Cheryl Nagel - Women in Construction Spotlight
Posted by Sequoyah Electric
As Chief Financial Officer, Cheryl’s primary goal is to provide Sequoyah with a strong financial foundation that allows the company to be competitive while providing high performance electrical design and construction offerings to a wide array of clients. With this goal in mind, Cheryl manages all of Sequoyah’s accounting, IT and contract management. As CFO she provides strategic financial planning, reporting and analysis while continuing to improve processes and increase efficiencies with a focus on risk mitigation and cash flow. Cheryl’s strength is her leadership and mentorship of her staff through teamwork and collaboration utilizing resources and leveraging technology to provide timely accurate information and meet deadlines. Cheryl has 28 years of construction accounting. She graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in Business Administration in Finance. She is a Puget Sound Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) Board of Director member and served as the President of the Chapter for three years from 2015 – 2018. Away from work, Cheryl enjoys spending time with family, giving back to her community, and traveling around Europe.
We asked Cheryl a couple of questions about being a woman in construction.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Two favorites. The fact that our industry is always evolving. And working with a wide array of people throughout the organization.
Can you provide a piece of advice for women entering construction?
Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty, ask questions and build relationships. Learn every aspect of the company. Soak it all up. Always be prepared and confident.
Why did you choose construction?
Construction chose me. I seized an opportunity that instantly catapulted my career. You can say “right place, right time” coupled with a deep commitment to success.
Name a skill that you possess that helps you with your job.
I am competitive and curious. I am always pushing myself to be better than I was the day before. I also have a true interest in what we do. I love touring our projects, getting to know the team, and understanding how each team member contributes to our success.