Power Women 2021: Martha D. McCormick-Moore
McCormick Works, Inc.
Seal-Tite of Arklahoma, LLC
What’s your secret to success?
“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziegler. For the past three decades I have enjoyed navigating the construction industry as it is evolving for Women and minorities. You don’t have to know everything. You do absolutely have to surround yourself with others who are qualified, honest and do the job well and build your team. In order to succeed and thrive, I’ve tried to change with current economic trends. You must be flexible, willing to try new things and different strategies. I’ve been blessed to put together a small staff of motivated, intelligent individuals who help keep the companies running smoothly. If my employees have the training and tools to succeed, my company and I will succeed as well.
What attracted you to your career?
I went to work at my family’s construction company to better provide for myself and small daughter. In the late ‘80s, women weren’t really welcomed as part of a road crew— even if it’s a family business. I couldn’t find anything else that paid as well, and when my Dad gave me the opportunity, I found that I was actually good at the job.
How did you get started in your field?
As a roller operator with the road crew — truly I learned from the ground up what I know.
What do you love best about what you do?
The thing I love most changes all the time. In the BIG picture I love that my career has given me opportunity to provide well for those I love, while actively helping others. The relationships I’ve developed with so many different individuals over the years enrich the phase of life I am in. I have helped lay a path for other women entering my industry.
What advice would you give to a young woman starting her career?
Take your education seriously; it will pay off in ways you never dreamed possible. Keep your standards high. Set your own value, and never allow others to set it for you. You have to be willing to work hard; shortcuts can sabotage a wonderful plan for success. Always be grateful. Let your legacy be, “honor and goodwill to others.”
How did your education prepare you for your career?
My education has been on the job. I worked beside and learned from my dad, Ed McCormick for years. After I took the reins of the family business, I took advantage of every program and workshop available from SBA, ASBTDC, APAC, etc.
Which of your accomplishments are you most proud?
My marriage to my wonderful and supportive husband, Keith. My daughter, Carissa — the smart, beautiful, young career woman she is today. The ability to provide jobs.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
I seek guidance daily from God, get proper rest and nutrition. I enjoy outdoor hobbies. Many of my work trips are to secluded, beautiful areas — the locations that make me the happiest. My husband or Mom often travel with me, which is even better!
Do you have a favorite quote?
“This above all: To thine own self be true.” — William Shakespeare