Connie (Decker) Moore grew up in Fremont, Ohio. She didn't really know what she wanted to do for a career when she graduated from Fremont High School in 1975.
She enjoyed art and was toying with the idea of pursuing an art degree in college. That changed after her father gave her practical advice regarding her expensive hobby.
"My dad said art won't pay for your horses. He told me I was good at math and since I liked art, I should
go into architecture and I did," said Moore.
She enrolled in Owens Community College to pursue that career. When she graduated in 1977 with an associate's degree majoring in architectural construction, she took a job as a draftsman at a Toledo civil engineering firm. She discovered that wasn't exactly what she wanted to do long-term.
After a few months, an opportunity opened up in her hometown at Mosser Construction, Inc. Moore worked as a gofer and helped the project managers with anything that they needed.
"I was 20 years old and did whatever was needed, I learned a lot that way," said Moore.
Dick Miller, a coworker, took Moore under his wing and taught her how to be an estimator. He showed her all the details of estimating and after a few years, she was able to take more ownership of projects.
She moved up the ranks and worked very hard in the male-dominated field to become Vice President of Estimating.
"I worked very hard to get where I am. It has been stressful at times and there have been bad days, but I enjoy working and love my job," said Moore. "The key to being a woman in this field is to work hard, do your job well and you will be recognized."
As Vice President of Estimating, Moore is responsible for negotiating contracts, developing accurate estimates, implementing cost controls and establishing budgets, as well as overseeing the project managers in her department.
At Mosser, she has worked on recognizable local projects like Alumni Hall at Owens, the new Rogers High School, the Rec Center at The University of Toledo and the Student Union at Bowling Green State University.
"Every project is different and challenging. I am never bored and I have been lucky to work on lots of amazing jobs. After 30 years, I can still say I love my job and I'm not ready to retire," said Moore.