MCL Construction’s Associate Director of Business Development, Heather Fredrick, was presented with the “Rising Star” award from CREW Omaha last Saturday. This award is given to a member who has five or less years of experience in the commercial real estate industry and who is actively participating in CREW Omaha Metro and is a rising star in her industry.
Heather joined MCL Construction just over a year ago after 21 years in corporate America. She excels at making connections with people and provides MCL’s clients accurate and honest information on the services MCL provides. We sat down with Heather to ask her a few questions about her most recent honor.
Why did you get involved with CREW?
Coming into an industry and not knowing anyone, I heard about the CREW Omaha organization and thought it would be a good way to develop contacts that touch all aspects of the real estate and construction world. I wanted to network and learn more about the industry; the companies I wanted to learn about were represented in this one organization.
Over the past year, what have you learned by being a member of CREW?
The biggest thing is it’s helped me learn about the different facets of the industry, how the various pieces fit together and interrelate. The monthly luncheons provide the ability to dive deeper into a specific development or project in the surrounding area. Also, the women in this space and industry are bad-ass! There are so many smart, amazing women in this organization doing great things in this community.
What greater good does CREW provide the Omaha area and its members?
CREW Omaha provides an environment to its members where women can help other women advance professionally, lend support, and exchange information. It provides the opportunity to get involved. To greater Omaha, CREW members focus on making a positive impact on our community by donating time and resources to many philanthropic organizations in Omaha. One example in 2019, led by the Community Outreach Committee, CREW members worked with multiple community partners and raised funds to provide a mini-van to a refugee family that CREW helped resettle the prior year. This is just one great example of how the women of CREW Omaha go above and beyond. Members also support the CREW Foundation, which helps to provide training as well as college scholarships and internships.
You are the CREW Rising Star Award winner, what was your reaction when you first heard?
Stunned, shocked, and humbled. I’m honored to have received the award and to be a part of this organization.
What is something about CREW that people may not know?
CREW is now an international organization with over 12,000 members.
CREW Omaha members are empowered by sharing their knowledge and experience with others in our community, while also learning from the insight and know-how of others.
About MCL Construction
For many businesses, navigating construction and knowing who to trust can be overwhelming. At MCL Construction, our people simplify the process by listening, planning, executing, and continuing the relationship to build their vision.
Tanna White and Heather Fredrick join Omaha, Nebraska, Construction Management and General Contracting firm, MCL Construction.
White joins MCL Construction as the Director of Training and Development. Originally from Decatur, Nebraska, White has a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State College and a master’s degree in Communications from the University of Northern Iowa.
White has over ten years of corporate and client training experience. In her role at MCL Construction, she will lead the company’s PILOT training program focusing on the development of innovation, leadership, operations, and technology.
"Tanna is a major asset to our business operations," according to MCL Construction Senior Vice President Tony Fucinaro. "It's vitally important that we continue to educate, train, and prepare our employees for the future and career advancement."
Heather Fredrick takes on the role of Associate Director of Business Development. Fredrick comes to MCL Construction from Union Pacific Railroad where she spent the last 21 years. At UP, Fredrick held a variety of positions in sales and marketing, human resources, and talent acquisition.
At MCL Construction, Fredrick will focus on new client relationships and client retention. Fredrick is an Omaha native and a graduate of Creighton University.
"Heather brings an extraordinary skill set to the position," said MCL Construction President Bob Carlisle. "As we continue to grow locally and regionally, her competitiveness and ability to connect with people will help reach more companies and showcase the services we offer and demonstrate a smarter way to build. We are thrilled to have her as part of our team."
About MCL Construction:
MCL Construction is an Omaha, Nebraska, based Construction Manager and General Contractor. Founded in 1987, it builds relationships with business partners by using construction expertise with innovative building strategies to provide a collaborative, smarter building experience.