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Int’l Women’s Week Spotlight – Mary Linn Leonards

National Sales Director Mary Linn Leonards International Womens Day

Mary Linn Leonards
National Sales Director

When did you start at Heritage (or previously acquired companies) and what was your first position?

2005, Account Representative

Define a great leader—what are some traits you think great leaders possess?

Great leaders are honest, confident and committed to helping their teams learn and develop. They also spend as much time listening as they do talking. Integrity and vision are also incredibly important in order to lead and manage successful teams. Always show up with a positive attitude!

What is one of the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your career?

One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced in my career has been learning to successfully manage the work/life balance after having children. I am constantly working on my organization and time management skills to help augment that balance. I work hard to be sure that my time and energy spent with both my colleagues and family, is well spent. It is important that both my team and my family are seen, heard and valued, regardless of how busy life gets.

Do you have any tips, strategies you’ve employed, or lessons learned throughout your career that you would like to share with aspiring female leaders?

Never stop learning! It’s incredibly important to stay sharp and educated. Also, find passion somewhere in your career. Pay attention to where you spend most of your time each day. That is likely where your passion lies.

Int’l Women’s Week Spotlight – Yanet Montanez

International Women's Day Spotlight VP International Operations Yanet Montanez













Yanet Montanez
Vice President, International Operations

When did you start at Heritage (or previously acquired companies) and what was your first position?

2006, Project Manager

Define a great leader—what are some traits you think great leaders possess?

A great leader has the ability to show empathy, respect and care of his/her team. He/she makes sure the team understands and is motivated to pursue a common goal. A great leader understands that is the people that they lead the ones that determine the success or the failure of a company.

What is one of the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your career?

One of the biggest challenges a the beginning of my career was to rely on others instead of trying to do everything myself. I learned very quick that relying on others was strictly necessary, and I understood that having a great team around you makes you more productive and effective

Do you have any tips, strategies you’ve employed, or lessons learned throughout your career that you would like to share with aspiring female leaders?

It is very important to balance work and family. It is ok to be the only female in the room, don’t be afraid to express your opinion. Having female role models, mentors and friends around you will inspire each other and build on each other strengths.

Int’l Women’s Week Spotlight – Winde Hamrick

Winde Hamrick

Executive Vice President

When did you start at Heritage (or previously acquired companies) and what was your first position?

1991, Project Engineer


Define a great leader—what are some traits you think great leaders possess?

Leads safely, humility, lifelong learner, high integrity/honest, adaptable, instills confidence in others, hands on, cares about employees, knowledgeable, approachable, high expectations, accountability, deals with issues, mentors others

 

What is one of the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your career?

Around 2006, our landfill was running out of space and I was told what our expansion plans were and that I needed to meet with the regulators to make it happen. The concept was a bit out of the norm and I knew the regulators would take forever to get their head around it, if at all. So instead I formed a small team to review our current land and develop a new and larger landfill on the northern part of our property. The result was a faster approval and a bigger landfill. It’s such a critical part of our business that the pressure was weighing on me. This example shows that Heritage is open to new ideas and/or better ways of getting things done – as long as it’s safe and compliant!

Do you have any tips, strategies you’ve employed, or lessons learned throughout your career that you would like to share with aspiring female leaders?

Take control of your career by learning as much as you can about our business outside of your current job. The great thing about Heritage is ‘the ability to learn and grow’. You may have to do that on your own, but our business is so interesting and the people are so welcoming that it is fun! Use your knowledge to become a valuable employee and your job will become a career with never a boring day. Also, don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Own up to them and learn from them!