Melinda Dicharry, Vice President
I began my career working for a family-owned HVAC company while I was in college. I worked my way up from receptionist to the controller position, learning construction accounting systems hands-on while also finishing college. Once I graduated, I dug deeper, earning a Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP) designation which allowed me to cross over into construction operations.
In 2010 I became the Founder and CEO of Paradigm Mechanical Corp., a commercial mechanical company that specializes in heating, air conditioning, plumbing, and piping retrofit work for commercial, industrial, and government clients.
Advice to those considering a career in construction: Never stop learning and don't limit yourself. You can truly do ANYTHING you want to do in this industry; take advantage of every learning opportunity (classes, hands-on training, jobsite visits, management meetings, etc.). Find an association like NAWIC to be a part of and dive in. Get active! You get what you give. Find a mentor. I am fortunate to have a few mentors that have really poured their experience into me. Work hard.