Walk A Mile In Her Shoes
These boots are made for walk in’ And that’s just what they’ll do One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you
“THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKING” BY NANCY SINATRA
In the 1960s, pop singer Nancy Sinatra sang those words in a catchy tune, which soon skyrocketed to #1 on the Billboard charts and propelled her to international stardom. Today, Chondra Webster-Myers may not have boots and she’s definitely not going to walk all over anyone, but her shoes have pounded plenty of pavements to secure her position as one of the suppliers for Grady Health System.
Webster-Myers’ firm, WebMyers Construction LLC, began its relationship with Grady after she met the healthcare system ‘s Supplier Diversity Director Todd Gray at a Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) conference. Gray provided the introductions to construction project managers at the hospital and Webster-Myers put on her shoes and began her stroll throughout the hallways of the hospital in an effort to gather as much knowledge of the work and people involved as she could.
“I walked around and took pictures of t-shirts of every [subcontractor] that I could find that was working in the hospital because those are the guys that knew the hospital. I walked two million square feet and got all the subcontractors, then I went and met with their project managers. I asked them if they could tell me what sub contractors work in the hospital that [they] really like or see?” she said. “That was my roundabout way of asking who are the chief guys that work in the hospital. Because if they’re working there and it’s a competitive bid situation, they know what they’re doing because they’re still working there and they’re working there all the time and they know how to bid it.
Webster-Myers’ pavement pounding paid off as her company’s first project with Grady was a million-dollar, high-profile venture to move the IT department out of the hospital and into a building across the street. The project was so successful that the company has been a constant presence in Grady for a variety of remodeling and renovation projects.
Webster-Myers brings a wealth of knowledge to the construction industry. With over 20 years of experience, and as a member of the Georgia real estate community, she knows what customers demand. Prior to becoming the president and CEO at WEBMyers, she used her vast knowledge to build custom homes in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Her goals for Grady and all of her clients include delivering innovative strategies to un-complicate the building process, listening intently to assess clients’ needs through effective communication and identifying ways to add value to each project.
Her advice to other diverse suppliers looking to do business with Grady is simple: put in the work to find the connections and create the relationships.
“Grady took a chance on me for that high profile job, but I did the work so I was prepared and I had the right guys. But that meant I had to walk that hospital.”