New York Real Estate Journal: Q&A with Pamela Desmond & Annie Vargas

By March 30, 2023People

The New York Real Estate Journal (NYREJ) is a publication that provides news, information, and analysis on the commercial real estate industry in the state of New York. The journal covers a range of topics related to commercial real estate, including construction, architecture, development, finance, and law. It features articles and interviews with industry experts, market data and analysis, and listings of properties for sale or lease.

Each year, NYREJ publishes an issue that highlights women in the construction industry. This year, Schimenti takes pride in announcing that two of our esteemed team members, Pamela Desmond and Annie Vargas, were featured in Q&A segments. In these segments, they shared their thoughts on past accomplishments, pivotal moments, and recommendations for encouraging more women to pursue careers in construction.

Read Pam & Annie’s Q&A Articles

Pamela, in her role as Human Resources Director, reflected on the highlight of her year, which was building her HR team. She emphasized the team’s ability to drive results through growth and change while prioritizing people. She also offered insightful perspectives on ways in which the AEC industry could enhance its recruitment strategies.


We have to proactively engage more women at all levels, but especially at more junior levels, helping them see the AEC industry as an exciting option in which to develop a rewarding professional career.

– Pamela Desmond, Director, Human Resources


As Assistant Project Manager, Annie discussed her involvement in a 703,000 sq ft. project in NYC’s Flatiron district that she is particularly proud of, which strengthened her understanding of value and the importance of teamwork. Annie also advocated for networking and female-specific programming to help encourage and engage women in construction, especially when first starting out in the AEC industry.


It is important to create a welcoming and inclusive culture that supports diversity and equality.

– Annie Vargas, Assistant Project Manager


Schimenti would like to express our gratitude to NYREJ for highlighting our team’s accomplishments and extend our congratulations to all the women in construction featured.

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