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Women in Construction: Breaking down barriers.

The word ‘skilled’ doesn’t discriminate and neither do we. We used to live in a world where a woman’s choice of profession consisted of homemaker, teacher, nurse or secretary and men could be, well, everything else. Luckily, that world is in the past. Today, women don’t just hold roles in every industry, they dominate them. Companies have come to value the skills women bring to the table as they sit as equals beside their male counterparts. The construction industry is no stranger to appreciating the role of minorities in the success of their business, and it demands hardworking women with a drive to break the mold.

Last year 939,000 women worked alongside their equally capable, talented, and hardworking male counterparts to imagine, plan, and construct the urban landscapes we love. However, this is still only 8.9% of the total workers in construction careers. The traditional association of men to hard hats is engrained in our culture from the moment we start playing with either Legos or dolls. Any career path in construction requires a creative mind, a motivated attitude, ability to problem solve, and a desire to work hands-on among a diverse group of professionals. These attributes do not know gender. They can inhabit any individual who may have a passion for building something bigger than themselves.

Fortunately, the construction industry’s desire to hire women is reflected in their impact on the wage gap. Women in construction make about $0.93 per $1 that men earn, versus the national average of $0.82 per $1. This gap is closing further as women become increasingly skilled in their trades and prominent figures in the industry. There are also vast possibilities of advancing into leadership type roles where women have already proven themselves formidable opponents to the outdated stereotypes of the industry. In 2010, more than 1/3 of the construction positions held by women were managerial or professional. Over the years, more women have forged their own path to success by cutting the red ribbon on their own firms, but there is still more work to be done to ensure equality in the relationship between government funding and minority/women owned companies. Although there is legislation to close this gap, they still fall short on meeting contract quotas for minorities and women. However, cities like Orlando, FL have goals of 6% or more to specifically allot business to WBE’s, Women Based Enterprises.

Despite the current deficit in the influence of women in the construction industry, changes are being made to allow motivated and hardworking women to enter a successful career in the field.   The D.E. Scorpio Corporation has always and will continue to recruit and promote women into this field.  Our commitment to minority and women owned business is reflected in all our partnerships, and is one we take very seriously because it is the right thing to do.

As we close out Careers in Construction Month we are proud of the initiatives we implemented and the steps we took to further the message. We know they were small first steps, but we also know they may have played a big role in someone’s life. We will continue to promote this great industry to future generations, and especially to those who are working to break down barriers.AAEAAQAAAAAAAALuAAAAJDcwNmQzNTc5LTM5NmYtNDUyNi04ZTQ4LTU3YTY5MDE1YjhlYw

Small, Minority, Women and Veteran Business Enterprises: Norman Hall Renovation Project Information Outreach

Bringing women, minorities, and veterans to the forefront of employment opportunities in the construction industry is an initiative that is vital for the community and the success of any project. D.E. Scorpio Corporation alongside Foresight Construction Group, is hosting an event to help bring this mission to reality. We encourage all contractors and vendors to come out to the Holiday Inn University Center on October 24th to discuss the upcoming UF Normal Hall Campus Renovation and Expansion Project and how your firms can get involved.

Check out this flyer for more details on how to register!

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Don Gibson joins Team Scorpio as a Superintendent

Screen Shot 2017-10-09 at 9.12.42 AMD.E. Scorpio is happy to announce the addition of Superintendent, Don Gibson, to our team.  Don began his career in the electrical field, having grown up in the family business in Ocala, FL and transitioned into construction management as an MEP coordinator.  Don recently served as the Superintendent for the construction of Dixie County High School.

Don was drawn to D.E. Scorpio Corporation for several reasons, “I heard D.E. Scorpio was a local, family-oriented company that was growing.  It came highly recommended to me by sub-contractors I have worked with in the past. I am amazed by the hospitality that everyone at the company has already shown me.  I knew I made the right decision coming here.”

Don spends most of his free time with his wife and two children who love to go hunting and fishing together. Please join us in welcoming Don as the newest member of Team Scorpio.

October is Careers in Construction Month!

Through Workforce Development, D.E. Scorpio is doing its part to close the gap between the amount of skilled tradesmen and the demand for them. Keep up with our efforts here!

Through Workforce Development, D.E. Scorpio is doing its part to close the gap between the amount of skilled tradesmen and the demand for them. Keep up with our efforts here!

