I AM A WOMAN IN CONSTRUCTION
Holly Hunt, Assistant Controller
How long have you been in the construction industry?
I have been at O&G for 20 years. At one of my previous jobs, I worked on a variety of businesses that included smaller construction companies. I was able to get experience before switching over to a larger construction company. Overall, I have been exposed to the construction industry for 21 years.
How did you get started in the construction industry?
After college, I had no expectations of what industry to get into and was open to any opportunities that came my way. I happened to see an ad for an accounting position at O&G Industries and applied right away. I already had some experience working at a full-service bookkeeping and accounting business and working on the accounts receivable for a local campground. It seemed like the right step to broaden my experience in the accounting world.
Tell us about your role at O&G.
I monitor and evaluate day-to-day accounting activities and assist various internal departments with issues that may arise. Part of my job is to ensure the accuracy of financial documents as well as their compliance with relevant laws and regulations. My job also includes resolving complex accounting issues, reviewing the general ledger, working with fixed assets, and coordinating monthly and annual closing activities. I plan, organize, and manage the year-end audit and prepare the tax return.
What’s most exciting/fulfilling about your role?
Being a part of something larger, that makes a difference. We are all working towards the same goal, but it takes every single person who is involved to see the results.
My job has such a wide variety of tasks and is constantly changing and challenging. I have been privileged to work with the best group of professionals who have helped me learn and grow over all the years I have been here.
How does the company support you in your role?
The company provides a positive and supportive culture and encourages personal and companywide success. Being able to have a work-life balance is important as it allows us to juggle work and family responsibilities.
What’s your advice for other women looking to enter the construction industry?
Understand your strengths and let them create opportunities. However, be aware of your weaknesses and don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed. Always be willing to learn and take on new opportunities. Work hard and never give up.