Kelly Perry, Accounting Manager

I’m Kelly Perry, and I proudly serve as the Accounting Manager for the Operations Accounting Group at Swinerton, with a tenure of 15 years!

A Journey of Unexpected Passion

My journey at Swinerton began unexpectedly in 2008 when I took a two-week temp assignment. Little did I know those two weeks would become a fulfilling career spanning over a decade and a half. Starting from answering phones, I swiftly transitioned into the role of a project accountant, officially joining the Swinerton family in 2009. Over the years, I climbed from Senior Project Accountant to Accounting Manager in 2021, discovering an unexpected love for the construction industry.

Leading with Purpose: Role and Responsibilities

As Accounting Manager, I lead a dedicated team of 22 professionals responsible for project setup and accounting across approximately 1900 open projects. Beyond managing internal operations, I actively engage in external owner audits, collaborate with finance teams, and support project teams on special initiatives. My primary focus remains elevating our operations accounting team to the gold standard, fostering a culture of excellence, accuracy, and efficiency.

Navigating Challenges, Celebrating Achievements

One of the most significant challenges I encountered was during the sale of an affiliate company. Amidst my recent promotion to Accounting Manager and the post-pandemic return to full-time office work, navigating this complex transaction tested my leadership abilities. Despite the daunting workload and uncertainties, our collective efforts paid off. The sale’s successful completion highlighted our resilience and reinforced the power of collaboration and teamwork within Swinerton.

Empowering Women in Construction: Advice and Support

To aspiring women in construction, I offer simple yet powerful advice: “TRY IT! You might find the industry you were meant to be part of.” Embrace the opportunity. Swinerton is a place where your potential knows no bounds. With a supportive environment and a culture of growth, you can chart your path to success. My journey—from project accountant to accounting manager—is a testament to Swinerton’s commitment to fostering talent and empowering individuals to reach their full potential.

A Personal Connection: The Heart of Swinerton

What truly sets Swinerton apart is its people. Over the years, I’ve been privileged to forge lasting friendships and bonds that extend beyond the workplace. The unwavering support, camaraderie, and sense of belonging within the Swinerton family drive me daily. The people inspire me to push boundaries, overcome challenges, and strive for excellence.

Beyond the Boardroom: Personal Passions

What I cherish most about my time at Swinerton is the people. Over the years, I’ve formed numerous friendships, some of which feel like family. Even those who have moved on from Swinerton remain close to me. The people motivate me to show up to work every day, driving me to pursue excellence and overcome obstacles, knowing we’re all here to support each other.

Reflecting on my journey at Swinerton, I’m grateful for the opportunities, challenges, and relationships that have shaped my career. Here’s to many more years of growth, collaboration, and shared success at Swinerton!

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