Video: Contractor Describes Being a Woman in Construction in the ’90s

Jimerson Underground of Stafford, Texas, is one of Equipment World’s 12 finalists for the 2021 Contractor of the Year award.

Alicia Jimerson started the company in 1989 and today has 45 employees and runs a $7 million to $10 million business performing underground utility work in the Houston area.

In this video, she discusses what it was like to start a business at a time when few women were in leadership roles in the industry.

She also speaks about how she was able to grow the firm by building relationships and networking. She offers some words of wisdom to contractors starting out in the construction industry.

One of the cornerstones of her networking strategy also is a labor of love, volunteering at the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The company has a big presence at the annual event, cooking up barbecue and throwing a party for thousands.

Company Vice President Dennis Wolford discusses how the company’s involvement in the show benefits the community. He also discusses how Jimerson Underground has been so successful in retaining longtime employees.

The Equipment World Contractor of the Year program, now in its 21st year, has been sponsored by Caterpillar since its start. It recognizes contractors who display the highest standards of business acumen, equipment management expertise, attention to safety and community involvement.

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