Building Up Women in Construction
Commercial contractor seeks to advance the role of women in the industry by building her legacy
As CEO of Georgia-based Angela R. Brown Construction, LLC, Angela R. Brown admits that celebrating women in construction is something that simply was not on her career radar in her early years. She walked a circuitous path towards her current role—she worked as a mortgage loan officer, sold Amway, and was an entertainment promotion company owner. Finally, she spent time as a real estate broker, which became the catalyst for her business. But it wasn’t until early 2012 that “how it’s built” became of interest to her.
Angela says, “As a real estate broker reinventing myself after the real estate market crash, I began offering property management for investor clients and ultimately maintenance and repair services for these same clients.”
Building a New Path
As the years passed, Angela realized that there was more to the business than just making maintenance and minor property repairs. She wanted to reconstruct and build, while establishing a construction firm that offered construction services for the residential market.
She says, “I began researching and learning online about the “who’s who” of women in construction. I saw there were many women creating great legacies in the construction industry, and I was inspired.”
Meeting Her Mentor
One woman in particular kept popping up in Angela’s online searches—Nancy Juneau, CEO of Juneau Construction Company, a renowned general contracting firm that recently celebrated 20 years in business. Angela shares, “I was very impressed with her story and how both she and her husband created a very dominant construction company in the entire southeast.”
As fate would have it, in 2016, Angela met Nancy on an Atlanta Braves Suntrust Park tour, which was sponsored by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). Not long after that serendipitous meeting, Nancy became a mentor to Angela, helping her to learn more about the business. With a newfound wealth of knowledge and appreciation of the industry, Angela made the decision to change the direction of her firm to focus on servicing commercial construction as a general contractor. The firm provides a host of commercial emergency services and commercial construction services to all of metro Atlanta and surrounding cities.
Cultivating a Legacy
Today, Angela R. Brown Construction, LLC embraces a vision to become a part of the legacies of women in construction who provide inspiration for other women to be fearless and take the challenges of breaking through a male-dominant industry. Angela says, “My goal is to become inclusive, without prejudice, when seeking opportunities in the commercial construction market. As a woman, I understand my role in my business. I focus on the procurement, the operations, and growth of a small, Douglasville, Georgia, construction firm, introduced by a woman on fire!”
As a mother of four boys—a junior in college, ten-year-old twins and a very active four-year-old—Angela knows what it takes to multitask and juggle myriad tasks to be successful. Her day starts around 5:00 a.m., checking messages, sending out email correspondence, looking for new opportunities. She says, “I’m actually completing about sixty percent of my day’s online work by 6:30 a.m. As a woman, I’m a mother first. So, with three young boys, my schedule is pretty busy.”
Yet somehow she makes it all work. She concludes, “Angela R. Brown Construction, LLC is part of the legacy I am establishing for my boys. That’s my focus...to build and leave a successful legacy, started by their mom, Angela R. Brown.”