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Building a strong team means developing strong leaders with a focus on diversity. This has been a challenge but one we aim to face head-on. Growing companies are continually seeking to acquire and develop skills from leaders that set them apart. Fountain has found that special skill set in Alison Waddell. Alison has been welcomed to the team because she is an effective leader and has proven to be an asset in her Project Management role.
Before Alison began working at Fountain Electric, she worked on extremely large-scale construction projects responsible for budgeting and scheduling tracking for the owner. So, when she was asked to lead the development of Project Controls for us it was a natural transition. Project Controls helps the management team utilize tools to keep the work force efficient, encourage higher quality standards, and keep tasks on schedule. Project Controls allows variances to be identified and corrected; thereby, assuring the project objectives are achieved.
Currently, Alison is overseeing the Appalachian State Building 300, and is assisting the Appalachian State End Zone Football Stadium Project, both making up more than 225,000 sqft of construction. The projects are challenging and rewarding, there are big stakes, and as it is App State Football there is tons of enthusiasm and excitement surrounding the projects.
In the project manager role, her strategy is to build a structured team, encourage strong communication and trust your experts. Alison states, “I believe leadership is about serving and supporting your team.” Alison describes herself as determined, ambitious and mindful, traits she feels have helped her in the challenging construction industry.