Partnership Feature: Rebecca Brown, Director of HR at Brasfield and Gorrie

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“I always knew that I wanted to work with business and people,” says Rebecca Brown Director of Human Resources at Brasfield & Gorrie – the largest privately owned general contractor in the Southeast, As the chief liaison to Ed’s Bridging the Gap program at Huffman High School, Rebecca has demonstrated an immense talent for working with people by creating engaging ways for students to learn more about the jobs they may want to pursue in the future.

Rebecca grew up in the northern part of the state, Florence, Alabama, and learned early on that she had a knack for meeting and talking to new people. Moving from Florence, Rebecca earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Auburn University, during which time she was selected as a student recruiter, to “sell” the campus to potential students.  After graduation Rebecca began her career with Southern Company as a Cooperative Education Coordinator, managing programs and consulting on employee compensation and benefits matters. Prior to that, Rebecca was an Employment Interviewer at Regions Financial Corporation. In 2014, she graduated from Momentum, a women’s leadership program in Birmingham.

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Demonstrating the correct and safe way to wear a harness on a construction site.

In her role at Brasfield & Gorrie, Rebecca manages human resources initiatives for the company’s workforce of 2600 employees, which makes her a wellspring of knowledge about the careers in the company. On one particular site-visit, students rotate through interactive sessions on safety training – strapping on a harness and being lifted into the air by a steel crane – and estimating – racing the clock to submit the lowest bid. Outside the room, Bernard Ball says, “I’m going to start paying better attention in math class. This is something I definitely want to do.”

Which of course, exactly what Rebecca had intended. “I like finding a match and seeing people become successful,” Rebecca says, highlighting the most rewarding part of her job and of facilitating the Bridging the Gap program. “Through the program, we have been able to inform students about so many great opportunities and watching the students truly benefit from the time and effort we put into the planning was my favorite thing.”

Examining a 3D building model.

Examining a 3D building model.

Outside of the official duties of her job, Rebecca also works with the Architect Construction and Engineering Mentors (ACE), volunteers with the March of Dimes and Junior Achievement, and visits a local elementary school each week to read books to students – all while raising two kids of her own.

Ed most certainly would not be the organization it is today without the combined efforts of people like Rebecca and companies like Brasfield & Gorrie – those who pursue and advocate for excellence for students. Rebecca, Ed appreciates all that you do with us and for us and we can’t wait to see what you’ve got planned for us next!

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