Rowena Amelung has served in key project management, quality and business development roles at McCarthy since 2007. Working closely with clients such as Boeing, General Motors and Miller Coors, she has expertise in heavy industrial and manufacturing markets and understands their unique challenges and the solutions needed to deliver project excellence.
Rowena holds multiple certifications and licenses including Construction Quality Management Certification (CQMC - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), Certified Welding Inspector (CWI - American Welding Society) and OSHA-30 Construction Safety & Health.
She is an active member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers (SLCCC), Hawthorn Foundation and serves as a national committee member for the McCarthy Partnership for Women.
Member Spotlight - Q&A with Rowena Amelung
Business Development Manager
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
Q: When did you decide to get into the commercial real estate industry? Was it always your focus?
A: Math was always a strong subject for me and taking my first physics class in high school sealed the deal for my decision to study Civil Engineering at Mizzou. Once I graduated from college, I landed a job in the construction sector of the CRE industry. Construction was not a focus throughout my education, but once I started it, I never thought about doing anything else.
Q: What are some of the things you love about your job?
A: I love the challenging projects that our company takes on and through my business development role I am fortunate to have an opportunity to share the stories about these amazing jobs. I also really enjoy the people that I work with and the work hard, play hard approach that we take. Doing my part to help my work family makes the toughest days, projects and proposals all worth it. The business development role is especially interesting when I feel like I’m a detective pulling all the pieces of the pursuit together.
Q: What is your CREW-St. Louis origin? When did you join? Why did you become a member?
A: I joined CREW-St. Louis in early 2018 at the recommendation of one of my co-workers. I was looking for a new and different group to expand my network and provide different perspectives. I became a member because I felt like this was a group that I could really connect well with. CREW-St. Louis has genuine members that are looking to help in anyway without expecting anything in return and an organization I feel is worth putting forth extra effort.
Q: What was the first CREW-St. Louis event you attended and what were your impressions?
A: The first event that I attended was a luncheon about “Building Your Personal Brand.” As soon as I walked into the room, I immediately noticed that the room was very lively (unlike many of the conferences/organization meetings that I attend). All the attendees were talking and interacting and welcomed me into the conversations with open arms. The content and relevancy of the presentation was great and with that I signed up for CREW-St. Louis the next day.
Q: Please name a few of the projects you’ve been involved in, specifically in the St. Louis area that you are proud of.
A: My most recent project that I’m proud of is the Boeing Composite Center of Excellence design-build expansion. I was the Site Quality Manager on the project and enjoyed working with such a hard-working, fun team. I was especially proud of the self-perform work that our crews installed on the job. The other projects that I am proud of are the Ameren Sioux Wet Flue Gas Desulphurization Project and Center Ethanol Plant, when I was working as a field engineer.
Q: What other associations or volunteer activities are you involved with?
A: Hawthorn Foundation (Member)
SLCCC Golf Committee (Member)
McCarthy Partnership for Women National Committee & Wellness Champion
Q: What else would you like your fellow CREW-St. Louis members to know about you?
A: At work I’m an atypical engineer that enjoys meeting new people and talking about upcoming projects. I am still deeply rooted in my civil engineering background through my passion in quality management and am a self-proclaimed “concrete geek.” At home, I am supported by my husband Rob, 14-year old daughter Madison and 5-year old son Robby. When I am able to get out and about, I enjoy playing and watching soccer, getting a good sweat at Orange Theory Fitness, and drinking wine with good friends and family.