Friday // September 2, 2016

Mellon says communication is key to management success


At EMJ, we know that our people are the building blocks of the company. They, along with their past experiences, are what make the company great. We are proud of each member of the team and enjoy sharing their stories.

A project manager in our Dallas office since June of 2016, Cortney Mellon grew up in Mount Gilead, Ohio. She attended The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where she developed her passion for the Buckeyes—and the construction industry.

Her construction career began in 2007 on the expansion and renovation of Kauffman Stadium, “The K,” home to the Kansas City Royals. Not only was this Cortney’s entrance into the industry, but it’s also her favorite project to date. It was on this project that Cortney worked with a construction executive known for his sports facility expertise who would become an important mentor in her career.

“He allowed me to use my own strengths, beliefs and personal attributes with his strict guidance and walked side by side with me down my path to success,” Cortney said.

Since her start on that project, which was featured to a national audience during the 2015 World Series, Cortney gained experience in a variety of construction sectors, including healthcare. Building hospitals is of special interest to Cortney, stemming from her one-time aspiration of becoming a nurse.

While working on the River Spirit Casino and Hotel expansion in Tulsa, Okla., Cortney had the opportunity to collaborate with members of RedStone Construction Services, a member of the EMJ family of companies. It was then she learned of EMJ, and “the people and team-like atmosphere” drew her to a career with the company.

Cortney says applying her skills and knowledge to serve both her company and her clients is the most rewarding part of her work and notes the important role effective communication plays in managing a construction project. She says that EMJ’s C2C approach and client-focused steps of “ask, listen, think, do” go a long way in fostering that communication and project success.

“The four steps are most important when you are managing a project. We must have constant communication with our team, subcontractors and owners to have a successful job,” said Cortney.

When asked about her greatest accomplishment, Cortney says she is proud that she has always stayed true to herself.

“I was raised to live a simple life and to treat others like you want to be treated.”

Cortney lives in Rowlett, Texas, with her husband, Travis, and their dog, Champion. She is currently working on the Outlet Shoppes of Laredo in Laredo, Texas.

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