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About NAWIC Detroit 183

NAWIC Builds Detroit
 
 BARB BAKER 1

 

BARB BAKER

Transition Remodeling and Forever Builders

NAWIC Detroit – Member

“The construction industry found me. After retiring when my husband did and anticipating years of leisure, that didn’t happen. My husband was diagnosed with brain cancer, and his symptoms required he use a wheelchair. I found that neither the doctors nor anyone at the hospital could offer information or assistance when it came to altering and reconfiguring our home to work with a wheelchair. It was a painful time, made more so by the difficulties of coping with a user-unfriendly house.

After my husband’s death, during a remodeling project, I met Tim Saling who had recently launched a remodeling business with a focus on helping the aging and disabled remain safe at home with modifications that made sense. I hired on as a business consultant in 2011 and believed in the business goals so much, I risked taking money from my retirement savings to accept an offer to become a full-time partner in the business in which I am now President and CEO. We changed the name to Transitions Remodeling because we believe what we do helps people going through all of life’s transitions. With a focus on good design and providing an exceptional client experience with our crews of talented carpenters we have grown from 4 employees to 25 in 5 years. We launched a new venture, Forever Builders, where we are building beautiful, energy efficient, healthy homes where people with mobility issues and those who are able can stay in their homes well into their elder years while living comfortable, complete lives.
 
NAWIC provides me with learning opportunities that truly relate to my career. I didn’t start out with a construction background. I consider myself a building industry professional today and I can truly say that the opportunity to attend Project Accelerate in 2015 contributed to my growth. I also appreciate the many women professionals I can call on for advice and support when I have questions or need a resource.”

 
CHERYL BOWLSON 1
 
CHERYL BOWLSON
Cheryl Bowlson Consulting, LLC
NAWIC Detroit – Board Member and Chairperson, Events Committee

"At the time I entered the construction industry I needed a job. I was offered an opportunity to work as an analyst in the City of Detroit, Contract Compliance Division. My original responsibilities were to certify minority, women-owned, Detroit Headquartered and Detroit Based businesses. However, there was also a position open in the division to monitor all the city’s construction projects to ensure that the trade labor on site included Detroit residents, minorities and females. I was asked to oversee and manage this compliance program in addition to my other duties. Although at the time I was clueless about construction, I looked forwarded to the challenge. Through hard work, and determination to ensure that minorities and women have a fair opportunity in the industry, I was very successful in my efforts and became an expert in business and workforce diversity inclusion area. This year marks my 33rd year in the construction industry and seven of these years as an independent diversity consultant.
 
NAWIC works for me because it provides me an opportunity to network and share my ideals and challenges with other women professionals in the construction industry. Construction in my early years was a male dominated industry and the only roles held by women were administrative/clerical. Today, women are leaders in every aspect of construction including, but not limited to, business owners, project estimators, project managers, architectural design engineers, etc. These are the women that you meet and become friends with at NAWIC Detroit events. That is why NAWIC Detroit works for me. Thank you NAWIC Detroit!"
 
 
 
NAWIC-Detroit
 
NAWIC Detroit 183 is a vibrant S.E. Michigan organization actively promoting the tenets of service to our community, integrity in 
all things and education in our workplaces while assisting our members in our respective construction related careers. Our members come from all levels of the construction related fields and include individual, professional, trades, and corporate members. All are welcome!