Starting off in architecture in the community development department, C.L. Wales was the total sum project manager on each project. She began her professional career in the 1980s when she worked for a city community development department in for the city of College Station, Texas. She was project manager to assist those in poverty to get indoor plumbing, hot/cold running water, wall heaters, patched holes in walls and floors, reframed walls and roofs, carpeting, vinyl floors, insulated, sheet rock and painted walls at no cost to the individual.
Later on, Ms. Wales was the project design manager of Actus Lend Lease Development in Fort Hood, Texas, from 2002 to 2005, also serving the company’s Beaufort, South Carolina, branch as project design manager/technical services manager for one year. She then served as construction project manager for the Design Forum in Dayton, Ohio, in 2006, project manager and assistant development manager for the Fort Hood Family Housing Community Center from 2007 to 2011, and independent project manager of C.L. Wales Project Management from 2011 to 2014. Moving forward, Ms. Wales worked as an assistant project manager at Stanford Construction Inc., in Dallas in 2014, remaining in this position for a year before transferring to Alta General Contractors Inc., from 2015 to 2016 and TX Morrow Construction, Inc., since 2016. What she is doing now was a natural progression of her career, and she looks forward to eventually becoming a lead project manager.
Prior to the start of her career, Ms. Wales pursued a formal education at Texas A&M University in College Station, where she attained a Bachelor of Arts in environmental design, architectural design and construction in 1978. She attributes her success to her attention to detail, tenacity and her persistence, as well as always meeting deadlines. Since graduating, Ms. Wales has maintained involvement as an associate member and treasurer of the American Institute of Architects and member of the National Association of Professional Women. She also volunteers at a home for disadvantaged women and children.
In her spare time, Ms. Wales enjoys antiquing, reading and studying architecture. She also previously served Thanksgiving dinner to the less fortunate with the East Texas Dream Center in 2013. The center’s mission is to strategically partner with the community to provide programs, which are designed to house women and children in need, feed the hungry and assist the homeless. With faith, hope and love, they seek to lead individuals and families toward self-sufficiency so they can become contributing members of society. In light of her accomplishments, Ms. Wales was named to Strathmore’s Who’s Who legacy program.