Raven Terry joined the United States Coast Guard right after graduating high school in 2016. “I had no idea what I was going to do for the rest of my life, but I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself,” says Raven. “I wanted to help others and make a positive impact. The Coast Guard set me up for that.”
She says her experiences in the military and the pre-enlistment program made her who she is today. The Coast Guard gave her structure and purpose. It gave her the motivation and the discipline to lead the colorful career she had in law enforcement.
Her passion for building runs much deeper, though. “My interest in construction really started off with my mom and dad,” says Raven. “My mom started her career with the IBEW as a certified electrician and eventually landed in project management. My dad was a Senior Area Project Manager. When I was young, I used to work for him during the summer doing field coordinator work. When we were at work, he never treated me like his daughter; he treated me as an employee and expected nothing less than my best work.”
Raven began her career at Performance as a Firewatch nearly two years ago. Today, she’s a Site Expediter. “When you work for Performance, you’re held to a higher standard – just like the military,” she says. “They make sure emerging learning programs are readily available to you, so that you’re consistently fine-tuning your craft. The Coast Guard is the same – teaching and investing in your success.”
Raven says she’s always been given the tools to succeed at Performance. Whether it’s how to read a package or how to do a bolt-up, Performance sets her up to grow her knowledge in construction. “There’s something new to learn every day, and Performance ensures there’s someone to guide me in the right direction.”
“Performance takes care of their veterans,” says Raven. “It's nice to work for a company that values integrity and honesty, and teaches you a good work ethic.”
Outside of work, Raven enjoys reading and being outdoors. She also loves traveling, and spending time with her 12 nieces and nephews.