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REHABTECHNOLOGY

Kay Doheny
EDITOR'S NOTE:
NASSCO continues to set standards for the
assessment and rehabilitation of underground
infrastructure. A vast array of individuals has
contributed to the success of the association,
both in the past and present, that has driven
NASSCO's industry mission. This series of articles
recognizes those who have not only been critical
to the success of NASSCO, but the industry as well.
This month, we profile Kay Doheny, part of a
major legacy success story from Jack Doheny
Companies. Her dedication to the sewer cleaning
and rehabilitation industry and fervent enthusiasm
for the mission of NASSCO have made significant
positive impacts upon the market.

My story is hard to share without mentioning my father,
Jack Doheny. I say this because he was so much more than
my "Dad." He was my mentor, a smart and strong leader who
grew my knowledge, appreciation and love of this industry.
My father got started in the business when his family left
Wisconsin in 1948 and headed to Chicago - where I was born - to
become a salesman for O'Brien Manufacturing. The company was
owned by my great-aunt and great-uncle who invented the first
power sewer cleaner that was ever built, and the rest is history.
In the late 1970s, our family relocated to Northville, Mich.,
where my dad started his own brick and mortar company
known today as Jack Doheny Company (JDC). I earned my
Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with
a major in Marketing from Ferris State University in Big Rapids,
Mich. Then I moved to Arizona where I put my degree to work
as a sales representative for the national paper supplier,
Jim Walter Papers Inc.
After about a year of settling into the Arizona lifestyle I wanted
to use my hard-earned money to either buy a boat or a condo.
Whenever big decisions had to be made, I always consulted with
my dad, so I called him for his advice and he said, "Don't do
anything until I get there!" I loved his response - I thought it was
awesome that he was so excited and was flying out to help me!

I was wrong. He was coming to meet with me face-to-face
because he wanted me to move to Michigan and work in the
family business. I didn't think twice. It was May of 1984 and
within a couple of weeks I had packed up, moved to Michigan and
have been there ever since.
At that point, JDC was relatively small, about 30 employees. It
is not always easy to work in a family business, but my dad and
I had a great relationship and I knew (and kept) my boundaries.
We were joined at the hip and I was able to learn the best from
the best. Although I had my own office, I spent about 50 percent
of my time in his office with dad patiently teaching me the ins
and outs of our business, preparing me to lead JDC into the
future. Today, we are 200-plus people strong and distinguish
ourselves by our collective, comprehensive industry knowledge
and years of expertise: Doheny Know-How.
My first role at JDC was to provide administrative support to
the Jet-Vac sales team. Over time I also supported accounting,
managed vendor relations and jumped in wherever I was
needed. When NASSCO's PACP was launched in the early
2000s my focus shifted to industry relations, conferences
and networking. When my dad passed away in 2016, I moved
up from executive vice president to the role of president.
Seeing the need to expand the business by bringing in fresh
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