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Bette Crittenden CDT

HR & Contracts Manager

I joined Essex in August 2000

Iím the oldest of 6 kids and grew up in a small town in Kentucky called Bowling Green. My first introduction to construction was working for a small construction company as their receptionist right out of high school. I loved the family feel of the business and the fast-paced environment of commercial construction. I was hooked and stayed with them for over 3 years.

In 1998, I met Martin in Atlanta, GA at a Barbershop Harmony Convention. Not barbers, we sing for fun and compete!! Martin was from Eugene, OR and after visiting the area and falling in love with the scenery; I decided a year later to leave family and friends and move to be with him.

The first task I had to tackle when moving to this beautiful area was finding a job. Missing my small construction family back in Kentucky, I decided to start calling contractors to see if they were hiring. I loved Essex logo and their name popped out at me in the phone book. I called, two interviews later, I got the job. 

After having held many positions within the company, my new job title is PreConstruction Coordinator. I work with the Estimating Department on preconstruction procedures, bidding documents, contract documents for owners and subcontractors, as well as procedural development for the department.

I love to read, sing, hang out with friends, visit family and travel as much as possible.