Jamie Furgal: Getting it done, 24 years and counting
After 24 years of working with Oneida Nation Enterprises, Jamie Furgal has done it all. Building databases? Check. Hotel development? Check. New construction? Check. Though her current title is senior IT project manager, Jamie might as well go with the title of “captain,” or, better yet, maybe just MVP.
“Over the years the people and projects change but the mission remains the same: I’m working with colleagues to accomplish a common goal,” said the Clinton, New York, native.
Jamie’s journey with Oneida Nation Enterprises started way back in 1997. Back then she started in the warehouse managing textile design. Before she knew it, she had been transferred to help support Oneida Indian Nation leadership on a variety of projects.
After the transfer, Jamie specialized in IT, fixing computers, building networks, repairing servers, and so on.
From there, she gradually moved into construction management. Jamie ran point on the development of the Exit 33 nightlife and entertainment wing. Subsequently she has had a hand in each of the following projects: Point Place Casino, Maple Leaf Market, The Lake House, YBR renovations and the updates currently underway at Turning Stone.
“Managing all of the different pieces and parts of these projects is like putting a puzzle together,” she said. “It’s not easy, but it’s incredibly rewarding to see these projects come to life.”
Looking forward, Jamie currently has a number of projects on her punch list.
The first is a catchall for ongoing renovations at The Lodge. Now that crews have completed the new Lodge Lounge, Jamie and her team will turn their gaze to a videoconferencing center that will be ready by the end of June. Jamie continues to manage the renovation project on The Showroom; those improvements will be completed later this summer.
Jamie also is spending some of her time overseeing some smaller projects, such as the new buffet.
She noted that the excitement of all these projects is what keeps her motivated.
“Being able to apply my skills to something that is so consistently rewarding is a wonderful thing,” she said. “There’s always something different, and that certainly keeps it interesting.”