completed the job. I love passing it on I-75 and remembering all the work our team did. Another thing that stands out is when Walbridge acquired Darin & Armstrong in the 80s, growing the company.
Walbridge has been great over the years about focusing on our community. It’s one of our core values and I love seeing people from throughout our company volunteer their time or work hard to better the area.”