Industry experience is everything when it comes to selecting the right partner on a construction or electrical project. But sometimes, when a company is looking for the perfect candidate for a specific off-site role, it pays to look beyond industry experience and evaluate the attributes and skills needed to fill each specific role.
At Hylan, we understand that employees who bring outside knowledge to the table help us ensure every role is staffed with the right individual to keep day-to-day operations running smoothly and effectively. That’s why, when we met Christina Doyle, we knew her skills, values, and personality were the perfect combination to make her an asset to our company in her role as purchasing manager at Hylan’s Western Utility division. Christina is a valued member of the Hylan family, and we are grateful for all she does each day.
Read on to learn more about Christina’s role at Western Utility and the advice she has for young professionals looking to pursue a career in the telecom or infrastructure industry.
How long have you been working with Hylan’s Western Utility division, and what are you most proud of since you began this role?
I am fairly new to Western Utility – and to the whole construction industry, actually. When I began my career here in November of 2021, I basically had to start from scratch. After learning the basics, I began by reorganizing the warehouse and the yard. From there I set up a parts number system to begin tracking purchases and inventory. I am proud to have added a little more organization to the controlled ‘chaos’. Like everything, it is still a work in progress, but I feel like I’m helping the company continue to head in the right direction.
Where did you go to school and/or get training?
I attended Moraine Valley Community College in Illinois, where I received an Associates Degree in Business Administration. However, my main training and experience comes from more than 20 years of hands-on experience, including working at my father’s industrial supply business. Because it was a family business, I took on many different responsibilities — from office work to purchasing, receiving, warehouse maintenance, sales, and customer service.
On a personal note, what do you like to do in your free time?
I have two sons, and for many years I kept busy watching them play high school sports, including football and hockey. They are both in college now, so my husband Bill and I still enjoy keeping up with their activities. This includes college football, in which one of my sons still participates. In my downtime I enjoy gardening, taking walks, and spending time with my husband at our lake house or going to dinner.
Lastly, do you have any advice for young professionals looking to pursue a career in the telecom or infrastructure industries?
As someone who entered this industry later in her career, I would tell them that if they put their mind to it and work hard, it is possible to succeed in this field. Also, I would encourage them to explore a career in this industry because everyday holds new challenges and the potential for new adventures. From my experience at Western Utility, I can say that there are so many good people here and in this industry that truly want to set you up for success. The opportunities are endless in this industry.
Thank you, Christina, for taking the time to answer our questions and for all you do every day to help make Hylan a great place to work! We’re grateful to have you as a member of the Hylan family.