Breaking Boundaries : Julie Villegas’ Journey in Construction and Beyond

Julie Villegas

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Julie Villegas, a trailblazer in the male-centered industry of construction, has defied expectations and shattered stereotypes throughout her career. Starting at the age of 16, Julie entered the world of construction, despite initially dreaming of working in the beauty industry and being a mother. Her love for talking to people drew her to the industry, and little did she know that it would become the foundation for her incredible entrepreneurial journey.

As a woman in a male-dominated field, Julie faced numerous challenges. The biggest one was gaining respect and being taken seriously. In an industry where people primarily sought out male voices, Julie had to defy stereotypes and prove her worth. She did so by maintaining her image as a feminine woman while demonstrating her capabilities and expertise. Over time, she learned to weed out negative influences and surround herself with smarter, more positive individuals. Despite the challenges, Julie remained unyielding, overcoming obstacles to build her empire.

Navigating the male-dominated construction industry as a female entrepreneur required Julie to rely on her resilience and the support of her team. By proving her worth and believing in her team’s abilities, she defied discrimination and established a company that operates like an extended family. Julie’s company stands out not only for its exceptional work but also for the way they take care of each other.

When asked what advice she would give to young women aspiring to succeed in male-dominated industries, Julie emphasizes the importance of being true to oneself and never giving up. She shares the story of Mariah, one of her employees, who faced resistance from male dispatchers. Julie encouraged her not to let them win, to prove her worth, and now Mariah sits at the top of quality control.

Julie’s entrepreneurial spirit goes beyond construction. With her business thriving, she decided to venture into the beauty industry, creating Roadrunner Beauty Spa and Dynasty Day and Med Spa. This expansion was driven by her passion for self-care and helping others. Having learned from her mother to prioritize self-care and health, Julie recognized the value of looking great to feel great. In supporting her daughter Delilah’s passion for the beauty industry, she realized the importance of health as the new wealth. The spa not only helped her relax and restore her health but also allowed her to continue her belief in looking and feeling great.

Running multiple businesses while being a role model for women in her industry and community is no easy task.  Julie credits her exceptional team for helping her find balance. By recognizing and utilizing the unique talents and skills of her employees, Julie has created a harmonious work environment that allows her to fulfill her responsibilities and inspire others.

Albuquerque and New Mexico hold a special place in Julie’s heart. She appreciates the weather, the unique business and cultural mentality of the city, and the strong sense of community. Valuing family and community is deeply ingrained in the region’s DNA, making it a special and unique place for Julie.

Reflecting on her journey, Julie acknowledges that she struggled with low self-esteem and still occasionally battles with it. She would advise her younger self to love and believe in herself more. Julie emphasizes the importance of self-care and positivity, recognizing that feeling better allows her to relate to people better and excel at her job. With perseverance and drive, Julie knew from a young age that she would make herself “Somebody,” and that determination has led her to where she is today.

For Julie, taking breaks from work is essential, and her guilty pleasure is indulging in some “Netflix and chill” time. She used to feel guilty about it, but now she realizes the importance of relaxation in maintaining a positive and productive mindset.

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Julie’s authenticity shines through her journey. Despite her fancy hair and nails, she is not afraid to get down and dirty.