 

 

 

Community Joins Forces

After years of advocating and fundraising, plans are finally underway to make some much needed renovations to the Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County. Generous donations of funds, services, and materials by both local and corporate businesses helped to bring this wonderful community project to fruition. We are so excited to get started on this project, which is set to begin mid-September!

 

Waldo Fire Station #40 Ribbon Cutting

The ribbon cutting ceremony at the Waldo Fire Station #40 marked another successful project under our belt! D.E. Scorpio is always honored to be able to support the endeavors of our community. Check out this article  for more details on the ceremony!

Andy Cowart Joins D.E. Scorpio as Project Engineer

Andy CowartProject Engineer

Andy Cowart
Project Engineer

The D.E. Scorpio Corporation is happy to announce the addition of a new Project Engineer, Andy Cowart, to our team.  Andy joins the D.E. Scorpio team after working as a Project Manager and Realtor for Norfleet Homes and Keller Williams Gainesville Realty. Andy began his career as a supervisor and has worked primarily with residential companies but looks forward to growing his career with commercial projects at D.E. Scorpio. Andy attended Santa Fe College.

Andy was drawn to D.E. Scorpio because of our reputation, stability and opportunities for growth within the company, and the outstanding team already in place. “Living here for 31 years, I had heard nothing but positive things in the community about Domenic Scorpio and more recently the D.E. Scorpio Corporation,” said Andy.

Andy enjoys spending quality time with his family, playing golf, fishing, watching college football and taking spontaneous trips.

Please join us in welcoming Andy as the newest member of Team Scorpio.

Senior Estimator Don Kline Joins D.E. Scorpio Team

Donald Kline Senior Estimator

Donald Kline
Senior Estimator

D.E. Scorpio is happy to announce the addition of a new Senior Estimator, Don Kline, to our team.  Don joins the D.E. Scorpio team after working as an Estimating Manager for Crom LLC but actually began his career pouring residential concrete foundations and has worked for residential and commercial remodeling companies.  In early 90’s, he served in the U.S. Navy as a Hull Maintenance Technician (welder/pipefitter) where he performed repairs on nuclear components. Don attended the University of Florida’s Rinker School of Building Construction and graduated in 2003.

Don was drawn to D.E. Scorpio because, “Construction is a ‘people’ business.  I wanted to be at a company that values relationships with the people who help us do what we do.”

Don enjoys spending family time with his wife, Lilly, and Harper, his seven-year-old daughter.

Please join us in welcoming Don as the newest member of Team Scorpio.

Fierce Awards Wrap-Up

        

A look into our night as sponsors for the 2017 Fierce Awards. Video by Tarini Chandok.

July 12, 2017

Lea Guccione, marketing intern, D.E. Scoprio Corporation

At 5:30 p.m. Monday evening, some of Gainesville’s best-known community leaders filed into Emerson Alumni Hall. Old friends greeted one another as congratulations were exchanged. The much-anticipated Fierce Awards were under way for one reason: to honor female leaders in our community.

As a construction management firm, we at D.E. Scorpio Corporation recognize that the word “construction” may lead many to think of us as a group of men wearing hard hats and carrying blue prints around a job-site. When in reality, we find that much the day-to-day operation of D.E. Scorpio is carried out by a tremendous group of women.

Not only that, but Domenic Scorpio, our firm’s president, is raising three young daughters with his wife Holly, the co-founder and Art Director at D.E. Scorpio. All of this combined made sponsoring the 2017 Fierce Awards a little more special for everyone at D.E. Scorpio.

The Scorpio family at the 2017 Fierce Awards

The Scorpio family at the 2017 Fierce Awards

Early in the event, Domenic stood up to congratulate the award recipients and speak as to why taking part in this celebration to honor women has also been an honor for him.

“The Fierce Awards speak to me personally,” he said. “We’re raising three young ladies, but we really need help from the entire community to help them understand their roles and what it means to give back and to be contributing members of society.”

The 24 recipients of the awards were selected for their efforts over the past year to lead and advance our community in the greater Gainesville region. Some hold major positions in local businesses, some are directors for local non-profits helping to change lives, and some work with college students in our area to increase the impact of higher education and foster advancement in our community.

All have one thing in common; they dedicate their time to improving lives in the community, and by doing so, they’ve proven that women everywhere have it in them to be remarkable leaders – And that is truly what it means to be Fierce.

