Neil Kelly Company’s Yasmine Branden Named President of the National Association of Women in Construction

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First NAWIC Portland Chapter Member to Take National Presidential Leadership Role

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Yasmine Branden

I’m very excited about developing the future workforce. I’m honored to have this opportunity to make an impact and provide opportunities for NAWIC members as well as the broader construction industry.

Neil Kelly Company, the largest design/build remodeling company in the Northwest, announced today that Vice President/Production Manager, Yasmine Branden, was named President of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) at its annual convention in Bellevue, Washington. NAWIC provides its 4,000 members with opportunities for professional development, education, networking, leadership training and public service.

“Most people are not aware that our industry will have a labor shortage of 2 million people by 2017. There is a huge opportunity for women just starting their careers or making a transition to look into the variety of careers in the construction industry,” states Yasmine. “I’m very excited about developing the future workforce. I’m honored to have this opportunity to make an impact and provide opportunities for NAWIC members as well as the broader construction industry. ”

“We are so proud of Yasmine,” states Neil Kelly Company President Tom Kelly. “Her commitment to our industry is exemplary and her growth and involvement in NAWIC is a key factor in her success at Neil Kelly.”

Yasmine will dedicate her year-long term to help NAWIC achieve the following:

  •     Better connect members and chapters using technology
  •     Develop the future workforce for the construction industry
  •     Make the NAWIC organization stronger by increasing its relevance within the construction industry

Yasmine has been a NAWIC member for the last 14 years working her way up through the local, regional and national leadership positions.

“Yasmine is fearless and will take our organization to the next level in so many ways,” states current NAWIC President Cindy Johnsen. “She has the natural ability to cultivate a large group and will help the entire organization better communicate by embracing technology.”

About Neil Kelly Company
The Neil Kelly Company helps Northwest homeowners care for all aspects of their homes. Services include award-winning design-build remodeling, energy upgrades and home repairs big and small. Established in 1947, the firm has a national reputation for its innovative design-build remodeling and new home construction.

With five Pacific Northwest locations in Portland, Lake Oswego, Eugene, Bend and Seattle, Neil Kelly is renowned for its innovative design and remodeling services, quality craftsmanship and sustainable building practices. Homeowners are invited to visit Neil Kelly design centers or attend free educational workshops. Visit http://www.neilkelly.com.

About NAWIC
The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) originally began as Women in Construction of Fort Worth, Texas. Sixteen women working in the construction industry founded it in 1953. Knowing that women represented only a small fraction of the construction industry, the founders organized NAWIC to create a support network. Women in Construction of Fort Worth was so successful that it gained its national charter in 1955 and became the National Association of Women in Construction. Today, NAWIC provides its 4,000 members with opportunities for professional development, education, networking, leadership training, public service and more. Visit http://www.nawic.org.

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