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Accelerating Careers in Real Estate

Episode 55 - Helen Martin, Managing Director

Season 1, Ep. 55

In this episode, I get to sit down with Helen Martin, a seasoned leader in construction and development, who is now MD of the central region of Wates Construction. A former engineer, Helen has built a career on the fundamentals of honesty, direct communication and ultimately not allowing external forces to dictate her path. In the episode, Helen describes her path from engineer to contractor, turned developer and leader of Skanska's development company to returning to contracting in 2021.

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