Movers & Shakers Spotlight – Denise Barnhart

From her nomination:

“Denise knows how to help others see the bigger picture. She is patient in her training and trains all levels of the organization. She consistently maintains a positive attitude even when she and others are moving through transitions.”

Denise Barnhart is the Claims Administrator at Branscome Incorporated, the Colas USA subsidiary that operates throughout Virginia. Denise has been a part of the Colas USA Family since 2018.

Read more about Denise through the following spotlight.

Describe your role to someone who is not familiar with the construction industry or Colas USA.
As the Claims Administrator for a heavy highway construction company, my days are never dull. They involve working closely with the team of safety professionals to maintain a safe work environment for our employees, ensuring the safety of the general public is preserved throughout our work zones, as well as handling all aspects of any claims which occur.

What has been your favorite project so far?
I’ve really enjoyed serving as a Super User for our safety management system. In this role, I’m able to assist with the transition of our current system and help employees if they run into any issues.

What drew you to working within the construction industry?
When I saw the opening for a Claims Administrator at Branscome, I was intrigued by the opportunity to possibly utilize some of what I had learned early in my career. I have experience as a licensed Property & Casualty Agent, over 25 years of experience in workers’ compensation within the private rehabilitation market, and a few years working closely with a private home builder. In my current position, I can work directly with our insurance carrier, third parties, and employees to make sure any claims the company is involved in are handled quickly and efficiently.

What motivates you to wake up and go to work every day?
Every day in the construction industry is an adventure and presents many opportunities to learn. This year, I participated in the Colas Mentorship Program, which afforded me the opportunity to learn more about the operational side of the business from a member of upper management. Additionally, on a regular basis I get to interact with the field employees who are the true backbone of what we do. Learning new things and growing both professionally and personally is truly what keeps me motivated.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I want to travel the country on my own Harley-Davidson Freewheeler.