Columbia is excited to continue our tradition of celebrating significant employee anniversaries. Starting off the new year, we are pleased to spotlight Rosemary Duffy, who has been with us for 10 years.
Rose always envisioned a career in the building industry. When she began her freshman year at Wentworth Institute of Technology, she focused on Architecture. Upon entering her second year, she decided to change majors to Facilities Management. She participated in a co-op program at a local Construction Management company focused on ground-up construction. After graduation, Rose remained with that company for 11 years. When the economy took a downturn in 2008-2009, she landed at Columbia, in the Interiors Division (then Columbia SPD/Special Projects Division). While the Interiors world is fast-paced and can be quite challenging, Rose was very successful, growing her portfolio and building many long-lasting client relationships. Rose has truly thrived at Columbia through the years and currently serves as the Vice President | Interiors.
What was your first job?
Constructing the Millennium Towers in downtown Boston.
What have you liked most about working at Columbia?
That Columbia is family-oriented. The company also strives to teach its employees to always put the client’s needs first to create a true partnership.
What lesson did you learn early-on in your career that you still carry with you today?
To always have honest conversations and strive to be trustworthy.
Most memorable job while working at Columbia?
The most memorable job at Columbia was the Sonos project, a 120,000 square foot headquarters for the company in Boston. There were many challenges and lessons learned, especially from the unique finishes incorporated into the project. The internal and external team all worked together seamlessly to successfully deliver the project.
Three descriptors that best describe you.
Proud Mom | Avid Spin Cyclist | Health-conscious
Special talent or most useful skill?
I love to cook.
Favorite summer or winter activity?
Going to the beach with my kids.
Favorite vacation spot?
I can’t wait to go back to Italy when we get through this pandemic.
Two items on your desk?
Pictures of family and a notebook (I still write down my notes in an “old-school” way.)
Cat or dog?
Dog – I love my Jade!
Morning person or night owl?
Depends on the day of the week.
Anyone who works with Rose will tell you how dedicated she is, always focused on overall team success. Her can-do attitude is present no matter where she goes. We have appreciated her hard work through the years and look forward to many more years to come. Thanks for everything you do at Columbia, Rose – happy anniversary!