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A Strong Leader in a Challenging Industry
By: Josh McFadden
April 1, 2012
Since 1922, Granite Construction has made its mark in Utah. From roads, highways and bridges to transit systems and airports, Granite has been a fixture in helping to build Utah’s transportation infrastructure. Experience and leadership are among Granite’s assets. One of those leaders is Abby Albrecht.
Albrecht came to Granite a decade ago, originally as a cost engineer. After a stint at Granite’s California corporate office as a field information manager, she returned to Utah in 2007 to assume her present role as public affairs and business development manager.
Each day, Albrecht juggles many duties and responsibilities. She is in charge of managing and coordinating community, agency and customer relations for the Utah Region, along with anything that involves governmental relations for the state of Utah. If that isn’t enough, she also chairs the transportation task force for the Salt Lake Chamber, is a member of the board of directors at the Salt Lake Chamber, is on the legislative committee for the Associated General Contractors of Utah, sits on the Utah Mobility Coalition strategy team and is on the youth board for the GOAL Foundation.
Despite her heavy workload and extensive community service, Albrecht keeps a positive attitude and expresses satisfaction in her job-related obligations.
“I enjoy coming to work each day and am motivated by the challenges that face our industry,” she says.
Albrecht says she doesn’t like to talk about herself but admits that certain skills and talents have enabled her to succeed. “I’m highly motivated, have great communication and leadership skills, and have great vision.”
Albrecht says Granite has afforded her the opportunities to find fulfillment and achievement in a profession where she is a minority.
“Being a woman in construction, we face challenges each day by working in a historically male-dominated industry,” she says. “Fortunately, my career with Granite has included positions within teams and leadership responsibilities in organizations and committees where my strengths and skills can be utilized for positive results.”
Albrecht hopes to continue contributing to Granite’s efforts. One of her main goals is to help the state find stable and secure funding for transportation.
“Utah is a great state to do business in,” she says. “In no other state do we have a department of transportation that is cutting edge and a transit agency that is highly regarded.”