Stephanie Burnley is the Co-CEO and General Manager for Devon Group, which consists of Devon Contracting Inc. (DCI) and Devon Industrial Group (DIG), a general contracting and construction management firm. In 2007, she began her career in the family business as an admin and receptionist while finishing her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management at Wayne State University. She has since then worked in every department including sales, marketing, accounting and even some time in the field at a client jobsite.
In her current role, Stephanie supports the daily operations of the organization, which is made up of three main departments; Operations, Get-Work, and Administration. She is currently in the process of developing and learning all facets of the company in preparation for succeeding David Burnley Sr., as the next CEO of Devon Group.
Stephanie plays an active role in the construction community and is involved with multiple organizations where she provides her leadership and expertise. She has served for more than two years on the board of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council and was recently elected for another term. She is also the Co-Chair of the Construction Sector of the Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee and works to unify and collaborate with other construction firms.
“I met Stephanie through her dad, who has been a business partner of Walbridge for more than 22 years. When she started working at Devon Industrial Group, she was determined to learn all the facets of this industry, build strong relationships with others in the business and appreciate the nuances and details of great construction,” said Mike Haller, CEO of Walbridge. Stephanie’s development included working at Walbridge to gain experience and insight into the different departments within the industry before taking on her leadership role with Devon Group.
“She is diligent in her support of diverse suppliers throughout the country and is a strong, hard-working and phenomenal leader,” Haller said.
One of Stephanie’s more recent personal achievements is the development of a program named Girls in Construction in partnership with the Rhonda Walker Foundation. This program introduces young women of color to the opportunities within construction – both in the field and behind-the-scenes – through workshops and interactive events. The next step in the program is to bring the girls to various construction sites and to shadow female project managers in the field.