Andersen’s return to Springs brings her full circle

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Mikki Andersen has helped to overcome some of the stereotypes of women in construction.

Mikki Andersen has helped to overcome some of the stereotypes of women in construction.

Mikki Andersen, business development director for J.E. Dunn Construction Co., grew up in Colorado Springs and is thrilled to be back home in the Pikes Peak region.

You can usually find her promoting the company’s services to prospective clients along the Front Range — or occasionally networking at the CSBJ Golf League.

Andersen recently took time to tell CSBJ about herself and her company.

Organization: J.E. Dunn Construction Co.

Position: Director of business development

Hometown: Colorado Springs

How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: Eighteen years while growing up (my mom still lives in our house) and then moved home seven years ago.

Education: I attended K-6 at Edison, 7-9 at Horace Mann, and 10-12 at Wasson in Colorado Springs. After a short stint at today’s University of Northern Colorado and enrolling at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, 28 years later, I’m within 15 elective hours of completing my organizational communications degree with a minor in business administration.

A few words about your company: We are an 85-year-old, family owned, general contractor with headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., and 21 offices across the country, including two in Colorado.

I am most impressed with the quality and caliber of the individuals in the organization, and the longevity of their employment and loyalty.

J.E. Dunn acquired Hughes Smith Construction during 1999, but many of their employees stayed and are the core of our Colorado Springs operation.

Recent accomplishments: I have 15 years of business development experience in the construction related industry (a male-dominated profession). I think my involvement in overcoming some of the stereotypes of women in construction and our ability to contribute to this industry has been one of the most fulfilling accomplishments.

My most rewarding personal accomplishment is having raised my three amazing children.

Biggest career break/accomplishment: The opportunity to represent J.E. Dunn and promote the quality of services and caliber of personnel that encompass our corporate family.

The toughest part of your job: Never enough “day” in my hours which need to be at least 120 minutes long to accomplish everything I want to do.

Someone you admire: My mother — she is remarkable.

About your family: My dad was affiliated with the Mountain Post when it was Camp Carson. He was stationed there until retiring from the Corps of Engineers.

My older brother deployed from Fort Carson to Vietnam and my younger brother and I worked together for JKT-Alliance J.V. on the Rolling Pins Barracks renovation project during 2005-06 — one of our dad’s original projects.

My mom served as the head nurse of Intensive Care and Coronary Care at Penrose Main hospital for 13 years. I have a son and a daughter attending Texas Tech University and another son living in Austin with his wife and my awesome 3-year-old grandson.

Something else you’d like to accomplish: Walking across the stage to accept my diploma from St. Edward’s University and making my mother and children proud. Daddy would have been proud, too.

How your business will change during the next decade: With the increasing emphasis on green construction and preserving the environment, I believe we will continue to be a prominent resource and one of the premier contractors in the nation. J.E. Dunn has 68 LEED accredited professionals in our Colorado offices and more than 385 companywide.

What book are you currently reading? Not much time for leisurely reading, but I’m most at peace when I can spend a little time in my Bible.

What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? That we would focus on the things that make our city great, collaborate more on a common vision for our future, be more tolerant of our differences and realize we have much more in common than we do different … and that we could figure out how to synchronize our stop lights.

2 Responses to Andersen’s return to Springs brings her full circle

  1. Yea Mikki! You go girl!!!!!

    Sandy Rech
    July 30, 2009 at 12:09 pm

  2. Wow! Mikki way to go. Give Dutch and I a call sometime. Seth is coming to Springville, IA next month.I’m back at work at the Exchange State Bank in Springville, about 2 mintues from work Love Ya, Joyce

    July 30, 2009 at 3:45 pm