Member Spotlight

March 2021 – Susan Faulkner-Goeke – President and Owner of AF Construction

“AF is a General Contracting Company founded in 1979 and I acquired the company in 2015 when my father passed away. Today, AF is a family-owned company and is also a #WBE and #WOSB.

My job Description varies daily. I make the decision on which jobs to bid and am always looking for new talent to add to our team. On top of all that, I get to sign everything that crosses my desk.

I have a few important hobbies outside of work. Most important to me is to stay balanced with yoga, meditation, prayer, and natural healing methods. I have been married for 27 years to my wonderful husband, Shawn. We are always together as we have worked together for over 28 years. I always joke that he was my “Best Hire.” We are lucky to have raised four great boys, aged 26, 24, 20, and 17.

Thank you, Susan, for being a passionate businesswoman and valued #NAWICLV Member!
#womeninconstruction #nawiclv #aecindustry

January 2021 – Lisa Craig, TLS- Trinity Land Surveying Inc.

TLS is a Certified Woman Owned Small Business (WBE / WOSB) and signatory with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 12. They are a full service professional land surveying and 3D scanning firm located in North Las Vegas, Nevada. TLS primary focus and expertise is in the Las Vegas Resort Corridor / Sporting Arenas. They provide top quality construction layout, structural steel layout, and construction as-builts.

Lisa has been a large part of the AEC Industry for 20 years, and an active member of #NAWICLV for four years. She is on the @Nevada Contractors Association Board of Directors Inclusion Counsel and is our local NAWIC Chair of the Membership Committee, as well as on our Board.

She has been married for 20 years to the love of her life and raised two sons who are currently 23 and 26 years old. Lisa loves adrenaline, and you can catch her on fast cars, fast boats, and playing in the waves with her sea doo’s in her spare time.

Thank you, Lisa, for everything you do for #NAWIC and the Las Vegas industry!
#womeninconstruction #AECIndustry

November 2020 – Evelyn Pacheco, NVWIT

Our #membercrush is none other than the history-making, awe-inspiring Evelyn Pacheco; Founder and Executive Director of Nevada Women in Trades (NVWIT). While working at Fitzgerald Casino in the Engineering Department, a co-worker told her about a Union Apprenticeship Training Program with the Plumbers, Pipefitters & HVAC UA Local Union 525. Five years later, Evelyn made history as the first #BlackFemale to be a licensed plumber in Nevada.

Evelyn has leveraged her experience to help all women through #NVWIT organization, a non-profit organization formed specifically to increase women’s number in trades. It’s signature program- Pipelines- is a 190-hour pre-apprenticeship training delivered in small group classes for twenty hours a week over a six week period. Pipeline students will receive upon graduation their certification of completion, OSHA, and CPR/FIRST AID. NVWIT is increasing the number of Women in the Nevada workforce, specifically in highly skilled blue-collar (trade) occupations. January 28, 2020, marked the first-ever graduation ceremony for NVWIT.

Evelyn is an accomplished Veteran, having served for our country’s brilliant #ARMY. She is a loving mother and grandmother and enjoys painting in her spare time. Evelyn- thank you for your sacrifices for this country, your dedication to #NAWIC, and your historic contributions to #womeninconstruction ! #nawiclv #womenleaders

September 2020 – Heather Avila, Live Electric / President, CEO

September’s Member Spotlight is Heather Avila, President/ CEO of .! Live Electric, Inc. is a local, #LasVegas electrical company, and carries multiple #minority certifications to assist you on your project such as:
· WBE- Women Business Enterprise
· WOSB- Women-Owned Small Business
· SBE- Small Business Enterprise
· DBE- Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
· ESB Tier 2

Being an #entrepreneur, it’s no surprise that Heather can be described as energetic and enthusiastic by her peers and friends and enjoys thrill-seeking hobbies such as off-roading. Heather attributes her happiness to a successful 8 year A/E/C industry career, her amazingly supportive husband Carlos, and three beautiful children.

Thank you, Heather, for being an amazing #NAWIC member and female #leader in our industry! #womeninconstruction #nawiclasvegas


August 2018 – Nancy O’Connor, Cemex, Account Mgr.

Nancy is an Account Manager at Cemex for masonry supplies, block and stone to Architects, Subcontractors and General Contractors.

In her spare time she enjoys traveling, working out, and spending time with her family.

One of her guilty pleasures is reading crime novels.

Nancy loves traveling to the Ozarks in Southern Missouri because it is so beautiful and peaceful.  Nancy and her family actually recently purchased some land in order to build a vacation home that will eventually turn into a retirement home.

Nancy is planning a trip to Europe in the upcoming year so I’m sure she will have some additions to her ‘best place traveled’.

October 2017 – Lori Mathisen, Penta Group

Lori is a Project Manager for Penta Group. She has been with the company for 5 years. She loves to mentor young people in this business. She joined NAWIC for more networking opportunities, to form alliances with vendors and suppliers.

Lori enjoys the fun she has as a Penta team member. They have lots of employee appreciation and team building opportunities.

Lori loves to travel. She has a goal to visit all 50 states in the US and only has 6 more states to go to accomplish that goal.

Something you may not know about Lori, is that she’s a Rodan and Fields representative, who specialize in skin care products.

Thank you Lori for being a part of NAWIC’s organization!

January 2018 – Susan Goecke, AF Construction Company

Susan Goecke is the Owner of AF Construction Company. AF Construction is a General Contracting Company with an unlimited building license. AF was founded in 1979 and she acquired the company in 2015. Having been in a leadership role and on the Board of Directors for over 20 years, it was the natural progression to purchase and take over when her father passed away.

Today, AF is a second generation family owned company and is also a WBE.  AF crosses many markets and has built several projects in hospitality, Public works, and also private projects. Their projects have ranged anywhere from $100,000- $120,000,000.

For fun, Susan teaches yoga. She has been a practitioner for 20 years and has taught for 10.

She also enjoys the Vegas Golden Knights and try to go to as many games as possible! Go Knights Go!!

Her guilty pleasure is good wine and food. She enjoys both and loves to share with friends.

The best place she has traveled to is Japan. She was able to travel from Tokyo to the most northern tip of the island and fell in love with the people, culture, landscape, and food, of course.

March 2018 – Amy Shaw McCarran Airport Respresentative

Amy Shaw is Manager of Commercial and Business Development for McCarran Airport with over 30 years experience in diversity programs and the airport concession industry, including planning, development, implementation and management of concession programs.

Amy is a brand new member of NAWIC, however, has been an asset to many of the members of this organization.  Amy is motivated by helping small, minority and women-owned businesses. Sharing information, and working in partnership with resource partners. She looks forward to working with NAWIC and its members to increase women-owned business participation in airport projects and work together to remove challenges and barriers.

Amy is a proud desendent of a Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor. She enjoys shopping going to spas, and contributing to the local casinos with her girlfriends and sister.

August 2018 – Nancy O’Connor, Cemex, Account Mgr.

Nancy is an Account Manager at Cemex for masonry supplies, block and stone to Architects, Subcontractors and General Contractors.

In her spare time she enjoys traveling, working out, and spending time with her family.

One of her guilty pleasures is reading crime novels.

Nancy loves traveling to the Ozarks in Southern Missouri because it is so beautiful and peaceful.  Nancy and her family actually recently purchased some land in order to build a vacation home that will eventually turn into a retirement home.

Nancy is planning a trip to Europe in the upcoming year so I’m sure she will have some additions to her ‘best place traveled’.