River City Six – Stephanie Phelps
Meet Stephanie Phelps, human resource manager at McGill Restoration (www.mcgillrestoration.com).
Tell us a little about your business.
At McGill Restoration, we do a variety of restoration projects across the Midwest region. While our primary focus started with masonry restoration, over the years it has expanded into many different areas of repairs. We currently offer services in four main divisions: parking garages/stadium repairs; industrial restoration and coatings; infrastructure repairs and high-performance coatings; and masonry. We are committed to providing the highest quality restoration services in the industry.
How did you get started in the business?
I have worked in the human resources field for numerous years within other industries. My husband grew up in the construction/trades industry his entire life and I have grown to appreciate it as well. When McGill Restoration recruited me, I knew this was the business and industry that I was supposed to work in.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
The human resources field casts such a large net that it is often difficult to be an expert at everything HR related. My previous experience was heavy on the operations side of human resources, so coming to McGill Restoration was a challenge for me in that I would be handling more of the recruiting, which was outside of my comfort zone. I have had to brush up on my education and be innovative in our recruiting efforts.
Tell us a little about your family.
My husband Josh builds custom log homes. Together, we have a son named Andrew who is 12. We are also parents of two lovely rescue dogs.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
Moving to Omaha. We moved from a small town in northern Wisconsin just over 10 years ago.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
My family and I are a foster family for a local dog rescue. We are constantly taking in foster dogs, giving them the proper care they need, and finding them a home.
Who inspires you?
Everyone! I believe that everyone has a story and their own set of obstacles. It’s inspiring to see others overcome those obstacles. My dad also inspires me professionally. He has done a lot in his years in the engineering world.
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
Teleportation. I love to travel but I hate getting there!
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be?
It’s cliché, but I think I could be successful as a wedding planner! I probably couldn’t handle Bridezillas, though, so I’m not sure I’d make it very far.
What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why?
Little White Dog Rescue and any of the other animal rescues in the area. I was also recently introduced to Make a Wish through McGill Restoration.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
I am currently reading Dare to Lead by Brene Brown.
What is your favorite local restaurant?
Sinful Burger in Bellevue.
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