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Up next in our Women In Construction (WIC) Week series is TinaMarie Gastelum, Accounts Payable Clerk III!

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How long have you been working in the construction industry?

This year will mark 20 years in the industry!

Wow – that’s incredible! What interested you about this industry?

I was previously working at a trucking company when I attended an event at the Paramount Chamber of Commerce and had the opportunity to meet several individuals who worked at Total-Western. Each of them spoke highly about the company, its culture and values, their teammates, and the overall family atmosphere. Those were things that were really important to me which made me interested in joining the company and the construction industry as a whole.

What’s your “why” – why do you love working for Total-Western?

I love working at Total-Western for the same reason I joined in the first place: its people. Over the past 20 years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with incredible individuals who, to me, are more than colleagues – they are family. From co-worker weddings and graduations to baby showers and retirement parties, I’ve celebrated life’s milestones with them. I firmly believe that our success as a company is rooted in our genuine care for one another. Additionally, safety is a top priority for me, and the significance of our PASS program, requiring us to carry our PASS card daily, is very important and meaningful to me.

Lastly, this year’s theme is Keys to the Future, which celebrates the strength and knowledge of women and the vital role they play in shaping the future of the construction industry. How does this theme resonate with you?

Women are the keys to the future! No longer confined to silence and obedience, we are showcasing our capabilities like never before and making impactful contributions. By sharing our unique ideas and leveraging our knowledge and expertise, we are helping to shape the future of this industry. While there’s certainly room for growth in terms of inclusion and acceptance, it’s exhilarating and inspiring to witness more women taking on significant roles in the construction industry.