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Holly Vaillancourt Honored by the Worcester Business Journal

Holly Vaillancourt Honored by the Worcester Business Journal

It is with great honor that we announce that our Operations Director, Holly Vaillancourt, has been recognized as one of the Worcester Business Journal's Outstanding Women in Business Awards honorees.

Introduction

This recognition is a testament to Holly's dedication and leadership in the industry. From her overwhelming gratitude upon being an honoree of the Outstanding Women in Business Awards to her impactful role in Central Massachusetts, Holly reflects on her career, community involvement, and experience at the Annual Awards Luncheon. Join us as we delve into Holly's career journey, aspirations, and the words of wisdom she communicates to aspiring women in the business world.

To learn more about Holly's career, accomplishments, and perspectives, read the  full article here.

 

Holly’s Achievement:

 

Can you briefly share your initial reaction upon being named an Outstanding Women in Business Honoree by the Worcester Business Journal?

Holly: I was overwhelmed with gratitude to have been selected as one of the honorees to receive this special award. The six other women with whom I share this award are truly an inspiration. Being recognized by the Worcester Business Journal for my professional achievements as a leader, as well as mentoring women and students in the fields of architecture, engineering, and construction is an honor. I hope that this recognition of my work at Existing Conditions can serve as an inspiration to other women in my profession.”

Holly giving her speech

Holly pictured giving her speech at the Worcester Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business Annual Awards Luncheon. (Photo courtesy of the Worcester Business Journal)

 

Background and Motivation:

 

What initially drew you to the architecture, engineering, and construction industry, and how has your professional background shaped your career journey?

Holly: “I have always had an interest in architecture and design ever since I can remember. Pursuing a degree in architecture has helped shape me into the professional I am today. I bring over 20 years of architectural experience and 10 years of experience in the 3D laser scanning and building information modeling (BIM) industry. Before joining Existing Conditions, I served as a project manager and lead designer at multiple well-known firms in the Boston area. In addition to my education, using the experience I have with my family’s real estate business has allowed me to adapt and maintain the fast-paced needs of Existing Conditions’ operations to keep projects and operations running smoothly.”

 

Recognition and Achievements:

 

Reflecting on your career, what standout achievements do you believe contributed to receiving the Outstanding Women in Business Award?

Holly: “In seeking a career change from working full-time at an architectural firm, I was looking for something where I could still use my knowledge and education and would allow me to balance work and family life with myself and my husband’s two young children. I joined Existing Conditions part-time at first, contributing to the company's projects at my own pace while raising the kids. As they grew older, I gradually increased my involvement and transitioned into a full-time role. 

Working moms can manage complex responsibilities, including those of problem-solving and multitasking experts, and bring unmatched dedication and skills to the table. Balancing the demands of work, family, and personal life can be incredibly challenging, but it also equips me with a unique set of skills. These skills include time management, organization, adaptability, and the ability to handle a wide range of tasks simultaneously, all of which I believe contributed to being recognized by the Worcester Business Journal.”

Holly pictured with her award

Holly pictured receiving her award at the Worcester Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business Awards Luncheon. (Photo courtesy of the Worcester Business Journal)

 

Impact and Leadership:

 

In your role at Existing Conditions, how do you see your work making a positive impact on the Central Massachusetts business community?

Holly: “The Central Massachusetts community is ever-changing and growing, and with that comes the need for accurate building documentation. We provide professionals with situational awareness and empower them with the confidence to make smart decisions based on accurate data. Educating our clients is what we do best. We help professionals in the building industry implement solutions to the hardest problems they face.”

 

Community Involvement:

 

Beyond your professional role, are there specific community initiatives or causes you're particularly passionate about, and how can businesses contribute positively to the local community?

Holly: “One of the areas that I am passionate about is being a mentor to young aspiring professionals. Being a member of the Bay Path Regional Vocational High School Advisory Board for the Drafting Department has allowed me to encourage students to pursue their interests in architecture, engineering, and construction. Speaking to the board about the services Existing Conditions offers gives the school the insight needed to help direct students' paths for their future. 

This is with either continuing education, co-op opportunities, or investing in certain equipment to train the students on the latest cutting-edge technology that is being used in the industry. I often tell young people to not be afraid of anything or new things and to be open to their future career goals. What you thought might be the path you would take after graduating high school or college may not always be what fulfills you. You should use your knowledge to your advantage and think outside the box.”

 

Reflections on the Awards Luncheon:

 

How was your experience at the 15th Annual Outstanding Women In Business Awards luncheon, and were there any moments that stood out to you?

Holly: "The Worcester Business Journal made this experience memorable. The luncheon at Mechanics Hall in Worcester was wonderful, and to be among so many past and present honorees was truly an honor. I spoke with many of the other women who also received this award, and I was inspired by their stories and backgrounds. Every one of them found it deep within to overcome many obstacles and challenges to get to the place that they are now. Determination, perseverance, and commitment to continuous learning are what set them apart from other professionals in their businesses."

Worcester Business Journal's Outstanding Women in Business Honorees

Holly and her fellow Worcester Business Journal Outstanding Women in Business Awards honorees. (Photo courtesy of the Worcester Business Journal)

 

Future Goals:

 

Looking ahead, what are your future career aspirations, and are there specific projects or goals you're excited about in the coming years?

Holly: “The uniqueness of the Operations Department in Existing Conditions fosters an environment that promotes ongoing professional growth within our team. This involves creating and executing strategies, processes, and a culture that ensures continuous learning and development opportunities.

EC Operations Team

Holly with our operations department on site.

Staying ahead of the 3D laser scanning technology curve is a challenge, but it is needed for our company to remain the best in the industry. I am looking forward to the growth of our Operations Department here at Existing Conditions in the coming years. Being able to apply my acquired knowledge to enhance the organization’s overall performance is one of my many goals as we continue to grow.”

 

Words of Wisdom:

 

If you could share one piece of advice with women aspiring for business success, what would it be? Do you have a guiding motto or philosophy that has shaped your career?

Holly: “My advice would be to treat others as you would want to be treated, love what you do, and do it with everything you have. Confidence is the result of competence; therefore, do not be afraid to communicate your ideas and know your worth. Do not be afraid to ask for help and to make mistakes, because it is in those mistakes that the best learning happens.

Finally, surround yourself with mentors who have your back and whom you can learn from. “I can and I will” is the motto my parents taught me from a young age. I always give my best and work hard with the confidence I have to carry out my professional and personal goals.”

Holly and the NavVis VLX scanner

Holly pictured demonstrating our state-of-the-art NavVis VLX scanner at our Existing Conditions Industry Appreciation Night.

 

Conclusion

Holly's professional growth, dedication, and exceptional skills made her a standout candidate for this prestigious recognition by the Worcester Business Journal. From her initial role as a part-time contributor to becoming a pivotal member of our management team, Holly's journey exemplifies the determination, resilience, and unwavering commitment she brings to her career. 

As a woman in the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry, she embodies the tenacity and determination that women bring to this field, despite being a small niche. Her journey from taking on the most important job in the world—being a devoted mother—to becoming a successful and accomplished woman in the competitive business landscape is a remarkable testament to her multifaceted talents and dedication.

Holly's commitment to mentoring, supporting the arts, and engaging in humanitarian efforts showcases her genuine passion for giving back and making a positive impact on society. Her story is a shining example of the invaluable contributions women make in the business world. Her achievements truly made her a deserving honoree of the Worcester Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business Awards, and we could not be more proud to have her as a leader on our team.

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