Today on the Hazard Girls Podcast, we talk to tradeswoman and businesswoman Lynley Oakes of Wild Oaks Creations. Lynley is a carpenter and lumber saleswoman based in Jacksonville, Florida. She started out in a corporate office, and then from there switched into trades as a construction site assistant. Within a week, she was promoted to builder and trained as a carpenter for three years building docks in marine construction. She then expanded into the sales side of the business, and she is now a saleswoman for Decks and Docks Lumber Company. Lynley also started her own wood-working company, Wild Oaks Creations, and was recently nominated as a Top Woman in Hardware and Business Supply, and featured in Hardware and Business Supply Dealer Magazine as a rising star! Tune in to hear her inspiring story about creativity, carpentry, and how to thrive in a non-traditional field.
Sn. 2, #12 Lynley Oakes: Carpentry, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship
Emily received her BA in Women’s Studies and JD from Temple University. Early on, she worked as a legal advocate for women in domestic violence cases. After practicing law, Emily began working on the business side of things. She is the co-owner of AAA School of Trucking, a truck and heavy equipment safety training firm, which she has spent the last 10 years growing into a thriving national business through government and military contracting and corporate partnerships.
As an executive in the transportation industry, darting from client meeting to trucking range required safety boots that met her style standards, and when she couldn’t find them anywhere, she created Juno Jones Shoes. Emily trained in shoemaking in Cuernavaca, Mexico and at the Brooklyn Shoe Space, and assembled a powerhouse team of designers, consultants, and industry experts to bring Juno Jones to life. Through Juno Jones Shoes, Emily is fulfilling her dream of not only providing women with safe, stylish footwear options for their jobs but of helping to normalize and empower women in traditionally male-dominated fields.
For more information go to junojonesshoes.com.
My name is Lynley, I’m 31 and a carpenter turned lumber saleswoman from Jacksonville, FL. I’ve been in the construction field for about 4 years now. I got started on a whim after quitting my corporate office job. A friend took a chance on me and hired me as a site assistant. Less than a week later, I was promoted to builder and trained as a carpenter for 3 years. I built docks in marine construction and in the last year, transitioned to the supply side as a saleswoman for Decks & Docks Lumber Company. In addition, I started my own woodwork company and work on the construction team at my church. I created a social media account, Wild Oaks Creations, to document all of my work and to network with others in the construction and carpentry trade.