With Dutch ancestry, Joanne was destined to tackle stormwater issues…..with more than her finger in the dike. She started out studying horticulture in college, progressed to a short career in the flower bulb industry, then jumped feet first (well, muddy boots first) into the development of Carolina Environmental Contracting, Inc. (CEC) in 1991. She was ready to get her hands in the dirt. Fast forward 26 years and Joanne feels extremely confident when she calls CEC “stormwater construction experts”. CEC brings projects in on budget, on time, and within constraints, tolerances and specific project parameters. The company builds with knowledge, with experience, with confidence, and with precision. CEC excels with Joanne’s ability to put the right people in the right positions in order for the company to manage and construct projects seamlessly…..with no holes in the dikes.
A fine firm like ours with excellent customers like you, is always on the lookout for a few good men and women. And when one comes along----a person who fits our team and digs our work---well, we have to snag them. Bring them on board. Get them working in the dirt.
Take Jacy Kirkpatrick for example. She recently joined the team at Carolina Environmental Contracting. A recent graduate of NC State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Soil and Water Systems, Kirkpatrick has a generations deep heritage in the construction industry.
In addition to a demonstrated passion for the extensive stormwater management services CEC provides, CEC President Joanne Cheatham said during a recent corporate announcement that Kirkpatrick brings another important attribute to the business. “At the risk of sounding short sighted, our industry is still primarily a ‘man’s world’ “, she said. “We need more smart young women in our management to help guide us through tomorrow’s challenges. Jacy clearly fits that challenge.”
“We are delighted that Jacy chose to join us at CEC," Cheatham said. "We selected her from a strong list of applicants because of her well-grounded, common sense approach to construction. It was obvious to me that she had good construction sense that comes from working amongst the generations of contractors in her family. Combine that with a good education, an enthusiasm to learn, and a good pair of boots, and we have a valuable new team member."
Kirkpatrick will report to our estimating / project management departments in CEC’s Mount Airy and Greensboro offices.
Jacy has a love for the outdoors where, during her free time, she is chasing after her border collie Boyd, or trotting down a trail on the back of Hal, her Arabian Horse, or kayaking down the Haw River. “She is a perfect fit for our culture here at CEC,” Cheatham said. “Land and water speak to all of us.”