Movers & Shakers Spotlight – Brenda Barnes

From her nomination:

“While day in and day out company activity is a given, Brenda also focuses on the Community arm of our Organization. A couple of years ago the decision to host a Toy Drive for Christmas was her Idea. She put in the leg work to set up the collection and the drop off. We’ve done it in a couple of counties in our working radius. This act was important on a company level because it brought the company together, all different arms (office, lab, operations, mgmt, etc) to focus on uplifting others. We still do it to this day.”

Brenda Barnes is the Fuel Truck Driver at Branscome Incorporated – Richmond, the Colas USA subsidiary that operates throughout Virginia. Brenda has been a part of the Colas USA Family since 2004. Prior to becoming the Fuel Truck Driver, Brenda worked as a Dump Truck Driver – a role she still fills from time to time.

Read more about Brenda Barnes through the following spotlight.

Describe your role to someone who is not familiar with the construction industry or Colas USA.

I visit all our job sites and fuel the equipment. I also fill in as a dump truck driver delivering aggregate and asphalt to our job sites and customer sites.

What has been your favorite project so far?

I do a lot for the community to give back to those who are less fortunate. My favorite things are the Christmas Toys for Tots and the Community Food Bank.

What drew you to working within the construction industry?

I wanted to carry on a family tradition. My husband is also a truck driver.

What motivates you to wake up and go to work every day?

I really enjoy the people I work with. They make it easy to come to work.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I used to work in Home Healthcare for those who needed medical help at their homes. Thanks to my passion for giving back to the community, I have found other ways to continue to help those is need.

What is one recommendation you could make to help Colas USA operate better?

It would be great to have a formalized support system for women entering the construction industry, which is typically male dominated.