Women in Construction Spotlight: Kristine Roland
By: Claire Sauer
Our world-class Fleet Services Group at ADB keeps our state-of-the-art fleet and all of our equipment up and running. We truly would not be able to do our work without their dedication. Kristine Roland, Fleet Administrator, is just one of the many incredible people that make up our Fleet Services Group. Her positive attitude, unmatched work ethic, and willingness to always lend a hand have solidified her as an irreplaceable member of this team.
When Kristine began her journey with ADB, she was transitioning to ADB from a long-term employer. While this change was a bit scary for her, both personally and professionally, she was excited for a new opportunity. As soon as she walked through the doors, the entire Fleet Team embraced her and welcomed her with open arms.
“After being in this field for more than 25 years, I know this is where I am supposed to be.”
Knowing that her team always has her back has helped Kristine feel empowered in her work every single day. When she is given a new project tracking and recording maintenance for the entire fleet and various pieces of equipment, she is given control of the program and empowered to make decisions from start to finish. Knowing she has the full support of team members and her leadership has allowed her to grow and succeed in her role.
Kristine knew she wanted to get into the construction industry because of the opportunities for development and ongoing innovation. She is always looking for ways to grow both in her personal life and her professional life, and she knew this industry would provide that. She believes that growth and continuous education are vital to advancing in her career and achieving the success she envisions for herself. Kristine also knew that entering into the construction industry meant that she was entering into a male-dominated industry. While it was intimidating at first, Kristine can get along with anyone and by providing her male team members with the same support that she expected, she has been able to prove herself and her value. If she could give one piece of advice to women starting out in the industry, it would be:
“Be yourself, not someone you think they want you to be. Always be kind and respectful.”
Throughout her many years in the industry, Kristine has learned a lot of valuable lessons. However, the most valuable lesson that she has learned is that being a strong woman means being a good listener, but also speaking up and making sure that your voice is heard and that your opinion is valued. Learning to do this has allowed her to advance and make ADB her career destination. When it comes to the future, Kristine is most excited to continue using her skills to help grow her team and to spread positivity within the entire organization.
“My favorite part about being a Keeley’n is the culture. It aligns with who I am. Our team shares the same vision and dedication to our mission statement no matter the position within the department. It’s really inspiring to be a part of this amazing team.”
Kristine, thank you for your commitment to the Fleet Services Group and to our culture. We love seeing your smiling face and you truly make this company a better place!