Women in Construction Spotlight: Jennifer Nebesky

Project Coordinator Jennifer Nebesky is no stranger to the construction industry, as she got her start at just 15 years old! In high school, Jennifer worked as a cashier at a lumber yard, enjoyed her coworkers, and was able to build a great camaraderie with the contractors and subcontractors. After graduation, Jennifer was hired full time and began working in the sales office for new home construction, where she had two amazing female mentors supporting her as she learned the construction process and sales. She enjoyed watching people from all walks of life plan and build their dream homes – from the very first hole in the ground – to placing the welcome gift basket on the kitchen counter of a completed home.

Jennifer enjoyed the process and experience she gained, but ultimately realized her strength was working directly with contractors and subcontractors. When the housing market crashed in 2008, Jennifer decided to make the change to commercial construction industry and began working at Riley Construction, where she continues to build great working relationships with our subcontractors and clients.

You can often find Jennifer volunteering her time to the causes she is passionate about, including Feed My Starving Children, ProHealth Walks for Cancer, and any opportunity she can find to help animals! Most recently, Jennifer volunteered for Veteran’s Outreach of Wisconsin building tiny homes for homeless veterans in Racine, WI.

Jennifer’s advice to young women and girls who are thinking about a future in construction is: “BE DIRECT. Directness tends to be a lost art form as a communication tool, as we live online more and more. Being direct, upfront, and honest with somebody will take you further in both your professional and personal life. Most will not only appreciate it but will respect you for it!”

Thank you for all you do at Riley, Jennifer! We love having you on the team.