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Spotlight: Missy Powell

Where is your favorite place to go out in Pittsburgh?

My favorite place to go in Pittsburgh is the Strip District on a Saturday morning.? It’s a tradition my family started when I was a kid and now I take my kids there.? We order unique cheeses at Penn Mac, try desserts from My Sweet Lilly, checkout the fish tanks at Wholly’s, then grab lunch from a vendor or at Primanti’s.

How do you achieve balance between work and home life?

I have help.? Without the help of my husband and grandparents, I wouldn’t be able to have the schedule flexibility I do.? I make it a priority to put my son on the bus most mornings and to help with homework every night.? I also limit evening events because being together for dinner is very important to us.

Tell us something people may find surprising about you.

MBM is truly a family owned and operated business.? I work closely with my mom, dad, brother, aunt, sister-in-law, and three cousins. We don’t always agree but we always love each other and want to see MBM succeed.

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(Written before she became the President-Elect.)

What was it like at the beginning of your career?

After graduating from West Virginia University I was waitressing at Atria’s Restaurant at night and working for Clear Channel, now iHeartMedia, during the day.? I was working hard to save money to purchase my own home.? After a couple years I achieved that goal but it was the early days of working all day and night that made me appreciate every position I had after that.?

What values are important to you as you do your job??

I’m a big believer in putting others first.? Use your network of contacts to give rather than get.? If you put other people’s interests first and do what you can to help them achieve their goal, it will come back to you.

Tell me how you were hired for a job. It does not have to be the job you have now unless you want it to be.

One night I agreed to switch shifts with a co-worker at Atria’s.? That night I ended up waiting on the owner of Software Management, Inc., a database and website company in the tourism industry.? After talking for a couple of hours he asked if I would come in for an interview.? I got the job and ended up working there for eight years before starting with MBM Contracting.

Do you reply to emails at 11 pm???

Yes!? I’m lucky enough to have a flexible job where if I need to pick up my kids or go to an appointment, I can.? However, that also means that I need to work as needed, so if that’s at 11pm, I’m definitely responding to emails.

Anything else you want us to know about you?

I live in Jefferson Hills with my husband Ed, our son Wesley, our daughter Morgan, and our dog Ruby.? When I’m not with my husband and kids, I’m at MBM where I work with my Dad, Mom, brother, aunt, uncle, cousins, and other co-workers who have become family.? I surround myself with family.

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