How long have you been in the construction industry?

I have been in the industry for two and a half years with O&G, but my father has owned his own stone fabrication business for over thirty years, and I started renovating a house when I was 25 (and still working on it!), so I am no stranger to the industry!

How did you get started in the construction industry?

I’ve always felt like I was a part of the industry in some capacity, but my start at O&G was inspired by my need for stone for my home renovation. I went to O&G’s site to see what they offered, then saw they were hiring a project accountant. I had been in tax accounting for farms and thought construction would be an interesting change of pace.

Tell us about your role.

My role pertains to the accounting of projects and work orders specifically. Managing expenses, tracking profit margins, billing, applying income, appropriately applying sales tax, and more.

Learning the many facets of Karisa has been an enlightening experience and one that I can only hope others put the time and effort into doing as well. Obtaining a master’s in tax accounting while working full time, no less, is just her next great contribution to the world around us; she just keeps accomplishing her next goal. I am, and our team is, incredibly proud of Karisa, her accomplishments, and who she is as a person. Congratulations, Karisa!

Scott Kokosa, Financial Operations Control Manager

What’s most exciting or fulfilling about your role?

What I like most about my job is tracking the numbers while drawing a direct correlation between things that may have happened in the field. For example, in paving, if we have devised a bunch of quotes at the beginning of the season and some jobs outperform the margins we are anticipating. It is interesting to me to discern why that might be and then look for solutions in the future. Construction is interesting because it is always an improvement game.

How does O&G support you in your role?

O&G is always looking for new technology, platforms, and processes to achieve project and financial goals, track financials, and be more efficient to reduce expenses.

What’s your advice for other women looking to enter the construction industry

My advice to other women looking to enter the construction industry is to see what positions are out there and their descriptions. Many would be surprised how personal experiences or niche subject areas in your education may apply to the construction industry. Your attention to detail, organization, and ability to multitask may be perfect attributes for a position in the construction industry outside of what many typically think of, which is manual labor. Still, you can always do those positions, too.

Additional thoughts from Karisa…

It’s important to look at industries as something that interests you instead of a specific job you think might be available. I may be an accountant, but I’ve been able to do accounting for small and large businesses, trusts, farms, and construction.