At the ABC-VA Excellence in Construction Awards on October 23, 2019, W. M. Jordan Company Project Administrator Jerri Michael received the Project Administrator Professional of the Year Award. W. M. Jordan could not be prouder of her much-deserved accomplishment.
Service is at the heart of everything that Jerri Michael does. Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Jerri is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, having served as a Paralegal Specialist in the Air Force. Since joining W.M. Jordan Company in 2003, she has made an outstanding impact on her project team members and co-workers.
Her work as Project Administrator spans across many project types. She’s worked on student housing projects at Old Dominion University and Christopher Newport University. Other notable projects include the award-winning Indoor Athletic Training Facility at Virginia Tech, the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Victory Center, and the Marketplace at Tech Center. Currently, she is working on a new 11-story headquarters building for Ferguson Enterprises and a 4-story parking deck for the City of Newport News, both in City Center at Oyster Point.
Jerri is always striving for excellence and is known as a top-notch administrator. John Angle, Senior VP of Operations, has worked on multiple projects with Jerri including the Riverside Hospital Pavilion Expansion, where Jerri worked onsite for the duration of the project. John said, “Jerri is very professional. She does a great job. You can always rely on her to know what needs to be done, and it is done right the first time.”
Jerri has worked on more than a dozen projects with Project Manager Jerry Barthelemy including three projects for Old Dominion University, three for Christopher Newport University, and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Victory Center. “Jerri is always looking ahead to find out what will be needed next; she stays a step ahead of me,” Barthelemy said. “Jerri has forged relationships with our subcontractors and suppliers and is always focused on the needs of the project.”
A strong contributor to W. M. Jordan Company’s culture, Jerri has served as a member of the “FUN” Committee, chairing fund raisers and community outreach efforts such as supporting EDMARC Hospice for Children. An active fitness enthusiast, she was one of the first to use a stand-up desk in the office and was a winner in the 2015 Wellness Activities Challenge. Her favorite activity is working in W. M. Jordan’s community garden, where she and co-worker Tammy Harris coordinate the planting and harvesting of fruits and vegetables for W. M. Jordan Company employees.
Outside of the office, Jerri continues to serve. She’s been a member of Newport News’ Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) since 2009. She is one of their leading moulage artists, a method of applying makeup to create mock injuries for the purpose of simulating real-world experience for emergency response situations with CERT volunteers. Dana Perry, Newport News CERT Program Manager, noted that Jerri is one of their most seasoned volunteers. “Jerri is someone you can always rely on,” Perry said. “She is always ready to help.” Jerri is involved in the development and management of CERT’s Emergency Pet Shelter, a project borne out of compassion and caring for her own beloved pets, two dogs and three cats.
Jerri has delivered Meals on Wheels to our community’s elderly since 2004. “Jerri is awesome,” said Lisha Mullen of the Peninsula Agency on Aging. “We don’t know what we’d do without her!” At W. M. Jordan Company, we feel the same. Congratulations Jerri!