Shiel Sexton Spotlight…

Our next Shiel Sexton Spotlight is Stephanie Flittner, our Risk Manager, Assistant General Counsel! Stephanie has worked at Shiel Sexton for 3 years. In this interview, she talked with us about working in the construction industry and the role she plays within Shiel Sexton. 

What do you like most about Shiel Sexton and your role within the company? 

I truthfully love how Shiel Sexton has a focus on their employees. I feel like Shiel Sexton makes everyone’s roles work for them while also encouraging development and growth whether that is personally or professionally. Whether that is through training or through conferences, Shiel Sexton cares about our growth. 

What are some of your favorite projects that you’ve worked on during your time with Shiel Sexton?  

I think one of my favorite projects that I have worked on is being on our COVID-19 response team. The beginning of the pandemic was obviously uncharted territory, so it was difficult to come up with a game plan quickly. It was challenging to say in the least, but I thought it was interesting to continually update procedures to keep employees safe. 

In terms of my role, I truly like how important my position is as managing risks within our company will help us gain a better footing in the construction industry. 

What are your day-to-day responsibilities? 

Some of my day-to-day responsibilities include managing pre-qualifications through iSQFT, putting risk management programs in place, ensuring our subs have appropriate coverage, and managing our construction insurance program. 

In addition, I am also a part of our crisis team and I work with our Information Technology group to help with cybersecurity and the risks associated. 

What do you like most about working in the Construction industry?  

I think one of my favorite things about working at Shiel Sexton and in the Construction industry is that I can tangibly see that we are changing Indy and its landscape. I think it’s amazing that we can drive around Indianapolis and see the projects that we’ve worked on and how it has positively affected the Indianapolis community. My son was able to point out one of Shiel Sexton’s projects and it brought me a lot of pride in that moment. But, even during the building process, I like to see the phases of the projects and see all of the hard work that has been put in to make the project happen, it is truly fun being a part of that. 

Could you explain what you do for the Junior League of Indianapolis and what the organization is? 

The Junior League of Indianapolis is a women’s group that helps empower women while building leadership skills. In addition, we also volunteer and help out the Indianapolis community in whatever way we can. 

In terms of my role for the organization, I am the President and the Head of the Board. There are over 700 members within the Indianapolis community, and I help with the strategic direction of the group. My responsibilities include planning and running general meetings or providing additional support as needed. This role has actually helped me with my position at Shiel Sexton as I’ve learned how to effectively lead meetings and how to build lasting connections.  

The Junior League of Indianapolis has been around since 1922, and in that time, the organization has been involved in over 163 community projects and has donated more than $7 million dollars. Some organizations that we have helped over the last few decades include Race for the Cure, Conor Prairie Apple Store, Riley Occupational Therapy Unit, and so much more! 

How does your role affect the landscape of the Construction Industry? 

I believe that my role affects the landscape of the Construction industry positively as I am able to minimize problems and keep issues at bay. I think my role formalizes a system for better decision making to avoid future risk. Ultimately, by doing this, Shiel Sexton can keep constructing buildings and can take on more projects. 

Thank you, Stephanie, for your hard work and continuous service at Shiel Sexton!