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May 2024

CCC Employee Spotlight

Dani Mangiapane

Talent Acquisition Specialist

How would you describe your job?
As CCC’s Talent Acquisition Specialist, I am responsible for promoting and living our mission – “to identify, hire and retain the very best people”. I am very passionate about my role and supporting not only our mission, but our vision and core values as well. I work very closely with our leadership team in identifying talent needs, sourcing candidates, scheduling interviews, extending offers of employment, and everything in between as it pertains to the hiring process. I also attend networking events and career fairs to increase our reach and market presence. I am very proud to be the first Talent Acquisition Specialist at CCC!

What is your favorite part about your job?
I love that I get to attract, identify, hire, and help retain top talent for CCC – facilitating the start to long-lasting careers for new employees. Not only am I promoting and supporting the mission of our organization, but I am also a champion for the goals and dreams of our candidates who may become employees. I truly enjoy learning what motivates people. I love to see new hires thriving and bringing value to our teams, and likewise- seeing our teams soar as we acquire the best people.

Why construction?
Prior to joining CCC, I had not done talent acquisition in the construction industry (however, I have worked in most other industries!). I asked so many questions and met with so many of our resident experts to learn as much as possible. Everyone at CCC was (and continues to be) so helpful and involved in making sure I am well-equipped with the knowledge I need. It was crucial for me to become a subject matter expert (rapidly and thoroughly) to ensure the success of my role. I quickly learned that construction is a vast industry, comprised of brilliant people, making incredible projects come to life. I love the tangible aspect of construction – being able to say “we were a part of that!” I am also passionate about mental health in construction and look forward to contributing to that cause as often as possible.

How would you describe CCC to someone outside the company?
I describe CCC multiple times a day, 5 days a week, so I am probably pretty good at this! We are a large heavy industrial construction and equipment installation general contractor with multiple self-perform capabilities (concrete, steel, interiors, and rigging). We are signatory to the union and work in many markets including: industrial/manufacturing, automotive, commercial, higher ed, healthcare, oil & gas, power, food & beverage, water & wastewater, among others. I like to say that we’ve always been owned by people who work here every day- we started as a family-owned business in 1946, then we were owned by 4 members of our executive leadership, and in November of 2021, we became an employee-owned company. We have locations in Auburn Hills, Lake Orion, Detroit, and Mexico; and we are building a presence in Ann Arbor as well as central/northeast Indiana. We have earned the Detroit Free Press Top Workplace award consecutively from 2017-2023, and we have won the USA Today Top Workplace consecutively from 2022-2024.

What’s your best memory of working here?
I don’t think I can pick just one – I have many wonderful CCC memories and look forward to many more to come! I really enjoy the events we have here at CCC – not just attending, but I also love to be a part of the planning for some of them. If I had to choose, I would definitely say my best memories are the crazy and cool experiences I would never have had if it weren’t for CCC – visiting our biggest project to date when it was not much more than dirt (mud) and gravel, touring an ultra-luxury condominium project that our talented interiors team worked on, seeing “Wicked” in Nashville with our Spring Hill team, walking the floor at JNAP, and of course the best summer barbecue of 2023- the stone oven pizza lunch!

What does your typical workday look like?
It varies quite a bit for me, but in general you can find me answering emails, conducting phone screens, participating in interviews, meeting with hiring managers, generating and negotiating offers, connecting and networking with potential talent, and consistently looking for ways to improve our talent acquisition efforts.

What’s the most exciting thing that has happened during your time with the company?
I am lucky to have been involved in many exciting projects and experiences- but probably one of the funniest was at the NAWIC Golf Outing last summer. Anyone who has golfed or attended any type of event or outing with me, knows that my ultimate goal is to win “the cooler”. The NAWIC outing is a decent sized outing and the coolers are always the most popular during the silent auction. I won an awesome Michigan CAT hard-sided cooler and you’d think I’d just won the lottery! I got back to the table and said to Megan “How funny would it be if I won the other cooler too? If I do, you can have this one.” Lo and behold, I won the other cooler (a YETI Tundra with 2 YETI Koozies and a YETI tumbler!) so Megan got the CAT one. The looks I got from all the other golfers were priceless!

What skills are most valuable for this position?
First and foremost, people skills. Effective communication in all forms is paramount in Talent Acquisition. A positive and engaging approach as well as an open mind are very important. I also work very hard to be: easy to work with, accommodating, flexible, creative, supportive, outgoing, strong, and adaptable. Expertise in the following areas is also crucial: interviewing, negotiating, employment law (anti-discrimination, fair hiring practices, disciplinary action, etc). I think it’s also very important to be authentic and genuine, as well as intentional about creating transparent and honest relationships.

What do you like to do outside of work?
I have 3 active kids (Joey, 19, who is a millwright apprentice and currently working at GM Flint for CCC; Olivia, 18, about to graduate from high school; and Emma, 15, freshman in high school) and my husband Nino and I really enjoy spending as much time with them as we can. When they were younger, they all traveled in their respective sports (soccer for Joey and cheer for the girls) and we absolutely loved that era in our family! The kids are getting older and play less sports now, but luckily we still have our youngest who will do sideline cheer again this fall at Dakota. I love being their mom, I think they’d say I am a pretty laid-back and cool mom. We have a lot of fun together and I feel so lucky to be able to watch them grow into young adults and spread their wings! Outside of being a mom, I enjoy home renovation projects, driving my Jeep Wrangler with the doors off, witnessing a good sunrise or sunset, getting to the beach as often as possible, traveling, spending time with extended family, thrifting, and hanging with our wonderful neighborhood friends who have become a 2nd family to us.

Do you feel safe, valued, and heard in your role/with the company?
I feel pretty lucky to have been the “role architect” for this position as the first Talent Acquisition Specialist at CCC. I feel strongly that my opinions and expertise are always considered. I feel safe to ask questions (often repeatedly until I fully understand) as well as make mistakes and have the opportunity to correct and learn. I am proud of the structure, strength, and consistency I’ve been able to build into the Talent Acquisition efforts at CCC!

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