With more than 35 years of experience in architectural design, project management, home building and remodeling, Bonnie Foster has worked with every trade you’ll find on a job site. Trade professionals are overwhelmingly male. While she is proud to represent the less than 10 percent of the construction workforce that is female, it is not what defines her professionally.
It is her depth of knowledge and varied work experiences that make her such a respected member of the Dickson Development team. “Our clients love Bonnie. She guides them through every step along the way, from initial meetings to the design process, product selections to the actual construction and remodeling of homes,” says Richard Dickson, president of Dickson Development. “Bonnie has great instincts, excellent design skills, a tremendous amount of patience and discipline and, above all else, she knows every facet of this business.”
Bonnie, after earning her degree in architecture, began her career working with architectural firms on the West Coast, designing both custom and track homes. She worked her way up from draftsperson to senior designer to project manager, running multiple large projects for track homes. She also worked for a home remodeling and animation company that developed a tool used by homebuilders to sell new homes from virtual reality models. “In that role, I was able to combine my architectural knowledge with my marketing skills. I enjoy doing both,” she says.
For the past 18 years, she has been working for design-build companies as a designer and marketing specialist. As the project director and scheduler for Dickson Development the past several years, she works closely with homeowners and trade partners to make sure every detail on every job is completed on time and to everyone’s satisfaction.
Motivated as a Woman in a Male-Dominated Field
“I love working with homeowners. I have met and assisted hundreds of families helping them to realize their dreams of transforming their living spaces.” She says. “It is very satisfying when you get to work closely with homeowners on the design of a project and then see the finish result. I also genuinely enjoy the camaraderie on each job with all our staff, trade partners and vendors. It takes a great team to get great results.”
She has clearly found the right team at Dickson Development, one where she is respected and appreciated and able to bring all her skills to the table.
“Instead of coming up through the ranks of a framer or a carpenter (most who are male) before being promoted into a project management role, I gained knowledge of every aspect of home building working in these different capacities,” she says. “Working in a predominantly male field never deterred me. If anything, I would say it was motivating.”
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