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Basement Systems of West Virginia President Ricki Edwardson leads a company in the male-dominated construction field and is proud to help others advance their careers in this field.
Clarksburg, WV - November 12, 2014
Ricki Edwardson, President of Basement Systems of West Virginia, is accustomed to breaking barriers.
As a junior in high school, working her first paying job during blistering hot summers at her father’s construction company, Edwardson loaded and unloaded heavy construction materials and worked to keep job sites clean. As the only woman working in the field at her father’s company, Edwardson learned as a teenager that hard work, not her gender, would determine the level of success she would achieve in this male-dominated field.
“It was very hard work, but I enjoyed it,” she explained. “My dad and his employees treated me like any other member of the crew. If anything, they were tougher on me because I was his daughter, but they gave me a chance and helped me to learn the ropes.”
When she and her husband, Pat, who serves as the company’s Vice President, started Basement Systems of West Virginia in 2003, she once again broke barriers, leading the first home improvement company in the state to focus exclusively on basement and crawl space waterproofing. At that time, she was the only woman leading a Basement Systems dealership in the entire nation. In those early days, she and her husband regularly worked in wet basements and dirty crawl spaces because they were the company’s first two employees.
Basement Systems of West Virginia has grown steadily over the years and now has 32 employees. Its six-person leadership team includes four females: Edwardson; Kristin Staubly, Production Manager, who leads the company’s six construction crews, warehouse and fleet of vehicles; Jennifer Giaquinto, Account Manager, who heads the company’s financial functions; and Donna Boyd, Call Center Manager/Service Manager, who leads the company’s Call Center and Service Departments.
“Our leadership team is predominantly female,” said Edwardson, a Fairmont State engineering graduate. “We didn’t consciously try to do this. We just hired the best people for these jobs and they just happened to be female.”
Staubly brings over 20 years of construction experience to her position, working as a general contractor, multi-trade enforcement officer and manager for commercial and residential construction projects in North Carolina. Boyd started her career with Basement Systems in 2007 and has held a variety of roles within the company, starting as a Customer Service Representative and working her way up to become a manager over two departments. Giaquinto started with the company in 2011 as Customer Service Representative, before being promoted to Production Assistant and then Account Manager.
In addition to members of the leadership team, female employees in other key roles include Rose Roskovensky, a real estate professional who consistently is one of the company’s top salespeople; Crystal Chandler, a Navy veteran, who is a service technician for the company; and Terri Bowen, Production Assistant, who schedules crews’ work all over the state.
“I never want to forget those first days working construction, or those first days when we started this company,” she said. “Back then, it was a lot of hard work and all about proving myself in a male-dominated business, while taking a lot of pride in my work. Today, it’s all about proving to customers that we are the best in the business. When people call us, they don’t see us as a male- or female-run business, they see a West Virginia business that can help them make their homes more comfortable, healthier, drier, more energy efficient and safer.”
Edwardson takes a great deal of pride in the fact that she’s opening doors for others like her in the male-dominated construction business.
“I think we’re a little more open to giving someone a chance that others might not even consider,” she explained. “After all, I was given a chance and now I own my own business in a field that many women would never even consider. I am very proud to be able to return the favor by helping others advance their careers in construction.”