Women-owned construction firms on the rise despite public perception

When Tara Kramer, owner of Ri Ky Roofing in Portland, entered the construction industry 25 years ago, it wasn’t like it is today.

“It was male-dominated, most definitely,” she said. “In fact, the company that I joined had 40 offices nationwide and they didn’t have any saleswomen.”

A lot has changed. Today, women-owned businesses make up an increasingly significant percentage of the nation’s contractors. But the industry still has a long way to go.

St. Louis Business Journal Character Spotlight: WCOE member Jane Hilboldt

Having clients ask to talk with your husband rather than you when you’re CEO can be pretty bruising.

But Jane Hilboldt, who heads Hilboldt Curtainwall, stuck it out in the male-dom- inated construction industry and said that in the six years since she and her husband, Denny, launched the business, she has gained much respect.

Interview with WCOE member Jane Hilboldt

When the landmark main terminal was built at then-Lambert Field in the 1950s, Jane Hilboldt's father-in-law oversaw the window glazing as a manager for Stanley Hanks Glass Co.

Earlier this year, after a tornado blew out more than 300 of those panes of plate glass, Lambert officials accepted bids for the massive repair job. In the end, it selected Hilboldt Curtainwall Inc. — a company Jane and her husband, Denny, co-own.

Reno entrepreneur Vickie Frankovich will receive prestigious SBA Award

The Nevada District Office of SBA has just announced Vickie Frankovich as their “Women in Business Champion of the Year”. Frankovich is President of Building Solutions, Inc. with headquarters in Reno (NV) and offices in Sacramento and San Diego (CA). Her company is a general contracting firm specializing in industrial and commercial construction and specializes in Federal and Public Works construction contracts. Building Solutions, Inc. has completed over 130 projects during its 10 years of operation.


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