“All of the women that are being represented tonight are true role models to me,” Domenic said. “They’re true role models to our children.”

Domenic ended his introductory remarks by handing the microphone over to his three daughters.

“Thank you for all you do,” they said. “This evening is your evening. Embrace it and celebrate!”

There’s no doubt that the three of them will one day aim to be Fierce Women themselves.

We would like to thank the team at Business in Greater Gainesville Magazine for giving us the opportunity to sponsor this important event. We would also like to thank everyone who attended for making the night a great success.

 

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The 2017 Fierce Awards are Here!

 Join us this evening to honor some of Gainesville’s best female leaders in business. For event information, check out the official press release below:

 

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Click here to view the official 2017 Fierce Awards Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Michael Peterson
Advantage Publishing, Inc.
(352) 372-5854
michael@advantagepublishinginc.com
July 6, 2017

Business in Greater Gainesville and D.E. Scorpio Corporation Host the 2017 Fierce Awards

 

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Business in Greater Gainesville Magazine will host the 2017 Fierce Awards at the University of Florida’s Emerson Alumni Hall on Monday, July 10 at 5:30 p.m.

 
The event which is presented by D. E. Scorpio Corporation, seeks to recognize and applaud talented, transformative women in our business community by identifying their work in the corporate, nonprofit, governmental and entrepreneurial sectors of our region for their ability to inspire and ignite change in their respective arenas.

 
“I am proud to say that my wife is my business partner and we are raising three daughters together. Opportunities like these are important to me and my company because it allows us to demonstrate, in a very inclusive way, our commitment to the encouragement and support of
women in leadership roles in the workforce and in our community. This is a stellar group of accomplished women,” said Domenic Scorpio, the President of D.E. Scorpio Corporation. “We are thrilled to be a part of this event and look forward to our continued involvement.”

 
The magazine is pleased to recognize the following winners:

 
• Staccie Allen, Regional Strategic Operations Director, Med-Trans Corporation
• Carly Barnes Dodd, Assistant Director for the University of Florida Diabetes Institute
• Tara Blythe, Associate Vice President for Talent Management and Chief Strategy Officer for University of Florida Advancement
• Dr. Naima Brown, Vice President of Student Affairs, Santa Fe College
• Joleen Cacciatore Miller, Executive Director, Gainesville Sports Commission
• Mary Chase, Media Consultant, Cox Media
• Marcia Conwell, President/CEO, Bread of the Mighty Food Bank
• Magi Crawford, Communications Director, Gainesville Regional Utilities
• Deidre Dodd, Program Manager, Girls on the Run
• Sara Emmanuel, Office Manager/Marketing Manager, Scherer Construction
• Traci Gresham, City Manager, City of Alachua
• Amy Howard, Owner, Venture Realty
• Leanna Iacobellis, Business Development Manager, Regis HR Group
• Kim Jamerson, Vice President of Marketing, SharpSpring
• Kathleen Joseph, Mental Health Counselor and owner of Kathleen Joseph & Associates, LLC
• Melissa Mamatas, Owner/Founder, Mamatas Counseling Associates
• Amber McClave, Vice President Operations/General Counsel, Info Tech, Inc.
• Barzella Papa, President & CEO, Community Foundation of North Central Florida
• Kathey Porter, Director, University of Florida Small Business and Vendor Diversity Relations
• Jenn Powell, Office Manager/Bookkeeper for Car Keys, LLC.
• Norinda Rosario Yancey, Director of Community Impact, United Way of North Central Florida
• Rebecca Shinholser, Assistant State Attorney/Juvenile Division Chief, Office of the State Attorney Eighth Judicial Circuit
• Tiffany Thomas, Co-owner/Broker Associate, Thomas Group Realty
• Nicole Yucht, Assistant Vice President of University of Florida Communications

 

A $25 general admission ticket to the 2017 Fierce Awards will grant access to the reception which will include adult refreshments and light appetizers as well as a presentation recognizing each Fierce recipient. For tickets visit http://businessmagazinegainesville.com/fierce-tickets/ or sponsorships visit http://businessmagazinegainesville.com/2017-fierce-award-sponsors/
For more information: Please reach out to the event coordinator Catherine Perkinson at catherine@advatagepublishinginc.com or 352-372-5854 ext. 215 or D.E. Scorpio Corporation Marketing Director Jennifer Denault at Jennifer@descorpiocorp.com or 352-219-7500.

 

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