pathfinder engineers & architects llp
Nancy Jendryaszek Managing Partner
What does it mean to you to be leading a womanowned company in the Rochester community?
What are some of the setbacks, if any, you have faced being a woman-owned company?
When I started my career in architecture, it was a maledominated field. After 20 years in the industry, four of us started Pathfinder Engineers & Architects â€“ something that was not on my horizon when I was starting out. I feel there is a lot of responsibility in leading a company, regardless of being a Woman-Owned Business. You must lead with professionalism, technical expertise, ethical practices, and integrity. Most importantly, you must earn the respect of others by your actions in your professional practice and in support of programs and activities within the community, as well as those programs of meaning to your employees.
When we formed Pathfinder Engineers & Architects in 1998, my partners and I had technical expertise, but needed to distinguish our company. From the very beginning, we chose to become a certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) in order to acquire new clients and to have a business advantage over our competitors in the public sector. Being a WomanOwned company has not been the source of setbacks, but has helped us face setbacks, such as the downturn of the economy in 2001. Being a WBE allowed us to pivot from our private sector work in high-technology manufacturing and to focus on public-state projects. As a WBE, there is always a spotlight focused on us with other design firms observing us, especially since NYS has significant participation goals for MWBE companies on state-funded projects. Our role now is to pay it forward by encouraging other MWBE design companies along their journey.
I believe it is important to lead by example. At Pathfinder, we take an active role in encouraging young people, especially young women, to pursue careers in engineering and architecture. Fifteen (one-third) of Pathfinderâ€™s employees are female and they serve as role models to other employees and as mentors to students. We strive for diversity in all aspects of the company. I am extremely proud of what our employees have accomplished, and especially this year to have been named a Top 100 Company.
eagle dream technologies
Robert D. Moore, Jr. Chief Executive Officer
Being a successful veteran business owner, what advice do you have for other veterans looking to achieve success like you have with EagleDream?
How has COVID-19 impacted your business and how have you been able to grow as an organization despite this setback?
Having the honor to serve our country together with other people with many different backgrounds towards a common goal showed me at an early age how important teamwork and doing the right thing is. I would tell other veterans that if you continue to strive to serve others, your employees and your customers, by always putting them first, you will have a great foundation to build your business and career on.
EagleDream has been fortunate to continue to be able to grow through the pandemic. 2020 will be our largest growth year in our history. Our teams worked diligently to quickly pivot our own approach as well as help our customers shift their technology strategy during a time of need. It all starts with putting the customer first, listening to their needs, and working together to find a solution. With a growing demand from our customers, we are grateful to have had the opportunity to expand the EagleDream team with a number of new hires as well as continue to grow our customer base in and outside of Rochester.