Former Granite Sales Specialist
Gabriela Castro, Asst. General Foreperson, Lewis Tree Service
Can a woman find success in a “man’s world”? Of course! We caught up with Gabriela Castro to learn how she’s thriving at Lewis.
Tell us about your experience working at a retail granite company.
I was there for about four years, focusing on operations and sales. I loved working in retail because of the customers I had the opportunity to work with, but a lot of my time was still spent at my desk and I was inside all the time. Do not get me wrong, I enjoyed working in retail and at the granite company, but I did not enjoy being inside all day stuck inside of an office.
Did you have hesitations starting in vegetation management?
Yes, especially being a woman. This is considered a “man’s” job but when I see something, I go for it.
With the perception of vegetation management being a “man’s” job, what advice would you give to women wanting to enter the industry?
Well, I truly believe that a woman can do anything a man can do. I would tell women to do it. We women can do anything.
Was being inside all day your main motivator for switching to vegetation management?
I would say that it was a big motivator for me to make the switch. Between the granite company and Lewis, I had a baby and had become a stay-at-home mom. When I was ready to go back to work, I knew that I did not want to be inside all day, I was ready for a change. I was ready for something different. My family has strong ties to the industry and to Lewis specifically, so when an opportunity opened, I figured why not?
Are you glad you made the move to Lewis?
Yes. I am very happy. The granite company did not have benefits. Lewis has great benefits, such as insurance and an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan). And, not only do they have great benefits, but the pay is better as well.
What do you love most about working at Lewis?
I do not want to say I am a geek, but I love technology. Lewis just introduced a new technology for those out in the field to assist them with maps.
Are there opportunities for growth at Lewis?
Yes, without a doubt. Lewis has a lot of opportunities, just because you start as a Groundpserson does not mean that is where you must stay. I started as a Groundperson and now I am an Asst. General Foreperson, which is essentially an assistant general foreperson. If you are willing and wanting to learn, they will teach you and ensure you are successful in growing. The opportunities at Lewis are endless.
Besides for breaking the “norm” by being a woman in the industry, how do you like to spend your time outside of work?
I love spending time with my kids. I have five kids and with everything that is going on now, after work, I get to be a teacher! I really love helping my kids with their schoolwork. My family and I enjoy being outside and spending time at the ranch with our horses. I grew up in Florida, but I am originally from Coahuila, Mexico and I am very proud of my culture.
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