JOYCO Construction LLC

JOYCO picJOYCO Construction represents a step forward for owner Joy Bond.
By Alan Dorich

There is a saying that “the future is female,” and JOYCO Construction LLC owner Joy Bond believes that is the case in the construction industry. “There are a lot of opportunities for women in large commercial construction,” she declares.

Bond, who began working in the industry more than 20 years ago, is proof of that. Over the years, she has held roles at multiple construction firms, including Herbert & Boghosian Inc. in Simsbury, Conn., and Konover Construction in West Hartford, Conn.

She also worked for Civitillo Brothers Masonry in Newington, Conn. Bond also was the co-owner of John Bond Contracting. Joyco box

“I have always been proud of the companies that I’ve worked for and the projects I have been involved with,” Bond says. “Many of them have been special to the communities around them and [I’ve enjoyed] the rewards of seeing that end-result – whether it’s a remodel that has maintained the integrity and character of the community or a new building that has improved the community.”

This year, she chose to venture out on her own and form the Phoenix-based JOYCO, which will specialize in general contracting in its home state. After years of working with very capable women in construction, Bond says she wonders why more haven’t ventured out on their own.

“I realize that it’s not an easy thing to do, and certainly not everyone wants to be in charge,” she admits. “But there are tremendous opportunities available for women right now in construction.”

Invaluable Experience

JOYCO’s team also includes Director of Operations Randy Kress, also a seasoned construction veteran. “With over 15 years of participation in commercial management, Randy possessed extensive experience in strategic development across business-to-business channels,” Bond says.

Kress also has expertise in joint venture operations and domestic and international relations. “Randy’s involvement has been in acreage evaluation, acquisition projects, farm-in/farm-outs and operations management,” Bond adds.

“In recent years, his focus has been on assessing joint venture stability, agreement structure and establishment of project teams,” she continues. “His vast resourcefulness across a range of business spheres will be an invaluable asset as we grow and move forward.”

Great Possibilities

Bond is in the process of prequalifying to bid on state and federal projects that are designated for small business enterprises (SBEs) and disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs). “I have lots of work to look forward to,” she says.

The federal government, she notes, is spending billions on projects that are designated for such businesses. She adds that GrowthNation.com reported that the greater Phoenix area is planning for population growth of at least 2 million residents over the next two decades.

Much infrastructure will be needed for that growth, Bond says. “So the possibilities are only going to become greater, and I am extremely excited about the possibilities for me as a woman in this arena,” she says.

The New Normal

Bond has structured JOYCO mindfully after her experiences in the male-dominated construction industry. “There are certain realities of working in construction,” she states.

“As an employer, I have found that women can be a distraction on a busy site,” she says, adding that she

hopes this will change as more women become involved in construction and learn trades.

“There are more subcontractors hiring women within their own companies and placing them on their site crews,” she says. “It’s happening gradually, and soon it may not be the exception but ordinary business as usual. That day is coming, I am sure of it.”

Kress’ stance on the issue has made him an ideal partner. “Randy has a great philosophy, [which is] ‘I like working with people who get the job done, man or woman,’” Bond says. “That really is the bottom line for me as an employer.”

For now, though, Bond says, Kress will be the face of JOYCO. “We have found this to work well for us,” she says. “If I need to be on site, I’m there, but most days, I do choose to be on site after construction has ended for the day.”

Looking Forward

Bond plans for JOYCO to work with large developers as it continues to grow. “Infrastructure is going to be my main source as far as the state and federal contracts I am looking to connect with,” she predicts.

She also believes the industry will hire and train more women to adjust to the current labor shortage. “They’re going to have to and the salaries are going to attract the women,” she says. “I really do think that is the future.

“The thing that I would say to women considering a career in construction is, don’t be intimidated, have confidence in your knowledge and speak with confidence,” she advises. “The acceptance and respect will be there.”

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