Retail and industrial reformation

Tenured employee promoted to vice president in Dallas

By Marc MacConnell, Senior Vice President, Retail & Central Texas Regional Manager

Retail and industrial construction has gone through a reformation of sorts, adapting to technology, e-commerce, online sales and a pandemic… and so has Arch-Con.  We saw this time as an opportunity to promote top talent in order to help make a positive impact on these evolving markets. Jennifer Gosselin, a tenured Arch-Con employee, was recently promoted to vice president in Dallas.

About Jennifer Gosselin, Vice President, Dallas

There is no one more deserving of getting this promotion than Gosselin, who first came to Arch-Con in 2012. She started as a project coordinator and has been promoted five times during her journey with us, which is impressive to say the least. She works incredibly hard and is customer-service oriented which makes it easy for our clients.

Keith Bjerke, president of Bjerke Management Solutions, who partnered with us on the Shops at Chisholm Trail project had this to say about Gosselin, “Jennifer Gosselin negotiated the challenges and issues associated with a $30 million multi-tenant retail project. Throughout the project, Jennifer and the team she led maintained initiative and the can-do attitude that it takes to implement and deliver a quality project on time and in budget.”

I asked Gosselin how she got her start and why she loves what she does.

How did you get your start in construction?

Jennifer Gosselin: My entry into construction was as a receptionist for a construction company in 1998. It was a small land surveying, civil engineering and construction company.  I eventually went on to become their contract administrator and, when I needed more of a challenge, I asked the owner if they could give me more work.  He then transferred me into the construction department and told me, “Just learn it.”

That was an uphill battle. How did you learn the business?

Jennifer Gosselin: Well, I knew nothing about construction at that time but a skilled superintendent took me under his wing and taught me the basics. How to read drawings, how to do takeoffs and taught me just enough ‘to run with it’.  I still stay in touch with him.

So, you must have liked it. Why?

Jennifer Gosselin: I immediately fell in love with construction and loved the challenge of it. It is incredibly tough and takes a tremendous amount of hard work but it delivers real proof. If you love what you do and work hard at it, the rewards follow.